The Secret Life of Riley

My granddaughter has now been developing for twenty weeks. She is halfway to being born!


At twenty weeks, she weighs around ten ounces and is about six and a half inches long; about the size of a banana. Her taste buds are fully developed.

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Ultrasounds have come a long ways since I had one in the nineties. I cherish these photos, taken this morning. I cherish this peek inside Riley’s secret world. I cherish the miracle of her.


I can’t help but wonder what she thinks about, snug and cozy in her watery world.

I wonder what she makes of the voices she hears outside her little cocoon.

I wonder if she knows that she is already dearly loved.