{Baby Bump Watch} 37 Weeks!

Here’s what’s going on with Baby Boy developmentally this week (from BabyCenter):

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

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.

How far along: 37 weeks.

Total weight gain: 2 lbs. of weight gain this week, bringing my total weight gain to 40 lbs. – wow! Hopefully my Grandma is right when she says that breastfeeding helps to shed the pounds :)

Report – 37-Week Ultrasound + Prenatal Appointment: Baby is looking great! He’s in the head down position, which is ideal for birth – our ultrasound tech and our doctor estimate that he’s very likely to stay that way for the duration of the pregnancy, which is good news! His heartbeat was around 133 bpm today, which is nice and normal.

In our ultrasound, we learned that baby boy is measuring at about 7 lbs. right now, which is so exciting! All of his systems and anatomy look wonderful (he’s also got his daddy’s big head!), but his limbs are still measuring short by about six or seven weeks. The good news, however, is that his limbs have grown since our last ultrasound, so baby is still a-growing in there! We also got another glimpse of baby’s hair – he’s grown more hair since we saw him last! :)

At our prenatal appointment, I learned that I tested positive for the Group B Strep test, which means that I will need to be on IV antibiotics when I’m in labor, so that I don’t transfer that to the baby. The doctor said not to worry about that, though – the IV medication is very effective and baby boy and I should both be just fine! I’m dilated one centimeter – I was glad to hear that things are getting moving in the right direction! The doctor still said it was AOK to go to Sioux Falls this weekend, so we’ll be heading home for Memorial Day (probably for the last time without our baby boy in tow!). In other words, all is well with me and with baby, and we head back to the doctor in one week for a 38-week check-up, assuming I don’t go into labor before that…

{My 37-week baby belly:}

{What I’m Wearing: Black shirt (non-maternity; The Limited); Green cardigan (Francesca’s Collections); Brown Belt (American Eagle); Gold necklace (For Love 21); Skinny maternity jeans (Motherhood Maternity); Black headband (Target)}

Best moments of the week: Moving in to our two-bedroom apartment!; finally being able to nest my heart out and set up our baby boy’s nursery; starting the FINAL revision process of my M.A. thesis (a process that I plan to complete before baby boy joins us!); eating delicious homemade pizza with my hubby on Tuesday night; watching movies and cuddling with Jord and Wyatt the Dog on two separate nights this week; our baby shower at Jord’s office; purchasing our baby’s stroller and accessories on a lightning deal from Amazon (which means that we got our stroller and all of the accessories – like the handlebar attachment, the mosquito net, and the infant snuzzler, which makes our stroller safe for a newborn – for what the stroller would have cost by itself! Thanks again to Jord’s parents for helping us purchase the stroller!); purchasing my breast pump.

Moving report: I’m so excited to say that the moving process went so, so smoothly! My parents and my grandmother arrived about 9:30 AM on Friday, and (I swear!) we were done moving all of the furniture and boxes and all of our stuff by 2PM the same day! We had great help from Jord’s brother Austen and from our friends, the Thompsons, along with my parents and my grandma. My brother also came later in the evening to help us out in the nursery. Then, on Saturday morning, my parents came back to town to help us clean our old apartment (since I can’t do much of anything anymore, due to my huge baby belly!). We had the entire apartment spic and span in two hours – awesome!

In terms of our new apartment, our baby boy’s room is nearly finished – I can’t believe it! My brother hung ALL of the artwork that I made and framed for the baby in the nursery on Friday night, and he built the crib that evening, too, which looks SO awesome. My parents also brought along with them on Friday all of the baby’s furniture that they painted, so we loaded that into the room, too – I can’t believe how quickly the room is coming together. I don’t have any sneak peeks of the nursery for now – I want to wait until the entire room is done to show it off, so you’ll just have to wait a bit longer! :)

Here are the things that we still need to do in the nursery:

– Put together my breastfeeding basket, which will travel with me around the house, wherever I am breastfeeding; I have all of the things to fill the basket, and I’ll get the basket (with an adorable lime green fabric liner that my mom sewed into it!) this weekend when we’re home over Memorial Day.

– Frame two more art prints and hang them (we have to wait to do this until after the baby is born, because they have his name on them, and we’re keeping his name a secret!).

– Paint and hang up wooden letters spelling out the baby’s name (again, we need to wait until after our boy is born to do this!).

– Hang up the baby’s growth chart (which his Uncle Austen, Jord’s brother, is making!).

– Find and set up board books from my childhood on the baby’s shelf in his room (these are at my parents’ house, just waiting to be found!).

– Wait for the area rug that I ordered (black & white zig zags!) to arrive in the mail and lay that down in the open floor space in the nursery.

In terms of how the rest of our apartment is coming together, I have a few more things to hang (all in the living room; all of the other rooms are done in terms of furniture and “stuff” placement and pictures on the walls!). We’re also waiting on our TV stand and our kitchen table, which we borrowed to my brother Brian this past year for use in his first college apartment – we didn’t have room for those items anyway, so it was great that he could use them! Brian needs to move out of his apartment up at school in the next week or two, though, so we’ll get those items back soon. If all goes well, we will have everything hung before my due date on June 15 – that’s my goal, anyway! I do need some assistance from my brother Brian to hang one heavy mirror in particular, so here’s to hoping that he can come visit us soon and hang that sucker up!

Baby Shower #2 – Jord’s Work: Jord’s coworkers at the Foundation were so sweet to throw us a baby shower yesterday (Thursday) – it was so much fun to get together with his coworkers and celebrate our little man on the way! The baby shower took place over the lunch hour, and food was provided potluck-style – yummy! We loved having a little taste of all of the delicious dishes and desserts. :)

Jord’s coworkers were SO generous in their gift-giving; they gave us our little man’s swing, as well as gift cards to Target and to Jimmy John’s, my favorite sub shop that just happened to open in Vermillion! Jord and I couldn’t feel more blessed for their generosity and love – we can’t wait until our baby arrives, so that we can share all of the love that we’ve been given with him!

What I’m looking forward to: Going home for Memorial Day – this will likely be the last time that we’ll go home, just the three of us (including Wyatt the Dog), before the baby is here!; my due date (June 15) that is fast approaching!

What I miss: Beer and hot dogs. This summer weather is making me miss sitting at the ballpark and eating a yummy hot dog and sipping on a cold beer! I keep telling myself, soon, soon, soon…

Next appointment: Our next prenatal appointment is next Friday, June 1, at 10:45 AM.

About Sara

Sara works in higher education, but she's most proud of her role as a Mama to two precocious boys, Lionel Conner, age 4, and Quincy August, age 2. In honor of turning 30 in 2016, she pierced her nose to "keep her young." She loves watching guilty-pleasure television, writing about motherhood, decorating her first home, sipping red wine with her husband Jordan, and chasing after her sons.
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