Welcome to Week 37

Sunday, May 9, 2010

36 weeks pregnant — now in Week 37!
First of all, Happy Mother’s Day to all of the moms (and moms-to-be!) out there. This is technically my first Mother’s Day, although I’m sure next year will be more “official,” since Baby Boy will be here in person — and almost a year old by then, wow!
Darling Husband and Little Sis gave me beautiful “mother-to-be” cards, and even though Darling Husband worked today, he made me a special breakfast (his specialty) for dinner last night.
This week is going to be an interesting one! Being in Week 37 means that the baby is considered “full-term” at the end, and could come at any time! Woohoo! I am trying not to get my hopes up, since I know most first babies are late, but … yeah, my hopes are up. Come on, Baby Boy!
It’s also my first week of maternity leave, so it’s going to feel very different, I suspect. I have a huge list of to-dos that I want to accomplish in the next few weeks. Some are important — like registering for maternity leave tomorrow, so I can get paid when I’m off — and some are just things it would be nice to do before the baby comes — like clean out certain cupboards. But I am very prepared to skip these items if I don’t have the energy.
This week will also be the start of my weekly OBGYN appointments with Dr. L, and I’ll get my Strep B test at Tuesday’s appointment. Two swabs (guess where … and it’s not in your ears), and hopefully no pain.
Since this will be the first “internal” of any kind during my pregnancy, I’m curious to see if they will be checking my cervix for dilation. Would be great to know something productive was happening in there!
Without further ado, here’s what happening with Baby Boy this week:
Baby’s size: He could weigh between 6.5 and SEVEN WHOLE POUNDS, and might measures between 19.1 and 21 inches.

Development: He’s busy practicing breathing movements, and can turn his head toward light and sound, just like a newborn would.

Appearance: Getting chunkier by the day, awww.

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