Have you begun putting together Baby's layette? Do you have an alternate route to the hospital mapped out? Time to get everything ready ... Baby will be here soon!
Worried about going into labor with your partner nowhere in sight? Make sure you have your cell phone charged and ready. Also, make sure you and your partner have your doctor and hospital numbers programmed into your phones.
What's Happening with Your Body
With delivery day quickly approaching, you may already be feeling some false contractions, called Braxton Hicks. At times, you may notice your abdomen tighten and then relax. Braxton Hicks contractions help your body gear up for the real thing. If you take time to relax and put your feet up, the contractions should go away. Snagging some sleep becomes harder as your belly makes it difficult to find a comfortable sleeping position.
All About Baby
Your unborn baby's senses continue to develop. If you talk to your baby, she can hear you. In fact, her world is full of sounds. In addition to your voice, she can hear your stomach growling and your lungs taking in air, along with the reassuring vibrations of your heart beating. Also, your baby's skin has turned from red to pink and she has started preparing for life outside the womb by storing iron in her liver.
How Big Is Baby?
This week your baby stretches to around 12 inches (crown to rump) and weighs in at about four pounds, eight ounces.
** Can't believe how much there is still left to do before Brooklyn arrives and I continue to have this intense feeling that she's going to be here REALLY soon! I know I only have Luke's birth to reference, but he was almost 3 weeks early and arrived so quickly that I'm kinda scared that I won't be able to make it to the hospital in time!!!! I need to finish her room, fill my freezer with a few pre-made meals, finish packing my hospital bag, install the car seat, and figure out where Lukey Duke is going once I am in labor.... Oh yeah, and then there's still all of the Christmas related stuff to do!!!! I need longer days or 4 arms! **