We just keep moving right along, don’t we little girl? Happy 36 weeks to us, woohoo!! We also just got our first rain of the fall season here in California and it’s a true sign that summer is ending and fall is upon us. You know what that means? It means that it’s almost time for your arrival! Pumpkins and apples and fall leaves…all these little things that I’ve never really stopped to note before are now signs that your arrival is imminent and I’m really getting excited! 😀
I have to tell you it took a lot for me to get my belly pictures done this week. It had just thundered, rained and haled and I had to go outside in my bikini top! Haha. I’m sure the neighbors thought I was ridiculous! There was a brief moment of sunshine and no rain so I ran out in the yard and snapped these pics of what you look like from the outside this week!
Symptoms: Fetal movement, fetal hiccups, braxton hicks (and some really hurty contractions too, yow!), tight tingly breasts, congestion, vaginal discharge, protruding belly button, emotional/hormonal, sciatica, edema, insomnia, shortness of breath, fatigue, frequent urination (I’m up 2-3 times a night), itchy tummy!
Weight gain: 23lbs
Here’s what babycenter.com has to say about your development this week:
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. 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.
You also had your second party in your honor my sweet monkey!! Last Saturday mommy (and you!) were showered with lots of love and gifts! I’m excited to get the pictures and post them for you. You are so so so loved! Ahhhh!
Congratulations on another week! We are SO close. Still lots to do! Daddy is going hunting this weekend so there won’t be much progress on the nursery, but I promise I’m working on other things to get ready for your arrival. I love you so much my sweet little girl!