39 Weeks – Baby Watermelon

Your baby matches up to a mini-watermelon, weighing a bit over 7 pounds. (Length: about 20 inches, head to heel.)

Your baby’s waiting to greet the world! He continues to build a layer of fat to help control his body temperature after birth, but it’s likely he already measures about 20 inches and weighs a bit over 7 pounds, a mini watermelon. (Boys tend to be slightly heavier than girls.) The outer layers of his skin are sloughing off as new skin forms underneath.


How far along? 39 weeks 3 Days
Total weight gain/loss 38 pounds total. Gulp.
Maternity clothes? I’m running out of things that fit!!!!
Stretch marks? UGH. Yes. ALL OVER my hips, and some on the underside of my stomach.
Sleep *thumbs down*
Best moment this week My husband got a full time job!
Movement She’s getting cramped. All her movements are squirms and pushes now.
Food cravings None really.
Gender Girl!
Labor Signs 2 cm dilated. 50% effaced. Baby’s head is at -2 station.
Belly Button in or out? In.
What I miss Being comfortable, and feeling rested.
What I am looking forward to meeting this little girl!!!
Weekly Wisdom Relax and sleep!
Milestones
*shrug*

Doctor’s appointment went well yesterday. Blood pressure was 128/78. I had some ankle swelling in the evening – I didn’t even recognize my fat little cankles. The doctor says that she predicts she’ll see me at my regular appointment next week… Which is disappointing, but anything can happen. I’m really, REALLY hoping that Nellie comes this weekend so daddy doesn’t have to miss any orientation at his new job and have to make it up. I am starting to feel like she’s never coming out of there!


38 Weeks – Baby Leek

Since we’re getting so close, and I haven’t been having my doctor appointments ’till mid-week, I’ve decided to put Wordless Wednesday to the side for the time being in favor of my weekly baby updates. I don’t have many more, so this is just temporary. So even though I am midway through my 38th week, here’s my update!

Your baby, now as long as a leek, weighs nearly 7 pounds. (Length: more than 19 1/2 inches, head to heel.)

Your baby has really plumped up. She weighs about 6.8 pounds and she’s over 19 1/2 inches long (like a leek). She has a firm grasp, which you’ll soon be able to test when you hold her hand for the first time! Her organs have matured and are ready for life outside the womb.Wondering what color your baby’s eyes will be? You may not be able to tell right away. If she’s born with brown eyes, they’ll likely stay brown. If she’s born with steel gray or dark blue eyes, they may stay gray or blue or turn green, hazel, or brown by the time she’s 9 months old. That’s because a child’s irises (the colored part of the eye) may gain more pigment in the months after she’s born, but they usually won’t get “lighter” or more blue. (Green, hazel, and brown eyes have more pigment than gray or blue eyes.)

How far along? 38 weeks 3 Days
Total weight gain/loss 34 pounds total – lost 2 pounds since last week.
Maternity clothes? No, I’ve magically been able to fit into my normal clothes! Kidding, of course.
Stretch marks? OH, LORD. Not only do I have the hip ones that have been present for a few weeks, but some have popped up on the underside of my belly. I DIDN’T ESCAPE THE BELLY STRETCH MARKS. DAMN!
Sleep Same ole’, same ole’.
Best moment this week Packing our hospital bags!
Movement Less kicks, more squirms/pushes/rolls.
Food cravings French fries.
Gender Girl!
Labor Signs Occasional crampy feelings, nothing regular. 1 1/2 cm dilated at the doctor, 0% effaced.
Belly Button in or out? Innie.
What I miss Sleeping comfortably, sitting comfortably, laying comfortably…
What I am looking forward to Nellie’s arrival!
Weekly Wisdom Nothing this week.
Milestones Um… less than 2 weeks away from our due date?

