January 18 2005 17:15 (+ 6 - 11 )
posted by (gen_here)

How your baby's growing: Your baby has really fattened up. She likely weighs between 6 and 7 1/2 pounds now (boys tend to be slightly heavier than girls), and she's probably between 19 and 20 inches long. She has a firm grasp, which you'll soon be able to test with your pinky! Her organs are fully developed and in place, but her lungs and brain though developed enough for her to function now will continue to mature right through childhood.

Wondering what color your baby's eyes will be? You may not be able to tell right away. If your baby is 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 won't get "lighter" or more blue. (Green, hazel, and brown eyes have more pigment than gray or blue eyes.)

How your life's changing: It may be harder than ever to get comfortable enough to sleep well at night. Take it easy through the day this may be your last opportunity to do so for quite a while. Keep monitoring your baby's movements, too. Though she's crowded, she should still be active.

Swelling of your feet is normal in these last weeks, but if you notice any swelling of your hands or face, sudden weight gain, persistent or severe headaches, blurry vision or spots before your eyes, or upper abdominal pain, call your practitioner right away, because these are symptoms of a serious condition called preeclampsia.

Encourage your partner to relax and enjoy some activities he won't have time for after the baby arrives.

The only reason it's more uncomfortable to sleep at night is that now I *really* have to try to sleep on my left side... more on that in a second. I usually try to, and fall asleep that way, but if I wake up in another position I didn't worry about it. But I've been so tired that I'm usually asleep within a few minutes of praying with Geof. I have no swelling in my feet or ankles - the doctor was pleased to see that they are still "skinny." So that's good. And I have been encouraging Geof to do some more "fun stuff" now while he has the time - including his video games that he mentioned on Atlantis.

Let's see... what else has been going on this week. I had another prenatal appointment yesterday. I'm up a pound, and my blood pressure is up, too... the nurse took it twice and the doctor did again at the end of the visit just to see if it was a fluke. I don't remember the top number (they weren't worried about that one) but the bottom was 90 and 92 (should be 80 or under). So the doctor wants me to spend some extra time lying around on my left side... but I'm not on bed rest or anything. I also had trace amounts of protein in my urine, but that had happened once before as well and the nurse and doctor weren't too worried about it. They both felt it could have something to do with the beginning stages of labor. An email from my friend, Samantha, made me feel better because she reminded those of us reading that an increase in blood pressure at the very end of pregnancy can be a sign that labor is just around the corner.

On the good side, baby's heartbeat was about the strongest I've ever heard it today - and still in the 140s range. And, I'm dilated to 1cm... yay! So... getting closer every day.

This Saturday the ladies from the two churches threw a baby shower for us. I was on my own (I don't blame Geof, he would have been the only male there), so it was a bit nerve wracking. But in the end I had a good time. We received a lot of yellow sleepers with duckies on them (and only one repeat in the whole group of things we have for the baby - not bad!) and LOTS of receiving blankets (16 from the shower - not adding in all the ones we have here). But it's been good. I spent time yesterday cutting the tags off of everything and then time today washing loads of baby stuff. We're just about done with that, and now I'm in the "where does everything go?" mode =)

So... we're just about done here! We'll most likely keep updating the site with baby's achievements after birth, but the whole baby-growing process is just about complete. We're both really excited!

one comment:

valencia [ ] January 20 2005 19:20
oh my gosh...that close already...wow
rest up, i want you to have the birth experience you have dreamed about....listen to the doctor about your blood pressure...it is a serious thing...

take care and please let us help if you need it

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