Sunday, July 4, 2010

Week 40

*How far along?: 40 Weeks

*Total weight gain: 16 kilos which is about 35 pounds

*How big is baby?: Sparky is the size of a watermelon (Week 4 of Month 9)
As long as she's in your belly, baby's hair and nails will continue to grow and her lungs will keep developing. She's anywhere from 5 to 11 pounds and is getting ready for a slightly gooey introduction any day now. (Upon arrival, baby will probably be covered in blood, vernix caseosa, lanugo, and amniotic fluid.)

*Maternity clothes?: Definitely loving the stretch black trousers this week! It has been nice to wear trainers (tennis shoes) and comfy clothes all week!

*Sleep?: I'm getting up twice a night now - amazing really what your body does - I'm up EXACTLY at 1am and EXACTLY at 5am - so bizarre - like an internal alarm clock! So my sleep isn't great anymore, but it really isn't terrible either, nothing an afternoon cat nap can't fix:) I just can't sleep in anymore because my back gets sore from the weight of the bump!!

*Best moment this week? Hearing Sparky's heartbeat again at my appointment and hearing from my doctor that all seems to be progressing well. He's guessing Sparky will weight 7 1/2 to 8 pounds - we shall see!

*Movement?: Yes he still moves around quite a lot at least twice a day - more sort of 'wedging' movements - moving his bum/back around and poking out what I think is a knee? But I'm always reassured when he moves around for awhile. He especially seemed to like the movie Robin Hood this week - LOTS of movements during the movie - or maybe it was just the popcorn? :)

*Food cravings?: Nothing in particular, but I have indulged in a few chai lattes with friends and a scoop or two of Ben & Jerry's ice cream - yummmm!

*Labor signs?:
Well he has definitely 'dropped.' My whole bump is low & saggy now (hard to tell from the side on view in the photo below, but I can REALLY tell as the bump was quite high up until now. I'm taking this as a good sign that he's getting ready to make an appearance soon!!

*Belly button in or out?: A bit bulgy - eeeeeek!

*What I miss: For some reason I'm really starting to miss my jeans - I guess that's because even my maternity jeans are too tight to wear now:) Looking forward to getting back into my own clothing!!!

*What I'm looking forward to: Sparky's appearance soon - I hope! I can't wait for that 'IT'S A ........' moment - so exciting just thinking about it. And seeing that little face and hair color, etc etc. I just don't think it'll feel 100% real to us until that moment - I can't wait!

*Milestone: I'm now officially just past 9 months pregnant! 40 weeks and 3 days as I type this post - WOW how time flies!!! Oh and we put the stroller together this week - oh my GOSH I love it - so so so happy with what we chose - can't WAIT to try it out:)

*Feelings this week:
I can't believe the end of being pregnant is so near. It feels like I've had this bump forever, but then it also feels like this experience has gone by SO quickly. I've been lucky to have such a smooth pregnancy (knock on wood) and I really am not wishing the time away. I'll miss Sparky bumping around in there and wondering what limb that was that just poked out by my belly button. Very excited to actually get to MEET our baby soon as well though - wow - just wow!

* Thanks for the guesses everyone - will be fun to see who guesses the closest in the end!

*Just click on 'enter a guess'


  1. Good luck with the birth Monique. I hope that it starts soons and that it is a quick and easily delivery. That waking up 1am and 5am is all preparation for baby coming. Those used to be James' exact wake up time when he was a newborn, and my night time pee time.

  2. eat some spicy foods!