Alison Starling's Baby: A hothouse cucumber?

Alison Starling at her baby shower.

Just three months to go!

It's been a terrible news week, with so many sad stories to report on and digest as a journalist, human being and soon-to-be Mom. My heart goes out to those who are suffering in Boston and Texas.

On a much happier note, all of a sudden time seems to be flying by and I'm realizing the baby will be here in no time! Quite a few people have commented that they enjoy the "produce update" about the baby's size.

Well, this week is kind of crazy. I have multiple email resources giving me information about what's happening at 26/27 weeks, and the produce wars are underway! I'm not kidding: one site says the baby is the size of a head of lettuce, another says large eggplant, and the other says ....English Hothouse Cucumber!? This is getting too confusing.

What is fascinating is how our baby's ears are better developed and more sensitive than before. So, she may now be able to hear our voices as we chat with each other.

She's also inhaling and exhaling small amounts of amniotic fluid, which is essential for the development of her lungs. These so-called breathing movements are also good practice for when she's born and takes that first gulp of air. And she's continuing to put on baby fat (helped along by my need for chocolate!).

The rush is on now to get prepared, from the baby's room, to getting ahead at work and all the other daily tasks. The doctor says that's all fine, but it's important to remember to eat well, get some exercise and a lot of rest.

I'm curious to hear about women who had lower back pain, achy legs, feet, or sciatic nerve pain. So far this is all mild for me if I stand, walk or sit for a long time. Any good relief techniques out there? Warm bath or heating/cooling pads? And, I had an amazing pregnancy massage...what a treat!

Finally, a quick story about hormones. Peter and I took a weekend trip to New York. We went to see the musical "Once." It's a beautiful and touching love story.

We sat down, the main character started singing and I started crying. I cried the entire two hours. When it was over I was exhausted! I can't imagine what the people around me were thinking.

Thanks, again, for the nice and informative emails. Keep them coming!