Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Week 36 {Development}

Baby Suarez 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, Baby Suarez 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, the 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.

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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Week 35 {Development}

Baby Suarez doesn't have much room to maneuver now that she's over 18 inches long and tips the scales at 5 1/4 pounds (pick up a honeydew melon). Because it's so snug in mommy’s womb, she isn't likely to be doing somersaults anymore, but the number of times she kicks should remain about the same. Her kidneys are fully developed now, and her liver can process some waste products. Most of her basic physical development is now complete—she'll spend the next few weeks putting on weight.

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Friday, April 13, 2012

Doctor Visit #11

Today was our 11th visit to Dr. Mendelsohn. Baby Girl Suarez is doing great and is still on track for her May 23rd due date. Her head was facing down at the time (a sign she's getting close to being ready), but with all of her movement lately, she probably won't stay in that position. As of now, I'm about 3 weeks out of being full term and am getting very nervous and anxious.

On another note, I did get in a little trouble for working so much. Lately, I've been putting in about 11-12 hour days several days a week. On top of that, I've been driving myself crazy trying to finish the nursery. Turns out, all this work was the culprit of the extreme abdominal pain that started on Wednesday night. I've now been given strict instructions to only work 8 hours a day or I will not be able to work up until my due date.

My next ultra sound will be on April 27th... Daddy's birthday :)

Checking In {Week 34}

How far along? 34 Weeks
Total weight gain: 19 pounds (no change from Week 33)
Maternity clothes? Ughhhh.. I'm so uncomfortable in everything, even maternity clothes!

Stretch marks? Not yet :) I hear a lot of women get them once the baby drops. I'm still holding out for them never appearing at all!
Sleep: So-so. Could be better, could be worse. But, I'll take what I can get!
Best moment this week: All of the movement from Baby Girl... she's very active and I'm loving it!

Miss Anything?  A night's sleep without having to get up and pee!
Movement: A whole lot of movement... kicks, flips, turns, punches. I love it!
Food cravings:  French fries. Not sure I can legitimately blame this one on the pregnancy, but I'm gonna roll with it.
Anything making you queasy or sick: Anything related to an animal. Get it away!
Gender: GIRL!
Labor Signs: No
Symptoms: Very sore muscles. Each day feels like my body has been through a serious workout... if only I had the results to go along with it!
Belly Button in or out? In! I still can't believe it!
Wedding rings on or off? On. Having a little trouble with the rings but for this week they're still on.

Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy! I am extremely sensitive however.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Week 34 {Development}

Baby Suarez 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 mommy has 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.

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Friday, April 6, 2012

Checking In {Week 33}

How far along? 33 Weeks
Total weight gain: 19 pounds (up 2 pounds from Week 32)
Maternity clothes? Yes.

Stretch marks? Not yet!
Sleep: Ok. All I want to do is what I can't... sleep on my back!
Best moment this week:
It probably would have been our tour of the hospital, but we totally forgot about it and missed out. Time to reschedule!
Miss Anything? Working out. I've been dying to get back to my spin classes.
Movement: All the time, I can't get enough!
Food cravings: Candy. Probably because of all the Easter baskets I've been prepping.
Anything making you queasy or sick: Nothing new. Still the same old stuff... chicken and fish.
Gender: GIRL!
Labor Signs: No
Symptoms: My inner thighs are taking a beating. Feels like I've pulled my groin!
Belly Button in or out? In! Hard to believe!

Wedding rings on or off? On.
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy! Happy! Happy!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Week 33 {Development}

This week Baby Suarez weighs a little over 4 pounds (heft a pineapple) and has passed the 17-inch mark. She's rapidly losing that wrinkled, alien look and her skeleton is hardening. The bones in her skull aren't fused together, which allows them to move and slightly overlap, thus making it easier for her to fit through the birth canal. (The pressure on the head during birth is so intense that many babies are born with a conehead-like appearance.) These bones don't entirely fuse until early adulthood, so they can grow as his brain and other tissue expands during infancy and childhood.

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