37 Weeks – Full term!

How far along? 37 weeks

Total weight gain/loss: I have no desire to know.

Maternity clothes? Yes

Stretch marks? No new ones.

Sleep: Not so good the last couple of nights.

Best moment this week: Getting to stand with my best friend on her wedding day.

Movement: Lots!

Food cravings: This week it was grapes.

Gender: Boy

Labor Signs: At my 37 week appointment on Tuesday I was already dilated 2 1/2 cm. We also had one short round of false labor Saturday night. (No, we didn’t go to the hospital!)

Belly Button in or out? still in

What I miss: regular clothes

What I am looking forward to: Holding my baby boy!

Weekly Wisdom: Do not go on a bumpy hay ride at nearly 38 weeks pregnant.

Baby’s Development:

“At week 37, your pregnancy is considered full term, meaning baby is likely to thrive after birth. Baby spends these last weeks in preparation for the outside world… meaning careful refinement of the blink, suck, inhale and exhale. Meconium, which you’ll probably find in the first diaper, is accumulating in the intestines. If (okay, as) you worry about giving birth, consider what it’s like for the little one. During the journey out of your womb, baby will produce more stress hormones than any other time in life. ” –thebump.com

“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.” –babycenter.com

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