Sunday, November 30, 2008

Week 35

Little One doesn't have much room to maneuver now that she's over 18 inches long and tips the scales around 5 1/4 pounds (pick up a honeydew melon). Because it's so snug in your womb, she isn't likely to be doing somersaults anymore, but the number of times she kicks should remain about the same. Her kidneys are fully developed now, and her liver can process some waste products. Most of her basic physical development is now complete — she'll spend the next few weeks putting on weight.

5 weeks and counting until my due date. That is 35 days, which also roughly equals around 840 more hours.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Week 34

Little One now weighs somewhere between 4 3/4 and 5 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.

I haven't had any signs of preterm labor, but we'll all 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.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

It's like the Wave

Everyone who has ever been to an OU game with me knows how much I love "The Wave". (This video is of Missouri Tigers Fans, but I couldn't find one of us)

Now that Little One is getting so big her little movements are starting to span the entire stomach. Sometimes, my stomach "movements" oddly resemble my favorite football game past time: The wave. This morning, I was laying back on the couch watching ESPN with Alex. When I looked down at my stomach, it was completely lopsided. The left side was sticking straiting up and it sloped downward toward the right side. It looked like someone had punched it in. Then, without warning I watched my entire stomach start rolling around, sort of like jello. Waves of something rolled around from the inside. It was the most bizarre thing I'd ever seen.

So imagine "the wave" inside of your stomach. That is what it looks (and sort of feels like) Alex doesn't believe me when I tell him. Every time I try to get him to see it she stops moving. Just when he looks away, she gets moving again.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Week 33

It just keeps getting closer and closer! Little One is about the size and weight of a pineapple. She's rapidly losing that wrinkled, alien look and her skeleton is hardening. The bones in her skull aren't fused together, which allows them to move and slightly overlap, thus making it easier for her to fit through the birth canal.

I've been searching for more information about how Little One is developing, but as it turns out, she's just growing bigger, really. I think she's still sideways and kicking in the back side of my stomach.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Gymnastics Shower

Last Friday, we had a little baby shower at the gym where I coach. It was very cute. Here is the cupcake cake. Notice the adorable baby in the right corner.

The girls each put their name on a giant calendar trying to guess the day Little One will come. They also could get ribbon off of a spool guessing how big around I was. Some of them were waaaay to big, much to my dismay. Other's were very close.

We opened presents, which I am so grateful for. One thing that they did was very special. Each of the girls brought their favorite childrens book with a little inscription in the front. I ended up with a big basket full of books, each with their own special story.

Here we all are at the end. I love my girls.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Week 32

By now, Little One is around 4lbs and taking up a lot of space in my uterus. When I lay down or sit on the floor, I feel like she is in my throat. Over the next few weeks she'll gain roughly a 1/2 a week. She now has toenails, fingernails, and real hair. Her skin is becoming soft and smooth as she plumps up in preparation for birth.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Another Dr Appointment

Which was equally as boring as all of the others. I've gained 27 pounds. Little One's heart rate is 156 and sounded very strong. The doctor said she was growing. She's still transverse, but "moving in the right direction".

The doctor made me get a flu shot. I've never gotten one before, and I haven't had the flu since elementary school. But she said that immune systems are much different during pregnancy. Apparently, there can be severe complications when pregnant women get the flu. Dr. Gibbs said she has known two pregnant women who have died from influenza. The shot was free, so I let them stick me.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Slow weeks

It's been a slow couple of weeks as far as Little One goes. I haven't had much to blog about really. I just feel very large and slightly uncomfortable. I wish I had more to blog about. I have a doctors appointment on Friday, maybe that will yield more news.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Week 31

It was kind of a boring week, as far as baby goes. Nothing new happened. Here is what it says for this week:

This week, Little One measures between 16 and 17 inches long. She weighs around 3.5 to 4 pounds. She's heading into a growth spurt. Little One can turn her head from side to side, and her arms, legs, and body are beginning to plump out as needed fat accumulates underneath her skin. She's moving a lot, too.

She can open and close her eyes and her pupils respond to changes in light from the outside world. She has a great sense of hearing, because she kicked during the whole OU game this weekend :)