Thanksgiving at 17 Weeks
Friday, November 28, 2008
After being gone for a few weeks, I have returned to Spark, with more updates for everyone. Black Friday, a day that some see as a chance to get up at the butt crack of dawn to go shopping, while others use the opportunity to start decorating for Christmas. I see no desire in getting up before the sunrises, and standing outside a store in the freezing cold just to save a few buck (yea, I know its a little bit more than that), so we decided to go with the other option of Black Friday, and we started decorating. As we were putting the decorations on the tree, it dawned on me, that there must have been some turkey still in our systems as none of us could stop yawning. I guess whomever came up with turkey at Thanksgiving, figured that tryptophan wass the only way to deal with family.
For us Thanksgiving was spent at my Mother In Law's house. We got up there around 9:30am and stayed through the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, past the Detroit Lions/Tennessee Titans football game (that was such a pathetic game), and through the start of the Dallas Cowboys/Seattle Seahawks football game (a great game in my opinion). We ate dinner at lunchtime and felt as if we would pass out by dessert. The kids had a blast, and we ended up leaving with some new clothes for Taya, as well as some fun Christmas decorations. I know it sounds boring overall, but it was still a very eventful day for us. I hope everyone had a great holiday.
Now, onto the week 17 pregnancy update:
Your baby is now the size of a turnip! She is 5 inches long and weighs 5 ounces now. That's even more than the placenta weighs! Though no new structures have formed this week, she has developed fat deposits under her skin that will account for about 2-6% of her total body weight at her time of birth, just 23 weeks from now! Her skeleton, which up until this point has been made up of flexible cartilage, is now hardening into bone. Another exciting event…her sense of hearing begins to develop this week!
Fat or adipose tissue begins to form beginning from this week and continues for some weeks to come; fat is important to the heat production and metabolism. Water makes up about 3 oz (89g) of your baby's body. If it is a girl baby, her fallopian tubes are formed around this time. If you have not felt your baby move, you will soon. These movements may not be felt everyday but as pregnancy progresses these movements grow stronger and more frequent.