The arrival of our new baby boy is a mere six weeks away or 42 days or approximately 1,008 hours – regardless the clock keeps ticking, while he keeps kicking.
He keeps growing as well, which is a good thing but has been very tiring on my wife who is pictured here for the first time on this blog as a soon-to-be mom!
Isn’t she adorable? [Note: all heads must be nodding - I learned the marriage mantra early, "Happy Wife, Happy Life."]
Like I said, he’s still growing and here’s the latest update to that effect from the fine folks at BabyCenter.com who provide weekly updates on the baby’s developmental milestones. Here are the latest details:
Your baby now weighs about 4 3/4 pounds and is almost 18 inches long. His fat layers — which will help regulate his body temperature once he’s born — are filling him out. His skin is also smoother than ever.
His central nervous system is maturing and his lungs are continuing to mature as well.
If you’ve been nervous about preterm labor, you’ll be happy to know that babies born between 34 and 37 weeks who have no other health problems generally do fine. They may need a short stay in the neonatal nursery and may have a few short-term health issues, but in the long run, they usually do as well as full-term babies.
Additionally, BabyCenter has playfully used the components of a salad bar as the primary growth comparators throughout this journey – feel free to belly-up-to-the buffet listed below.
Week 34 – A Cantalope – about 4.75 lbs
Week 33 – A Pineapple – about 4.0 lbs
Week 32 – A Large Jicama – roughly 3.75 lbs
Week 31 – A Bundle of 4 Navel Oranges – about 3.3 lbs
Week 30 – A Head of Cabbage – about 3.0 lbs
Week 29 – A Butternut Squash – about 2.5 lbs
Week 28 – A Chinese Cabbage – about 2.2 lbs
Week 27 – A Head of Cauliflower (NOTE: switched from measuring length to weight – the baby is now about 2 lbs.)
Week 26 – English Hothouse Cucumber (what the heck kind of veggie is that???)
Week 25 – Rutabaga
Week 24 – Ear of Corn
Week 23 – Mango
Week 22 – Spaghetti Squash
Week 21 – Carrot
Week 20 – Banana
Week 19 – Heirloom Tomato
Week 18 – Bell Pepper
Week 17 – Turnip
Week 16 – Avocado
Week 15 – Apple
Week 14 – Lemon
Week 13 – Medium Shrimp
Week 12 – Lime
Week 11 – Fig
Week 10 – Kumqut
Week 9 – Grape
Earlier this week I wrote about our trip to the birthing center where the delivery will occur. The anticipation continues to build, and we can’t wait to meet the little man in person!