Monday, January 4, 2010

New Year's Weekend

Karen Joyce: Turn on the radio and sway to the music. With her sense of movement well developed by now, your baby can feel you dance. And now that she's more than 11 inches long and weighs just over a pound (about as much as a large mango), you may be able to see her squirm underneath your clothes. Blood vessels in her lungs are developing to prepare for breathing, and the sounds that your baby's increasingly keen ears pick up are preparing her for entry into the outside world. Loud noises that become familiar now — such as your dog barking or the roar of the vacuum cleaner — probably won't faze her when she hears them outside the womb. (23 weeks, from

Laura Grace: By now your child's eye color and hair color are probably fixed (and may be different from what they were at birth). Left- or right-handedness is a trait that takes a bit longer to figure out, but you'll get plenty of clues this year. Watch which hand your child uses to pick up a spoon at meals or a ball on the playground. She's beginning to favor her dominant hand, left or right, this year. (from I'm pretty sure Laura is right-handed.

All of the above photos are from our trip through Arkansas this last weekend. We went to Heber Springs to see Keith's Aunt Penny and Granny Boots. Then, we went to see Baby Sean at Children's in Little Rock, then on to Pine Bluff to stay with Laura's beau Dantre. We had a great trip, and a lot of fun. It was so good to see family and friends!

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