Wednesday, September 23, 2009

38 weeks!

38 weeks!

Another uneventful week has gone by...thankfully!

Here's what has to say:

How your baby's growing:

Your baby has really plumped up. She weighs about 6.8 pounds and she's over 19 1/2 inches long (like a leek). She has a firm grasp, which you'll soon be able to test when you hold her hand for the first time! Her organs have matured and are ready for life outside the womb.

Wondering what color your baby's eyes will be? You may not be able to tell right away. If she's born with brown eyes, they'll likely stay brown. If she's born with steel gray or dark blue eyes, they may stay gray or blue or turn green, hazel, or brown by the time she's 9 months old. That's because a child's irises (the colored part of the eye) may gain more pigment in the months after she's born, but they usually won't get "lighter" or more blue. (Green, hazel, and brown eyes have more pigment than gray or blue eyes.)

How your life's changing:

For many women, the next couple of weeks are a waiting game. Use this time to prepare your baby's nursery or to take care of necessary tasks you may not get around to for a while after your baby's born. Take naps, catch up on your reading, and spend uninterrupted time with your partner while you can.

I have been very good about practicing my patience! I honestly do not think the baby is going to come anytime soon...but I could be wrong! I've been adding things to my hospital bag and making lists to make sure we know what we need to take with us to the hospital, just in case. We go on the "real"hospital tour Sunday at our last prenatal class and I'm hoping they can answer some of my questions. Like, how long do you really stay at the hospital? Can Scott go home or does he sleep there too? Will I want Scott to go home and come back? What do we do about food?

We took a baby basics class last night and it was pretty good-even Scott learned some things. We learned how to swaddle a baby, which I had never been able to figure out before! The nurse also pointed out the main points from the book "Happiest Baby on the Block" which I have been reading! So yay! It is just so hard to know what to prepare for....fear of the unknown, I guess.

I picked up a couple books at the library today about breastfeeding, so I am looking forward to reading those. Today I was watching "Bringing Home Baby" on DHC and the new mom tried to breastfeed her baby for like 2 seconds and then said, "okay, get the formula". I was like...what?? That is all you are going to try for? I feel like as soon as babies get used to a bottle and formula, it makes it that much harder for them to breastfeed. I really want it to work out for us, so I am arming myself with knowledge...because knowledge is power, right?

We are gearing up for a big weekend here: Friday night we are going to see Dave Matthews Band downtown at the baseball field and also hosting out of town guests; Saturday we are boating, tailgating, and watching some ISU football; Sunday we have our last prenatal class; Tuesday-we are seeing Wicked!! So I figure after all of this is K can arrive! Let's hope he or she doesn't have other plans!

1 comment:

  1. You are so close!

    I was born with blue eyes- and then about 6 months later my mom noticed that they are brown- very very brown. I didn't realize that this was a common thing. cool.

    Hope you have a great weekend- and that you get to do all of those fun things you have planned!


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