Here we are at 38 weeks! It just seems like such a whirlwind.
First of all, I want to say a prayer of praise for Robby's sister, Michelle, who gave birth to a beautiful baby boy cousin for our little tyke just wednesday of this week. He was just under 8lbs... little Kai David. We are so happy for them! I'm now the last of my kind until my due date. Everyone I know that was due, is finished with their pregnancy.... I'M SOOOO JEALOUS!! :)
This week's appointment went well with our midwife, Karen. All systems are a go and so we are still just waiting for him to be ready to enter this crazy world. Still head down and behind in my ribs. I have been feeling some "contractions" that are a little more intense, so I believe that we are on our way. Please keep us in your prayers. The closer we get the more the intensity of the day is realized by Robby and myself. We also had an appointment with a doula, Debbie Hull, last night and so we ask for prayers that we will make a good decision concerning her and if we choose her that she will be a blessing to our labor and birth. Today is also our last Bradley Class and we have learned so much...it is all coming to an end before we take on an amazing beginning with a beautiful miracle. Tomorrow we will embark on a breastfeeding class to get all the ins and outs and then we are just sitting ducks for the time to come! We will definitely keep you all posted on the happenings of the next few weeks.
Your baby has really fattened up. He likely weighs between 6 and 7 1/2 pounds now (boys tend to be slightly heavier than girls), and he's probably between 19 and 20 inches long. He has a firm grasp, which you'll soon be able to test with your pinky! His organs are fully developed and in place, but his lungs and brain — though developed enough for him to function now — will continue to mature right through childhood.
Wondering what color your baby's eyes will be? You may not be able to tell right away. If your baby is born with brown eyes, they'll likely stay brown. If he'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 won't get "lighter" or more blue. (Green, hazel, and brown eyes have more pigment than gray or blue eyes.)
Baby Image (38 weeks):