Sunday, November 19, 2006

Week 17

Here is last weeks update on baby developement. This whole thing still seems so sureal. I wonder when the reality of it will set in...probably not until the birth. Last week we were at Target and Natasha said she wanted to go to the baby section, my response was, "for what". As soon as the words left my mouth I remembered that I am going to be a dad and that we will probably need to visit this department, often.

Your baby weights about 5 oz. now and he's around 5 inches long — about the size of a large onion. The umbilical cord, his lifeline to the placenta, is growing stronger and thicker. Your baby can move his joints, and his skeleton — until now, rubbery cartilage — is starting to harden into bone. Some of it will remain cartilage for years after he's born. A newborn's skeleton has 300 parts (a combination of bone and cartilage). As your child grows, some of these parts harden and fuse together. By the time your baby reaches adulthood, he'll have just 206 bones.


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