Dec 09 2008

Full term! Watchoutnow!

RIGHT ON. I’m 37 weeks! Full term! About 12 percent of babies are born prematurely in the U.S. each year. I’m glad we made it this far!

I could safely have this baby anytime between now and five weeks from now. Nice range, right?

I can’t remember if the midwives start to get nervous if you hit 41 weeks, or if they’ll let you go til 42 weeks before wanting to intervene. I’ll have to ask at my next appointment, but my gut feeling is I won’t go too far past 40 weeks, if I even make it to that point. Just a guess, but what do I know?

I could totally hack being pregnant for another month. I think. I’m still not uncomfortable — in fact, I’m more comfortable now than I was a few weeks ago, since his head has dropped lower and it’s easier to breathe (and it wasn’t that difficult to breathe before that). Putting on socks and shoes is a major challenge. I either have Shane help me or I just contort myself and go for gold.

I hope he lets me get over my cold first. I’ll need to be healthy and have my energy back. Sometimes I’ll sneeze, and he’ll jump. Lol.

When I was 32 weeks, I predicted that I’d at least hit 40 inches around and gain 26-27 pounds total. Well, I measured my circumference (is that even accurate?) and I’m 40 inches around! How much bigger will I get? Who knows. Baby is gaining about an ounce per day. That’s roughly a half of a pound per week for Baby alone.

On my main blog, I mentioned that I won a baby sling — a Baby K’Tan — in a blog giveaway. It arrived yesterday and I wore a teddy bear around the house in it for awhile. I love it! It’s ridiculously simple to figure out how to use. I’m not sure how it will feel with a person vs. a bear in it, but it has great support so I feel like it’ll work out well. I’ll keep ya posted.

We’re making progress on our baby to-do list. I bought a bunch of non-perishable groceries to have around for after the baby is born. Plus, I bought an obscene amount of snacks for us to munch on in the hospital.

I have a bunch of meals in the freezer and I’m going to add a few more this week. After that, I’ll save leftovers and add some convenience freezer foods.

Baby’s room is ready to go. I want to deep-clean the kitchen and bathrooms and do a little more to organize our bedroom. If I don’t get to those things, no worries! The grandmas are coming, and they can help :)

We’ll probably go ahead and throw things in our hospital bag tonight.

Oh man. This is getting really real now. I’m still partly in denial about this whole thing — like really? I’m having a baby (and not a basketball?). Baby is coming, and he’s coming soon. Watchoutnow!


Congratulations — your baby is full term! This means that if your baby arrives now, his lungs should be fully mature and ready to adjust to life outside the womb, even though your due date is still three weeks away.

Your baby weighs 6 1/3 pounds and measures a bit over 19 inches, head to heel (like a stalk of Swiss chard). Many babies have a full head of hair at birth, with locks from 1/2 inch to 1 1/2 inches long. But don’t be surprised if your baby’s hair isn’t the same color as yours. Dark-haired couples are sometimes thrown for a loop when their children come out as blonds or redheads, and fair-haired couples have been surprised by Elvis look-alikes. And then, of course, some babies sport only peach fuzz.

See what your baby looks like this week.

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One Response to “Full term! Watchoutnow!”

  1. Yay, congrats! Not long now, hehe.

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