December 11th, 2009

Hello 26 Weeks!

About Mommy!

Don't panic if your uterus suddenly starts tightening and relaxing -- Braxton Hicks contractions often begin around this time. They're simply your body's way of practicing and preparing for labor. (If the contractions are regular or particularly painful, call your doc just to be sure it's not the real thing.)

About Baby!

The network of nerves in your baby's ears is better developed and more sensitive than before. He may now be able to hear both your voice and your partner's as you chat with each other. He's inhaling and exhaling small amounts of amniotic fluid, which is essential for the development of his lungs. These so-called breathing movements are also good practice for when he's born and takes that first gulp of air. And he's continuing to put on baby fat. He now weighs about a pound and two-thirds and measures 14 inches (an English hothouse cucumber) from head to heel.

Baby's soaking up your antibodies, getting her immune system ready for life outside the womb. Eyes are forming, and she'll soon be practicing the blink...perfect for batting those freshly grown lashes.

About Me!

Less than 100 days left! Only 98 to be exact! 3 months and 1 week. Whew. It's going by fast. In one way I'm sooooo ready to hold this little one in my arms, but in another way I'm loving being pregnant and don't want it to end, though I wouldn't mind some of the more "unpleasant" symptoms going away. ;)

Next week Baby gets to meet its other grandparents. Momma is so excited that she could bust. I'm glad Baby is moving a lot so they'll be able to feel the kicks and little movements. And of course, can't forget the proud uncles-to-be. They'll be good ones, to be sure.

Love to all.