How your baby's growing: Your baby has really plumped up. He weighs about 6.8 pounds and he's over 19 1/2 inches long (like a leek). He has a firm grasp, which you'll soon be able to test when you hold his hand for the first time! His 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 he's born with brown eyes, they'll likely stay brown. If he's born with steel gray or dark blue eyes, they may stay gray or blue or turn green, hazel, or brown by the time he'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 he'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.)
Another week down and I'm still pregnant. I have given up all expectations that this child will come early. He comes when he comes. It does seem he certainly has a flare for the dramatic though. At least I know he will definitely be coming out in the next 2-3 weeks. Hopefully he's not too huge by then. I'm just really grateful he's healthy and so glad he didn't turn out to be a preemie. Good luck this week to Rachel and Emily who don't have to play the wait and see game with their babies! It's been so fun going through pregnancy with good friends--even though we live far away.