Thursday, July 26, 2012

36 Weeks

According to BabyCenter.com, Your baby is still packing on the pounds — at the rate of about an ounce a day. She now weighs almost 6 pounds (like a crenshaw melon) and is more than 18 1/2 inches long. She’s shedding most of the downy covering of hair that covered her body as well as the vernix caseosa, the waxy substance that covered and protected her skin during her nine-month amniotic bath. Your baby swallows both of these substances, along with other secretions, resulting in a blackish mixture, called meconium, will form the contents of her first bowel movement.

According to BabiesOnline.com,
Your baby continues to put on weight by about 1/2 pound each week. It’s no wonder the womb is becoming very cramped. Your baby is gaining weight quickly because layers of fat pile on and help in both body temperature regulation and developing his immunity in preparation for life in the outside world. You may find you are carrying your baby much lower now (or soon will be) as the baby drops into the birth canal, readying himself for birth. Your baby is about 19 inches long and weighs from 5.5 to 6.0 pounds. The vast majority of babies born now will live with little need for intensive medical treatment.

How far along? 36 Weeks
Total weight gain: Approx. 35 Pounds
Maternity clothes? Oh yes, all maternity.  
Stretch marks? No…still shocked and amazing at this. Knock on wood!
Sleep: Sleeping is alright still, I wake up every few hours but go right back to sleep
Best moment this week: Getting our stroller and some other items at Babies R US. I feel like we live in that store.

Miss Anything? I miss a lot of things..but this experience has been pretty darn amazing & I'm a little sad that it's almost over.
Movement:
She has been moving like crazy.  Derek has been amazed at the kicks she gives at night.

Food cravings: Donuts…powdered and lemon water…lots of lemon water.
Anything making you queasy or sick: still meat - sure hope this goes away!
Gender: Girl

Labor Signs: Nope
Symptoms: heartburn for the most part and just being overall tired
Belly Button in or out? Still in…
Wedding rings on or off? On

Happy or Moody most of the time: Had a roller coaster of emotions this week... but so very happy.
Looking forward to: Enjoying the last few weeks with Derek and preparing for our life to change for the better.

Our Britax stroller/car seat :)

Thursday, July 19, 2012

35 Weeks

I’m so happy to be at week 35! This is my last week before I’m in the upper 30s! Whoop! I need to play little mind games like this to help make the last month more bearable!
Right now I officially have 32 days to go. I’m still hoping she comes a tad early, maybe during week 38 would be nice. If that is the case I could only have around 20 days to go! <—Another mind game I like playing to get through these last weeks! As long as she doesn’t come before week 37, I’ll be a happy Mom! Since I plan on breastfeeding I want to make sure she is developed enough to be able to latch. Anyways, before I get too excited about being in my 35th week, here is a recap.
According to TheBump.com (same info for weeks 33-36)
Baby’s senses are continuing to improve — when light peeks in through your (extremely) stretched belly, those tiny eyelids and irises blink and dilate. And, baby can now recognize and react to simple songs… time to start practicing your lullabies! Growth (at least inside your womb) is starting to slow, and you may notice baby descend into your pelvis at the end of this month.

According to BabyCenter.com,
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.

According to BabiesOnline.com,
Your baby can – and does – respond just as a newborn would by opening his eyes while awake and closing them while sleeping. Your baby can also grasp firmly and his little fingernails may need to be trimmed shortly after birth. This month also offers more time for your baby to build antibodies and for his skin to continue to thicken. Your baby is approximately 18 inches long and weighs about 4.5 pounds. It’s wonderful to know that if your baby was born now, it has a 95 percent chance of full and normal survival with medical intervention.

How far along? 35 Weeks
Total weight gain: Approx. 34 Pounds
Maternity clothes? Oh yes! Trying my best to not buy anything more but nothing fits! I had a mini breakdown when I was getting ready for work and realized I never dried my clothes that I washed the night before.  It took me a good 20 minutes to find something that I could squeeze into.
Stretch marks? No
Sleep:
Sleeping still but I wake up about every two hours to go potty.
Best moment this week: Picking up the car seat I’ve been wanting since day one..the Britax Chaperone!

