Jim woke me up a little after midnight and said, "Congratulations, you made it to full term." I honestly can't believe it and am so thankful. If God allows you a set amount of answered prayers, I'm fairly confident that between our two children, Jim and I have used up our allotment. We will never be able to appropriately thank all of you for your continue love and support through the last two plus years (well, and much longer than that, really!). THANK YOU!!
How your baby's growing: Your baby is now considered "full term," even though your due date is three weeks away. If you go into labor now, her lungs will likely be mature enough to fully adjust to life outside the womb [thank GOD!!!!]. (Some babies need a bit more time, though. So if you're planning to have a repeat c-section, for example, your practitioner will schedule it for no earlier than 39 weeks unless there's a medical reason to intervene earlier.)
Your baby weighs 6 1/3 pounds and measures a bit over 19 inches, head to heel (like a stalk of Swiss chard). [If you're like me, you probably don't know off the top of your head what Swiss chard looks like, duh...doesn't everybody?!?!]
How your life's changing: Braxton Hicks contractions may be coming more frequently now and may last longer and be more uncomfortable. You might also notice an increase in vaginal discharge. If you see some "bloody show" (mucus tinged with a tiny amount of blood) in the toilet or in your undies, labor is probably a few days away — or less. (If you have heavier spotting or bleeding, call your caregiver immediately.) Also be sure to ask your caregiver about the results of your Group B strep culture. [had that on Wed and haven't heard anything, but it was the second one and she said they go by the first anyway. Weird.] That way, if the result isn't yet on your chart when you get to the hospital or birth center, you'll be able to give the staff there a timely heads-up if you need antibiotics.
It may be harder than ever to get comfortable enough to sleep well at night. [it usually is more the need to pee every hour on the hour than being uncomfortable!] If you can, take it easy through the day — this may be your last chance to do so for quite a while. [I have noticed the need to take a short snooze in the afternoon when Finn is napping, something I haven't done regularly since the first trimester] Keep monitoring your baby's movements, too, and let your caregiver know immediately if you notice a decrease. Though her quarters are getting cozy, she should still be as active as before. [Finn was laying on my tummy yesterday and she kept kicking him. It was really cute. I'm not even sure he noticed, though!]
While you're sleeping, you're likely to have some intense dreams. Anxiety both about labor and about becoming a parent can fuel a lot of strange flights of unconscious fancy.
Nearly half a million babies (1 in 10) are born premature in the US each year which is higher than that of most other developed nations. This is the journeys of our first born son, Finnegan, who was born 14 weeks early and weighed only 1 pound 15 ounces at birth. Of our daugher, Korrigan, who was born a healthy 7 pounds, 7 ounces at 37 weeks. And of our second son, MacKeegan, who was also born at 37 weeks at a whopping 8 pounds, 13 ounces. Our continued adventures reminds us daily how good God is.