37 Weeks – Full Term!!

Week 37 (January 18 – 25) 

Estimated Due Date: February 8th, 2013

Symptoms: I’ve been getting really crampy, as well as have more Braxton Hicks. AND my first real contraction!

Body Changes: Achey hips and pelvis, and my baby belly has dropped 

Cravings: Peanut butter and chocolate, for a change

High Point:  I had a really lovely surprise baby shower at work this past week. It was put on by some great co-workers who brought in cake and other tasty refreshments. I received some really sweet gifts for the baby and was especially pleased to get lots of clothes in the 6-12 month range, because I’m really lacking in that department! I felt so welcome and loved, especially since this is my first year working at this school.

Low Point: I had another appointment with my OB this week, and while everything was great, she “checked” me again and nothing had changed, even after having a real contraction. I know that the state of my cervix really has nothing to do with the ability to predict when I’ll go into labor, but I was hoping for some sort of change, especially since so little happened when I was in labor with E. I’ll admit, I was bumming pretty hard.

What I did to prepare this week: More cleaning and organizing. It’s a challenge to keep on top of everything lately because I’m super tired and I have a husband and kid. It’s not to say they aren’t wonderful and big helps in their own way, because they most certainly are, but they’re not the cleanest bunch :-)

Paranoid Moment: I’m very much at the same point I was with E. when I was pregnant with her, where everything could be a possible indicator of something wrong. I’m not harping as badly as I was when I was pregnant with E. (mostly because I’m working this time around and have things to occupy my mind), but I still worry more than I characteristically would. 

What’s going on “in there”: The folks at BabyCenter say:

“Your baby is now considered “full term,” even though your due date is three weeks away. If you go into labor now, his lungs will likely be mature enough to fully adjust to life outside the womb. (Some babies need a bit more time, though. So if you’re planning to have a repeat c-section, for example, your practitioner will schedule it for no earlier than 39 weeks unless there’s a medical reason to intervene earlier.)

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.”

Week 24  (October 19 – 26) 

Estimated Due Date: February 8th, 2013

Symptoms: Lots and lots of movement! I’m also starting to feel a bit tired again, or at least run down more easily. More Braxton-Hicks!! Ugh.  

Body Changes: I feel so great and am currently loving my pregnant figure (I suppose this is as much a mental change as a physical one). 

Cravings: Carbs, meat, and my sweet tooth is starting to resurface a bit, mostly wanting chocolate.

High Point: I had an OB appointment this week that went really well. Got to hear the baby’s heart beat again, and he sounded great. My OB was her usual positive self, said everything looked great (per usual) and that I was doing a great job. Gotta love appointments like that.   

We also managed to snag some crucial baby items this week. I am pretty much completely stocked up on 0-3 months clothing for the babe. I found an add on Craigslist advertising for baby boy clothes, so we took a trip to the seller’s house and I grabbed her little stuff for about $60 (she had a whole box up to 6 months but wanted a couple hundred dollars, so I had to say no thanks). Also, on Friday, my friend sold me her little guy’s “old” car seat (they just bought it last January) and a couple of bases. She also gave me a some clothes, baby towels, crib and bassinet sheets, AND leant me some pretty cute maternity clothes. Awesome score and so, so appreciated!

Low Point: Monday night, during the last Presidential debate, coincidentally, I started getting some crazy Braxton-Hicks. Ordinarily, since the incident in September, I wouldn’t be concerned, but they were also accompanied by some wild heart palpitations. I started to feel really light headed and breathless, but after lying down and drinking some water, I felt better and went to sleep. 

Well, to make a long story short, I was persuaded to call my doctor who set me up for an EKG. Everything, including the baby, was fine. Just really, really annoying. However, whenever something “weird” like this happens, it’s always nerve wracking. I’m just glad everything turned out to be all right!

What I did to prepare this week: As mentioned above, I got our car seat, a few other baby items, and some clothes. Getting the car seat also prompted me to clean out my car (though it still needs a very thorough vacuum). Let’s see if I can keep it clean between now and February!

Paranoid Moment: See Low Point. 

What’s going on “in there”: The folks at BabyCenter say: “Your baby’s growing steadily, having gained about 4 ounces since last week. That puts him at just over a pound. Since he’s almost a foot long (picture an ear of corn), he cuts a pretty lean figure at this point, but his body is filling out proportionally and he’ll soon start to plump up. His brain is also growing quickly now, and his taste buds are continuing to develop. His lungs are developing “branches” of the respiratory “tree” as well as cells that produce surfactant, a substance that will help his air sacs inflate once he hits the outside world. His skin is still thin and translucent, but that will start to change soon.”