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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Week 37: Full Term

  

We've made it to full term! It seems forever ago now that we were terrified of mentioning anything about our pregnancy for fear of a miscarriage. I never want to relive week 6 of pregnancy when I was battling a temperature that was topping nearly 104 degrees and receiving personal at home calls from my doctor who was about to order me to go to emergency. Looking back on moments like that makes arriving at this point feel like the world's greatest gift and blessing! Mister Gabriel is now able to be born with little concern or worry, but we are still hoping for him to come only if he is healthy and ready!

  • He's the size of a winter melon!
  • Baby has reached full term. He likely measures around 18.9 to 20.9 inches and weighs about 6.2 to 9.2 pounds. He's gaining about 1/2 ounce each day.
  • He's practicing some skills: inhaling, exhaling, sucking, gripping and blinking.
  • He's getting his first sticky poop (called meconium) ready for his first diaper.
I still maintain to have a rather mild pregnancy however varicose veins have been confirmed on the back of my right leg. They are not too terrible but do manage to give me some discomfort when I'm on my feet for too long. On the other hand I have yet to gain any stretch marks on my stomach! I have been told that some woman do not gain stretch marks until the last two weeks of pregnancy so I'm keeping my figures crossed! Now that I'm at full term I am at once a week doctor's appointments! Three weeks ago I finally caught up in how far along I am measuring (I had been measuring 2-3 weeks behind, which is perfectly normal) but last week I started measuring a couple weeks behind again! However doctor said that this means he has dropped! Wow, he's starting to settle in to his decent! 

I'm currently having an internal battle surrounding nesting. Part of me just wants to have at everything in the house: deep clean the fridge, scrub and bleach the window sills, clean the outside windows, obsessively weed out the flower beds (I could have been found weeding under our Japanese maple at 9pm the other night), fill blank walls in our house with created and purchased art, paint our living room/stairwell/hallway/downstairs bathroom, repaint the master bedroom, paint the guest bedroom and upstairs bathroom, deep clean dishwasher and oven, spray all window screens... the list goes on and on. BUT then another part of me nags that rather than keeping myself ridiculously busy these next couples weeks, just rest and take it slow because I'll be ridiculously busy for the next countless number of years post birth of baby. 

I've been able to get to a water aerobics class 4 times a week which has been nice on my joints. I love being in the water and feeling so light! I've always loved heavy cardio and I've been pleasantly surprised that I can work up a sweat in this class! I have also been doing arm workouts with dumbbells to get my arms prepared for all that baby lifting! 

Now that I'm at the end I often have many wonders floating around in my head: When will my water break? How long will I be able to handle contractions before I go to the hospital? What time of day will it be? Will Chris be at home or at work? Will my mom be able to get here in time for delivery? How will I be with visitors during labor and after delivery? Will people bring me comfort or overwhelm me? What string of swear words will effortlessly roll off my tongue during the pain? Will Gabriel be born with a head of hair like his father or be bald until he is two like his mother? Is recovery going to be terrible or horrible? 

I no longer fear labor and delivery, this last week I have come to terms with it and that I just sort of need to suck it up and do it. I'm slowly educating myself on what happens/what can happen and even watched a video of a woman receiving and epidural.

I also had my last baby shower this weekend with many of my closest girl friends. It has been extremely overwhelming to be showered with so much love from so many people in our life! It truly does take a village, have no idea what we would do without all the gracious people in our life! Two of my friends who attended have recently had children themselves, so sweet to have their little ones pr





 

Shower photos taken by Sarah Voth, Sarah Richie Photography 

Still need to start packing a hospital bag but I have a list of everything I'd like to have in it. At this point Chris and I are trying to soak up all the time we have together and taking advantage of just us time.






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