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Saturday, January 22, 2011

33 Weeks!

How far along? 33 Weeks!

Baby's size? Baby weighs about 4½ pounds, as much as a grownup duck, and is approximately 17.5 inches long, about the same as a collarbone-length pearl necklace.

Weight Gain? Still 18lbs, find out the change on Monday.

Stretch marks? Yes :( These bastard things decided to show up. They are multiplying. I give up.

Belly button in or out? Still half way like always.

Sleep? I really don't care for this question much. I usually sleep between 3 & 4 hours then I'm up for at least an hour if not for the whole entire day. I'm also up to pee 3 or 4 or 5 times a night.

Foods I am loving? Raisin Bran, chocolate as always.

Foods I am hating? Heavy foods, greasy foods, fast food.

Best moment this week? Realizing that little miss has been held in for almost 3 weeks thanks to bed rest!

Movement? Yup, she's quite the mover, any fruit drink gets her wiggling around!

Symptoms? Everything? Just about I feel. Contractions, B Hicks, stretch marks, nausea, headaches, bloody noses, peeing all the time (due to bladder punches-- Thanks Abigail), nesting, bed rest....leaking boobs sometimes, cravings...

Gender? Girl :)

What I miss? I love being pregnant and don't miss anything! Though being stretch mark free is working its way onto this part.

What I will miss? Feeling her move, feeling her respond to sounds and foods.

What I'm looking forward to? Dr's appointment Monday morning, we'll see how that goes :)

Weekly Wisdom: Don't take simple things such as walking to the kitchen for granted.

Milestone: Making it 3 more weeks since the hospital visit, (I was only 30 weeks then).

Emotions: Still every where. The contractions are back, I've had to take quite a few Terbutaline pills this week to stop them and sometimes I wonder if they are going to stop at all.

Excited that we're getting so much closer to having her here and that she is getting closer to the full-term 37 week mark. The closer we get the better I feel about her showing up when she wants.

I'm curious to see what the Doc has to say on Monday, I wonder how long I'll have to keep taking these pills to keep the contractions away.

The big news this week is lung development—baby's respiratory system is almost completely mature. That means if your baby was born this week, odds are he'd be a healthy bouncing baby with a just a little help from his friends (aka, the NICU). Some of the specifics are:

Your baby can now detect light and tell the difference between night and day (of course that ability will miraculously disappear once he's born and up all night screaming). His pupils will constrict and dilate in response to light. If you shine a flashlight on your belly, your baby may shy away from the light as if to say, "Cut it out, Ma. You're soooo annoying."

The bones in your baby's skull are soft and are not yet fused together. In other words, now is not the time to teach him how to do a headspin while breakdancing. This pliability allows the bones to overlap; making that trip down the tight birth canal possible (and resulting in that surprising cone head look your baby will sport for the first few days post-birth. Don't worry, it's totally normal and that's what hats are for.)

Your baby will continue to pack on the pounds gaining around ½ pound a week from here on out.

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