Sunday, August 24, 2008

Beginning Week 14

This weekend Kevin and I went to a friend's wedding in Appleton. Two of his friends from college are new daddies. Their wives, with babies of 4 months and 5 months, had a lot of fun stories and tips to share with me. We had a wonderful time and are now even more excited to be starting a family.

This week, the thyroid gland has matured and baby begins producing hormones which will be used throughout baby's life. In boys, the prostate gland develops. In girls, the ovaries move from the abdomen to the pelvis. Baby's bones are getting harder and stronger by the day! Baby's skin is very transparent still. Lanugo (very fine hair) covers the baby's body and will continue to grow until 26 weeks gestational age - Generally this will be shed prior to birth. Its purpose is to help protect baby's skin while in all that water!

Your baby is 3.42 inches (8.7cm) long and weighs about 1.52 ounces.

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