We’re seven months big now – the size of a butternut squash! Baby girl is full of energy as she gears up for her very own Olympic debut! I think watching hours of gymnastics has inspired her!
Here’s how this month of pregnancy has been:
How Big Baby Is Now:
Baby girl is about the size of a butternut squash. She is a grand total of about 16 inches long (I can’t believe that!), and she weighs about 3 pounds! Not much more to go!
How Baby Has Changed:
Time to dim the lights! Baby girl’s eyes are beginning to open and she’s growing those long (hopefully) eyelashes. She is also getting that extra layer of fat to keep her warm when she makes her grand appearance. This information comes from The Baby Center and The Mayo Clinic.
How Big Mommy is Now:
Mommy is getting bigger, which is a good thing because that means baby girl is getting bigger! I measure right on target for my end of October due date!
How Mommy Feels:
Overall I feel great; however, doing life is more of a challenge. It’s harder to bend over and tie my shoes and pick things up off of floor. I am also out of breath more, and have terrible, terrible heartburn! I’ve heard that means baby girl will be born with lots of hair. Her daddy and I both have heads full of hair, so I won’t be surprised if that’s true! We can’t wait to find out!
What Mommy Eats:
I eat what I’ve always eaten. No weird food aversions or cravings! I’m starting to wonder if the whole “pickles and ice cream” cravings are old wives’ tale because I have not had any cravings like that at all!
Our Doctor Visits:
Now we go to the doctor every two weeks, which I love! The mornings that I wake up and have an appointment that day are like Christmas morning. We have also had two ultrasounds (mainly because I am posting this a few weeks later than exactly 7 months). In the first ultrasound of the two we found out that baby girl was sitting straight up just like I sit. Needless to say, she was breech! The midwife told me that they like to see them move by 32 weeks. If she doesn’t move, then . . . a c-section! But . . . fortunately at the next ultrasound she was head down and laying on her side. Now she just has to say that way! We have also started looking for a pediatrician for her.
The Birthing Plan:
The birthing plan has not changed as long as she quits squirming around in there and stays head down! However, the reality of literally having to push this baby out has kind of come to reality for me. I think I’m still in a little bit of denial that I really have to do this, but like my husband says, I don’t have a choice! Yikes!! Sometimes ignorance of what’s coming is bliss!
Decorating the Nursery:
The nursery is further along than ever, but not completely finished. There were several consignment sales here where we live, so I went to those and baby girl got lots of “new” clothes. I have also had one shower which was such a huge blessing. Her nursery is filling up with all that she needs. I love just sitting in there and looking at it!
I’ve said it before, but I just can’t say it enough. It has been so fun watching John become a daddy. He loves her so much! Every day he gets really close and talks to her. When she hears his voice she starts to move. I know if may be my imagination, but I like to think that’s the case. For us she is just as real as if she were four inches on the other side of my body. He tells her what he’s doing and where we’re going. Daddy has also been quite busy getting the house, cars, and her nursery ready!
Thoughts on Being a Mommy:
I read that at this point our baby girl has a 90% survival rate outside of the womb. So basically, for me, she is just resting in there, gaining lots of weight, learning to breathe, and waiting to make her arrival. I have always been “pro-life” but pregnancy has made that conviction so much stronger. I think often about the babies who will die today because of abortion, and it makes me very sad. Our baby girl moves when we touch my stomach or talk to her. She responds when I eat and drink. She moves so much. I imagine what her personality will be like, and I am confident that she knows exactly who we are. My prayer for her is that she will have a heart for Jesus and be filled with His Spirit. I simply cannot wait to meet her!
Recently I read this eBook Unbound Birth: How to Have a Natural Birth in the Hospital and loved it! This book gives an overview of how to have a successful, natural birth in the hospital. It is full of practical insight!
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