Ok, so I cheated a little bit. Today we are actually 36 weeks and 5 days so still two days off 37 weeks... deal with it. I can't believe our little boy will be here in 23 days! I am so excited! Everywhere I go people are asking when I am due. I can't really blame them, It looks like I am smuggling a basketball in there, doesn't it?
At 37 weeks baby is the size of a watermelon (ouch!) and weighs around 3 kg. From head to feet he is about 50 cm long, which explains how he can be in my ribs and engaged at the same time! Pretty amazing that just a few months ago my baby was the size of a poppy seed!
At 37 weeks baby has reached two major gestational milestones– baby has enough fat to help regulate body temperature on the outside; and baby’s lungs are considered well developed or matured, meaning he will likely breathe like a pro at birth. And now, we wait!
Hospital bags are packed, nursery is sorted and I am busying myself with trying to get the house to a standard I am happy with (apparently impossible for a pregnant woman) and as I am still currently working and will be until the day I pop, that is also obviously keeping me pretty occupied. My day care kids never fail to let me know how big my belly is getting, and they are excited for the impending arrival of a new, pseudo little brother.
Pregnancy is hard for me. And I certainly do enough complaining that everyone knows it. Restless leg syndrome has been a nightly companion these last few weeks and my whole body is in a constant state of ache. Parts of me ache that I didn't know could ache. So, at least I get my share of sympathy and free passes. But, Ben... poor, poor Ben. This pregnancy is hard on him as well and he doesn't even get to complain. No one ever remembers the poor pregnant husband, do they? I have to admit, most of the time I find myself regarding him through a pregnant haze with the mindset of "Buddy, you have no idea how crap I feel and how hard this is, so just do my bidding, OK." The truth is, though, I know he is not only pulling his own weight, but he is also lugging my ginormous expanse around as well. Note to self, do not forget this... EVER! He is a pretty amazing person.