Baby Barto: Weeks 35-39

Well, I’m behind, so I’m going to do a pregnancy catch-up post for weeks 35 through 39. I am currently 40 weeks, 3 days pregnant. We’ll take a picture of that belly/monstrosity tomorrow, before my doctor appointment.

Here’s a lineup of the last 5 weeks.

me, weeks 35-39: I’ll do a summary here, since I truthfully don’t remember all of the details. Work was extremely busy, up to the very end: my last day was on April 4! My 38w5d belly picture above was taken on that day.

During this 5 week period, I’ve had weekly doctor appointments. They are uneventful and usually quick: urine sample (I am now a pro, thank you very much), weight check, fundal height measurement (basically a belly measurement from top to bottom) & a check of the baby’s heart rate using a doptone. Everything has looked normal & healthy so far. If little girl has been active during the appointment, her heart rate is in the 150s; if she’s been napping, it’s in the mid-130s.  My fundal height measurement has always been either on target or 1-2 weeks ahead. My belly had a huge growth spurt in the middle of the pregnancy, and now it’s sort of plateaued.

I’ve been lucky to have these days away from work to finish things around the house that I’ve been meaning to do before little girl arrives. The nursery was the big one. I’ve also started writing about the pregnancy in her baby book, and got her 1st year calendar all ready to be filled in once she arrives. Michael set up the baby monitor the other day, which was pretty neat … we definitely splurged when we bought it! It’s the Smart Baby Monitor by Withings, which was just recently released in the US. We like it because we’ll be able to see the video feed on our iPhones and iPad. Michael also installed the car seat bases in both cars, and researched/found a 529 plan for our little girl.  It’s pretty crazy how much we would need to save every month if we wanted to cover tuition for 4 years, assuming either a public or private college! I’ve also been trying to keep up with thank you notes – all of our friends and family have just been so incredibly generous with their gift-giving. Baby girl has received a lot of very nice things.

I try to get a couple items accomplished each day; however, I get tired pretty easily. I can’t imagine having to keep up with other children, being 40 weeks pregnant. We’ll worry about that next time!

Physically, I felt pretty spectacular until around week 39. Up until then, I didn’t even have your typical aches and pains; I was pretty pain-free. I just had trouble getting up from sitting if I was in a deep chair, or getting out of bed 🙂  My heartburn has also been fairly constant throughout the pregnancy: nothing too intense, but I definitely feel it when I’m lying down & if I’m talking too much while lying down … hence the bottle of Tums on my nightstand! This past week, however, I’ve come down with a pretty nasty cold, as well as PUPPPs. The cold has been fairly manageable, just annoying with a runny nose & phlegmy cough. (Lovely, I know.) I could do without the PUPPPs, however.

I’ll let you Google PUPPPs & I won’t go into details, but it is sufficed to say that it’s not pleasant. It makes me itch night & day. It started on my tummy, and now it’s on my wrists, elbows, under arms, knees, and worst of all: ankles. My ankles during the night are what keep me from sleeping. Last night, however, I found a great remedy: wrapping ice packs to both feet with an ace bandage. Hydrocortisone cream and Sarna lotion help as well. My doctor recommended Benedryl, but I find it doesn’t help too much with the itching: it just knocks me out and leaves me drowsy. I usually try all of the other remedies in my arsenal before that one.

I’m not going to spend too much time complaining, however, because we are blessed to have made it this far with a healthy baby. She’s still moving as much as ever & every time she does, it brings me happiness & relief.

Baby Girl Barto, weeks 35-39: We have passed the weight of a honeydew melon & a crenshaw melon … she is now the weight of a mini-watermelon at 39 weeks (a bit over 7 pounds and measures about 20 inches… however, keep in mind, these are all averages!). After 37 weeks, she was considered full term. Babies born before 37 weeks are considered pre-term & babies born after 42 weeks are considered post-term.

Her kidneys are fully developed now, and her liver can process some waste products. Her basic physical development is now complete (including her lungs) and she has spent the last few weeks just putting on weight.  She’s also shedding most of the downy covering of hair that covered her body, as well as the vernix caseosa, the waxy substance that covered and protected her skin during her nine-month amniotic bath. Baby girl has also developed a firm grasp, which we’ll soon be able to test when we hold her hand for the first time!

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