This week Evie should weigh in at over 4 lbs (umm didn't we supposedly hit that mark back about 2 weeks ago?) and should be about 17 inches long. This puts her about the weight and length of a pineapple!
From now on she will rapidly begin running out of room as the amniotic fluid continues to decrease and she gains more weight. The average baby gains about 0.5 lbs per week at this point. God help me! Here is what she should look like in there:
I've started to notice that, although she is as active as ever, her movements have changed. I can't remember the last time I felt a distinct single kick. Now I usually feel a series of connected movements that feel like she is alternating pushing with both feet very quickly, while wiggling her booty! The other day she managed to get a foot stuck over in my side. I explained to her that this was a "no can do" for Mommy and pushed it and she moved it back. She is (at this point) quite accomodating about this. She also gets the hiccups multiple times a day. According to my MIL, Pat, Chris also did this the entire third trimester.
Mom is feeling better this week than last (thank goodness as last was miserable). I have been lucky in that only one of my feet (the left) regularly swells and then it usually goes right back down as soon as I walk around a bit or prop it up. However, the battle with acid reflux rages on. Currently I am taking 60mg of Dexilant (my prescription proton pump inhibitor) once daily, and 150 mg of Zantac twice daily as well as rolaids smoothies (750 mg of Calcium Carbonate each) as needed. This baby can't cause an ulcer, at least not until she is 13! Other than that, things continue to become more and more cramped for both her and me. I guess this is just proof we are in the home stretch.
Speaking of the home stretch, this goal for this week is to get my hospital bag packed and Chris' hospital bag packed. I'll also be making a Daddy Binder for Chris. It will contain copies of all pertinent documents (birth certificates, drivers licenses, prescription drug cards, insurance cards etc), list of all the freaking drugs I am allergic to, lists of all close by restaurants that allow carry out orders (Thank God we are having this baby in Germantown instead of Olive Branch) as well as his and my favorites highlighted, and yes, color coded (I figure this way if I am sleeping or he is sleeping or both are sleeping family won't be blind on ordering if needed). It will include a list of all family to call or text so that we don't forget anyone. Also it will include the name of our pediatric group, as well as our specific doctor and his phone number. I am going to put in $1 bills and lots of quarters so he can always grab something from the vending machine and pretty much anything else I determine could be useful will go in there. I know. I am taking anal to a whole new level here. Did you doubt I could do it?
Other Items to Note: Tomorrow marks 2 WHOLE WEEKS with no visits to the hospital!!! Woo hoo! Way to go Evie (and Momma)!
Keep an eye out in the next few weeks for completed nursery pictures! :)