Baby This Week | 37 Weeks

The Facts – Baby likely measures around 18.9 to 20.9 inches and weighs about 6.2 to 9.2 pounds.  Little on is gaining about 1/2 ounce each day, this fat helps her body regulate her temperature and keep an even blood-sugar level. The brain, and the skull that houses it, continue to grow.  Baby is practicing his or her breathing, but has increasingly less space to practice stretching and kicking. Little one’s intestines are also building up meconium, a greenish-black substance made of baby by-products such as dead cells, shed lanugo, and amniotic fluid. It’ll become baby’s first bowel movement, hopefully after she is out of the womb!  Baby is now considered “full term,” even though your due date is three weeks away. If he or she were to be born now, his or her lungs will likely be mature enough to fully adjust to life outside the womb.

Continue reading

Baby This Week | 36 Weeks

Baby This Week | 36 WeeksAlrighty, welcome to week 36!  People, the countdown is nearly over.  Can you believe it?!  We are honeydew melon status this week and only getting bigger, so hear goes!

The Facts – Baby’s head is specially designed to travel through the cervix and pelvis. The bones in the skull aren’t fused together yet; this loose construction makes baby’s head very shapeable so it can squeeze through the birth canal without harming them or myself. The bones will gradually fuse over the first year of life.  Little one weighs approximately between 4.2- to 5.8- pounds this week and measures nearly 19-21inches.  Baby will continue to develop about a half ounce of fat a day.  Baby has a few final developments taking place in week 37:

Continue reading

Baby This Week | 34 Weeks
Let’s hope my child doesn’t actually look like this, lol!

The Facts – Baby is taking deep breaths this week. The eyes can blink and are open when it’s awake and closed when asleep, and the pupils dilate and constrict in reaction to light. Baby is about 18 inches and weighs about 5 pounds. Continue reading

Baby This Week | 33 Weeks

We are durian fruit (whatever that is?!) status folks! I think I’ve seen this fruit in person a few times and I always have to touch it, lol.  I’ve never had it before though.  Maybe one day I’ll actually try it out.

The facts:
Your baby’s brain is still developing rapidly as his or her five senses get ready for the world outside the womb. At this point, baby can see the liquid world around him or her.  Fun fact:  Baby can feel sensation when he or she grabs a toe or sucks on a finger; taste the amniotic fluid he or she’s swallowing; and hear your heartbeat, your voice, and the grumble of your stomach. There’s no air in the amniotic sac to carry scent, but if there were, baby could also smell her environment.
Baby’s crown-to-rump length is about 17 inches. Little one weighs about 4 1/2 pounds and gains about eight ounces every week.
Baby is also in the process of receiving my antibodies. If he or she were born right now, baby’s immune system would be immature, and extra care would need to be taken to keep him or her in a sterile environment.
Baby is rapidly losing that wrinkled, alien look and his skeleton is hardening. The bones in his or her skull aren’t fused together, which allows them to move and slightly overlap, thus making it easier for him or her to fit through the birth canal. Another fun fact:  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 or her brain and other tissue expands during infancy and childhood.

Here’s hoping baby is not in the above pictured position (breech)!  Even though I know baby still would have time to turn before delivery.  I won’t find out until my 36-week appt a guestimate of what position the baby’s in.

Baby -  This little (or rather I say big) one is getting bigger and stronger by the day.  We are talking, taking up more and more room by the day.  Baby makes me laugh when it moves like an alien in my belly.  Sometimes I just look at my belly and laugh at how it moves.  They say baby sleeps 90-95% of the time, but some days it sure doesn’t seem like that.  Little one gets more active by the week.  I probably feel it more now since baby is so much bigger.  I can’t believe all baby has to do going forward is fatten up, mature its lungs and immune system, and overall just get ready to be born.  This is actually a real little person I have floating around in me. – So cool!

Me I have been feeling pretty good this week.  The major thing is being sleepy more, but that’s totally expected and easy to deal with.  No swelling, signs of preterm labor, or any other craziness.  My belly has been itchy, but not to be alarmed, its just the skin continuing to stretch.  I’ve incorporated into my usual Palmer’s regimen, and it makes my belly sooo soft!.  Also, my belly has been a little achy under the bottom.  I take it that this is stretching and possibly the baby dropping more into my pelvis.  I have been feeling some increased pressure in my hips if I’m on my feet a lot.  Otherwise, I mostly still have the Braxton Hicks throughout the day.  I’m doing my best to stay hydrated with water, but I have included a by Traditional Medicinals into my diet. Its supposed to help prepare your body for birth and has great reviews.  My Mom actually told me about the specific tea, but I had heard of such teas existing, especially the red raspberry tea leaf.  I’m very excited to be drinking hot tea again, because I laid off my teas completely once finding out I was pregnant.  I really like the tea so far, and I’m supposed to drink 3 cups a day, however some days I’ve only had time to drink 2 cups.  Everything else is looking good and feeling good, so that leads me to believe that baby is good.  In other news my craving has returned, I’m still loving the Outshine frozen fruit bars, and our pack n’ play and swing/bouncer arrived this week.  Its getting real people!

