How far along: We are currently in week 34. As of today, we have 41 days to go! WOW really!!! We are approaching the 30 day mark.
How big: Depending upon which baby app I reference…..She now weighs a little over 4.75 lbs like the weight of a cantaloupe and the size of a small pumpkin. Alayna currently measures close to 18 inches from head to toe. I think she has almost reached her full length by now. My prediction is that she will be around 20 inches. Maria tells me that Alayna is going to be one big baby!! I guess we will see here soon. We do have a 36 week ultrasound coming up which they will be able to tell us how big Alayna is and to discuss the birth plan. I hope they still say you are having girl and not a boy because Alayna may be an Alan!!! I can see your smile as you read this Maria!
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.
Alayna’s fingernails and toenails are growing!! Her fingernails now reach the end of her fingertips and may even curl over the tip. Looks like someone will need their fingernails trimmed very soon.
Alayna’s central nervous systems is maturing, and her lungs are continuing to mature as well. If she was born today or in the next 3 weeks with no health problems she would generally do just fine. Maybe a short stay in the neonatal nursery. But Alayna if you are listening please stay in there until week 39!!
Fat layers which will help regulate Alayna’s body temperature after birth are filling out. This will make Alayna look more rounder. I guess we will see that in our 36 week ultrasound!
What Mom and Dad Notice: As with every week the theme continues, movement!!! This movement now is becoming less and less though. So I am told. Maria said she noticed her foot the other day. I could not see this though. But I have noticed the movements look really big! She will move from one side of her belly to the other. It truly is amazing to see this.
Alayna does seem to be very active around midnight!!! Uh Oh please let that change once you make your entrance into this world.
I have been saying this for weeks now but Alayna’s bedroom is finally complete!!! We just finished it up over the weekend. We are so glad that the room is finally finished and could not be more thrilled how it turned out. I will post some pictures very soon. I promise.
I will leave you with this humor. Yesterday Maria wanted to setup the playpen/ nursery thingy. Yes, not sure what you would call it because she will be sleeping on top of it in a basinet for the first couple weeks when she arrives home. The setup of this was literally nuts!! The directions were awful. I don’t know if anyone else experienced something like this assembling something but it was to the point you assembled one thing and in 2 steps later you would have to remove/take a part the item. And mind you this did not require any tools. Ugh, well anyway we got it fully assembled after close to a solid 2 hours of work. My mother in law helped out with this as well so it was a good family bonding experience. A lot of laughs were had as well!!