Things are heating up inside as well: Baby may grow up to a full inch this week alone, and his brain is developing like crazy. Pretty soon, he'll be able to coordinate breathing with sucking and swallowing. Also, his bones are hardening, and he's started to keep his eyes open when he's awake. 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 cone head-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
Due Date: May 6, 2011
Total weight gain: 23 lbs.
Cravings: spicy, spicy, spicy & of course sweets
Sleep: is awful; I sleep about 4 hours straight & then just lay there for a little while longer so at least I am resting my body
I can't live without: Brayden; he is keeping me going with his smile & laugh on the days when I am not "feeling it"
I miss: actually nothing
I am looking forward to: hopefully finishing up his nursery this week & also ordering the boys new stroller
Milestones: nothing major to report
Exercise: walking 3 mornings a week & I have been walking our stairs every night
Diet: I am really trying to eat healthy & am actually now craving veggies!!
Maternity Clothes: pants yes - shirts a mixture
Movement: all day & night & it is the BEST feeling in the world
Gender: Boy; Colton Lee
Labor Signs: I had some this past Monday (they say due to stress & dehydration but then again I was in a fender bender but none other than a few braxton hicks since
Belly Shots: (I have been saying this just about every week but I look awful & almost didn't post pictures so please excuse the way I look)