34 Weeks: Passing Tests with Flying Colors

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Starting to feel like a house.

Baby is the size of: A cantaloupe

How far along are you: 34 weeks, 2 days

What’s happening with baby: From Babycenter, “Your baby now weighs about 4 3/4 pounds and is almost 18 inches long. Fat layers — which will help regulate your baby’s body temperature after birth — are filling your baby out, making him rounder. Your baby’s skin is also smoother than ever. The central nervous system is maturing, and your baby’s lungs are continuing to mature as well. If you’ve been nervous about preterm labor, you’ll be happy to know that babies born betweem 34 and 37 weeks who have no other health problems generally do fine. They may need a short stay in the neonatal nursery and may have a few short-term health issues, but i the long run, they usually do as well as full-term babies.

Due date: February 3rd

Sleep: Still not bad. Despite the very occasional bout of random insomnia, I’m falling asleep just fine and staying asleep — well, minus the 18 trips to the bathroom and to turn over to the other side, or turn off my back. But even with the constant wakeups, I’m falling back asleep fine. I’m exhausted all the time, though, so I’m wondering if the bathroom and turnover wakeups are making it so I get zero actual quality sleep.

Best moment this week: We had our first biophysical profile last Wednesday and got to see the baby again — and the radiologist surprised us by taking a few 4D peeks! That was so incredibly special, since we had decided not to pay for an elective 4D and I’m getting to the point where a 4D wouldn’t get very good images. Aside from that, all is perfect with Bean. He’s measuring right on track, his head and chest are measuring perfect, the fluid surrounding him is at a perfect level, and he passed his wellness exam with flying colors (they check stuff like blood flow, lung development, etc. because the gestational diabetes can cause delays in development). The doctor is still really happy about my blood sugars, so all seems to be going well for the time being. Then today, we had our first non-stress test. They strap a belt onto the top of your bump to measure any contractions (I had none) and one where the baby’s heartbeat is, then give you a buzzer to click every time you feel a movement so the machine knows it’s a movement and not a contraction. He moved something like 22 times in 15 minutes, so yay Bean! His heart rate responded appropriately — they look for little peaks because their heartbeats should accelerate whenever they move. It was nuts, and he sounded like he head-butted the heartbeat monitor a few times. Mister Mister was very impressed!

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Bean, up close and personal, sucking on his limbs.

Worst moment this week: Honestly, I’ve been feeling kind of down for no apparent reason. It’s not exactly depression (I’ve had plenty of experience there) but I could not get myself at all excited for Christmas despite it being one of my very favorite times of year. I just kept dreading how anticlimactic it would be — and it was, even though I did end up getting a bit into the spirit of things at the end. Four-day weekends are always great so I don’t know why all I keep thinking is, “Yeah just xx more days and it’s back to work.” Even though work isn’t all that bad because it’s so (purposely) slow and my pre-leave work is all pretty much done. I don’t know if I’m getting too nervous and anxious about impending parenthood (and honestly, the “yeah, it doesn’t get much better once the baby is here” input I’ve been getting isn’t at ALL helpful) or what, but I’m ready for the funk to be over. Hey, bright spot — another 4-day weekend is coming up in just a few days.

What are you looking forward to: Bean’s arrival — just 39 more days!

Food cravings: Craving sweets and bad food like nobody’s business.

What do you miss: A carefree state of being.

Symptoms: Heartburn/reflux, back pain, mood swings, some blues, hemorrhoids, constipation, constant peeing, swollen feet, irritability, gas and grumbly stomach, total exhaustion, anxiety and worry about impending parenthood.

Gender: Boy

Belly button: Out.

Ring: Off.

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