Miss Anything?
Breathing, sitting and laying like a normal person.
Movement:
Mostly wiggles these days along with a random karate kick here & there
Food cravings: Donuts…powdered and lemon water…lots of lemon water.
Anything making you queasy or sick: Meat..ick
Gender: Girl

Labor Signs: Nope
Symptoms:
heartburn and immobility like no other
Belly Button in or out? Still in…
Wedding rings on or off? On

Happy or Moody most of the time:
HAPPY!
Looking forward to: Derek and I are going to a class at the hospital this weekend that’s all about babies…it will be fun to learn new things with him

Carseat
Nursery Progress...yes, her name is Audrina! :)



Friday, July 13, 2012

34 Weeks

According to TheBump.com (same info for weeks 33-36) Baby’s senses are continuing to improve — when light peeks in through your (extremely) stretched belly, those tiny eyelids and irises blink and dilate. And, baby can now recognize and react to simple songs… time to start practicing your lullabies! Growth (at least inside your womb) is starting to slow, and you may notice baby descend into your pelvis at the end of this month.

According to BabyCenter.com,
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.

According to BabiesOnline.com,
Your baby can – and does – respond just as a newborn would by opening his eyes while awake and closing them while sleeping. Your baby can also grasp firmly and his little fingernails may need to be trimmed shortly after birth. This month also offers more time for your baby to build antibodies and for his skin to continue to thicken. Your baby is approximately 18 inches long and weighs about 4.5 pounds. It’s wonderful to know that if your baby was born now, it has a 95 percent chance of full and normal survival with medical intervention.

How far along? 34 Weeks
Total weight gain: Approx. 33 Pounds
Maternity clothes? Maternity & comfy clothes...I’m quickly running out of clothes that fit.
Stretch marks? No
Sleep:
Sleep is still good
Best moment this week: Getting a lot done overall and feeling more and more ready for our girl.

Miss Anything?
Feeling comfortable in jeans.
Movement:
Still feeling her all the time.

Food cravings: I’ve gone this entire pregnancy without any intense cravings. Certain foods sound really good but not something I NEED to have.  Fish would have to be my biggest craving.
Anything making you queasy or sick: Still chicken
Gender: Girl

Labor Signs: Nope
Symptoms:
heartburn has to be the worst symptom besides feeling like a whale some days.
Belly Button in or out? Still in…
Wedding rings on or off? On

Happy or Moody most of the time:
HAPPY!
Looking forward to: Baby's arrival! Seems so surreal at this point, I cannot wait to see her precious face & hold her for the first time. Also looking forward to purchasing the last few items we need like a stroller.

Trying out the moby wrap with my fake baby..aka a teddy bear

Monday, July 9, 2012

33 Weeks

Little late on this post…The 4th of July messed my week up.
I can’t believe that in just 21 days, Baby A will be full term and that in 42 days her due date will be here! Seriously, where is time going? I’m keeping my fingers crossed time continues to fly by until she is here!

How Big is Baby?
According to thebump.com,
Baby’s senses are continuing to improve — when light peeks in through your (extremely) stretched belly, those tiny eyelids and irises blink and dilate. And, baby can now recognize and react to simple songs… time to start practicing your lullabies! Growth (at least inside your womb) is starting to slow, and you may notice baby descend into your pelvis at the end of this month.

According to babycenter.com,
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.

According to babiesonline.com,
By now, you have all the amniotic fluid you are going to have and the amount will remain consistent until delivery. Your baby’s brain continues to grow, and increase the size of his head. Your baby continues to develop fat deposits under the skin, which can alter skin color. If you’re having a boy his testicles have moved from their location near the kidneys through the groin to the scrotum. If you are having a girl, her clitoris is relatively prominent. Your baby is approximately 17.5 inches long and weighs a little over four pounds now.


How far along? 33 Weeks
Total weight gain: Approx. 33 Pounds
Maternity clothes?
Maternity & comfy clothes... jeans are officially out of the picture
Stretch marks? No
Sleep:
Sleep is still good but I always wake up exhausted and wishing I was on maternity leave already
Best moment this week: Celebrating Derek’s birthday, I love that man!

Miss Anything?
My old wardrobe
Movement:
She moves all day long, I love it!

Food cravings: Not much I’ve been craving. I’m having the opposite issue and nothing sounds good.
Anything making you queasy or sick: Still chicken
Gender: Girl

Labor Signs:
No ..but holyshit ..so crazy to think this could be any day now?! I wonder if I'll be one of those people who's water breaks while I'm lurking around Target.
Symptoms:
heartburn & lack of mobility - otherwise honestly feeling great
Belly Button in or out? Still in…
Wedding rings on or off? On

Happy or Moody most of the time: HAPPY!
Looking forward to:
Baby's arrival!! It's all I can think about.. baby brain is no joke. And neither is nesting.. I literally have never cleaned & organized so much in my entire life. Who knew that folding baby socks & clothes could blow a night on the town out of the water?! :)


Nursery Progress!  We still need to buy leafs on the scary looking tree. :)