Week 36

Week 35 baby bump

The countdown continues… and in fetal developments: most of the bones (soft skull aside) in their little body are now completely hardened, providing a solid structure from which they can now make their grand debut into the world. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, we are structurally ready for a secure launch. In physical fitness news: their muscle tone has also improved over these past few weeks, and you’ll definitely be impressed by their steel-like Ulnar grasp (a newborn reflex that occurs if you lay your finger in their palm). And in genital development: if you’re having a girl, her labia are now fully developed. Finally, in the fluids/excretion department: the amniotic fluid-to-baby ratio has fallen over these past weeks, although they’re still swallowing fluid (building up even more meconium for that historic first poop), and some vernix caseosa. They will be more than ready to swallow and digest milk after birth. Just in case you didn’t get it quite yet: you’ve got yourself an adorable and hungry 6.5 lbs 20 inch baby—are you ready?

How far along? 36 weeks
Total weight gain/loss: 20 pounds.
Maternity clothes? Yes
Stretch marks? Unfortunately yes, a few
Sleep: I wake up every time I change position. It sucks!
Best moment this week: Finding out that he's head down.
Movement: A lot around 5pm
Food cravings: None
Gender: BOY!!
Labor Signs: None
Belly Button in or out? In
What I miss: Being comfortable.
What I am looking forward to: The crib being here and my 2nd baby shower.
Weekly Wisdom: Read all the baby books far enough ahead of time before the baby comes, but not so far ahead that you forget what they said.
Milestones: One month left!!! One week 'til I'm technically full term.