Friday, April 18, 2014

Dear Baby Boy... 37 Weeks

Dear Baby Boy,

WE MADE IT TO FULL TERM!!

Yes, I'm pretty freaking excited. At 37 weeks you have officially reached full term, which means you've developed your most crucial functions. Of course you'll get even healthier and stronger over the next few weeks, so I'm trying not to get too impatient, but wheeeeeeeeeeee! I'm so thrilled!

Daddy and I were quite busy last weekend with lots of celebrations for our lovebird friends. But we were able to get some work done on the house on Sunday, which was very satisfying since I've been nesting like a bird on crack. We have a few more items getting delivered this week, and after that Daddy swears that he will never, ever put together another piece of furniture. I've been focusing on making sure all your tiny clothes are laundered and put away, packing my hospital bag, and putting decorative finishing touches on your nursery and a few other rooms in the house.

We're having the family over on Sunday for Easter and I'm really excited. After an entire year our house is finally starting to feel like a home, and once you're there to fill in the missing space I think everything will really be complete.

You are now the size of a winter melon (about 6.5 pounds and 20 inches long), and you'll continue to pack on about a half pound a week at this stage. Spending the next few weeks in the womb will allow your brain and lungs to mature just a bit more, and you're still practicing some skills like inhaling, exhaling, sucking, gripping and blinking. Many babies have a full head of hair at birth, and for some reason that's how I imagine you, with lots of thick, dark hair.

I'm sure it's getting a little crowded in there, and you're definitely not kicking as much... I'm feeling more stretching, rolling, wiggling and squirming movements now, and even occasional hiccups!

I mentioned earlier this week that I'm pretty much over being pregnant, but I'll hang in there a little longer for your sake. I still haven't felt any Braxton Hicks contractions or cramping, and you seem pretty content up high with your feet kicked into my ribs, so I don't get the sense that you're in a rush to join us out here. That's fine, we'll see you soon enough...

I got the results of my Group B strep culture and they were negative, which was a nice relief; just one more thing we don't have to worry about. Daddy and I aren't sleeping well at all with my frequent trips to the restroom all night, which I assume is meant to prepare us for sleepless nights with you in just a few short weeks. But I'm still trying to rest up as much as I can so I'll have some energy for you, my love!

We are anxiously waiting for you, sweet boy!

Love Always,
Mommy


 

13 comments :

  1. Awww! What a cute Mama! GET YOUR BAG PACKED!!

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  2. YAY FOR FULL TERM!!!!!!!! :)

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  3. You still look great Mama Sarah! He will come at any time now right. or do you still have ways to go. I forget what day you told me. May I think. But, you're at full term now though. Never understand that why folks go 39 or 40 weeks. 9 mths is 9 x 4 = 36 weeks.

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  4. I've watched this whole journey of your pregnancy and it's crazy to think you're full term! Life surely goes quickly because I remember your announcement like it was yesterday! I'll be stalking your blog for a "BABYS HERE" posting!! :D

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  5. So cute! Can't wait to see the nursery and the BABY!!!

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  6. Holy wow!! I can't believe you are 37 weeks!! Your almost there!! I want to see a ton of hair on him too!!!

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  7. 37 weeks, so close!!! I'm sure it's such a relief to reach that mark. I had all 3 of mine before 37 weeks and it was totally nerve wrecking! I'm so excited for you, I can't wait to see him :)

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  8. woot woot! hope the time goes by super fast!! you made it! high 5!

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  9. How crazy to feel hiccups! I'm getting so excited for you guys! It won't be long and you will be holding this bundle of joy in your arms! You are looking great!

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  10. In the homestretch! Enjoy every moment as it is so special and goes by so quickly!!

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  11. wooo! you're full term, it's getting so close!

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