Tuesday, March 9, 2010

38 Weeks

I saw this on another blog recently, and thought it would be fun to fill out for the last couple of weeks that we have left. I've been keeping a journal very similar to this throughout my pregnancy--which I plan to give to HER when she gets pregnant, many many years from now! Wish I would have thought to do a weekly update like this on the blog, but it's okay--better late than never!

How Far Along: 38 weeks and 1 day (13 days to go!)

Our Baby's Development: Your baby has really plumped up. She weighs about 6.8 pounds and she's over 19 1/2 inches long (like a leek). She has a firm grasp, which you'll soon be able to test when you hold her hand for the first time! Her organs have matured and are ready for life outside the womb.

Wondering what color your baby's eyes will be? You may not be able to tell right away. If she's born with brown eyes, they'll likely stay brown. If she's born with steel gray or dark blue eyes, they may stay gray or blue or turn green, hazel, or brown by the time she's 9 months old. That's because a child's irises (the colored part of the eye) may gain more pigment in the months after she's born, but they usually won't get "lighter" or more blue. (Green, hazel, and brown eyes have more pigment than gray or blue eyes.)
Mama: (TMI ALERT!) You're at a milestone: 38 weeks marks full-term pregnancy status! The pain of backaches and leg cramps are swallowed up by excitement about your baby's impending arrival. You may experience false contractions off and on throughout the day. Inside your body, your cervix is readying for delivery. You may notice clear to white vaginal discharge, sometimes streaked with blood, as your cervix thins (or effaces).

Weekly Food Comparison: A mini watermelon

The Good: Heartburn is still nowhere to be found--whoo hoo!!!

The Bad: Lots of pelvic pain & pressure, swollen feet and ankles

The Weird: Seeing my belly 'bulge' more and more everyday, like there is a little alien in there! I love being able to press on her little feet or booty and she will push back :o)

Currently Craving/Avoiding:

Avoiding: not really avoiding anything--trying to stay away from anything 'too' spicy, just to be on the safe side with the heartburn!

Craving: Water, CHOCOLATE, and pretty much anything I can get my hands on--they say your appetite decreases right before you give birth--looks like it will be a while! ha!

Doctor Updates: We see the Doctor today at 3 p.m.--7p.m. EST--will update later!

Total weight gain/loss: 35 lbs.-Whoah!

Stretch marks? Sadly, yes. They have finally appeared--not that I was excited and waiting for them! None on my big belly, I heard they pop up AFTER you have the baby? I have just a couple on my hips and thighs--nothing dark, they are very light and nothing a bathing suit won't cover! Let's just say--if that's all I get, I will be HAPPY!

Sleep: waking up at least once an hour, more like twice an hour the past two nights--thinking the baby has dropped and is laying on my bladder! No problem going back to sleep though, and since I'm pretty used to waking up throughout the night, it really isn't bothering me since I can sleep as late as I want for now :o)

Movement: Little Miss is a wiggler! She is still moving a lot, and if she isn't I can press on my belly where she is laying and she will push back and reassure me that she's still okay in there!

Labor Signs: A few Braxton Hicks as of last night! I think maybe she has dropped just a 'tad' too!

Belly Button in or out? It's out!

What I miss: A good glass of wine and being able to shave my legs without feeling like I'm going to vomit or pass out.

What I am looking forward to: Seeing my sweet girl and holding her for the first time--and being able to tell Jason: " I TOLD YOU SO!" when she has him wrapped around her little fingers :o)


  1. very cute- can't wait to see pictures of her. I think I am just as excited as you. I need your address, so I can send some goodies :)

  2. love the new blog header! did you do that yourself? can't belive it's almost time...i know i keep saying that, but i really can't believe it! yay!

  3. Thanks Jodi! Yes I did--there are templates you can use and instructions at the shabby blog website! Monica--I will send you a message on facebook!