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WEEK THIRTY-ONE: 4 NAVAL ORANGES

This week, your baby measures over 16 inches long. She weighs about 3.3 pounds (try carrying four navel oranges) and is heading into a growth spurt. She 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 probably moving a lot, too, so you may have trouble sleeping because your baby’s kicks and somersaults keep you up. Take comfort: All this moving is a sign that your baby is active and healthy.

How Far Along: 31 weeks, 2 days
Total Weight Gain/Loss: +15 pound so far
Maternity Clothes: All maternity, all the time

Gender: We’re having a BABY GIRL!!!!!
Best Moment this Week: Watching my belly shake as she kicks around
Movement: All the time!
Food Cravings: TGI Friday’s loaded potato skins…pretty much anything with carbs!
What I Miss: Rolling over in bed without flopping like a whale
Sleep: Not as great this week as I try to wean off the Ambien
What I am Looking Forward to: Reaching full term…5 weeks and 5 days to go
Symptoms: Pelvic pain & pressure, Contractions, Shortness of breath, Back Pain, Heartburn and Reflux



WEEK THIRTY: A GREEN CABBAGE

Your baby’s about 15.7 inches long now, and she weighs almost 3 pounds (like a head of cabbage). A pint and a half of amniotic fluid surrounds her, but that volume will decrease as she gets bigger and takes up more room in your uterus. Her eyesight continues to develop, though it’s not very keen; even after she’s born, she’ll keep her eyes closed for a good part of the day. When she does open them, she’ll respond to changes in light but will have 20/400 vision — which means she can only make out objects a few inches from her face. (Normal adult vision is 20/20.)

How Far Along: 30 weeks, 2 days
Total Weight Gain/Loss: +15 pound so far
Maternity Clothes: All maternity, all the time

Gender: We’re having a BABY GIRL!!!!!
Best Moment this Week: Getting a very clear look at her face on this week’s ultrasound
Movement: All the time!
Food Cravings: TGI Friday’s loaded potato skins…pretty much anything with carbs!
What I Miss: Rolling over in bed without flopping like a whale
Sleep: Not as great this week as I try to wean off the Ambien
What I am Looking Forward to: Reaching full term…6 weeks and 5 days to go
Symptoms: Pelvic pain & pressure, Contractions, Shortness of breath, Back Pain, Heartburn and Reflux

I had another ultrasound yesterday to check my cervical length (shortened by 1 inch in the last 2 weeks) and baby’s size (she’s 3lbs 6oz). We got a great look at her little face and she even had her arm up draped across her forehead in true drama queen fashion, which incidentally is how Maia was born and what caused my postpartum hemmorage. We saw her swallowing, sucking her thumb and making really cute facial expressions. Still contracting regularly but no further dialated so that’s good news.

Here are some ultrasound pics from this week:

And here is my 30 week, very large, belly:



WEEK TWENTY-NINE: BUTTERNUT SQUASH

Your baby now weighs about 2 1/2 pounds (like a butternut squash) and is a tad over 15 inches long from head to heel. Her muscles and lungs are continuing to mature, and her head is growing bigger to make room for her developing brain. To meet her increasing nutritional demands, you’ll need plenty of protein, vitamins C, folic acid, and iron. And because her bones are soaking up lots of calcium, be sure to drink your milk (or find another good source of calcium, such as cheese, yogurt, or enriched orange juice). This trimester, about 250 milligrams of calcium are deposited in your baby’s hardening skeleton each day.

How Far Along: 29 weeks, 3 days
Total Weight Gain/Loss: +13 pound so far
Maternity Clothes: All maternity, all the time

Gender: We’re having a BABY GIRL!!!!!
Best Moment this Week: Going shopping with Maia to pick out baby’s coming home outfit
Movement: All the time!
Food Cravings: TGI Friday’s loaded potato skins, Brownies
What I Miss: Cool weather!
Sleep: Not as great this week even with the Ambien
What I am Looking Forward to: Another ultrasound next week
Symptoms: Pelvic pain & pressure, Contractions, Shortness of breath, Back Pain, Mood swings, Heartburn and Reflux

I did pass my 3 hour glucose tolerance test so no gestastional diabetes for me! Yea, now pass the cake and ice cream. Contractions are picking up, sometimes as close as every 4-5 minutes. 7 weeks and 4 days until full term….



