I didn't need last week's 32 week email update to tell me that Smyrna Baby would be going through a growth spurt. I could just tell it was going to happen, and can tell that it's happening right now. This baby is growing. A lot. And making Smyrna Mama very, very uncomfortable! If I didn't have this growing baby pressing on a nerve and causing me to have a horrible case of acid reflux every night, I'd be golden, but these past few days have been ROUGH. Rough enough that I was in bed, asleep at 7:30 last night and didn't get back up until 6:00 this morning. I
haven't gone to bed that early since I was a kid...or extremely ill!
I will say, however, that I love how active this baby is. My new night time ritual is to lay in bed, with my shirt pulled up so I can watch my belly take on new shapes. I haven't necessarily seen a foot sticking out, but I've definitely seen this baby roll all around, kick, punch and who knows what else! I keep imagining what it's going to be like once he/she is out of the womb and in our arms - will the movements we see in person be anything like I have been feeling for the past couple of months?
I hit 33 weeks yesterday, which means potentially only 7 more weeks to go (probably at the very most). I'm getting nervous...very nervous, actually, but I'll address more of that in the next day or so.
According to babycenter.com:
This week your baby weighs a little over 4 pounds (heft a pineapple) and has passed the 17-inch mark. He's rapidly losing that wrinkled, alien look and his skeleton is hardening. The bones in his skull aren't fused together, which allows them to move and slightly overlap, thus making it easier for him to fit through the birth canal. (The pressure on the head during birth is so intense that many babies are born with a conehead-like appearance.) These bones don't entirely fuse until early adulthood, so they can grow as his brain and other tissue expands during infancy and childhood.