Friday, October 8, 2010

34 weeks with Baby O

34 weeks! 

Can you believe it’s been a month since I updated on Baby O??  Such a serious slacker lately!  Can you believe I only have 6 more weeks?  I start 2 week appointments now which means the end is near!  I went last week and have gained a total of 13 pounds!  Not too shabby at all!  I am guessing I’ll gain at least a pound a week until the end but that’s still ok!  I seriously wouldn’t mind staying pregnant for another few months!  I am in no rush for this little one to come out!  I am a little scared still to have 3 kids!  Seriously??  Me??  Mom of THREE???  I am sure it’s totally unwarranted to be afraid and once (s)he is here it will seem perfectly normal.  I am also newly terrified of labor.  I was very scared at the beginning of my last pregnancy but did a lot of reading, work on, put effort into surrounding myself with positive birth stuff.  I had a fine delivery but tore really bad and am now terrified to have to go through that again.  I know when the time comes it will all be ok no matter what happens but the thought of labor is so scary for me right now…and we all know fear equates to more pain don’t we??  Anyone have any advice?  You’d think by now I’d be a pro!

Here’s what Baby O is up to these days
Your Baby: Month 8
Baby’s senses are continuing to improve -- when light peeks in through your (extremely) stretched belly, those tiny eyelids and irises blink and dilate. And, baby can now recognize and react to simple songs… time to start practicing your lullabies! Growth (at least inside your womb) is starting to slow, and you may notice baby descend into your pelvis at the end of this month. 

Your baby now weighs about 4 3/4 pounds (like your average cantaloupe) and is almost 18 inches long. Her fat layers — which will help regulate her body temperature once she's born — are filling her out, making her rounder. Her skin is also smoother than ever. Her central nervous system is maturing and her 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.
I also posted a poll in the left sidebar to see what everyone thinks Baby O is!


Miss Madison's Mommy said...

So exciting!! I watched WAY too much TLC and when I ended up with a CSection I freaked out on the table and they had to put me too sleep! Sometimes the less I know the better I am :)

Krista said...

You are going to do great. and WOW on your weight gain. That is incredible. Good for you!