(crenshaw melon - whatever that is)
How Far Along: 36 weeks!!! Only ONE more weeks until full term and 4 until due date!
Size of baby (from babycenter.com): Your baby is still packing on the pounds — at the rate of about an ounce a day. She now weighs almost 6 pounds (like a crenshaw melon) and is more than 18 1/2 inches long.
My baby this week (from babycenter.com): She's shedding most of the downy covering of hair that covered her body as well as the vernix caseosa, the waxy substance that covered and protected her skin during her nine-month amniotic bath. Your baby swallows both of these substances, along with other secretions, resulting in a blackish mixture, called meconium, will form the contents of her first bowel movement. At the end of this week, your baby will be considered full-term. (Full-term is 37 to 42 weeks; babies born before 37 weeks are pre-term and those born after 42 are post-term.) Most likely she's in a head-down position. But if she isn't, your practitioner may suggest scheduling an "external cephalic version," which is a fancy way of saying she'll try to coax your baby into a head-down position by manipulating her from the outside of your belly.
Stretch Marks: Oh yes. More and more each week. Even above the belly button now on the sides.
Sleep: Holy crap it has been bad. I wake up like 8-10 times each night and whatever hip I am sleeping on is just killing me. Thanks relaxin (the hormone shifting my hips).
Best Moment of the Week: I set up his bassinet in our bedroom and we are going to rearrange some of the furniture in there to give it more room on my side of the bed. I am also going to pack my hospital bag this weekend!! My list has 70+ things on it to bring if you can believe it.
Movement: Yes, less strong though each day as he gets more cramped. He also hiccups all the time which I thought was cute until I googled it and google said that it can be a sign of cord issues. I asked the OB about it and he said hiccuping is super normal. Of course I wish I hadn't googled it though because I am a worry wart!
Food cravings: Again, nothing really. I haven't been able to eat much lately with how small my stomach is with having to compete for space with my uterus.
What I Miss: Sleep. I whoever is reading this is probably laughing since I won't get that back for months if not years from now!
What I'm Looking Forward To: 1 more weeks and he's full term!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Milestones: Making it to 36 weeks.
Emotions: Excited to be so far along. I can't believe we are just weeks away!
Symptoms: Nothing new.