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Saturday, October 30, 2010

20 weeks (October 23-29)

How our baby's growing:
Our baby weighs about 10 1/2 ounces now. (Baby Smith is weighing more than that probably since he was already about 12 ounces at the 19 week appointment!) 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).

We are halfway there! :) Time is flying by!

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