Week 38: Evicting the Baby



Baby is the size of: A leek. He was 6 pounds, 13 ounces (estimated) at my last ultrasound, so based on that, he would be 7 pounds, 2 oz today (holy crap).

How far along are you: 38 weeks, 2 days

What’s happening with baby: From Babycenter, “Your baby has really plumped up. He weighs about 6.8 pounds and is over 19 1/2 inches long. Your baby has a firm grasp, which you’ll soon be able to test when you hold his hand for the first time. His organs have matured and are ready for life outside the womb. Wondering what color your baby’s eyes will be? You may not be able to tell right away. If your baby is born with brown eyes, they’ll likely stay brown. If he is born with steel gray or dark blue eyes, they may stay gray or blue or turn green, hazel, or brown by the time your baby is 9 months old. That’s because a child’s irises may gain more pigment in the months after birth, but they usually won’t get “lighter” or more blue.”

Due date: February 3rd

Sleep: Still horrible.

This week: We got our growth ultrasound last week — all is well with Bean, with his head growing slightly ahead and his abdomen and shoulders slightly behind, but both within normal range. He was estimated at 6 pounds, 13 ounces, which means if that’s right and he gains an ounce a day until my due date, he’ll be almost 8 pounds if he comes on time! I’ve been really blue this week for no good reason, which makes me nervous for the postpartum period in terms of depression and anxiety. I don’t know how much of it has to do with normal hormones and my total discomfort with pregnancy at this point. But otherwise, things are going well, everything is in order and waiting for Bean to arrive, and we’ve been talking to him letting him know that anytime he wants to come is fine by us.

What are you looking forward to: Bean’s arrival — just 12 more days (HOLY CRAP)!

Food cravings: Looking forward to pigging out a bit after Bean gets here (but not too much), but otherwise, I haven’t been terribly hungry or craving anything in particular.

What do you miss: Going to the bathroom without a human being punching my colon from the inside out.

Symptoms: Heartburn/reflux, back pain, mood swings, hemorrhoids, constant peeing, swollen feet and fingers, irritability, gas, total exhaustion, anxiety and worry about impending parenthood, pelvic pressure, difficulty maneuvering without holding the bottom of my stomach.

Gender: Boy

Belly button: Out.

Ring: Off.

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