BabyCenter: Your baby has really plumped up. She weighs about 6.8 pounds 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. (The dr. told us last week that she was around 7 lbs on Wed, so Ruthie is a little bigger than average.)
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.)
The Bump: Baby's now the size of a watermelon!
The last bits of vernix caseosa (the white goo keeping baby's skin moist) and lanugo (downy hair) are slowly shedding into your amniotic fluid. Baby's head is about the same circumference as her abdomen, and her head could be covered in an inch or so of hair.
I am hoping that Ruthie has hair. I was born with none and did not get any until I was 2! Also, I am hoping they were wrong and she is actually smaller than the dr. thinks. I do not want to birth a 9 pounder!
Today, I cleaned Ruthie's room and it is ready for her to come any time now. All that is left is to get a little bag to put all of her grooming and health stuff in and to steam clean the floors. I will get the bag today and Matt and I (mostly Matt) will clean the floors on Friday. Hooray! it will all be done!
***There will be at least one more post today about New Years, Ruthie's room, and other stuff, but I have to get my husband to help me figure out how to get video off my new camera first. So be excited!!! (I know I am and a few grandparents and great grandparents who will love some of the videos)