Saturday, April 9, 2011

; 36 Weeks ;

Baby's now the size of a honeydew!

Baby's skin is getting smooth and soft, his gums are rigid, his liver and kidneys are in working order, and his circulation and immune system are basically good to go. His lungs are the only organs that still need to fully mature, but every day he gets a little closer to breathing on his own. 
Your baby is still packing on the pounds — at the rate of about an ounce a day. He now weighs almost 6 pounds and is more than 18 1/2 inches long. He's shedding most of the downy covering of hair that covered his body as well as the vernix caseosa, the waxy substance that covered and protected his skin during his 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 his first bowel movement.  At the end of this week, your baby will be considered full-term. (Full-term is 37 to 42 weeks; babies born before 37 weeks are pre-term and those born after 42 are post-term.) Most likely he's in a head-down position.

~Pregnancy Highlights~

Due Date: May 6, 2011 
Total weight gain: 27 lbs.
Cravings: sweet & spicy
Sleep: what does this word mean???
I can't live without:  water; I have been so thirsty lately 
I miss: being able to move around without losing my breath
I am looking forward to: being "full term" next week; there is a huge amount of comfort in knowing that he will be ok if born early (even though I am sure that he will NOT come early)
Milestones: nothing major this week
Exercise: back to walking with Brayden 3 days a week & I am getting back to the stairs this week too; my leg & feet swelling has started to get worse so I am hoping that it will continue to help
Diet:  lots of chicken, fresh fruits & veggies
Maternity Clothes:  pants yes - shirts a mixture
Movement: he is a mover & shaker!!
Gender: Boy; Colton
Labor Signs: braxton hicks
Belly Shots: