December 07 2004 17:09 (+ 7 - 3 )
posted by (gen_here)

How your baby's growing: By now, your baby probably weighs almost 4 pounds and is almost 17 inches long, taking up a lot of space in your uterus. She has tiny toenails now, and her fingernails have grown in, too. Some babies have a head of hair already; others have only peach fuzz.

How your life's changing: Your blood volume (the plasma plus red blood cells) is now about 40 to 50 percent greater than before you became pregnant to accommodate the needs of you and your baby. (This extra amount also helps make up for any blood you'll lose when giving birth.) You're also gaining a pound a week now, and roughly half of that goes right to your baby. With your uterus pushing up near your diaphragm and adding pressure on your abdomen, you may be dealing with heartburn more often or feeling a little short of breath. To help with shortness of breath, try eating smaller quantities more often (rather than three daily feasts) and sleeping propped up. Those smaller meals should help with the heartburn, too.

As your baby grows, the increasing concentration of weight in your growing belly causes a change in your posture and a shift in your center of gravity. Plus, your abdominal muscles are stretching, hormones are making your ligaments more lax, and your growing uterus may even press on some nerves. All of this can contribute to low back pain and possibly to some pain in your buttocks and thighs as well. Let your caregiver know if you have severe pain or feel numbness or tingling in your legs.

Nothing much to add this week. My bi-weekly doctor's appointment was supposed to be yesterday, but she had to reschedule for tomorrow - so I'll have another update then. It's hard to believe there's only about 8 weeks left (give or take) - so now it's starting to seem like there's a TON to do and not a whole lot of time to get it done.

We got our co-sleeper last Friday (thanks, Mom!) - and we set it up and took it down (to make sure we could re-pack it for travel). It's great. It's hard to collapse (which is good if you think about putting your tiny baby in there!), and we'll get it set up in our bedroom soon. It's going where my night stand was, so I want to vacuum out that corner well first.

I also went to the thrift store the next town over today. The new pastor's wife over there let me know that they had a lot of cloth diaper covers there - which is what we needed - so I thought I'd check it out. There weren't a lot of covers - a few - but there were a lot of fitted cloth diapers there. All the diapers and covers were $.25 a piece, so I decided I'd get a wide variety of them and try them out. If we like them, great! If not, I'll try reselling them on Ebay to pay for other covers. Since covers usually go for about $8 a piece, saving $7.75 a piece seemed like a good idea to me =) I also got a few terrycloth sleepers and a couple onsies - and a hat with ear flaps. I left with two paper grocery bags of diapers, clothes and a couple other things we can use around here for just over $10 with tax. Good finds =)

one comment:

mom(stella) [ ] December 07 2004 19:41
Good shopping!

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