Friday, February 16, 2007

20 weeks! HALFWAY!

Here we are 20 weeks! I can 't believe it, it has just flown by! I had many requests for a "bump" picture, so here it is. Now let me just remind you all that we are focusing on the "bump", none of the other areas that may have grown as a result of the baby insisting on more food ;) ha!

Robby and I now have less than a week before we have our second ultrasound and will be able to find out the sex of the baby. So, since you all have a visual of my pregnancy to go by, I'm going to take a poll and see who thinks we'll be having a boy, who thinks we will be having a girl, and who is still convinced that the amount I grew so quickly indicates that i must be
having twins not that food is my friend...haha! Kidding. So send in the polls.... this is way too much fun!

Well, here is this weeks update. Sorry no fruit or vegetable references :(


Your baby weighs about 10 1/2 ounces now. She's also around 6 1/2 inches long from head to bottom (the baby could lie on one of my hand's from wrist to the tip of the middle finger), and about 10 inches from head to heel. (For the first 20 weeks, we use measurements taken from the top of the baby's head to her bottom

known as the "crown to rump" measurement. After that, we use measurements from head to toe. This is because a baby's legs are curled up against her torso during the first half of pregnancy and are very hard to measure.)

A greasy white substance called vernix caseosa coats her entire body to protect her skin during its long submersion in amniotic fluid. (This slick coating also eases the journey down the birth canal.)

Your baby is swallowing more, which is good practice for her digestive system. She's also producing meconium, a black, sticky substance that's the result of cell loss, digestive secretion, and swallowed amniotic fluid. This meconium will accumulate in her bowels, and you'll see it in her first messy diaper (although a few babies pass it in utero or during delivery).

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