Bump Report: 37 Weeks

Holy swiss cheese, Batman – we’ve hit the full term mark – 37 weeks – As in, if I went into labor today, the doctor would be like, “It’s all good – let’s get that baby outta there!” (I’d still have a c-section, I’m pretty sure – assuming they had time – but if this pregnancy is anything like the last one, we still have four or five weeks hehe) and I have to say I’d be pretty ecstatic on some levels because I’d get a cute little baby and I wouldn’t have to be pregnant anymore – but I’d also be freaking out because I’d have a tiny little newborn baby and my grandma wouldn’t be here yet and Dan would be forced to take unpaid leave (she comes July 17th to be my saving grace in this thing) – not to mention missing the 4th of July. But in all likelihood, this is a non-issue that only I will worry about because there isn’t anything I don’t worry about. The good news is – it wouldn’t be a medical emergency if it did happen.

According to babycenter.com, “[BB] weighs 6 1/3 pounds and measures a bit over 19 inches, head to heel (like a stalk of Swiss chard – yum). 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.” MM was a total baldie at birth, eventually getting some seriously blonde peach fuzz that eventually turned into blonde hair. And although his hair has darkened, it’s still a pretty “dirty blonde” – although at his age I think my hair might have been the same color. If it gets darker he could be one of those amazing brown hair blue eyed boys. For the time being though we’ve been one of those lucky couples with a kid who (hair and eye color-wise) looks nothing like us. I’ve spent an enormous amount of time lately trying to imagine what she’ll look like and I’m terribly impatient to find out…

My last doctor’s appointment was fairly uneventful for the most part. We saw the doctor at the hospital I’ll be delivering at which is cool because I’d never been there before so now I have and know how to get there and know that they have a free valet service for patients and that the hospital is gorgeous and if they had a hotel in the same building, I’d want to stay there forever. The office at the hospital was much busier than at the clinic I normally see him at – probably because at the hospital there is more chance for doctors having to go deliver babies or something in the middle of their shifts. I didn’t see the nurse until an hour after my appointment was scheduled to start and the doctor fifteen minutes after that, but of course the actual visit with the doctor lasted all of three minutes. The best part about having a planned c-section? Apparently there are basically no down there checks unless there’s a problem. I’m a fan of this. And of course everything seemed fine weight, heart rate and measurement-wise.

I now know, by the way, that we are definitely on our own for getting a car seat / travel system – which is totally fine. To be honest, I always figured it was a long shot, but I need to know. So we’re thinking about getting this one from Target. Yesterday we got a $100 gift card Visa from Rent.com – something I’d completely forgotten was coming – word to the wise for anyone apartment hunting – if you look on Rent.com and mention Rent.com when you sign your lease, then go back to Rent.com and fill out the appropriate hooplah – you get $100. Seriously – this has worked twice for us. So we’re planning to put that towards the travel system which cuts down on that cost tremendously.

Another thing we’re planning to get (this will only cost about $10) is a sleeping bag for MM. See – we got that big boy bed for him like I mentioned – it came Tuesday afternoon – but when my grandma comes to visit we’re planning to give her that bed to sleep on – which leaves MM possibly feeling pretty miffed about losing his new bed. We were planning to have him sleep on his old mattress on the floor and whatever, it’d be fine – but I had this idea that if we throw a sleeping bag into the deal we can tell him he’s camping and then he might thing it’s way cooler? What do you guys think?

Speaking of beds, sleeping has become this mythical thing for me lately. It always sounds good in theory but the quality just isn’t there. There’s no such thing as comfortable and I never seem to fall asleep until I’m supposed to be waking up. I’ve been trying to “take it easy” as I’m obviously quite fatigued during the day, but also keep feeling lazy and getting bursts of “nesting tendencies” which probably leads to me over doing it. And then there’s the ridiculously bored three year old who probably wishes his mother was more interesting. I feel for him, I do. But according to the calendar, life is about to get real interesting, real soon…

3 thoughts on “Bump Report: 37 Weeks

  1. This shows how ignorant I am…swiss chard- I was thinking was like a block of cheese. The more you know! They don’t even list what the 38 week one is.
    I’m sure MM would love a sleeping bag and think he was super cool having a “camp out”.

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  2. I love your sleeping bag idea for MM. Not only will he be getting a new baby sister, but Grandma’s coming AND he gets a cool sleeping bag. What could be better? Su-weet!

    The travel system is super cute too. That’s pretty cool about the visa gift card. Way to go on checking everything out. Have you checked the coupon sites to see if by chance someone has some kind of coupon on the stuff? We found one for my sister’s travel system a year ago. Good luck!

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  3. How exciting! I can’t believe baby could arrive any day now. I’m with you and a planner at heart so hoping she waits until the date. Ah…the sleep thing – that’s nature’s way of getting you ready for those sleepless nights. Take those cat naps if you can.

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