37 weeks / 38 weeks
Nothing really to say since my 37 week dr appt update... I'm pretty sure baby did indeed drop though this last week.
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. I'm betting brown based on hubby's eye colour though! 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. I have a to do list for me and one for hubby. Take naps, catch up on your reading, and spend uninterrupted time with your partner while you can.
Some swelling in your feet and ankles is normal during these last weeks, but call your practitioner without delay if you notice excessive or sudden swelling of your feet or ankles, more than slight swelling of your hands, any swelling in your face or puffiness around your eyes, or have a sudden weight gain. Still no swelling thankfully. I still have ankle bones and my fingers are normal. Also let her know immediately if have severe or persistent headaches; visual changes (such as double or blurred vision, seeing spots or flashing lights, light sensitivity, or a temporary loss of vision), intense upper abdominal pain or tenderness, or nausea and vomiting. These are symptoms of a serious condition called pre-eclampsia.
My to do list:
organize the storage in the garage
organize my desk and bins
sew nursing pads
make monogrammed taggies for baby
pack hospital bags (labour bag, food bag, baby bag) and put in REAL bags not shopping bags
Hubby's to do list:
clean the toilet
store his lego somewhere other than the kitchen table
secure the DVD shelf to the wall
empty the tupperware from the back of the car