What is baby up to at 26 weeks? (from baby center)
The network of nerves in your baby’s ears is better developed and more sensitive than before. He may now be able to hear both your voice and your partner’s as you chat with each other. He’s inhaling and exhaling small amounts of amniotic fluid, which is essential for the development of his lungs. These so-called breathing movements are also good practice for when he’s born and takes that first gulp of air. And he’s continuing to put on baby fat. He now weighs about 1 2/3 pounds and measures 14 inches (about the size of a scallion) from head to heel.
New: Since my last post (24 weeks), my belly has grown and changed shape a bit (rounded out/more higher up?). Someone at church told me that I’ve “blossomed” in the last couple of weeks. Then a co-worker told me yesterday that I am still small. It’s the one time when being told that you look small doesn’t feel so great. Ha!
Weight gain: Surprising myself lately with the weight gain – I’m up 11 pounds now.
Sleep: I’m finding myself tossing and turning often in the night. Giving up sleeping on my back has been hard! I thought that giving up sleeping on my stomach would be terrible (did that months ago) but no longer sleeping on my back has been the hardest.
Movement: Yes (but not all the time). On Sunday, the baby movement Derek felt was the strongest he’s experienced. At one point he said it felt like our baby did a flip.
Symptoms: In the last week I’ve noticed myself getting significantly more tired. I’m also feeling more out of breath when I take the stairs (I still take them anytime I can). Also in the last week, I’ve noticed myself being much more sensitive (I’m already a sensitive person!).
Looking forward to: Getting together with two ladies from church and doing a freezer meal party! It will be so great to have a bunch of meals in our freezer to use when this little one arrives. I look forward to accomplishing other tasks where a little planning ahead/effort now will pay off and make life a tad bit easier with a newborn.