Wednesday, August 26, 2009

34 Weeks!

This week marks number 34....can you believe it?

I am a little in shock myself that this baby could be here in 6 weeks. Or maybe less, hopefully not too much more. :o) At our prenatal class they did say that most women do deliver around 41 weeks, so I am trying not to get my hopes up about anything happening anytime soon. We want this babe to cook as long as possible!!

And as always...from

How your baby's growing:

Your baby now weighs about 4 3/4 pounds (like your average cantaloupe) and is almost 18 inches long. Her fat layers — which will help regulate her body temperature once she's born — are filling her out, making her rounder. Her skin is also smoother than ever. Her central nervous system is maturing and her lungs are continuing to mature as well. If you've been nervous about preterm labor, you'll be happy to know that babies born between 34 and 37 weeks who have no other health problems generally do fine. They may need a short stay in the neonatal nursery and may have a few short-term health issues, but in the long run, they usually do as well as full-term babies.

How your life's changing:

By this week, fatigue has probably set in again, though maybe not with the same coma-like intensity of your first trimester. Your tiredness is perfectly understandable, given the physical strain you're under and the restless nights of frequent pee breaks and tossing and turning, while trying to get comfortable. Now's the time to slow down and save up your energy for labor day (and beyond). If you've been sitting or lying down for a long time, don't jump up too quickly. Blood can pool in your feet and legs, causing a temporary drop in your blood pressure when you get up that can make you feel dizzy.

Ditto, Ditto, Ditto on the fatigue! I have definitely been feeling more tired than I have been in the last few months. It is not as bad as first trimester, but a little unexpected after feeling so great for so long! Luckily with my new schedule at school, I no longer have to wake up early and I've been getting up around 8 every day. Yes, I know you hate me....but I am paying the price dearly by having a severely reduced paycheck and lots of feelings of low self worth. That is a whole different story in itself though! I always hear ladies say how you should sleep now because it won't be the same when baby comes, so that is exactly what I am doing! And also, with all this extra time at house has never been cleaner! I even did a load of laundry today "for fun". What the heck is wrong with me??

Besides feeling extra tired, I have been feeling very much like there is a little baby inside me. I can feel it up in my ribs when I am slouching in my chair or curled up in bed, but otherwise it is not too comfortable. Also, the baby is still moving lots! I was a little worried the other night when I thought it wasn't moving as much so I thought I would do my kick counts. Well, I had ten in about 2 minutes! Silly baby. :o)

We did instrument tryouts the past two times I've been at school. The last tryouts involved kids trying the trombone with the bell pointed right at my tummy. The other teacher in the room said, "Does your baby like these sounds? Is it moving around alot?" ha! Poor baby will probably have a lifetime complex about brass instruments developed from in the womb.! Who knows?

1 comment:

  1. Just an FYI, don't eat a Reese cup and drink a regular Dr. Pepper when you want to make sure you've got an active baby. Just saying. :)

    Glad you're doing well!


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