February 26th, 2010

Hello 37 Weeks!

you're 37 weeks pregnant!

It may be harder than ever to get comfortable enough to sleep well at night. Studies show that the quality of sleep in the third trimester is worse than any time before. (Once your baby is born, however, you may look back on this period rather fondly.) Today brings two beautiful words: full-term. Now, whenever baby's born, he's likely to thrive. Also thriving? Your nesting instincts, which are behind those sudden urges to bake, clean, or embroider a onesie. (Feminists, take your issue up with nature, not with us.)Braxton Hicks contractions may be coming more frequently now and may last longer and be more uncomfortable

Baby is the size of a watermelon!

Your baby is now considered full term, even though your due date is still three weeks away. If you go into labor now, his lungs will likely be mature enough to fully adjust to life outside the womb. He 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.Your full-term (yay!) baby is gaining about 1/2 ounce a day and getting his first sticky poop (called meconium) ready. He's also brushing up on skills for the outside world: blinking, sucking, inhaling, exhaling, and gripping (it's getting strong!).

from me!
Wow-- 37 weeks already? This last month is just flying by. All the days are running together and piling on top of each other. I'm sending Micah away this weekend (Xbox night tonight and probably snowboarding tomorrow) so that I can have a weekend dedicated to my hormone-induced form of relaxation: cleaning! My Grandma Shaw will be here in just two weeks and Momma just a few days after that, and Baby (hopefully) after that! With just three, yes THREE, weeks left, I don't want to be rushing around at the last minute trying to get everything cleaned and ready. As it is, I don't think that I'll be doing much rushing at all. Maybe a slow waddle.

My big thing right now is getting everything ready for family and baby's arrival. The car is cleaned out (finally- first real time since.. well, we won't say how long it's been, just that it's been a really long time), and will get vacuumed before Grandma/Mom get here. As for the house itself, I'm managing to keep on top of the bathroom and kitchen, but the guys trash the living room daily. Grrr. So once I deep clean that living room this weekend, they will be forbidden from so much as putting a pillow on the floor on pain of death.

And don't think that I can't carry out that threat to its fullest.

But the BIG problem is our bedroom. Sigh. No matter how much I clean that room, it always ends up more and more messy. Not dirty. Messy. One problem is that I HATE HATE HATE putting away laundry. Ugh. So the laundry just sits in the hamper and we use out of that until everything is dirty and then the vicious cycle starts all over again.

Yes, I just told on myself. Sigh.

Not to mention that Micah still leaves his clothes scattered all over his side of the bed even after two years of marriage. At least my dirty clothes go IN the dirty clothes pile. Hmph.

We went ahead and set up the bassinet on my side of the bed so I can get used to having it there and maneuvering around it. So far, so good. No stubbed toes.

I had another appointment yesterday, which deserves it's own post due to the sheer craziness of it all. But as for the nuts and bolts of the appointment itself, the report is good! I've gained 3 lbs in the last two weeks, so not too much, not too little, she figures that Baby takes up about 1/2 of that weight gain, so I'm not putting on "extra weight", just baby and baby-related weight. Some of ya'll know that I was concerned because it felt like Baby had moved UP instead of DOWN over the last week, but Marilyn felt around and said that the reason for the extra folds of skin was that Baby most likely stretched (remember, I was measuring larger for a few weeks), and now has settled into the birthing position, ie. is all curled up, which left the stretched skin.. well.. stretched.

Thanks, Kid.

Baby feels to be about 7-7 1/2 lbs, and should put on a half pound a week between now and D-day, so we're looking at a 8 1/2-9 lb baby, which makes Micah excited cause he likes big kids. Yeah.. my body won't like it, but of course, that's the last thing on his mind. :P

Also, I've got the results back for some testing Marilyn had done and I'm negative on preeclampsia (in fact, my blood pressure has been health-low this whole time, horray!), as well as Group B strep, and all those other nasty end-of-pregnancy complications. So, as you can imagine, a huge sigh of relief.

So.. 3 weeks to go... just 21 more days and then it's baby-popping time!

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