We are now two-third on our way. 3 weeks to go until the delivery. The puppies have yet again grown quite significantly. Last week they measured around 3 centimeter. This week they are approximately 4,5 centimeter and they weigh about 6 grams.
The kidneys are working. This is why the eyes are now closed. The inner ear is formed and the nose is ready! When they are born the nose will be their most important sense. They are born with the eyes and ear canals closed. They find their mother and brothers and sisters by smell. Skin colour, hair, nails and eyelids can be seen. The skeleton will calcify from now on. From this moment up until birth growing is all they have left to do. For nutrition they depend on the placenta and their lungs are not ready yet to inhale oxygen.
Yara is still pretty lazy. Every now and then she and Lucy play together but it is a lot less than usual. Still she loses some slimey discharge, wich seems to toughen up.
Yara is also weighed and measured again this week:
Circumference last rib
Circumference before back legs
How does she do it?! Again gained only 100 grams. But the centimeters keep growing.
When Yara walks in front of me I can clearly see that her ribs are much wider. She even starts to wiggle a little! Her tummy is also starting to hang slightly.