Today we are 35 weeks pregnant with 35 days to go! This is a huge milestone and worthy of celebration! The baby is still the size of a honeydew, but packing on the pounds! My baby fruit site says that at 5 1/4 pounds she has less room to groove, but I am not so sure I believe it 🙂
Interesting fact: Before this pregnancy , your uterus was a small ball the size of your fist and was tucked neatly away behind your pelvis. Today your uterus is the size of a small watermelon and reaches all the way up to your ribs.
Other than rearranging my vital organs, what is baby up to this week?
This week the final touches are being added to baby and most of his development is going to packing on the pounds. While baby’s movements may be becoming less jerky, he may do his final somersault in the womb soon—to put himself into the head-down position for birth. Your little one can’t quite pack the punch he used to due to the limited space inside the womb these days. You’re likely to feel more wiggles, stretches and rolls than kicks and jabs. The extra layer of fat your baby is adding will create those cute dimples on your baby’s elbows and knees. His liver has begun processing his waste products. Baby’s nails are growing so long they may curl over the tips of his tiny fingers and toes before he sees a pair of clippers. Your baby is now about 5½ pounds and over 18 inches long—about the size of one of those price-club sheet cakes.
So we have been busy getting ready – like taking our infant/child CPR class (sigh, see yesterday’s post…) and cleaning out things we no longer need/have room for (thanks Elyssa and Guljana for taking some stuff). In a few weeks we have our child birth class (here’s hoping the instructor shows!), our appointment for the police to install the car seat base, and our scheduled furniture delivery. The store held it as long as it could but the line, notorious for delays and late arrivals came 8 weeks early!
Meanwhile, this is the most active little Pixie has ever been! She is quite the dancer, but still (thankfully!) sleeps through the night – for now! She is still a fan of story time, but hasn’t yet developed a taste for music, at least not that I can tell. But she is still staying awake for lectures, which is important for 2 reasons – first because I do not allow sleeping in my classes and second because it means she is listening and learning. I am teaching a graduate level class this term, so I want her to learn as much as possible. I am so fascinated by this – I wonder if she really will retain anything from the classes she has “attended”???