Wednesday, October 22, 2008

5 lb hand weight in my stomach?

This week in the news:

It is SO great to be able to refer to our Princess as "she" with confidence! I still will call her Peanut b/c it is a fun fetus name! In 8-10 weeks, she will no longer be a Peanut, but ____ ____!

-Her brain is starting to wrinkle and fold and looks like something that grew in the back of your fridge. Oh yum!!! It is due to the rapid growth of your little genius's brain cells. We know she is already a smartie!!

-Her Fingernails and toenails have finally finished growing!!
-Peanut's bone marrow is completely in charge of red-blood-cell production now! Thank heavens!! This is pretty important, don't ya think??
-Peanut is starting to shed her lanugo—the downy hair that was covering her skin. Now that she's chubbier (and we know this for a fact) and better able to regulate her body temp, she doesn't need to sport a fur coat 24/7. My question is this, what happens to the lanugo? Does it just dissolve? Does it continue to float around in the amnotic fluid? I sure hope Peanut doesn't swallow the shed lanugo -- poor thing might suffer from her first and ONLY HAIRBALL! YIKES!
-Peanut is about 15.7 inches long now.
-We know our Peanut weighs over 4 lbs. However, the weekly emails say she "should" probably weigh almost 3 pounds (like a head of cabbage). Pretty soon Peanut will be 5 lbs which is the size of my hand weights that I take to Zumba Class! That is crazy to think I will be carrying around one of those in my stomach!! :)

-Her eyesight continues to develop, though it's not very keen; even after she's born, she'll keep her eyes closed for a good part of the day. When she does open them, she'll respond to changes in light but will have 20/400 vision — which means she can only make out objects a few inches from her face. (Normal adult vision is 20/20.)
-The emails tell me that when Peanut is awake, her eyes are wide open and she's whittling away the hours looking around, checking out her rather dark, limited environs. I find this fact rather strange! So she really keeps her eyes open exposed to all that fluid???? I would sure love to have a videocamera down there to see her eyes open!! WEIRD!!!

Stay tuned.... we are painting the nursery this Friday!! Hopefully we will have a chance to set the crib up and start decorating!!! I will try to post some pictures of daddy hard at work!! We went on Sunday to pick out the PINK paint for the walls!!! This room will SCREAM PRINCESS PEANUT!!!
Allyson and Peanut

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