What is baby up to at 38 weeks? (baby center):
Your baby has really plumped up. She weighs about 6.8 pounds and she is over 19 1/2 inches long (about the size of a leek). She has a firm grasp, which you’ll soon be able to test when you hold her hand for the first time! Her organs have matured and are ready for life outside the womb.
Wondering what color your baby’s eyes will be? You may not be able to tell right away. If she’s born with brown eyes, they’ll likely stay brown. If she’s born with steel gray or dark blue eyes, they may stay gray or blue or turn green, hazel, or brown by the time she’s 9 months old. That’s because a child’s irises (the colored part of the eye) may gain more pigment in the months after she’s born, but they usually won’t get “lighter” or more blue. (Green, hazel, and brown eyes have more pigment than gray or blue eyes.)
New: Since my last post at 36 weeks, Derek and I had our last overnight as a couple. We ate a 3 course dinner which included filet mignon, yum! I was also spoiled with not one but two work showers. Monday night I celebrated with my team from Kingston and on Tuesday @ lunch the ladies that I share the hallway with in Belleville (but they work for another program) threw me small a baby shower. Feeling so blessed. It’s hard to believe that the showers are over and now the countdown is on!
Speaking of countdown, it was surreal to hear from my midwife that I’m considered term and they wouldn’t do anything differently now if baby were to arrive early. Baby’s head has dropped down since my last appointment 2 weeks ago. That may explain why walking feels different in the last week.
Weight gain: 24 pounds!
Sleep: I wake up often in the night to pee…more than usual in the last week. I’d guess 3-6 times a night.
Movement: Yes, more so seeing a mass of baby move from side to side rather than kicks these days. But I feel hiccups on a daily basis!
Symptoms: Was told yesterday that I definitely have the waddle walk. Carpal tunnel is still there but it’s more so numb and tingly hands in the last week than pain (thankfully!). I had bad reflux for two days last week but that seems to have gone away. Lately, I need to sit to put on my pants rather than doing that from standing position. Overall, considering that I’m 38 weeks, I’m feeling good!
Looking forward to: A week from today is my last day @ work! I’m really looking forward to wrapping things up at work so I can focus on things around the home. It’s not easy to prepare to leave your job knowing that you won’t be back for 1 year (so much to do). We still need to install our car seat and finish up our nursery…eek! Hopefully this weekend. I sound so disorganized when I write that but we’ve got a bunch of other stuff done lately (renewed our mortgage so we don’t have to do that when baby is here, bought a home computer so we can Skype with grandparents, etc). Fingers crossed that I don’t go into labour too early so we can get some more items checked off the list. People ask me if I feel ready…not yet…but slowly getting there. Derek feels ready which helps.