DOCTOR UPDATE

Had a doctor’s appointment yesterday. Blood pressure was ok; 130/78. Still higher than I like, but not bad overall. Lost 2 pounds since last week. Doctor checked for dilation (which is so, SO UNCOMFORTABLE. UGH) and found that we are 1 1/2 cm dilated, but the cervix is still thick. I know that can change very quickly! She also mentioned that my pelvis is very narrow. She is still optimistic about having the unmedicated vaginal birth we’re aiming for, but she did warn us that since my pelvic cavity is so narrow we may run into complications that could lead to a c-section. She said that we’re going to do everything we can to avoid a C obviously, but just to prepare for a worst-case scenerio type situation. Josh kept trying to get her to give us the chances of having to have a c-section and she refused; she kept saying that we’re going to “plan for a vaginal birth” but just to also be prepared in the back of our minds that a C could be on the horizon. Oh, and did I mention that she’s estimating the baby to be around 7 1/2 pounds already? I know that’s not accurate and that it can sway a pound in either direction, but that’s not a small kid. I asked about induction, and she said she won’t let me go over 41 weeks. I want to avoid induction, but if it means that I get to 41 weeks and she still isn’t here, I’m okay with being induced. Sure, I’d love a wonderful birthing experience just the way I want it but the bottom line is this: As long as Nellie gets here safely and is healthy, that is all I care about. Induce me, cut me open, I don’t care. As long as she’s here safely, that is all that matters. Period.

37 Weeks – Baby Swiss Chard

Your baby is as lofty as a stalk of Swiss chard and weighs 6 1/3 pounds. (Length: a bit over 19 inches, head to heel.)

Congratulations — your baby is full term! This means that if your baby arrives now, his lungs should be fully mature and ready to adjust to life outside the womb, even though your due date is still three weeks away.

Your baby weighs 6 1/3 pounds and measures a bit over 19 inches, head to heel (like a stalk of Swiss chard). Many babies have a full head of hair at birth, with locks from 1/2 inch to 1 1/2 inches long. But don’t be surprised if your baby’s hair isn’t the same color as yours. Dark-haired couples are sometimes thrown for a loop when their children come out as blonds or redheads, and fair-haired couples have been surprised by Elvis look-alikes. And then, of course, some babies sport only peach fuzz.

How far along? 37 weeks 3 Days
Total weight gain/loss 36 pounds total. Yikes.
Maternity clothes? Most of my shirts are failing to cover my entire stomach.
Stretch marks? Still some along the hip-meets-belly line.
Sleep What’s that?
Best moment this week FULL TERM!!!!!!
Movement Less active the past two days, but she’s been more active today. This seems to be her little game. It’s called “Let’s Freak Out Mommy to the Point Where She Considers Calling the Doctor, and then Move Like Crazy”.
Food cravings Ice cream with chocolate chip cookies.
Gender Girl!
Labor Signs Occasional crampy feelings, but nothing regular or anything like contractions.
Belly Button in or out? Innie. I don’t think this turkey-timer’s gonna pop.
What I miss Sleeping comfortably.
What I am looking forward to meeting our baby.. It could be any day now!
Weekly Wisdom A woman from my chorus told me that when she had her 10 pound baby with no drugs, the key was to completely relax during her contractions and just detach herself from the pain.
Milestones FULL TERM!!!!!!!!!



I missed last week’s update. Whoops. I had a routine doctor’s appointment yesterday. Nothing spectacular or exciting; she checked Nellie’s heartbeat (which took a minute, Nellie decided to play Hide and Seek with the doppler). No cervical checks, but I think she’s going to next week. My blood pressure is slightly elevated. I usually have very good BP (120-125/75 or so) and yesterday it was 138/75. Yuck.

35 Weeks – Baby Honeydew

Your baby, now as hefty as a honeydew melon at 5 1/4 pounds, doesn’t have much room to maneuver in your belly. (Length: more than 18 inches, head
to heel.)

Your baby doesn’t have much room to maneuver now that he’s over 18 inches long and tips the scales at 5 1/4 pounds (pick up a honeydew melon). Because it’s so snug in your womb, he isn’t likely to be doing somersaults anymore, but the number of times he kicks should remain about the same. His kidneys are fully developed now, and his liver can process some waste products. Most of his basic physical development is now complete — he’ll spend the next few weeks putting on weight.


How far along? 35 weeks 2 Days
Total weight gain/loss 29 pounds total as of last appointment
Maternity clothes? Ayup.
Stretch marks? Still some along the hip-meets-belly line.
Sleep Sucks!
Best moment this week Getting her stroller/car seat and realizing we have all the major things we need for her!
Movement Good!
Food cravings Vegetables, specifically veggie trays. Go figure.
Gender Girl!
Labor Signs Zero.
Belly Button in or out? Still an innie – but it’s getting flatter.
What I miss Sleeping through the night.
What I am looking forward to meeting my lady!
Weekly Wisdom Can’t think of anything right now.
Milestones Ummm… I don’t know :)
I know the belly pic is tiny. I accidentally resized it too small, and now I’m too lazy to go back and upload it and resize it all over again. Ah, well. Oh, also, I am headless because I looked awful and decided to spare my dear readers the horror that was my hair that morning.

