I have weird, random dreams ALL NIGHT LONG now. Most of the time I can never remember any of them. And the majority of them have NOTHING to do with the baby or labor. But one from last night, I know had our sweet baby boy in it. I dreamed that he had adorable little dimples...one in each cheek. And that he was smiling (yes, I do realize it will be a while before we see him smile!)
I have NO IDEA where this dream came from...but it made ME smile, and that's all that matters!
37 Weeks: Our baby Hunter
Your Baby This Coming Week
On average, at this time, a baby weighs about 6.8 pounds (3100g) and measures about 14 inches (35cm) from crown to rump and 21 inches (47cm) total in length.
Your baby is still growing and gaining weight. Your baby may gain as much as 1 ounce (28g) a day at this point.
If your baby is a boy, his testes should have descended into the scrotum by this time. Your doctor will check that his testes have descended after delivery. About one percent of boys will have undescended testes. (This happened to my cousin A.J. who is now 10 years old. He had to have a surgery about a year or two ago to correct the problem, the poor little thing!)
Your baby has been building up waste in his intestines for the past few weeks. Called meconium, this waste is greenish-black and is made up of material from blood cell break down, shedded cells from the lining of the intestine, skin cells and lanugo shed into the amniotic fluid and swallowed, as well as other sources. Meconium is the first waste your baby passes and the first diapers that you change will probably be comprised of this greenish-black, tar-like substance. There is also a chance that your baby will excrete meconium before delivery and have some covering his body.