Baby should soon descend into your pelvis, which will give your lungs a little room to breathe (literally). The bad news: This puts the brunt of baby's weight on your hips and pelvis, and will make them pretty sore. Add in your ever-loosening ligaments, and you may soon be taking on that oh-so-adorable pregnancy waddle.
baby is the size of a crenshaw melon!
(whatever that is?)
Your baby is gaining about an ounce a day. He now weighs almost 6 pounds (like a crenshaw melon) and is more than 18 1/2 inches long. He's shedding most of the downy hair that covered his body, as well as the vernix caseosa, the waxy substance that protected his skin during his nine-month amniotic bath. Next week, your baby will be considered full-term. Most likely he's in a head-down position, but if he isn't, your practitioner may suggest scheduling an external cephalic version, where she'll try to turn your baby by manipulating him from the outside of your belly.
Micah and I have had our first official end-of-the-road panic attack! It's hard to believe that nine months have passed this quickly. We have the nursery all set up, money set aside for maternity leave, and have read all the books available in a 200-mile radius. But even still, there's something to be said for the realization that this-is-it. Once this baby is born, there is no "sending it back" or "wait, I'm not ready." At that first cry, we become parents and our lives are changed forever.
It's a very scary thought. Being here now, I understand why Mom said that you pray more as a parent than you ever did before. Especially as a new parent. It's the only way to get through each day.
So on that note, please continue to keep Micah, Baby, and I in your prayers for these last 28 days (or more if Baby decides to be late), as I know you have been for the past 200-something days.