Original Posting at NewlyParents.com here
There are several days during the week that have some sort of special meaning to them. Monday is the day we all dread as we are heading back to work. Wednesday we look forward too because that signifies that half the work week is over (don't say "Hump Day", you sound stupid), Friday is great because the weekend is here and Saturday and Sunday are reserved for everything you wanted to do during the week.
But there's has never been anything special about Thursday for us until now. Each Thursday is the start of a new week in our pregnancy! Along the way we have been tracking our pregnancy through Husbands iPhone. The app gives you a story of how the baby is progressing, how mommy should be doing along with a picture of the baby. We look forward to sitting down together and reading outloud the story of how baby is doing this week. Since we enjoy it so much, we thought you might enjoy reading about the baby progress as well.
Your baby is almost 17 inches tall now (nearly as tall as he will be at birth), and close to three pounds (a weight that will likely more than double — and may even come close to tripling — by delivery time). His wrinkled skin is smoothing out as more fat is deposited under the skin surface. This fat, called white fat, is different from the earlier brown fat that your baby accumulated. Brown fat is necessary for body temperature regulation while white fat (the fat you have, Mom) actually serves as an energy source.
Which explains why your energizer baby feels so…well…energized! Space in your baby's living quarters is now at a premium, so you'll be feeling jabs and pokes from elbows and knees mostly. But those kicks will be more vigorous than before (and also less erratic) because your baby is stronger and excitedly responding to all sorts of stimuli — movement, sounds, light, and that candy bar you ate half an hour ago.
Luckily, your baby doesn't have teeth yet that would need a brushing after that sugary treat, but it won't be long before you'll need to buy that first baby toothbrush! You'll recall that your baby's baby-teeth buds formed weeks ago, but now the buds for permanent teeth are forming in his as well.
And back to those kicks, who's counting? Actually, you should be. Now's a good time to start doing a kick count twice a day to make sure baby's doing just fine (plus, it's a good excuse for a rest). Lie down (preferably after a snack) and keep track of your baby's movements. You're looking for at least ten movements in an hour's time (don't forget to count movements of any kind — kicks, flutters, swishes, rolls, and so on).
The last couple of weeks have become increasingly exciting. Just like the story says, he is a growing ball of energy right now doing all kinds of twist, kicks, turns and rolls. Sometimes he positions himself right up against the wall of my stomach and if you put your hand there it's almost as if you're holding him. Husbands like to put his ear on my belly every night after dinner and talk to him while he's moving around. "Where's daddy's baby?" has the become the daily catch phrase. The baby really is learning voices because every day after work, when Daddy gets home, within minutes of Daddy talking the baby begins to start moving. He's so excited to hear his daddy!
It's pretty amazing that 29 weeks have gone by and only 11 are left. Husband says the time has flown by but I like to remind him that time doesn't go as fast when you are the one actually carrying the baby!
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