Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Interesting Facts...

With just three more weeks to go and at about six and a half pounds (though weight and height vary from fetus to fetus), our baby is doing just fine. We can expect weight gain to be about half an ounce per day. (Boys, though, are likely to be heavier at birth than girls. And here's a bit of boy baby trivia to back that one up: Moms carrying boys tend to eat more than moms carrying girls — a foreshadowing of teenage refrigerator raids to come.)  Since our little one is considered full-term at 37 weeks pregnant, if Lil Arroyo was to leave the wet nest this week, he would likely thrive. Hooray!
So what's keeping him busy while waiting it out until D-day? Practice, practice, practice. He's simulating breathing by inhaling and exhaling amniotic fluid, sucking on his thumb, blinking, and pivoting from side to side (one day you feel the tushy on the left side, another day it has swung around to the right side). All these are skills needed for his next gig  — starring as newborn.  (It would be super cute if we could see him doing some of these tricks on Friday during the ultrasound!)

Here's an interesting fact: Lil Arroyo's head (which, by the way, is still growing) will, at birth, be the same size circumference as his hips, abdomen, and shoulders. And guess what's making an impression (literally) these days on those shoulders and hips: fat — causing little dimples in those cute elbows and knees, shoulders and hip, and creases and folds in the neck and wrists.

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