8/19.2017 – 34 Weeks
We got to see the little man once more this week! He is estimated to weigh 5.6 pounds. Everything with baby is looking great. With me, however, my platelet count continues to drop. What does that mean? It’s called Thrombocytopenia which is a low blood platelet count and is found in 7-12% of all pregnancies. The biggest effect that this would have on me is that I might not be able to have an epidural or spinal block. Hopefully I can get through labor without either one, but we will meet with the hospital’s anesthesiologist to learn more about our options.
In regards to baby, he is continuing to grow and so am I… which means I am running out of clothes again. My friend who is also pregnant joked with me that the dryer keeps shrinking our clothes! Good thing I only have 6 weeks left and hopefully enough to squeeze into in that time. I have found that dresses are the easiest thing to wear these days and bought some a size up in the past few months. Thank goodness for sales at Target!
Here are some photos of our little man:
8/11/2017 – 33 Weeks
This week your baby weighs a little over 4 pounds and has passed the 17-inch mark (about the size of a pineapple). He’s rapidly losing that wrinkled, alien look, and his skeleton is hardening. The bones in his skull aren’t fused together, which allows them to move and slightly overlap, thus making it easier for him to fit through the birth canal. (The pressure on the head during birth is so intense that many babies are born with a cone-head–like appearance.) These bones don’t entirely fuse until early adulthood, so they can grow as his brain and other tissue expands during infancy and childhood.
Since baby is filling out more of my belly, I am beginning to find sleeping to be more of a challenge. Whereas I was just waking up once a night to use the bathroom, I find myself waking up every few hours and trying to find a comfortable position. While I’m up though, I realize I should just use the bathroom, turn the air down, and by then, it takes a while to fall back asleep. Fridays-Sundays allow for naps though which is nice and we have been sleeping in on the weekends until 8-9. We have to sleep while we can (or so everyone says).
We had our first prepared childbirth class this week. I know we could find most of this information in books, internet, friends, etc. but I’m glad that we decided to take the course. There were about 10 other couples and our due date fell right in the middle of the group. People are due the beginning of September until the end of October. It was fun to see all the other mom’s and dad’s to be. We have two more classes and by then maybe we will feel ready for this big day.
We also got our maternity photos back this week. We went to a park in Safety Harbor a few weeks ago. I was right at 31 weeks when we had the photos done. I wanted a big enough belly but not to feel TOO huge in these pictures… I think they turned out pretty great. See below for some of my favorites. We can’t wait to meet this little man!!
OH and here is this week’s update. We have a baby pineapple currently 😉
8/4/2017 – 32 Weeks
Baby’s weight is closing in on 4 pounds, and he’s about 18 inches in length. In other words, he’s been working hard! Upstairs, baby’s brain is working it too, establishing the trillions of connections, or synapses, between neurons. Sound intense? I’m sure it is! Which is why baby’s starting to sleep more hours each day as well—not that you would know it from all the jabs and kicks you’re probably feeling.
Now, you and I both know that every part of baby’s development is miraculous. But when you get into the details of brain development, the complexity and precision is mind-boggling.
- Babies are born with around 100 billion neurons
- At birth, baby has around 50 trillion connections or synapses
- In the first 3 months after birth, the number of synapses increases 20 times over
- We’re talking 1,000 trillion synapses by age 1
Some quick perspective: It would take you 30,000 years just to count to one trillion.
We are fearfully and wonderfully made!
At 8 months, the questions have changed over the pregnancy from:
The awkward and noisy “Are you pregnant” to “how far are you?… that’s it?” to now “due any day now, huh?” and I even got an “any second now?”
I also have realized that most people don’t understand that you don’t give birth at 9 months/36 weeks. A due date is actually calculated at 10 months/40 weeks. So when I tell people 8 months, they assume this baby is coming in the next 4 weeks. But is he? Most likely and hopefully not. Anything before 36 weeks is considered premature. At 37 weeks, babies are no longer considered to be pre-term. 80% of women give birth at 37-42 weeks. So if that’s the case, this baby can show up anytime between September 8-October 13. I’m really hoping to not have to wait until October, but we have to be realistic over here. I, myself, came a week late for my mother.
So while people think I look ready to go now, they have no idea how much bigger this momma is going to get! This boy can double in size before he shows up!
7/28/17 – 31 Weeks
Baby is up to 3.5 pounds and 17 inches long—and looking more and more like a newborn. All this new weight is giving baby that “pleasantly plump” appearance that makes you just wanna squeeze those cheeks and attack him with kisses. Other adorable developments: Baby’s fingernails and toenails are formed, and the hair on his head is in place—if he has any. Baby’s ears are fully developed, and he’s listening to everything that’s going on inside your body (heartbeat, blood flow), as well as what’s outside your body, like conversations and music. Internally, baby’s bone marrow is now producing red blood cells, which his liver was previously doing.
We’ve been getting a lot of advice over the pregnancy.
Here are just a few tips we have gotten and our perspective on them:
- The number 1 word of advice is to sleep. Get our sleep while we can because we are never going to sleep again.
- Let the baby sleep in your room when he’s born to make it easy for those night time feedings. I personally disagree with this advice. From much of what I have read, I found that by having the baby start in his crib at the beginning, the sooner he will sleep through the night on his own.
