Lilypie Second Birthday tickers

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Weeks 19 and 20! We're halfway there.

I had somebody ask me the other day if I posted these updates from my personal knowledge of what was happening to Kim and our baby....Uh, no. I'm pretty much ignorant to all of this stuff and every week its just as new to me as it is to you. But here is what the experts say is happening to Kimmy and baby......

Week 19 - Your baby's sensory development is exploding! Her brain is designating specialized areas for smell, taste, hearing, vision, and touch. Some research suggests that she may be able to hear your voice now, so don't be shy about reading aloud, talking to her, or singing a happy tune if the mood strikes you.

Your baby weighs about 8 1/2 ounces and measures 6 inches, head to bottom — about the size of a large heirloom tomato. Her arms and legs are in the right proportions to each other and the rest of her body now. Her kidneys continue to make urine and the hair on her scalp is sprouting. A waxy protective coating called the vernix caseosa is forming on her skin to prevent it from pickling in the amniotic fluid.

Week 20 - Your baby weighs about 10 1/2 ounces now. He's also around 6 1/2 inches long from head to bottom and about 10 inches from head to heel — the length of a banana. (For the first 20 weeks, when a baby's legs are curled up against his torso and hard to measure, measurements are taken from the top of his head to his bottom — the "crown to rump" measurement. After 20 weeks, he's measured from head to toe.)

He's swallowing more these days, which is good practice for his digestive system. He's also producing meconium, a black, sticky by-product of digestion. This gooey substance will accumulate in his bowels, and you'll see it in his first soiled diaper (some babies pass meconium in the womb or during delivery).

1 comment:

Family Oliver said...

Hey Kim,
Rachel shared with me your blog. I've loved reading about your journey into pregnancy. Isn't it the most awesome experience? Albeit the sickness, headaches, and other random pains you could live without, the end result is simply miraculous.

I've met you only once at the Christmas party way back when, but I feel like I know you reading your posts. Obviously, you're going to make an awesome dad! Many congrats!

To you both,
My best wishes and prayers are with you tomorrow as you go to see Little Bit, up close and personal. I know y'all are so excited to see your baby.

I think it's a GIRL! :)

Happy blogging,