Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!
By now, Baby M weighs over 4.5 pounds (the size of a small chicken, not actually a turkey) and is about 18 inches long, taking up a lot of space in my uterus. I am supposed to be gaining about a pound a week and roughly half of that goes right to the baby. In fact, she'll gain a third to half of her birth weight during the next 7 weeks as she fattens up for survival outside the womb. She now has toenails, fingernails, and real hair (or at least respectable peach fuzz). Her skin is becoming soft and smooth as she plumps up in preparation for birth. In these past few weeks, it's all about practice, practice, practice as she hones the skills she'll need to thrive outside the womb — from swallowing and breathing to kicking and sucking. And speaking of sucking, my little one has been able to suck her thumb for a while now!
I want to take a minute to wish everyone of our family blog readers a very Happy Thanksgiving! There are so many things that we are thankful for this year.