Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Week 38: What's happening this week

Campbell has really plumped up. He weighs about 6.8 pounds and is over 19 1/2 inches long (like a leek). He has a firm grasp, which we'll soon be able to test when we hold his hand for the first time! His organs have matured and are ready for life outside the womb. Wondering what color his eyes will be? If he's born with brown eyes, they'll likely stay brown. If he's born with steel gray or dark blue eyes, they may stay gray or blue or turn green, hazel, or brown by the time he's 9 months old. We'll see. We are excited for the adventure ahead!

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Thursday, January 17, 2008

Week 37: What's happening this week

Our baby is full-term! This means that if Campbell arrives now, his lungs should be fully mature and ready to adjust to life outside the womb, even though our due date is still three weeks away. He weighs 6 1/3 pounds and measures a bit over 19 inches, head to heel (like a stalk of Swiss chard). Many babies have a full head of hair at birth, with locks from 1/2 inch to 1 1/2 inches long (hopefully just like his dad!

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Monday, January 7, 2008

Week 36: What's happening this week

Our baby is gaining about an ounce a day. He now weighs almost 6 pounds (like a crenshaw melon - I have no idea what that fruit is!) and is more than 18 1/2 inches long. He's shedding most of the downy hair that covered his body, as well as the vernix caseosa, the waxy substance that protected his skin during his nine-month amniotic bath. Next week, he'll be considered full-term. And good news, he is already head down and has been for months. So as long as he stays that way it's just waiting for him to decide when to join us!

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Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Week 35: What's happening this week

Campbell doesn't have much room to maneuver now that he's over 18 inches long and tips the scales at 5 1/4 pounds (pick up a honeydew). Because it's so snug in my womb, he isn't likely to be doing somersaults anymore (he hasn't for while), but the number of times he kicks hasremained about the same. His kidneys are fully developed now, and his liver can process some waste products. Most of his basic physical development is now complete — he'll spend the next few weeks putting on weight. We are looking forward to meeting him!

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Monday, December 24, 2007

Week 34: What's happening this week

Our baby now weighs about 4 3/4 pounds (like your average cantaloupe) and is almost 18 inches long. His fat layers — which he'll need to regulate her body temperature once he's born — are filling him out, making him rounder. His skin is also smoother than ever. His central nervous system is maturing and his 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.

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Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Week 33: My pregnancy this week

This week our baby weighs a little over 4 pounds (heft a pineapple) and has passed the 17-inch mark. He's rapidly losing that wrinkled, alien look and his skeleton is hardening. The bones in his skull aren't fused together, which allows them to move and slightly overlap, thus making it easier for him to fit through the birth canal. These bones don't entirely fuse until early adulthood, so they can grow as his brain and other tissue expands during infancy and childhood. Little Campbell continues to kick and move a lot...although, with him getting bigger it mostly feels like he is stretching out...which I would be too if I was crammed inside like that for 9 months. We're looking forward to him joining us in about 7 weeks!

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Monday, December 10, 2007

Week 32: What's happening this week

By now, our baby weighs 3.75 pounds (pick up a large jicama) and is about 16.7 inches long, taking up a lot of space in my uterus. Supposedly I'll be gaining about a pound a week and roughly half of that goes right to your baby. In fact, he'll gain a third to half of his birth weight during the next 7 weeks as he fattens up for survival outside the womb.

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