Thursday, February 24, 2011

Week 17 Baby Update

How big is Lil Arroyo now?  About five inches long and more than three and a half ounces  — the size of my open hand.  His body fat is beginning to form and will continue to accumulate through the end of my pregnancy.  By the time he is born, body fat will make up about two-thirds of his weight (and will make all those chubby parts especially cute).
 
Lil Arroyo is almost certainly listening up by now. In fact, loud noises — the dog barking, the doorbell ringing — will actually startle our baby (and also get him used to such noises; for instance, fetuses who regularly hear a dog barking will become babies who sleep right through Fido's outbursts). 

Our baby's eyes (which have fortunately finished their migration  to the front of his head) are making small side-to-side movements and can even perceive some light, though the eyelids are still sealed.  And since practice makes perfect, he is sharpening his sucking and swallowing skills.  In fact, most of the survival reflexes that our baby will have at birth are being perfected in utero right now.

And here's some proof that he is truly one of a kind - within the next week or so, the pads on Lil Arroyo's fingertips and toes will become adorned with completely individual swirls and creases (aka fingerprints).

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