I am really 39 weeks. My estimated due date is one week from today, we just always thought it would be later. I don’t feel that way anymore!
Last week was a busy one for us:
- I cleaned alot
- I had a pedicure and manicure on Tuesday
- Dr. appt last Wednesday, ultrasound scheduled for this Friday to check on Nolan’s size.
- Brayden visited our beloved pediatric dentist, Dr. Ross on Thursday. All his teeth are perfect, and he was soooo good :)
- Found out on Friday that Aly had allergies and needs to have minor surgery this week
- Had a very uneventful and unromantic Valentines Day, even though we didn’t even have a toddler in the house
- The dogs were shaved – yay!
- I had a wonderful Sunday afternoon with my friends, including lunch and a movie
- Mom’s birthday was yesterday, and Scott came home (with his new “friend” Katie) to surprise Mom for her birthday – and Dad has been home since Friday night.
- And last, but overshadowing all – my Grandpa is not doing well He has not eaten since last Thursday, and is on morphine to keep him comfortable. Please pray that God keeps him pain free, and doesn’t let him suffer for long. He has had a very rough and painful year, and he doesn’t deserve to live like that. He is in a hospital in Indianapolis, and it isn’t smart for me to travel up there at this time I am trying to stay positive and unemotional. I am heartbroken, but I don’t want my boys to feel it. I don’t want to stress to cause an early Nolan arrival, and I don’t want to worry B. He is a worrier, and he catches on to every conversation and attitude around him. He even asked last night if his Grandpa was still in the hospital If anyone has tips on how to explain death to a 2 year old, please let me know.
Pregnancy: 3rd Trimester
Week 38: Your pregnancy
Your baby’s growth: Growth slows down
This is the week that your baby begins to outgrow the watery home where he’s been developing these past 9 months. He should weigh almost 7 pounds this week, but at a length of about 21 inches, he hasn’t grown much taller. The average full-term newborn weighs from 6 to 9 pounds and is 18 to 21 inches long.
Here are a few other developments this week:
- Slowing growth. Although your baby’s growth is slowing, fat will continue to accumulate to help insulate him even more for entry to the outside world.
- Meconium (baby’s feces). It will continue to build up in her intestines.
- Head. By now the circumference of your baby’s head and abdomen are about the same.
Week 39: Your pregnancy
Your baby’s growth: Skull bones
Even as late as the 39th week, there’s one part of your baby’s body that hasn’t quite finished developing: the two soft spots on his head called the fontanels, where the skull bones haven’t yet joined together. These areas allow the flexible skull bones to bend, without damaging the brain, as your baby travels down the birth canal.
Because of the strength of the contractions during labor, many newborn heads look elongated or cone-shaped right after birth. The bones will return to their round shape within a few days after birth. During your baby’s first year, the skull will harden; by 18 months the soft spots will have completely hardened.
Other last-minute developments:
- Skeleton. It continues to develop. Your baby now has 300 bones (about 100 more than an adult does, since some bones fuse together as the child grows).