Monday, September 13, 2010

1 of 2 today: Week 31

9 weeks left out of the so called 9 months they give us to bake a baby :-)

Baby Center tells me the baby is equivalent to 4 navel oranges:

This week, your baby measures over 16 inches long. He weighs about 3.3 pounds and is heading into a growth spurt. He can turn his head from side to side, and his arms, legs, and body are beginning to plump out as needed fat accumulates underneath his skin. He's probably moving a lot, too, so you may have trouble sleeping because your baby's kicks and somersaults keep you up. Take comfort: All this moving is a sign that your baby is active and healthy.

Oh yeah, this is one active baby. I can feel him moving a lot more throughout the day. Still don't feel his kicks as much in my abdomen because he's breech and tends to kick downwards and I have an anterior placenta so I just feel things a lot less. But, he moves quite a bit and has hiccups a lot too.

According to I am Pregnant,

This week marks an incredible milestone in your baby's lung development. Before now, the air sacs and branches in your baby's lungs were present but not functional. The lungs were not able to inflate properly. However, now there is surfactant being produced in your baby's lungs. Surfactant prevents your baby's lungs from collapsing outside of the uterus and the baby is able to take in air and breathe properly. The fetal ear is almost completely developed both inside and out. Your baby can hear your voice and other familiar sounds that she will recognize after birth. Your baby is putting on white fat under the skin and the skin's color is pink instead of red at this point. Your baby's fingernails have grown to the end of her fingers and she may scratch herself while she is in the womb.

Jeff and I should really start controlling our, ummm vocabulary, so to say. The baby can hear us.

This weekend, we took our Childbirth Education class at St. Agnes. Next post to coem will be about what we learned and how that changed some of the thoughts and plans I already had, biggets one being about the epidural. So, with that, I leave you hanging :-P

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