Tuesday, December 29, 2009

33 weeks

This week your baby weighs a little over 4 pounds (heft a pineapple) and has passed the 17-inch mark. He's rapidly losing that wrinkled, alien look and his skeleton is hardening. The bones in his skull aren't fused together, which allows them to move and slightly overlap, thus making it easier for him to fit through the birth canal. These bones don't entirely fuse until early adulthood, so they can grow as his brain and other tissue expands during infancy and childhood.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Christmas Presents

This giant blue teddy bear is from BBB's cousin, Sammy, here with her new horsey, and BBB's auntie and uncle.  McKenna and Dave bought Sammy the same teddy bear last year only it's pink and currently resides in Sammy's crib.  This blue bear is in BBB's crib right now patiently waiting for him!

Christmas Eve

BBB got to hear The Night Before Christmas read to him for the very first time this year.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

32 Weeks

McKenna is so excited to start her 8th month of pregnancy!  The countdown begins in earnest now.

By now, your baby weighs 3.75 pounds (pick up a large jicama) and is about 16.7 inches long, taking up a lot of space in your uterus. You're gaining about a pound a week (hahahahahaaha!!!!) and roughly half of that goes right to your baby. In fact, he'll gain a third to half of his birth weight during the next 7 weeks as he fattens up for survival outside the womb.

Here she and he are:

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Empathy weight

McKenna wants us all to know that she's not alone in the expanding belly category.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

31 weeks

This week, your baby measures over 16 inches long. He weighs about 3.3 pounds (try carrying four navel oranges) and is heading into a growth spurt. He can turn his head from side to side, and his arms, legs, and body are beginning to plump out as needed fat accumulates underneath his skin. He's probably moving a lot, too, so you may have trouble sleeping because your baby's kicks and somersaults keep you up. Take comfort: All this moving is a sign that your baby is active and healthy.

McKenna is now down to seeing her OB every two weeks!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

30 weeks

Your baby's about 15.7 inches long now, and he weighs almost 3 pounds (like a head of cabbage). A pint and a half of amniotic fluid surrounds him, but that volume will decrease as he gets bigger and takes up more room in your uterus. His eyesight continues to develop, though it's not very keen; even after he's born, he'll keep his eyes closed for a good part of the day. When he does open them, he'll respond to changes in light but will have 20/400 vision — which means he can only make out objects a few inches from his face. (Normal adult vision is 20/20.)

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

More 29 week info

Your baby is growing rapidly now. This week he weighs about 2 1/2 pounds (like a butternut squash) and is a tad over 15 inches long from head to heel. His muscles and lungs are continuing to mature, and his head is getting bigger to accommodate his growing brain — which is busy developing billions of neurons. Every day, about 200 milligrams of calcium is deposited in your baby's skeleton, which is now hardening. With this rapid growth, it's no surprise that your baby's nutritional needs reach their peak during this trimester.
Although this blurb states the baby is 2.5 pounds, McKenna's ultrasound technician told her that the baby was 3 pounds. She also had a gestastional diabetes test where she had to drink a really sweet drink. 30 minutes later the baby was doing summersaults in her belly. Or in her words, "He's on CRACK!" The test turned out negative, thank goodness!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

7 months

Here are a few snaps of little BBB who weighs in at three pounds right now!