Week 23 – Serious baby weight gain

Your baby is as big as an eggplant. At eight inches and slightly over a pound approx. 0.5kg, this week marks the beginning of some serious weight gain. Your baby should double the weight over the next four weeks. A thick, protective protein called keratin is being added to baby’s skin cells, helping his or her skin to thicken. Also, baby’s skin displays a red hue thanks to the developing veins and arteries right underneath. At this stage you will be able to hear baby’s heartbeat through a standard stethoscope.

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6 Gross Things Only A Mother Would Google

Mothers are always so worried even when there’s nothing to worry about, but do you blame us? if anything happens to your child people will blame you for not asking for help, and that’s why you’ll often see mothers ask questions like “my 2-year-old boy has an erection, is it normal?” and another question that goes like “Why’s my daughter’s labia pink?” When things get weird with our kids, to get answers, we often turn to the internet.

To make yourself feel better about the super weird questions you have asked google yourself, here are way weirder questions people have asked about parenting;

 

1. “Penis got stuck”

A lot of time, moms have asked different questions about their boy’s penis, “my son tied his penis with thread, how do I untie it?.” The thing is, boys are usually curious about their penis so they play with it, tie it up, and there was a time my boy plastered chewing gum on it.

2. “Normal for 4-year-old to stick finger in butt?”

No matter how many times you warn them about not sticking their fingers in their butt there might still be one of them who sees nothing wrong with it. I’ve had to say “keep your hands off your stinking butt!” a couple of times so if you have at any point asked google this question, we are in this together.



3. “Is it normal for a kid to kill an imaginary friend?”

When my 4-year-old was playing superhero and suddenly started killing his enemies, I started wondering if I’m breeding an aggressive child, how come he has such a violent imagination? I found out that it’s normal for kids to play a particular character, give them space to explore you can guide them a little but don’t be too judgemental.

 

4. “Will babies get sick from eating their own poop?”

A doctor friend of mine said most of the messages she gets is about illness, injuries, and questions from moms asking if their baby can get sick from eating their own poop. It’s actually possible for your child to be curious about how their poop taste so shortly after you leave them to do their “business” you might come back to find them having a taste of their own poop. It’s disgusting, revolting and ugh! But it’s not gonna harm your baby.

5. “Is my child a soothsayer?”

A friend of mine has a son that talks in his sleep, whispering and walking around as if he’s communing with some people in his dreams, my friend became so worried she had to ask Mamalette this question because she was starting to believe that her child is connected to the spirit world and can see things. The truth however is, her child plays too much during the day and end up re-playing the whole act later in his sleep.

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