This week, Bianca is approximately 4 pounds and 17 inches. With each added layer of baby fat, her skin is starting to look more and more like it will when she finally gets to see the light of day. She will be gaining about a half a pound of weight per week from now until about two weeks before birth. That's exactly what I need: even more weight to carry around!
Our Little Miracle’s still-developing immune system has gained substantial strength over the past few weeks. Her cute little head is still soft because the skull bones have not yet fused together. The “skull softness” allows for a much smoother passage through the birth canal during labor. Some babies will have that soft spot on their head for up to one year after birth.
This week, other than feeling tired the majority of the day, I feel generally great. I have had very minimal heartburn and my stomach hasn’t been aching. My back and hips are starting to feel more sore, particularly at night, but that’s just par for the course. Bianca seems to be more active lately. She hasn’t been kicking too much, but she apparently likes to roll around a lot. (At least that’s what it feels like!)
Harry and I begin our childbirth classes tonight. We were asked to bring two pillows and a blanket with us. I’m looking forward to seeing what they have in store for us!