Saturday, December 18, 2010

20 Weeks - Half Way There

Baby's now the size of a cantaloupe!

Baby gulps down several ounces of amniotic fluid every day, both for nutrition and to practice swallowing and digesting. And, these days, those taste buds actually work! Studies show that after birth, babies respond best to tastes they've already had via amniotic fluid. Meaning, think about what you'd like your future child to eat as you prepare your own lunch.  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. 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. 

~Pregnancy Highlights~

Due Date: May 6, 2011 
Total weight gain: 10.5 lbs. (it seems like all I do is eat)
Morning Sickness: nope
Cravings: Mexican food & sweets.......I want them all day everyday but even when I eat them I still want more. 
Sleep: more please; thank you........
I can't live without: water & hot tea
I miss: nothing really
I am looking forward to: decorating the nursery
Milestones: we are at the half way point & we get to see Colton on Monday!!!
Exercise: not this past week.......again; I am still fighting off a darn cold
Diet: See it & Eat it........the holidays are tough on this pregnant woman
Movement: YES & loving it
Gender: Boy; Baby Colton
Labor Signs: Nope
Belly Shots: