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Tuesday, February 21, 2006

An update on the growing boy inside of me...

Week Twenty-Three
Proportions of the body are now quite similar to a newborn although thinner since he hasn't begun to form body fat.
Bones located in the middle ear harden.
Your baby is able to hear. (Dads, did you know: low-frequency sounds mimicking a male voice penetrate the abdomen and uterine wall better than the higher frequencies of the female voice?)
The eyes are formed, though the iris still lacks pigmentation.
The pancreas, essential in the production of hormones, is developing steadily. She has begun producing insulin, important for the breakdown of sugars.
If born now, your baby has a 15% chance of survival, his odds going up with each passing day. .
The average baby at this stage weighs 1.1 pound (501gm) and is 11.38 inches (28.9cm) long.

(the above is from one of the web-sites I check)

However, when we measured him at the ultrasound, he was already 11 inches long... and that was weeks ago. So, I'm thinking that Gideon is an over-achiever. ;)

My next doctor's visit is this coming Monday afternoon. I expect that they'll say everything's fine and that I'm getting big. (actually, I'm getting bigger by the day) On another web-site I read that Gideon should gain about 6 oz. this week.

Well, that's it for my update.


Hannah said...

"She has begun producing insulin, important for the breakdown of sugars."

Is there something you're not telling us a/b Gideon? ;) Apparently the website you check is for baby girls. Just had to point that out.

Can't wait to hear how your appt. today went!

Tiffany said...

I am so glad to hear that you apparently have a fuutre basketball player on your hands. I know Daddy was a soccer stud, but it sounds like Gideon is going for height more than anything else right now!

You all remain in our prayers.

Lots of love,