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34 Weeks – Baby Cantaloupe (Now Combined with Belly Pics + Survey!)

Your baby has bulked up like the average cantaloupe — to about 4 3/4 pounds. (Length: almost 18 inches, head to heel.)


Your baby now weighs about 4 3/4 pounds (like your average cantaloupe) and is almost 18 inches long. Her fat layers — which will help regulate her body temperature once she’s born — are filling her out, making her rounder. Her skin is also smoother than ever. Her central nervous
system is maturing and her lungs are continuing to mature as well. If you’ve been nervous about preterm labor, you’ll be happy to know that babies born between 34 and 37 weeks who have no other health problems generally do fine. They may need a short stay in the neonatal nursery and may have a few short-term health issues, but in the long run, they usually do as well as full-term babies.


34 Weeks – Before Baby Shower


How far along? 34 Weeks 2 Days
Total weight gain/loss 25 total pounds as of last appointment
Maternity clothes? Ayup.
Stretch marks? Still some along the hip-meets-belly line.
Sleep Sucks!
Best moment this week Her 3d ultrasound!!!!!!!
Movement I think she’s running out of room.
Food cravings None that I can think of.
Gender Girl!
Labor Signs Zero.
Belly Button in or out? Still an innie – but it’s getting flatter.
What I miss Sleeping through the night.
What I am looking forward to Our last baby shower on Saturday!
Weekly Wisdom Can’t think of anything right now.
Milestones 8 months pregnant!

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33 Weeks – Baby Pineapple

This week your baby weighs a little over 4 pounds (heft a pineapple) and has passed the 17-inch mark. He’s rapidly losing that wrinkled, alien look and his skeleton is hardening. The bones in his skull aren’t fused together, which allows them to move and slightly overlap, thus making it easier for him to fit through the birth canal. (The pressure on the head during birth is so intense that many babies are born with a conehead-like appearance.) These bones don’t entirely fuse until early adulthood, so they can grow as his brain and other tissue expands during infancy and childhood.

— From BabyCenter.com

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32 Weeks – Baby Jicama


Your baby is taking up more and more space in your uterus and weighs as much as a large jicama — about 3 3/4 pounds. (Length: about 16 3/4 inches, head to heel.)

By now, your baby weighs 3.75 pounds (pick up a large jicama) and is about 16.7 inches long, taking up a lot of space in your uterus. You’re gaining about a pound a week and roughly half of that goes right to your baby. In fact, she’ll gain a third to half of her birth weight during the next 7 weeks as she fattens up for survival outside the womb. She now has toenails, fingernails, and real hair (or at least respectable peach fuzz). Her skin is becoming soft and smooth as she plumps up in preparation for birth.

I’m not real sure what a jicama is, but it must be big b/c I’m a gigantic. You’ll see in the weekly belly pic – to come later this afternoon! Stay tuned!

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31 Weeks – Baby Naval Oranges

Your baby now weighs as much as four navel oranges. (Length: over 16 inches, head to heel.)

This week, your baby measures over 16 inches long. He weighs about 3.3 pounds (try carrying four navel oranges) and is heading into a growth spurt. He can turn his head from side to side, and his arms, legs, and body are beginning to plump out as needed fat accumulates underneath his skin. He’s probably moving a lot, too, so you may have trouble sleeping because your baby’s kicks and somersaults keep you up. Take comfort: All this moving is a sign that your baby is active and healthy.

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30 Weeks – Baby Cabbage

Your baby rivals a good-size cabbage in weight, tipping the scales this week at 3 pounds. (Length: about 15 3/4 inches, head to heel.)

Your baby’s about 15.7 inches long now, and she weighs almost 3 pounds (like a head of cabbage). A pint and a half of amniotic fluid surrounds her, but that volume will decrease as she gets bigger and takes up more room in your uterus. Her eyesight continues to develop, though it’s not very keen; even after she’s born, she’ll keep her eyes closed for a good part of the day. When she does open them, she’ll respond to changes in light but will have 20/400 vision — which means she can only make out objects a few inches from her face. (Normal adult vision is 20/20.)

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