Thursday, May 19, 2011

37 weeks

How Far Along: 37 weeks - FULL TERM!

Size of baby: Month 9 (Week 36 - Delivery) Baby is the size of a watermelon.
Average size: 18.9-20.9 in, 6.2-9.2 lb

Peyton is now considered "full term," even though my due date is three weeks away. If I go into labor now, her lungs will likely be mature enough to fully adjust to life outside the womb.

Peyton weighs 6 1/3 pounds and measures a bit over 19 inches, head to heel. Many babies have a full head of hair at birth, with locks from 1/2 inch to 1 1/2 inches long. But I shouldn't be surprise if her hair isn't the same color as mine ... and honestly I'm expecting it to be black, just like Daddy.

Maternity Clothes: Yup - As much as I'm tired of sporting the same wardrobe week after week, I have to say I will miss the coziness of the stretchy waist. I can't believe I have to go back to buttons and zippers! :)

Weight Gain: Another pound ... I've hit the 20 lb mark.

Belly: I had my appt on Friday and the midwife felt my belly and said "You are not having a big baby. This one is small." I kind of figured that - C and I were both 6lbs and some change. I guess we will see if she is right soon.

Stretch Marks: Nope, not yet. Still lathering on the lotions and oils.

Sleep: Sleep is OK. I'm exhausted during the day, but it's not for the lack of sleep. Well maybe it's for the lack of straight sleep. I wake up a few times during the night to adjust my position and/or go to the bathroom and/or to fight off a leg cramp.

Best Moment of the Week: C and I laying in bed last night and I was on my side, and he was "spooning" me and holding my belly and he said "I just love her so much already." That really put a smile on my face (especially after the day I had - see previous post.)

Movement: Sporadic movement. Although yesterday she was a moving machine. It really isn't consistent, so I cherish every time I do feel her move.

Symptoms: Cramping, pressure, gas. Lots going on in my mid region.

Food cravings: Hungry all the time, but for nothing in particular. But when I eat, I can pack it away. She is located on the right side of my body, free from my stomach, so that's why I think I can still eat a lot.

Gender: A Little Lady.

What I Miss: Sleeping on my stomach. And C misses this too, because I always end up on my back and apparently that - and the addition of my allergies - makes me snore.

What I'm Looking Forward To: Everything. Finishing work. Labor starting. The birth. Holding her for the first time. Seeing what she looks like.

Weekly Wisdom:
Don't buy a nursing bra before the baby (or rather before the milk) comes. I imagine you have no idea how big you'll actually be. Instead buy a nursing sports bra or nursing tank top. I tried on a bunch of nursing bras a few weeks ago and was so overwhelmed during the process. Finally when I walked back to the maternity department, I saw the tank tops and a light went off in my head... Aha! then I wished that I saw that before I tried on ten bras!

Milestones: I am full term. This is a HUGE milestone!

Emotions: Well if you read my post yesterday, I had a emotional breakdown of sorts. I'm much better today. Actually I was much better by yesterday afternoon. It's not like the people I deal with on a daily basis has changed, it's just that 1. I am more emotional; 2. I'm more tired; and 3. I can't drink the stress away when I get home. :)
It felt like everything came to a head yesterday morning - which is the worst time of the day for me regardless of being pregnant. I'm a night person and function the best at about 1 pm on. And dealing with bullshit first thing in the morning just didn't sit well with me yesterday. Anyhow, only two more weeks of work left. I just have to keep saying that to myself ...


  1. I'm a little scared about the size of this boy. My husband and all his siblings were over 9lbs. I am a twin plus a month early so I can't go by me. I was right there with you yesterday on the frustrated side. My coworkers seem to think since I only have a few weeks left I should be taking on their work too. I am sooooo tired!

  2. Lookin good babe! So glad that you are feeling better. Your belly is beautiful!!!!

  3. You look amazing, and I am sooooo excited for you! She will be here so soon!:)