Hubs As usual he is doing good!  Growing more and more anxious by the day, Hubs is super excited.  He’s even helping me do inventory of all of our things we have so far for the baby.  We got out swinger/bouncer and pack n’ play in and he is pretty excited to have them and get them setup.  I showed him the little Halloween onesie, socks, hat, and shoes I got baby at Old Navy and he thought it was really cute.  I told him its his turn to pick out an outfit for baby, and I know he’s looking forward to it for sure.  Hubs is talking to the baby every day, touching my belly and kissing it.  Its so nice to see him connecting with the baby. He’s even gotten to see some of the alien-esque movements that baby does and feel them.  Hubs thinks its so cool!

We are on to week 34 next week, which means 3 weeks until full-term!  Of course I want to carry baby as close to 40 weeks as possible, but getting to full-term will be exciting!  What will be even more exciting is the day baby gets here safe, sound, healthy, happy, and normal no matter when that is.

Until next time folks! 

Happy bumping!



Baby This Week | 32 Weeks

We are squash status this week people! Again, I am still trying to wrap my head around the fact that I have something that big inside of me. Nonetheless, let’s get to it:

The Facts – Baby weighs 3 3/4 pounds and is about 16.7 inches long. I should be gaining about a pound a week and roughly half of that goes right to your baby. Baby will gain a third to half of his or her birth weight during the next 7 weeks as she fattens up for survival outside the womb. Fun fact: baby now has toenails, fingernails, and real hair. Baby’s skin is becoming soft and smooth as he or she plumps up in preparation for birth. Your baby continues to grow and develop inside of you. Baby is sleeping approximately 90 to 95 percent of the day. Most of his or her wrinkles are disappearing, especially on baby’s face, as more fat is deposited under his skin. Baby’s hair is becoming thicker with each passing week, so much that if I were to have an ultrasound I would be able to see it on there! Baby will also begin to settle in the head-down position, as the birth is fast approaching.

Baby – Baby has been having the hiccups all the time lately.  At first I didn’t know what they were, but after a little research I realized that the thump, thump feeling in my crotch-region and butt were hiccups.  Its so darn cute too!  The movements have definitely changed that this little one is doing now.  Movements are more stretches, than kicks and jabs.  I can literally feel this baby’s whole body movements many times.  More space is being taken up for sure and space is running out.  I’m pretty sure baby is head down, because of where I feel the hiccups, find the heartbeat, and how the movements feel up near my ribs.  I will find out for certain, however, at my 36 week appointment.  Baby loves the right side though and tends to hang out there majority of the time.

Me – Not much for previous weeks.  I’ve finally picked up about a pound, but with half of that going to the baby the scale doesn’t reflect much change.  My abdomen shape has changed, to which I’m going out a bit more on the sides, because there is just not much more room towards the top anymore.  Plus, I think its due to baby dropping a bit.  My PA seemed to think that this was the case for me measuring right at 32 cm at 32 weeks, rather than a week ahead like I normally do. Sleep has been the same as reported in previous weeks, uncomfortable, tossing and turning and getting up to use the restroom at least once a night.  Belly has been itchy, like reaallly itchy!  Its itchy up higher and on the sides, which is different than in previous weeks.  I’ve now invested in coconut oil to use as a moisturizer, along with my usual Palmer’s regimen.  I like when my belly itches though, because it let’s me know my belly is growing, and in turn baby is growing.

Hubs – Getting more anxious by the week.  He is really ready for baby to be here.  We ordered our pack n’ play and swing/bouncer today and it made him even more excited that we are preparing for baby’s right-around-the-corner arrival.  Everything is becoming so much more real, and fortunately Hubs is ready and confident and reassuring me that I’ll be a good mom.  He’s a good man!  I really feel so blessed.

Next week folks, we will be on to week 33!  This means just 4-7 weeks left, yikes!

Happy bumping!

Tenns Sig