23 weeks development

I know I say it often, but it really does come as a surprise to me every week that passes and you get stronger. Oh baby girl…you are strong! Last night you were playing bladder trampoline and I had to lay upside down to get you to stop and get you to squirm north and off that fun squishy little organ of mine! Haha. I don’t mind though. I love you and you can play with my bladder all you want. I’ll never complain. Ever. 🙂

Here is what has been going on with you this week during your 23rd week of development!

  • The proportions of your body are now quite similar to a newborn although thinner since you haven’t really begun to form body fat yet. But that’s coming soon.
  • The bones located in your middle ear continue to harden and you continue to hone your listening skills.
  • Low-frequency sounds mimicking a male voice penetrate the abdomen and uterine wall better than the higher frequencies of the female voice, which means you really hear daddy when he talks and reads to you!
  • Your eyes are fully formed, though your iris still lacks pigmentation. I wonder if you will have my brown eyes, your daddy’s green eyes or your great grandma’s blue eyes. I’m so curious!
  • Rapid eye movement, or REM, a term describing the distinct pattern of eye motions seen during the stage of sleep where dreaming occurs,begins between 20 and 23 weeks.
  • Your pancreas, which is essential in the production of hormones, is developing steadily. You have begun producing insulin, important for the breakdown of sugars.
  • If born now, you have a 15% chance of survival, with your odds going up with each passing day. This makes mommy very happy!
  • Your are starting to form an important substance in your lungs, known as surfactant which will help your tiny alveoli to stay open when you are born.  These minute air pockets stay open so oxygen can pass through from the surrounding blood vessels after birth.
  • You can move all of your muscles this week and there is even more coordination and action going on in mommy’s tummy.
  • You weigh 1.1 pounds and are 11.38 inches long.

Here are some google image pictures of what you look like right about now:

You are so loved my little tiny monkey princess!


About Em

After the loss of our first pregnancy, we took a much needed vacation to Costa Rica to enjoy each other and clear our minds. Well, as luck would have it, we brought home much more than great memories and great tans...our own little Costa Rican souvenir. Here is our journey!
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