Thursday, September 10, 2009

36 Weeks!

It's 36 weeks this week...we are getting there! :o)

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How your baby's growing:

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.

How your life's changing:

Now that your baby is taking up so much room, you may have trouble eating a normal-size meal. Smaller, more frequent meals are often easier to handle at this point. On the other hand, you may have less heartburn and have an easier time breathing when your baby starts to "drop" down into your pelvis. This process — called lightening — often happens a few weeks before labor if this is your first baby. (If you've given birth before, it probably won't happen before labor starts.) If your baby drops, you may also feel increased pressure in your lower abdomen, which may make walking increasingly uncomfortable, and you'll probably find that you have to pee even more frequently. If your baby is very low, you may feel lots of vaginal pressure and discomfort as well. Some women say it feels as though they're carrying a bowling ball between their legs!

Even if you're enjoying an uncomplicated pregnancy, it's best to avoid flying (or any travel far from home) during your final month because you can go into labor at any time. In fact, some airlines won't let women on board who are due to deliver within 30 days of the flight.


Everything has still been going smoothly, although I do have good days and bad days. I have had a cold/seasonal allergies so I haven't been sleeping very well at night which adds a wrench into things! :o( Also every time I go to sleep I have the craziest/scariest dreams and I'm really starting to get annoyed by it!! It sucks!

I'm meeting with a potential long term sub candidate today at school, so that should be interesting. I know I need to start planning for when I'm going to be gone but I am just so unmotivated at school. I know what I want to do with my 5th graders, but I just have no idea what to do with my 6th graders. I really need to order some new music or something for them to play because all of the stuff I currently have doesn't really work.

In other news, it is Iowa State/ Iowa week! Yay! The big game is on Saturday and it should be a great day! I've had lots of fun watching "RVTV" on the local news station, where the sportscasters road trip through central Iowa and do coverage on the big game. In college we used to take our horns over and bombaard them with the fight song and hopefully get on the news. We thought it was fun, but I think it would be more fun now since I actually watch the news! Ahh...the joys of getting old. :o)


  1. Good luck getting something to work out with your 6th graders. I am sure it will come together.

  2. Rose - I've been enjoying your blog and hearing about your adventures at home, school, and baby planning. Thanks for sharing!


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