Tuesday, September 14, 2010

38 Weeks and some Opinions from the Armchair Doctors

Baby Girl is 38 weeks along today and there's no real update to report except that the general public is fascinated with my belly. I didn't know that Atlanta had such a plethora of doctors working behind cash registers, shopping at the grocery store, and filling up their gas tanks at 1:30 in the afternoon but really, I should feel so lucky that there are SO many licensed medical professionals just dying to hand out free advice to me! Who needs insurance, I just need to go to Kroger to get my questions answered!

I have also heard more about total strangers' ....ahem..."private regions" in the last week than I ever thought I would have to, given that I am not a gynecologist or employed in the pornography industry. And I'm not even getting wined and dined first, they just launch right into it! I am getting quite graceful at quickly ending these conversations if I do say so myself, I just never thought I'd have to hear about some lady's episiotomy in the two minutes while waiting for my checks to deposit.

Needless to say, I'm kind of being a hermit until next Thursday except for the non-grocery store doctors appointments and the few absolutely necessary errands, but I am getting excited about getting to actually hold Baby Girl in just over a week!

Here's the Babycenter.com weekly update:

Your baby has really plumped up. She weighs about 6.8 pounds (ha) and she's over 19 1/2 inches long (like a leek). She has a firm grasp, which you'll soon be able to test when you hold her hand for the first time! Her organs have matured and are ready for life outside the womb.

Wondering what color your baby's eyes will be? You may not be able to tell right away. If she's born with brown eyes, they'll likely stay brown. If she's born with steel gray or dark blue eyes, they may stay gray or blue or turn green, hazel, or brown by the time she'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 usually won't get "lighter" or more blue. (Green, hazel, and brown eyes have more pigment than gray or blue eyes.)

Speaking of eye color, one of the Armchair Doctors told me the other day that she bets the baby will have beautiful green eyes, just like mine. Sweet compliment, except that my eyes are blue. A for Effort, though. 

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