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Thursday, February 16, 2012

What on earth is a durian???

A durian. At 34 weeks, my baby is the size of a durian. A durian looks like this:

I bet that cleared it up for you, huh?

Well, though we don't get another measurement until next Wednesday, we can hope and pray that the baby is on the larger scale of that measurement for a...durian.

Pulling from two sites again, here is what happens at 34 weeks:

  • Baby is recognizing and reacting to simple songs, if you're singing them. (If you're not, start! They may find them soothing after birth.)
  • They are also urinating about a pint a day.
Well isn't that special. Urinating a pint a day. Thanks, baby. Sweet of you.

From another site, here's more interesting and disturbing facts for a baby that is 34 gestational weeks

 Your Baby
Your baby kind of looks like they are coated in a layer of cream cheese these days. The thick, white substance that protects her skin from pruning in the amniotic fluid is called vernix. When baby is born you'll probably see some vernix lingering in the "hard-to-reach" places like under her arms, and behind her ears. (Ew..)
The soft fur, lanugo, that covered your baby's body for much of their stay in the womb is now almost completely gone. Your baby begins to develop their own immune system, instead of relying solely on antibodies received through the placenta. This will come in handy when some grubby relative manhandles the baby without washing his hands first.

This week, your baby measures about 17¾ inches, as almost as long as an American Girl Doll (!) and weighs almost 5 pounds, as heavy as a bag of sugar, minus the cup you put in your decaf this morning.

So that's 34 weeks! We now have 3 weeks til I'm 37 weeks. Keep those prayers coming!!

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