Tuesday, May 26, 2009

31 Weeks Along.....

Holy Cow only 9 more weeks until our expected due date.....I think I just had a panic attack!!

All About Baby Brayden This Week.....
Baby Brayden now weighs approximately 3.5 pounds, measures just over 16 inches from head to heel, and is getting used to the world of light and dark by opening and closing his eyes. Hiss facial muscles continue to strengthen, and Brayden can make different expressions. His lungs are nearly mature; however, these last few weeks are crucial to healthy and complete lung development. Some of the amniotic fluid has to be removed at this point to make room for the growing baby so in essence that would mean you have about half as much fluid as you did about a month ago. Less fluid means less cushion and so you are likely to feel Brayden’s kicks and movements more intensely. However Brayden’s movements are going to be less drastic and dramatic from this point on. Brayden is rehearsing at intervals by breathing in amniotic fluid and expelling it. You can tell that bones and muscles are continuing to grow along with his organs and brain. If you haven't already been talking to your baby, now is the time to start. Until now, he interpreted sounds as vibrations. But this week he can hear actual sounds and will begin to recognize your voice or the music you play.

How far along? 31 Weeks
Total weight gain/loss: gained 27 lbs
Maternity clothes? is there anything else at this point?
Stretch marks? none yet & I am keeping my fingers crossed that none pop up!
Sleep: I am having such a hard time getting a good nights sleep; i have tried different sleep positions & even tried to sleep on the sofa but no matter where I am I can't sleep more than 3-4 hours & then I am wide awake!!
Best moment this week: Filling out our pre-admission forms for the hospital....he is going to be here so soon!!
Movement: I feel him so often & his movements are getting stronger!
Food cravings: chocolate...chocolate...chocolate.
Gender: BOY
Labor Signs: braxton hicks
Belly Button in or out? half out - half in..the weirdest thing to look at!
What I miss: sleep
What I am looking forward to: picking up my new mommy mobile on Wednesday!!
Weekly Wisdom: Don't wish away the moments you have with your baby right now....they are so precious!
Milestones: buying a new family car with enough room for Brayden & the pups!