How your baby's growing:
Your baby's sensory development is exploding! His brain is designating specialized areas for smell, taste, hearing, vision, and touch. Some research suggests that he may be able to hear your voice now, so don't be shy about reading aloud, talking to him, 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. His arms and legs are in the right proportions to each other and the rest of her body now. His kidneys continue to make urine and the hair on his scalp is sprouting. A waxy protective coating called the vernix caseosa is forming on his skin to prevent it from pickling in the amniotic fluid.
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We're off to the mountains for the weekend for some necessary R&R. Though Christmas week was more fun than we could have imagined - it's just not the same as getting away to the mountains with nothing to do! What an adventure this year has been! I need a break from it....don't you? Enjoy some black eyed peas and collared greens tomorrow and I pray many blessings on your 2009. Can't wait for my kiss at midnight......
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