Wednesday, September 16, 2009

37 Weeks!

37 Weeks!


How your baby's growing:

Congratulations — your baby is full term! This means that if your baby arrives now, his lungs should be fully mature and ready to adjust to life outside the womb, even though your due date is still three weeks away.

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.

How your life's changing:

Braxton Hicks contractions may be coming more frequently now and may last longer and be more uncomfortable.
It may be harder than ever to get comfortable enough to sleep well at night. If you can, take it easy through the day — this may be your last chance to do so for quite a while. Keep monitoring your baby's movements, too, and let your caregiver know immediately if you notice a decrease. Though her quarters are getting cozy, she should still be as active as before.

While you're sleeping, you're likely to have some intense dreams. Anxiety both about labor and about becoming a parent can fuel a lot of strange flights of unconscious fancy.


This is all so so true. I have really been struggling lately, especially just the last couple of days. I have been up at least 4 times a night and have not been able to go back to sleep. Just last night I woke up and had a weird stomachache that felt like indigestion, but then I freaked myself out because I know sometimes early labor can be disguised as tummy troubles. So I laid awake for about an hour thinking I was in labor....when really, I was fine. Why am I being such a nutjob??

I also saw the chiropractor yesterday for my pelvis pain and I'm going back on Friday as well. I would say I feel about the same, no better or no worse. She did crack my neck though, which felt great!

I have also been struggling at school lately. I think it is just my lack of energy combined with the few short hours I am there each week, but I just don't feel like I am doing a very good job. It is really hard, and I'm hoping the sub has an okay time when I am gone. My expectations are very low...I really just want someone to show up and be there! I'm hoping I will be magically rejuvenated after maternity leave and the holidays and be ready for a great second semester. But at the same time, I am wondering if I should look for a new job at the end of the year and go back to working full time. Scott has been telling me the year has just started and we still have a long ways to go to see how it is going to work out, so I should freak out about it now. So...I will try that. :o)

Thanks for listening to my whining!

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