27 weeks – a week late!

What’s new with the baby?

Your baby is now 13.6 to 14.8 inches long and 1.5 to 2.5 pounds! And she’s not just getting larger, she’s becoming a complex little human being. This is the earliest she could survive outside of Mommy if delivered prematurely.

Her brainstem, which controls most of her vital functions (such as heart rate, breathing and blood pressure) is nearly fully developed by this point, and her cerebral cortex (which forms consciousness and allows us to think, feel and perform voluntary actions) is growing more and more, maturing and becoming more complex during the last trimester. So don’t be surprised by baby’s karate kicks in your belly. She can stretch and make grasping motions now too!

Food comparison this week is…
How am I feeling?

Things are starting to get real!  We’re getting so close.  When I say I have 3 months left it sounds like forever, but when I say I have 13 weeks left (well, almost 12 now, actually) that feels like a snap of the fingers.  I’m sleeping well, which is really nice, feeling pretty good throughout most of the day, and the baby is moving around nice and regularly.  I think he might have shifted positions yesterday because I was having a bunch of sharp jabbing pains in my upper right rib area when I would sit down, so I think maybe that was a foot or something jamming me?  I’m not sure, but that’s my guess.  It seems better today, so maybe it was just a weird position.  I feel like my hair has finally gotten to the nice and lustrous stage too, which is fun.  It isn’t getting as oily as quickly as it used to, so that’s a definite plus, since I don’t get to take a shower everyday.

Weight gain?
 My next appt is on December 2nd.  So, it will be after Thanksgiving (weight will go up) but it is also the morning I have to be fasting for my bloodwork, so (weight might go down?).  We’ll see where I’m at!I’ve been pretty well on track for what they want to see, but I have put on weight faster this time than I did the first time, so that makes me a bit nervous.  I don’t want to be in a position of having a toddler, a newborn, and lots of extra weight that I want to get rid of.  I mean, I’ve always kind of been there with regard to the weight, but to pile it all together just seems like a bummer.  At least it will be spring and then summer shortly after this baby arrives so plenty of opportunity for being outside and playing and all that fun stuff.  At least until we get to about July and it’s too unbearable to go outside again.  HA!  Oh well, can’t win ’em all.  (And that’s why some genius person invented air conditioned gyms…with daycare facilities.)
What do I miss?  What am I looking forward to?

Thanksgiving next week!  Lots of good food!  And then Christmas decorating and baking and shopping!  Mostly the decorating and baking.  I bought a pressure mount garland hanger for our front door, so I can finally put up Christmas garland, and that’s going to be my fun project to tackle.  I got some basic prelit garland with pine-cones and berries on it, but I might jazz it up with some ribbon, or other pretty things, as well.  It’s going to be so easy to put up the hanger and then just drape the garland on it every year.  Yay!  (Also, getting U’s picture taken with Santa sometime over the next couple of weeks…can’t wait to see how he does this year!)


The bed and tables and mattress and boxspring are all sold!  I pulled everything out of the closet in the guest room, so I could see what I was dealing with, and now I just need to find new storage homes for it all, or at least move it to some unobtrusive corner until I can empty all the baby stuff out of the spare closet and then put the other stuff in that spot.  It’s like one of those little puzzles that has one empty space and you have to shift all the pieces around until you can get each one in the exact right spot…just with holiday decorations, baby stuff, luggage and random crap.

Highlights of the week?

Today it is 39 degrees and rainy!  VERY rare for November for us, and I’m loving it!

Belly pic: (a very quick, casual shot!)


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