WEEK TWENTY-EIGHT: CHINESE CABBAGE

By this week, your baby weighs two and a quarter pounds (like a Chinese cabbage) and measures 14.8 inches from the top of her head to her heels. She can blink her eyes, which now sport lashes. With her eyesight developing, she may be able to see the light that filters in through your womb. She’s also developing billions of neurons in her brain and adding more body fat in preparation for life in the outside world.

How Far Along: 28 weeks, 5 days
Total Weight Gain/Loss: +13 pound so far
Maternity Clothes: All maternity, all the time

Gender: We’re having a BABY GIRL!!!!!
Best Moment this Week: Having an ultrasound and seeing her suck her thumb
Movement: All the time!
Food Cravings: TGI Friday’s loaded potato skins, Mixed Berry Cobbler with vanilla ice cream
What I Miss: Shaving my legs easily
Sleep: Not as great this week even with the Ambien
What I am Looking Forward to: Reaching full term…8 weeks 2 days to go
Symptoms: Pelvic pain & pressure, Contractions, Shortness of breath, Back Pain, Mood swings, Heartburn and Reflux

I got to have a sneak peek at little missy this week. Technically the ultrasound was to check my cervical length (which is shorter than it should be) and to check her size (she’s big). But I took the opportunity to make sure she is still a she (she is). I saw her sucking her thumb, sleeping with her little feet crossed just like Mase does and I noticed she has super long fingers just like Maia and Mase (and Matt). Baby looks great, she weighs 2 lbs 12 ounces, which is a little ahead of normal and she’s almost 16 inches long, which is super long considering Maia was only 18 3/4 inches at birth.

I also took my 28 weeks glucose test, which I failed by 3 freakin points. So on Monday I have the dubious joy of taking the 3 hr glucose test. I passed the 1 hr with flying colors with the other kids so I was surprised to get the phone call this time. Not looking forward to the 3 hour at all. Still contracting regularly, still a fingertip dialated and still counting the days until I’m full term.

And for your viewing pleasure, here I am in all my 28 week glory:



PREGNANCY WEEK TWENTY-SEVEN: CAULIFLOWER

This week, your baby weighs almost 2 pounds (like a head of cauliflower) and is about 14 1/2 inches long with her legs extended. She’s sleeping and waking at regular intervals, opening and closing her eyes, and perhaps even sucking her fingers. With more brain tissue developing, your baby’s brain is very active now. While her lungs are still immature, they would be capable of functioning — with a lot of medical help — if she were to be born now. Chalk up any tiny rhythmic movements you may be feeling to a case of baby hiccups, which may be common from now on. Each episode usually lasts only a few moments, and they don’t bother her, so just relax and enjoy the tickle.

How Far Along: 27 weeks, 3 days
Total Weight Gain/Loss: +11 pound so far

Maternity Clothes: All maternity, all the time
Gender: We’re having a BABY GIRL!!!!!
Best Moment this Week: Recognizing her sleep and awake schedules
Movement: All the time!
Food Cravings: TGI Friday’s loaded potato skins, Fruit, Chocolate Cake
What I Miss: Being active without contractions making me slow down
Sleep: Not as great this week even with the Ambien
What I am Looking Forward to: Finishing up our baby purchases
Symptoms: Pelvic pain & pressure, Contractions, Shortness of breath, Back Pain, Mood swings

After a day spent in the hospital getting IV fluids and Terb shots to stop the contractions, I’m at home on partial bedrest until my appointment on Monday. I’m not any more dilated but the contractions are pretty strong and closer together than they should be at 27 weeks. I have so much to do, so much to get ready and these contractions are really putting a damper on my summer at the pool. I made a calendar so I could mark the important days off. In 4 days, the baby would be able to stay in our local NICU at my preferred hospital instead of being transferred 30 minutes away to the main uptown hospital. I’m concentrating on that goal first. Then I’ll move to the next one.

This is the LAST baby. Have I mentioned that?