Saturday, May 19, 2007

Monster Update: Week 08

The Monster is now 5/8 of an inch long, about the size of a kidney bean. Its constantly moving and shifting, although Stef won't be able to feel these womb wiggles for several weeks yet. Its embryonic tail is disappearing, and its eyelids practically cover its eyes. Still slightly webbed, its fingers and toes are growing longer. The Monster's arms have lengthened, too, and its hands are now flexed at the wrist and meet over its little heart. Its knee joints have formed, and its feet may be long enough to meet in front of its body. With its trunk straightening out, its head is more erect. Breathing tubes extend from its throat to the branches of its developing lungs. The nerve cells in its brain are also branching out to connect with one another, forming primitive neural pathways. In case you're curious, its external genitals still haven't developed enough to reveal whether we're having a boy monster or a girl monster.

Text adapted from Baby Center.

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