At 37 weeks pregnant, I am officially full term! That means if my little guy were born today, all his body parts and organs are likely developed enough to survive beautifully outside the womb. So, I am on the "any day now" watch. Or maybe that's just wishful thinking. The reality is, a full pregnancy actually lasts 10 months (40-42 weeks), which is one heck of a long time. It's almost a year! I have heard stories from pregnant women saying they were tired of being pregnant by the time they reach the 9th month. Now that I'm there, I can kind of see where they were coming from. It's been a long road of back pain, an expanding waist-line, obsessing over food intake, and alcohol-free socializing...and it's not over yet. I'm still exceedingly grateful for the relatively pain-free pregnancy I've had thus far, but now I am begining to notice some cracks in the armor. I had been lucky enough to experience very few mood swings, whereas now, I notice that I get frustrated much easier, and I feel a bit fragile almost everyday. I'm constantly finding something to stress myself out over: is my first contraction going to be terrifying, will we keep living in the city post baby, can I handle labor, can I handle being a mom, why is it so hard to find cute lamps for my nursery, how long will it take me to loose all this weight, will I ever look good in a bikini again, why can't we find a name for our baby???? And the list goes on and on. Deep down, I know I'm just creating my own anxieties out of no where, but for some reason, I can't stop myself from doing it. I just have to write it off as natural mommy-to-be panics and raging hormones.
Also, contributing to my feelings of frustration is likely a lack of sleep. At this stage back aches and a wildly kicking baby prevent me from getting more than 3 hours of sleep at a time. My evening usually looks like this: to bed at 10, wake up 12, back to sleep at 1, wake up at 4, back to sleep at 6, wake up at 8. So, although it may be a bit frustrating, I just remind myself that it is good practice for the next few months to come. Considering that the baby will need to nurse every 2-4 hours, I guess my body will already be acclimated to his feeding schedule by the time he gets here.
Here's a look at what's going on with my little guy:
- He is considered full term
- He gains about 1/2 lb per week
- He weighs about 6.5 lbs
- He measures between 19-20 inches long
- He is building more fat
- He is practicing his movements for life outside the womb: blinking, sucking, moving around, inhaling/exhaling