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Pregnancy Update – Home Stretch!

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This may be one of the final pregnancy updates I’ll post until our baby boy arrives. My wife has crossed 38 weeks gestational age for the pregnancy – so he’ll be a full term.

Things have moved so fast since we discovered our family was expanding and we decided to share it publicly here.

We’ve provided developmental milestones via the awesome web site BabyCenter.com. Here’s what’s happening at week 38:

  • Your baby has really plumped up. He weighs about 6.8 pounds and he’s more than 19 1/2 inches long (like a leek).
  • He has a firm grasp, which you’ll soon be able to test when you hold his hand for the first time! His internal organs have matured and are ready for life outside the womb.
  • Wondering what color your baby’s eyes will be? You may not be able to tell right away. If he’s born with brown eyes, they’ll likely stay brown. If she’s born with steel gray or dark blue eyes, they may stay gray or blue or turn green, hazel, or brown by the time he’s 9 months old.
  • That’s because a child’s irises (the colored part of the eye) may gain more pigment in the months after he’s born, but they usually won’t get “lighter” or more blue. (Green, hazel, and brown eyes have more pigment than gray or blue eyes.)
  • For many women, the next couple of weeks are a waiting game. Use this time to prepare your baby’s nursery or to take care of necessary tasks you may not get around to for a while after your baby’s born.
  • Take naps, catch up on your reading, and spend uninterrupted time with your partner while you can.

Over the past weeks I’ve listed the various fruits and vegetables that BabyCenter has used to track the baby’s growth.

Suffice to say he’s grown in length from a grape to a leek, with his initial weight being one ounce and it’s increased to nearly 7 lbs – it truly is a miracle. You can check the edible growth trajectory here.

As stated above it is a waiting game now. One of our last things remaining to do is for Kim and me to pack our bags for the hospital.

Question: What necessities should we each bring? Serious or funny ideas are welcome!

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Comments

  1. I pretty much left the packing for my wife to decide, but I made sure to get a small cooler to put some snacks in that we both like in case the hospital food is inedible

  2. Hmm. Too bad sleep can’t be deposited like a bank. Because getting more sleep now won’t help later when Jr. decides he needs ten 2 hour sleeps instead of a few longer ones.

  3. So happy for your family! We didn’t bring anything special to the hospital. Ron always picked out the baby’s outfit to bring home.

  4. You’ve got to take your Frank’s Red Hot Sauce.

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