Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Happy 19 weeks, Smyrna Baby!

Oh how you are growing...and oh how your mother is too! This week you have all sorts of stuff going on. Let's take a look and see what has to say about you this week!

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.

Now, it's time for me to start feeling you move! I'm your mother - listen to me! You will only hear me say this while you are in the womb - kick me, punch me or give me a little jab! This is the ONLY time it will be acceptable!

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