Sunday, September 13, 2009

Bump Watch: 20 Weeks

Our 20-week picture was taken at the PEF beach retreat (photos and blog post on that to come soon!) --

It's so exciting to see the weekly progress!

And here's the weekly update from (edited for proper personal pronouns -- we'll be referring to the baby as a "he" from here on out!!) --
You're at the halfway mark — congratulations! 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. (The way your baby is measured changes now.) 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 (although some babies pass meconium in the womb or during delivery).
That's right, pregnancy isn't all puppies and rainbows... But how incredible is it that our little son is already working on getting his digestive system up and running? We truly are fearfully and wonderfully made!

We'll hopefully have some sonograms from our 20-week ultrasound up soon -- our scanner is still on the fritz, so it may end up being pictures of the printouts. And it'll happen once we have a free moment, amongst all the busyness of the beginning of the school year... It's a crazy time for us, but one of our favorite weeks of the year!