Today we hit the 24 week mark, which is also referred to as Viability Week. This is generally the week that the medical community agrees is the earliest a baby can survive if born prematurely....so if, God forbid, Baby Girl were to be born anytime after today, the doctors would make every effort to keep her alive and growing. Every week we can keep her safe and warm in my belly is a marked percentage in her likelihood to survive, so stay in there, Baby!!
My belly is starting to feel enormous (I actually saw my stomach moving the other day when Baby Girl was kicking- she's getting strong!), so here's some bump pics, courtesy of Angela and the work photo studio:
Let's see what Babycenter.com says is going on this week:
Your baby's growing steadily, having gained about 4 ounces since last week. That puts her at just over a pound. Since she's almost a foot long (picture an ear of corn), she cuts a pretty lean figure at this point, but her body is filling out proportionally and she'll soon start to plump up. Her brain is also growing quickly now, and her taste buds are continuing to develop. Her lungs are developing "branches" of the respiratory "tree" as well as cells that produce surfactant, a substance that will help her air sacs inflate once she hits the outside world. Her skin is still thin and translucent, but that will start to change soon. In the past few weeks, the top of your uterus has risen above your belly button and is now about the size of a soccer ball.