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36 weeks
Baby Bob is still putting on the pounds — about an ounce a day. He now weighs almost 6 pounds and is a little less than 19 inches long. At the end of this week, baby Bob will be considered full-term. (Babies between 37 and 42 weeks are considered full-term; a baby born before 37 weeks is pre-term and after 42 is post-term.) Most likely he's in a head-down position by now, which is optimal for a smooth delivery, but if he isn't in the next week, the provider may suggest scheduling an "external cephalic version," which is a fancy way of saying he'll try to coax your baby into a head-down position manually, by manipulating him from the outside of the belly.

37 weeks
Congratulations Peter and Jane! The pregnancy is now considered full term — meaning baby Bob  is developmentally ready to handle life outside the womb. Bob probably weighs a little over 6 pounds at this point and measures between 19 and 20 inches, head to heel. Many babies have a full head of hair at birth, with locks from 1/2 inch to 1 1/2 inches long. It's not surprising if baby Bob's hair isn't the same color as the parents. Dark-haired couples are sometimes thrown for a loop when their children are born blonds or redheads, and fair-haired couples have been surprised by Elvis look-alikes. And then, of course, some babies sport only peach fuzz.

38 weeks
Baby Bob 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 we'll soon be able to test with our 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.
We're all wondering what color baby Bob's eyes will be? We may not be able to tell right away. If Bob 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 she's born, but they won't get "lighter" or more blue. (Green, hazel, and brown eyes have more pigment than gray or blue eyes.)

Well, it's about to happen. Jane will probably be induced on Monday 23rd October and Baby Bob will arrive either late Monday or early Tuesday! EXCITING!! :)  

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Time:2006-10-18 11:26 pm (UTC)
Yay!!!! I can't believe it's 38 weeks already...I remember when you started giving us Bob updates...the year has gone so fast!!!!

5 weeks and then we need to catch up for coffee!!!!!!
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Time:2006-10-21 02:28 am (UTC)
I know, hasn't the year gone so fast! I picked my Aunt and Uncle up half a dozen champagne from work, so I reckon they're ready to celebrate!

And I can't believe it's almost all over for you! So exciting!

Christmas is almost here too! Pageant in two weeks and it all kinda landslides from there! I love Christmas! And now there'll be a little baby celebrating his/her first Christmas, and I have money to spoil him/her rotten.

I'll definitely pencil you in for a coffee, just tell me when and where and I'll be there!

Good luck with what's left!

Love Jess
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