July 23-30, 2011
Madison is now the size of a honeydew! She weighs about 4.7-5 lbs and is measuring roughly 18" long! Most babies have blue eyes when born and the color will change, if it changes, a few weeks up to a year after birth. I have a good feeling Madison will have blue eyes forever though, even though Alan has a little green in his eyes. Her fat layers — which will help regulate her body temperature once she's born — are filling her out, making her rounder. Her skin is also smoother than ever. Her central nervous system is maturing and her lungs are continuing to mature as well. Alan has also started reading to Madison at bedtime this week. He reads 1 or 2 stories a night and I love that part of our day. To hear Alan reading to our daughter makes me so happy! He even does hand motions sometimes! She always tends to wake up after the story or while he's reading, so I know she's enjoying it!
This has been my worst pain week to date. Sunday, the 24th, I had a major meltdown at bedtime, crying my eyes out since I couldn't get comfortable and my back was really hurting. I have finally found out how to get comfortable using 5 pillows surrounding me. Alan has been rubbing my back almost every night since then. My ankles are also staying a little more swollen but my main pain is my back. Doctor appointment on 29th showed Madison's heart beat was 144 and I am still measuring right on track with my weight, blood pressure and belly measurements. I had my last test done - the Strep B Group test- and I will get those results back at my doctor's appointment this coming week. Speaking of which, we will now be going to the doctor every week until Madi makes her appearance! My weight this week is 126.2 and my belly is measuring 37.5" That brings my total weight gain to date to 19.2 lbs and 7.5" gained in my stomach.