Welcome to Week 38

Sunday, May 16, 2010

37 weeks pregnant — now in Week 38!
21 DAYS TO GO!
THREE WEEKS TO GO!
THREE WEEKS TO GO!
THREE WEEKS TO GO!
We are really getting down to the wire, folks!
Lately, I’m getting constantly asked about the due date, and I always reply with, “Three weeks to go, but anytime’s good!” and then the person will chuckle and agree that I probably do want it over with soon.
But …
I am also getting a lot of the annoying people who launch into spiels about how FIRST BABIES ARE ALWAYS LATE, and FIRST BABIES ARE NEVER EARLY, and YOU MIGHT BE TWO WEEKS LATE HAR-DE-HAR-HAR!
Assholes.
I obviously know that yes, being late is a very real possibility. But as the wise and powerful Amalah says, “the word ‘overdue’ pretty much feels on par with the f-word during the final weeks of pregnancy.” It does! It really does!
I would prefer to think positively. After all, a friend of mine just delivered her baby boy — her first! — eight days early, while they were still in Week 39. SEE! It’s possible!
OK, before I get too worked up, here’s what happening with Baby Boy this week:
Baby’s size: He could weigh between SIX and EIGHT whole pounds, and might measures 21 inches. Since boys are usually bigger than girls, I’m betting on eight or higher!

Development: He’s storing his first poo (that will be Darling Husband’s turn to diaper), and his lungs are maturing. At this point, he’s considered totally full-term, and could arrive at any time — most likely without needing medical intervention.

Appearance: Getting stronger every day, and packing on the pounds. Clearly, he wants to come out before he outgrows any of his cute clothes, right?

So what do you think?

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