one week to go

We are 39 weeks pregnant today.  That is 39 out of 40.  Which I have to say seems fairly absurd since we only just got pregnant!  At 39 weeks baby is the size of a SMALL watermelon.  Yes, I did feel the need to capatalize SMALL.  Yes, she is the size of a watermelon, but when I picture a watermelon, I don’t generally picture anything small.

So, what is baby up to this week?
One uncomfortable complaint of late pregnancy is frequent hiccups. Because there is no air around your baby, when she practices breathing, it can cause amniotic fluid to get into her windpipe, resulting in those regularly spaced thumps.   The lanugo (an exotic word for soft, downy hair) that used to cover your baby’s body has mostly disappeared, but you may find a bit leftover on the shoulders, forehead and neck.  The color of baby’s skin is changing from a red-pink hue to a white or blue-pink color (even in babes with dark skin). These changes are due to the amount of fat your little pudger is putting on. The circumference of your baby’s head and abdomen are about the same size now.  The placenta is lending your baby antibodies that’ll keep him strong and healthy after birth. That said, it’s still a good idea to invest in that mega-size bottle of hand sanitizer.  At this point your little critter is about 19 to 20 inches long and weights about 7 pounds. That’s just around the size of a large rabbit. What’s up Doc?

So essentially baby is fattening up a bit and hiccup-ing.  And this little lady is good at hiccuping!  I get a kick out of it.  Oh and in case you are curious, calling (not yelling, but not whispering) BOO at my tummy doesn’t cure her hiccups.  I do have an estimated weight of the baby but I am not sharing because of the pool.  By the way, anyone know what a baby pool winner gets?


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