Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Ooh That Smell

This just came in my weekly "what your baby's doing" email from BabyCenter:

He's shedding most of the downy covering of hair that covered his body as well as the vernix caseosa, the creamy substance that covered and protected his skin during its submersion in amniotic fluid. Your baby swallows both of these substances, along with other secretions, which will stay in his bowels until birth. This blackish mixture, called meconium, will become his first bowel movement.

Okay, I knew that those first poops were nasty, but I went this long without knowing that it was made up of old skin and hair.

Babies are gross.


Unknown said...

I thought Vernix Caseosa was the name of Billy Dee Williams's character in The Empire Strikes Back.

Stephanie said...

My father-in-law photographed Connor's first poop. I wish I were making that up.

The Saucier said...

I expected to go the rest of my life without knowing any of that. Thanks. Thanks a lot.

Stacey Greenberg said...

other people's babies are gross.