37 Weeks Pregnant = FULL TERM!!

By on Aug 20, 2011 in Pregnancy | 1 comment

Best Moment of the week: Making it to the 37 week mark today! I never thought I could be so proud of myself for being so lazy, but I have to keep reminding myself that I’m actually doing something very important by forcing myself to do nothing. When I started dilating and having contractions almost a month ago, I’d really prepared myself for having a preemie, and I was scared to death about it. But with each day that goes by, I’m grateful for Collin having that much more time to be prepared to face the world…whenever it is that he decides to come. Will we actually make it to September, after all?

My doctor’s appointment this week was relatively uneventful since it’s perfectly normal for a 37 week pregnant woman to be where I am right now. I have progressed since last week…I’m now 2 cm dilated and 75% effaced, and his head is really low (she said it’s about -3 right now). I’m still measuring small (about 34 weeks instead of 37) but I’m guessing part of that has to do with how low he is right now and how early he “dropped.” I haven’t had trouble breathing at all with this pregnancy, while with Carter I was totally winded for the last few months because he was crowding my lungs. I had a sonogram to check my fluid levels, which were fine, and if I make it to next week, they will check his size again. She wasn’t able to get any good pictures because he’s face down, back out, but since that’s where we want him to be she didn’t encourage him to smile for the camera. 🙂

Contraction-wise, it was a slow week until yesterday. I had contractions all evening and thought for sure we were going to end up in the hospital, but once again, I went to sleep and they stopped. I was up to pee several times and at my 5:00 pee, they started up again and were coming every 10 minutes until after 6 when I fell back asleep. We made sure everything was packed and in the car when we came over to Pinellas for the day today (Glenn is working on the house, I’m over at my parents’), including installing Collin’s carseat (!!) just in case we needed to head to the hospital today. There have been more contractions throughout the day today, but nothing regular or intense, so we’re still in a holding pattern…which is FINE with us! Hang out, Collin!

We had a nice visit with some of our cousins today, Kathy and Jim Grady. Kathy wasn’t able to make it over for my sprinkle next weekend so they came over for a visit this week instead. Since Carter usually has “stranger danger” I didn’t have high hopes for him being terribly friendly, but he did GREAT with them! He was sweet and cheerful the whole time, no tears whatsoever, and I was so proud to show him off. He was of course terribly precocious and smart as ever. 🙂

Epiphany of the week: We took Carter to the “sibling class” at the hospital, and it didn’t go terribly well! I came to the conclusion (after the fact, of course) that this class was meant more for the 4-6 year old siblings, and definitely not the under-2’s! He was just all over the place and wasn’t getting anything out of it (aside from distracting everyone else), so we stuck it out until they brought out the baby dolls since I thought he might enjoy that, but it didn’t go so well. He immediately said “eye” and poked the baby in the eye!! Oh Carter, please don’t do that to your little brother when you meet him! So I guess my epiphany was that Carter is probably not quite ready to be a big brother, and this very well could be a bit more difficult that I was even anticipating. But he could just as easily go the other way, so that’s the outcome I’m hoping for!

Entertaining question/comment/story of the week: Here are a few of Carter’s brilliant quotes of the week:
– We’ve been watching the Leapfrog “Letter Factory” DVD lately, which teaches kids the letters and sounds they make, and it’s become a new favorite! Carter now (after watching it maybe 5 or so times) knows almost all of the letter sounds in addition to the word he associates with each one, so when you ask him, for example, what F says, he’ll say “F-F-F-Flower!!” with such gusto. He really loves this stuff, and I love it, too!
– When Kathy and Kim were visiting today, the girls were sitting in the living room and the guys were sitting in the dining room (as usually happens) and Carter played in with us for a little while then ventured out to the dining room where he “sat with the guys.” Too cute!
– After they left, my dad said he was surprised how well Carter did with Kathy and Jim. I said “Me too!” and Carter chimed in with “Me three!”
Obsessions: What day will Collin’s birthday be??
What I am most looking forward to this week: We’ve actually made plans to see some friends this week, which should be nice, assuming I make it that far! We’ll hopefully get to have lunch with my friend Kara, a visit with my friend Meg and her son Hunter, and a visit from my friend Kim, her son Nathan and her new baby girl Caitlin…Collin’s future girlfriend! But who knows!
What I miss the most: Still hurting, hurting, hurting. But I know that as crappy as my sleep is right now, it’s about to get worse, so I’ll take it while I can! 🙂
Symptoms: 2 cm, 75% effaced, head is very low.


Your baby is now considered full term, even though your due date is still three weeks away. If you go into labor now, his lungs will likely be mature enough to fully adjust to life outside the womb. He 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.

Weight: 158