How far along: We are currently in week 33. As of today, we have 49 days to go! WOW, we are under the 50 day mark.
How big: Depending upon which baby app I reference…..She now weighs a little over 4 lbs like the weight of a pineapple. Alayna currently measures a little more than 17 inches from head to toe. I think Maria agrees she is getting bigger by the week. That’s why your back hurts so much now honey!
Developments and Milestones: The trend continues from last week that Maria will be gaining about a pound a week and half of that goes right to Alayna. For those of you who have been following the weekly updates, we ate Chipotle only once this week! Thank goodness!
The wrinkles on Alayna’s body are disappearing now and she is developing that baby soft skin. This was mentioned last week as well.
The level of the amniotic fluid in the uterus has reached its maximum this week, which makes it feel like there is more baby than fluid now. Less fluid means Alayna’s movements are being felt stronger!!! There is less liquid to cushion the blows.
So with less liquid in the uterus, the uterine walls are becoming thinner. The light is able to penetrate the womb helping Alayna differentiate between day and night! I hope you will recognize the difference once you are born. I pray that she is a good sleeper at night!
Another important milestone occurs this week. Alayna’s immune system has developed to provide protection from mild infections. Well since you will be born in October you will get to put that immune system to work the first day you come out.
What Mom and Dad Notice: The theme continues from last week noticing bone structure! I am still able to feel the big pokes and movements. The movements are also visible by just looking at Maria’s belly! Still not sure if these movements are from a leg or an arm. This though by far is the best part of pregnancy to really feel and witness this little miracle!!!
I would like to take this time to just let people out there know that I truly think woman who carry babies for 10 months are amazing. I never really understood about all the physical changes and emotional changes that occur throughout pregnancy. There is no way this world would exist if men had to bear children!!!
Now on an individual basis Maria you have been a pretty “AWESOME” pregnant woman. You really do not express any pain or any emotional changes which has been a gift to me. I know this summer has been one of the hottest summers on record and you have taken the heat like a champ!
I have said this before in prior posts but our pregnancy journey has been unlike no other!! I am truly grateful to have you in my life! You are a wonderful wife, you will be an awesome mother to Alayna, and the one of the most important things for me is that you are the inspiration in my life!!!