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Friday, April 25, 2008

Week 36 (Month 9)

We went to the Dr. yesterday, Eric's heartbeat is about 135 beats per minute. He is getting bigger and bigger - he is gaining about an ounce a day, and now weighs almost 6 pounds (like a crenshaw melon) and is more than 18 1/2 inches long.

At the end of this week, Eric 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.) The Dr. double checked and Eric is in a head-down position! Let's hope he stays that way! We are still dealing with the daily hiccup episodes and my bladder is the most fun thing to kick with one foot while the other foot embeds itself into my rib cage. I thought I was eating smaller more frequent meals, but I am eating even smaller and even more frequent meals and taking a lot of Tums (not more than the bottle says is safe). Somehow milk (the lactose free stuff is all I can handle) has found it's way into almost everything I eat - I'm not sure I would call it a craving, but I have definately had more milk this last month than I have had in the last 4 months all put together!

The Dr. said I may have an easier time breathing when Eric starts to "drop" down into my pelvis. This process — called lightening — often happens a few weeks before labor. Although getting to breathe means increased pressure in my lower abdomen, making walking increasingly uncomfortable, and potty time even more frequent. D'oh!

Friday, April 18, 2008

Week 35 (about 5 weeks to go!)

Eric gets the hiccups every night between 7pm and 8pm - his little lungs must be growing in overtime!

We went to the Dr. yesterday and Eric moved around so much the doctor had trouble getting his heartbeat! The doctor also said Eric is about 6 pounds and of course the pregnancy website says he is about as heavy as a honeydew melon and is over 18 inches long! His kidneys are fully developed now and most of his basic physical development is now complete — he'll spend the next few weeks putting on weight.

From here on out, we'll be visiting the Dr every week. I have a bacteria called Group B streptococci (GBS) its not a big deal for adult females (about 30 percent of pregnant women have the naturally occuring bacteria) it just means I will need IV antibiotics during delivery so Eric doesn't get it because it can cause serious complications for newborns, such as pneumonia, meningitis, or a blood infection.

Friday, April 11, 2008

Week 34 (about 6 weeks to go!)

Eric now weighs about 4 3/4 pounds (like your average cantaloupe) and is almost 18 inches long. His central nervous system is maturing and his lungs are continuing to mature as well.

I am so tired! The restless nights of frequent potty breaks and tossing and turning, while trying to get comfortable aren't helping! I'm super swelled up too and sitting around letting the blood flow makes me feel so guilty! When am I going to get all that nesting done? Eric is super active which is a good sign, but causes heartburn around the clock whether I eat or not. Thank heaven for Tums!

Friday, April 4, 2008

Week 33 (about 50 more days to go!)

This week Eric weighs a little over 4 pounds (lift a pineapple) and has passed the 17-inch mark. He's rapidly losing that wrinkled look and his skeleton is hardening.

I had a Dr. appt yesterday and my belly measurement was 34, which tells us that Eric is growing about a week ahead of schedule. His heartbeat sounded good and he wiggled all over the place for the Dr. He is more and more active everyday with his ninjitsu and his feet love to kick my rib cage while his hands punch my bladder. Needless to say, I can't breath very well and I can no longer be more than 10 feet from a bathroom at all times!