If Viability Day was “V-Day” then Full Term Day must be “FT Day”! Today we are Full Term… 37 weeks! After all the worry we went through at the beginning of my pregnancy and all of the doubt we had about whether I would even be able to get pregnant or carry a baby to term, I am so happy to have made it to today! Baby Girl is officially allowed to enter the world any time from here on out (though since we have tickets to the Saints game on Sunday, it would be nice if she could wait until late Sunday night or Monday morning).
And new developments this week?
The Bump says that the baby likely measures about 18.9 to 20.9 inches long and weighs anywhere from 6.2 to 9.2 lbs and she’s gaining about 1/2 oz. each day. She’s practicing inhaling, exhaling, sucking, gripping and blinking to get ready for the outside world, and she’s getting her first sticky pooop (meconium) ready for her first diaper. I’ve heard nasty stories about this so I’m not looking forward to it. Hopefully Ken or one of the nurses can change that first diaper!
Baby Center also says that even though my “due date” is officially 3 weeks away, that the baby’s lungs will likely be mature enough to adjust to life outside the womb. They also mention that some babies have a full head of hair (I wonder whether our baby will…?) and that their hair can be 1/2 inch to 1 1/2 inches long. At this point, I just can’t wait to meet her and see what she looks like! BGL, we’re ready for you whenever you feel like coming out to play!