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Week 36: All Things Baby!

December 29, 2011

The later part of week 36 we were still back home celebrating Thanksgiving with our families.

How big is baby?

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Harper is the size of a bag of carrots!

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Here is what babycenter.com has to say about Harper in week 36:

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Your baby is still packing on the pounds — at the rate of about an ounce a day. She now weighs almost 6 pounds and is more than 18 1/2 inches long. She’s shedding most of the downy covering of hair that covered her body as well as the vernix caseosa, the waxy substance that covered and protected her skin during her nine-month amniotic bath. Your baby swallows both of these substances, along with other secretions, resulting in a blackish mixture, called meconium, will form the contents of her first bowel movement.

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At the end of this week, your baby will be considered full-term. (Full-term is 37 to 42 weeks; babies born before 37 weeks are pre-term and those born after 42 are post-term.) Most likely she’s in a head-down position. But if she isn’t, your practitioner may suggest scheduling an “external cephalic version” which is a fancy way of saying she’ll try to coax your baby into a head-down position by manipulating her from the outside of your belly.

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Woo hoo for almost being full term!

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What are we celebrating?

While we were home visiting our family we also took our pictures for our in-laws Christmas cards. This year my mother-in-law decided to head over to the beach for the shots. I have to admit that it was pretty difficult walking on the sand so they got into position and let me come in after everyone was settled. Ironically they loved the last picture that we took, not even on the beach. I think it made a pretty cute card, don’t you think?

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Keith was able to use his magical photoshop skills and change the sign but I don’t have a copy of that picture. Oh one day I’ll get a copy of photoshop, too!

Another tradition that we have during Thanksgiving weekend is to go pick out our Christmas tree with Carl’s family. We were able to find this lovely semi-Charlie Brown tree for only $25! Score! The only rule that I had for our tree this year was that it had to be taller than me 🙂

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Keith and Amy celebrated a new tradition as it was their first year getting a tree together. Yay!

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We left on Saturday morning to finish up our final Thanksgiving weekend tradition, decorating our tree and watching the Florida v. Florida State game. I wish I could say that it was a good game, but both teams played horribly. I’m sad that we still have the Florida State flag hanging outside of our house for another year, but hopefully Florida will get their act together next year!

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