- Pump before you give birth so that you can get your milk supply going. This one I found to be wrong from some internet searches, but also when I asked my obgyn. The truth is: Colostrum continues to be produced until at least 72hrs after birth, regardless of breast pumping before delivery. It can be very harmful to begin pumping too soon before labor actually begins because you can stimulate the hormones putting you into early labor.
- Keep date nights after the baby comes. I think that it will be really important for Andre and I to try to live our life as similar as possible and have our baby join in what we enjoy doing. Obviously things change, but we want to still be us and have time for “us”.
7/24/2017 – 30 weeks
Tipping the scales at 3 pounds and stretching in at 16.5 inches long, Baby Lama continues to bulk up. From this point forward, he will gain about a half a pound per week. Go baby! As baby gains more fat, his skin will look smoother and less wrinkly. Meanwhile, his brain is doing the opposite; it’s going from a smooth surface texture to the more wrinkly appearance that we all think of when we think “brain.” Why? To pack in more brain cells, as the wrinkled look allows for greater brain area and mass. One new thing baby’s doing with that increased brain mass is regulating his body temperature. Which means that he doesn’t need the fine hair that has covered her body (called lanugo) anymore.
We hit the 30 week mark!!
This was an eventful week! My parents and sister came to town for the baby shower that my sister/Mother-in-law was having. We had a wonderful time with close friends and family at Tata and Sido’s house (grandma and grandpa Lama). The theme was “Little Man” with bowties and mustaches! There was an assortment of food that my mother-in-law made all of herself. We had some traditional arabic food (hummus, baba ganoush, stuffed tomatoes, kibbeh), meat skewers, shrimp pasta, an assortment of appetizers, and of course some delicious desserts (cake, baklava, cookies). My sister made two games for the event that were just adorable. The first is a matching game of mom to baby animals and the second was a song guessing game related to “baby” titles. See below for these great baby shower ideas! It was a wonderful day celebrating Baby Lama. We cannot wait to meet him in a short two months time.
My mother in law who made everything from scratch!!
some of the food!
Hummus, Baba Ghanoush, Olive Tray
7/14/2017 – 29 Weeks
Baby is about 2.75 pounds and 16 inches in length this week. So just a small jump in height from last week, but one giant leap in weight. This trend will continue for the next 11 weeks. Baby will grow a few inches in length, and double or perhaps triple in weight. He needs those pounds, of course! The “white fat” he’s filling out with helps him store energy. Whereas the “brown fat” he developed months ago helped her generate and regulate her body temperature.
Two fun facts about baby weight:
- Boys tend to weigh more than girls.
- Birth weight increases with the number of babies a mama has.
In other news, baby is developing the buds for his permanent teeth right now—these choppers will lie dormant for 5–10 years before they make their debut.
How does one sleep while pregnant?! I have always slept on my side, so it wasn’t a huge change for me to not be able to sleep flat on my back or on my belly. However, having this extra belly to support and waking up a few times a night to go to the bathroom has interrupted my beauty rest. I’ve even woken up to leg cramps and back pains in the middle of the night.
My saving grace so far has been the snoogle whole body pillow. There are a variety of ways to use it, but if you’re like me and want something between your knees, around your belly, and to support your head, this whole body pillow does the trick! Here are some other tips for getting a better night’s rest:
- Stay hydrated but avoid too much water a few hours before bed to limit those late night bathroom trips.
- Get support during the day to decrease aches and pains at night. Try a belly support band!
- Watch your diet. Eat small, mild meals to prevent fullness and the pain of reflux. Also limit caffeine.
- Keep moving. Consistent exercise will improve circulation and reduce those night time leg cramps.
- Get in a routine. Establish a consistent routine before bed. Use any relaxation techniques necessary to help reduce stress and wandering thoughts on all those things we want to get done before baby comes.
7/7/2017 – 28 Weeks
What’s Baby Lama up to this week? Oh, not much. Just adding billions of neurons to that beautiful brain of his. And what is he doing with all this brain power? He is dreaming! He’s filling out his body and my belly now too. He is around 2.25 pounds, and almost 15 inches from head to toe. With any luck, baby is settling into the perfect position for birth now. He currently lies low, but we are not sure where that beautiful head of his is. He is also blinking now!
This is the time that swelling and fluid retention cause changes in pregnancy. Many women experience “cankles”, swollen fingers, and rounder faces. So far my rings still fit and my ankles aren’t swollen, but let’s hope it stays that way. Summertime in Florida is not the idea time to be pregnant, but here we are!
Here are some great ways to decrease swelling if it does affect you:
- Avoid standing for long periods.
- Minimize outdoor time when it is hot.
- Rest with your feet elevated.
- Wear comfortable shoes, avoiding high heels if possible.
- Wear supportive tights or stockings.
Call your doctor if the swelling:
- Moves up your calf and leaves an indentation when pressed, or is sudden or severe in your face, hands or feet. If this happens in your third trimester, it could mean that you have pre-eclampsia.
- Occurs only in one leg, particularly if your calf is red, tender and lumpy. These can be symptoms of a blood clot in your vein (thrombosis).
Here I am at 28 weeks! The third trimester has officially begun! Fatigue has a good chance to return now and increased back pain may begin. Other symptoms include snoring (from that swelling), leg cramping, and oh boy- frequent urination.