The weeks just keep flying by, don't they?
That's ok by me. We still have lots of things to get done before Baby J arrives, but I can't wait to hold that little girl in my arms and finally see whose been kicking me for the last few months!
I am probably driving Craig crazy making him watch "A Baby Story" and "Bringing Home Baby" on TLC. I record them so we can watch about 5 episodes at a time! Yes, there are books and a million things to research online, but I think it's nice to be able to watch shows where people are dealing with the experience and are "in the moment"! The good, the bad and the ugly! I am hoping for mostly good for myself =)
I am super duper duper excited because we have our 3D ultrasound scheduled for TONIGHT! WOOOHOOOOO!!!! I can't wait to see our little girl's precious little face. Let's hope she cooperates and isn't to shy!
In other news, I am happy to report that the back of our house is attached again! LOL The studs have been stablized and the stucco has been replaced. Daddy and Grandpa fixed up our baby girls room! I am even MORE happy to report that Daddy was able to put up all of the molding and PAINTED! Our baby girl has a nursery! Now it's just time to fill that sucker up with furniture and other goodies! I am freaking thrilled! I will have to post some pics asap! I wasn't well prepared, was I?
How your baby's growing:
By this week, your baby weighs two and a quarter pounds (like a Chinese cabbage) and measures 14.8 inches from the top of her head to her heels. She can blink her eyes, which now sport lashes. With her eyesight developing, she may be able to see the light that filters in through your womb. She's also developing billions of neurons in her brain and adding more body fat in preparation for life in the outside world.
How your life's changing:
You're in the home stretch! The third and final trimester starts this week. If you're like most women, you'll gain about 11 pounds this trimester.
At this point, you'll likely visit your doctor or midwife every two weeks. Then, at 36 weeks, you'll switch to weekly visits. Depending on your risk factors, your practitioner may recommend repeating blood tests for HIV and syphilis now, as well as doing cultures for chlamydia and gonorrhea, to be certain of your status before delivery. Also, if your glucose screening test result was high and you haven't yet had follow-up testing, you'll soon be given the 3-hour glucose tolerance test. And if the blood work done at your first prenatal visit showed that you're Rh negative, you'll get an injection of Rh immunoglobulin to prevent your body from developing antibodies that could attack your baby's blood. (If your baby is Rh positive, you'll receive another shot of Rh immunoglobulin after you give birth.)
Around this time, some women feel an unpleasant "creepy-crawly" sensation in their lower legs and an irresistible urge to move them while trying to relax or sleep. If this sensation is at least temporarily relieved when you move, you may have what's known as restless legs syndrome (RLS). No one knows for sure what causes RLS, but it's relatively common among expectant mothers. Try stretching or massaging your legs, and cut down on caffeine, which can make the symptoms worse. Ask your caregiver if you should try iron supplements, which can sometimes relieve RLS.
I was lucky enough to have another ultrasound at work (for fun!) and got to see our baby girl. It's amazing how much they change over the course of a few weeks! We could actually see her little eyes blinking and even her eyeballs looking around. I am sure there's not much to see in there, but it was really neat to watch her checking out her surroundings.
As far as how I am feeling… I am feeling great! As usual =) I am hoping/praying it stays that way. I would love to breeze through the rest of my pregnancy! The only thing I can halfway complain about (and it's not even really a complaint… it's to be expected) is that I am feeling more tired than usual lately. Right now the biggest challenge I face is trying to psych myself up to go to the gym. It's hard when you just want to go home and relax! I always feel better when I get a good work out in so I am defnitely going to keep it up as long as I can!
I am not having any RLS symtpoms (mentioned above) but I do get leg/foot cramps here and there. I could live without those, but if that's the worst I have to deal with, I will be happy!
I would also like to say that I HOPE I only gain 11lbs this trimester like it says in the weekly update above! LOL A girl can dream!