Boy is Lil Arroyo growing! He will be here before we know it!
Baby's now the size of a honeydew!
Things are heating up inside as well: He may grow up to a full inch this week alone, and his brain is developing like crazy. Pretty soon, Lil Arroyo will be able to coordinate breathing with sucking and swallowing. Also, his bones are hardening, and he's started to keep his eyes open when he's awake.
This week he weighs a little over 4 pounds (which was confirmed by the ultrasound last Fri, he's about 4.4lbs) and has passed the 17-inch mark. He's rapidly losing that wrinkled, alien look and his skeleton is hardening. (Thank goodness!) The bones in his skull aren't fused together, which allows them to move and slightly overlap, thus making it easier for him to fit through the birth canal. (The pressure on the head during birth is so intense that many babies are born with a conehead-like appearance. Hope it goes away quickly!) These bones don't entirely fuse until early adulthood, so they can grow as his brain and other tissue expands during infancy and childhood.