Here’s what’s going on with Baby developmentally this week (from BabyCenter):
Your baby now weighs about 4 3/4 pounds (like your average cantaloupe) and is almost 18 inches long. His fat layers — which will help regulate his 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.
How far along: 34 weeks.
Total weight gain: I weigh the same as last time – yay! Total weight gain so far is around 35 pounds.
Report – This Week’s Prenatal Appointment: All is well with Baby Boy! His heartbeat was right around 140 again today, and the doctor thinks that he is in a head-down position again (remember, he was breech last week!). The most interesting thing from today’s appointment is that I’m measuring large for dates! The doctor today measured me at about 37 centimeters, which has me about 3 weeks ahead measurement-wise. However, we saw a different doctor than our usual practitioner today, and the doctor that we saw today estimated that she and our doctor may measure a bit differently, which could explain what was going on.
After the appointment, we scheduled our next prenatal appointment – for 36 weeks! – and we also scheduled an ultrasound in my 37th week to check on the baby’s growth and my amniotic fluid levels, as recommended by the perinatologist that we saw in Sioux Falls.
I asked a bunch of questions at today’s appointment, and here’s what I found out: Jord and I don’t need to worry about pre-registering before I go into labor, since the hospital takes care of all of that. Whew! I also found out which number to call if I have questions about my pregnancy outside of clinic hours (while the nurse who led our baby class told us to call the hospital with any questions that we might have, she never gave us the number to call!). Finally, I learned that it’s good practice (if possible) to call ahead when I think that I am experiencing labor pains, so that the hospital staff can ready the birthing room and rearrange their staffing of nurses, if necessary. I’m also supposed to go in to the hospital as soon as my contractions are five minutes apart and have lasted for at least one hour. Finally, I asked the doctor if/when I should be home-bound and not visit Sioux Falls for weekend-long trips; while she encouraged me not to worry too much about it, since Vermillion and Sioux Falls are only an hour apart, she mentioned that if I was concerned, I should limit my weekends in Sioux Falls at around the 36-week mark.
Best moments of the week: Submitting my students’ final grades and officially signing off as a USD teaching assistant – sad but exciting, since I’m so close to my next (and most important!) “job” as a fulltime Mama!; finding out on Wednesday that our two-bedroom apartment will be ready for us to move into in just two weeks, which means that we’ll likely be settled in our new place before baby boy joins us!; finishing revising my thesis introduction and the first and second chapters – I have only the conclusion left to revise before I defend my thesis next Friday, May 11!
Nesting report: As I mentioned above, we learned yesterday that we can move into our new two-bedroom apartment (which is located in our same apartment complex, just three doors down) on May 18! We are SO excited to move, and we’re feeling so blessed to be able to move before our baby comes, and to have family and friends stepping up to help us move. Of course, I can’t wait to set up the baby’s room – that’s priority #1 for me (other than rebuilding our bed in our new apartment, ha – this pregnant lady has to have somewhere to sleep!).
In other nesting news, we were blessed to receive gifts for our little man from Jord’s aunt and uncle this past weekend, so I washed up all of the clothing that they gave us and stored them with the rest of his clothes. I also washed the last cloth diaper that we own – my Mom borrowed it to show her coworkers, so I couldn’t wash it with the rest of the batch, but as of today, all of the diapers are washed, sized and ready to go when the baby fits into them! Our crib has also arrived, and truthfully, I wish we were moving into our new apartment RIGHT NOW so that we could build the crib – it’s driving me nuts to have to stare at the box and not be able to build it (or have my brother build it, which is his job, ha!).
My parents are finishing up their job as painters of the baby’s furniture – as of Wednesday night, the dresser is completely done, the rocker is nearly done, and the changing table/dresser has its first coat of paint on it! I can’t wait to see all of the furniture in the baby’s room after we move – I know that it will look so cute! :)
Finally, I’ve also been corresponding with an Etsy seller who offers custom printable birth announcements. I’m hoping that my Dad will help us print our announcements soon after the baby is born; his coworkers helped us with our wedding stationery, and it was such an enjoyable process!
What I’m looking forward to: Baby-sitting my 3-month-old nephew overnight this week – it’ll be great practice for me as a Mama, plus he’s just so darn cute and cuddly!; defending my thesis on May 11 – even though I’m nervous about it, I’m ready to defend my work; going home next weekend to see one of Jord’s good buddies who will be in town; eating my father-in-law’s famous fajitas next Saturday; celebrating Mother’s Day with our Mamas!
What I miss: Sleeping well. I miss being able to go to bed at nine o’clock knowing that I will sleep until morning with no major issues with comfort! That being said, I know that I’ll be even more sleep-deprived when the baby arrives, so I’m trying to do my best to get some shut eye while I can!
Next appointment: Our next prenatal appointment is May 17. Our next ultrasound appointment is May 25.