How your baby's growing: Your baby doesn't have much room to maneuver now that he's over 18 inches long and tips the scales at 5 1/4 pounds (pick up a honeydew melon). Because it's so snug in your womb, he isn't likely to be doing somersaults anymore, but the number of times he kicks should remain about the same. His kidneys are fully developed now, and his liver can process some waste products. Most of his basic physical development is now complete — he'll spend the next few weeks putting on weight.
I am so relieved to have made it to 35 weeks! I feel like I don't really need to worry anymore and can get back to more or less normal. I won't be doing anything crazy, but I feel like at this point I can do what I want around the house and take trips to the store again. In another week, I'm going to start exercising again and doing whatever I want.
I'm pretty sure Asher dropped lower yesterday. There is quite a marked difference in how I looked last week and how I look this week. (See photos) I'm definitely poking out more. And I also got my first pregnancy stretch marks this week. Thursday I woke up with a couple on my hip and this morning there a few on my lower abdomen. I feel initiated now. :-)
Belly close up at 34 weeks and belly close up at 35 weeks--
Quite the difference a week can make! (And I actually have a little tan from the beach!)