We are officially starting the final lap.
Today marks 36 weeks of pregnancy and, unless our doctor changes the stated plan on us this afternoon, we are at most 4 weeks from having a baby. Yowzers.
We had our last major ultrasound yesterday and I am pleased to report that the baby is right on track in terms of size. 55th percentile by size/weight. The baby weighs in at just over six pounds right now. During the last month of pregnancy, babies gain most of their weight, putting on between 1/4 and 1/2 pound each week. Average weight for a baby is around 7.5 pounds, so our kid should be right on target for being pretty darn regular in terms of size and weight.
This is great news for a few reasons. Firstly, it means that all of Janelle’s hard work to monitor and regulate her diet has paid off. It’s a very clear demonstration that healthy living yields healthy results. It would have been a major bummer if in spite of all her hard work, we had a baby that was measuring in as oversized. Second, it means that we’re in better shape for being able to have the natural birth that we’re aiming for. Of course, this is by no means a guarantee, but it is a good start.
Calling it the home stretch isn’t just a colloquialism. The baby has always been a mover. Janelle gets smacked around a great deal at pretty much any time that the baby is awake. Now, though, the baby is doing a lot of stretching. There are fewer smacks and more sustained pushing. The clock is ticking.
And for another milestone, today is Janelle’s last day at work before her family leave begins. That’s going to be a weird feeling for the both of us. I know we’ll be doing plenty of work, but we’re neither of us accustomed to not being busy, so it will be a bizarre feeling to be actively taking on the role of not working.
Without further ado, some weird-ass ultrasound pictures of baby nose and baby lips.