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36 Weeks

2010 December 30
by Folgate

Baby Stats:

Heartbeat: 135 bpm (146 with movement)

Fundus: 38 cm (measuring 1 1/2 weeks ahead)

How Far Along: 36 weeks 5 days How Big is Baby: Head to toe, Grant is still measuring around 20 inches according to the baby books, and weighs about 6 lbs.  Again, we are measuring 1 1/2 weeks ahead so I have a feeling he is taller and weighs more than they are estimating.  We will find out for sure at our next appointment when we have an US to check his weight and position. Development:  During the 36th week, most of Grant's organ systems are just about equipped for life outside of the womb.  The only organ system that has not been completely worked-out yet is the digestive system, as Grant is currently receiving all of his nutrition from the umbilical cord and that requires no digestion.  However, after his first breastfeeding or bottle feeding, the digestive system will be jump started and so will the poopy diapers. How huge is mama: Yet again, I gained another 3 lbs so we are now tipping the scales at a  total of 30 lbs right now. Movement: He still likes to move and roll, but thankfully he isn't kicking/sitting right near my diaphragm so now I can sleep laying down.  I was waking up most nights prior to this week out of breath because of his position.  So hopefully he is migrating in the right direction into the birth canal! Food: I have literally become a candy face at this point.  It should be no wonder I gained 3 lbs when I went and had a McFlurry the night before our appointment.  It was worth it! Belly Button: Still holding my outie status, but its funny how sometimes it sticks out way farther than other times where it seems almost flat. Preparations: Grandma is here and she brought the bedding and is currently working on the final touches and hems.  It looks so adorable, I cannot wait to post pictures.  He is going to have no choice but to be a Gator Fan from birth!  We still need to get his bookcase and rocking chair, but he does now have his pack-n-play set up and the car seat is in the car and ready to go! Pregnancy Symptoms: No Braxton-Hicks contractions since last week, but I have had continued pelvic pressure.  I am still feeling pretty tired after work and now that we are almost 37 weeks (Full Term), I am ready for my little man to come anytime. Milestones:  We had our second pelvic exam today to check Grant's progress.  Right now I am still 50% effaced, my cervix is softer and continues to be closed, and I am at a -2 station.  So based on Dr. Snow's one week predictions, it will not happen before the new year.  I return for my next appointment this coming Thursday 1/6, and I will get an US to check his position, my amniotic fluid levels, and his size.  I have a feeling that he is going to be a big guy based on my current measurements. Looking forward to next: I am really looking forward to meeting our son.  As we near closer and closer to the due date its hard to have patience because I want to hold him, meet him, and love on him so much!  Finding out we were pregnant has definitely been the best moment of 2010, and then having our son will be the best moment of 2011. Hurry up and get here Grant, we are all waiting to meet you!! Advice: I thought this was cute so I wanted to share some advice we received from an older gentleman who was at our OB/GYN office with his wife.  He said he was a father to 5 successful kids, and he told us that when he was going to have his first child that he asked his father how do raise successful upstanding kids.  His father said (1) Make sure to teach and give them character and (2) to give them an education.  He was the cutest old man, and I thought that was very sweet of him to share with us!  Erik and I are hoping the Lord will teach us everyday how to Delight, Disciple, and Discipline our children so they will be faithful followers of Christ.

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