pregnancy: week 37
Baby is now full-term! Definitely a cause for celebration.
(I haven’t publicly admitted this, but there are still moments where I think, “what if we lose this one, too?” and then have to quickly block that out of my mind, since it’s too devastating to contemplate.)
This week we finished up more necessary pre-baby preparations (namely: installing the car seat & starting to pack for the hospital). We spent several hours cleaning both of our cars, and it’s really strange to see a car seat in the back of the Highlander. I guess we’re officially driving a parentmobile from here on out. Whoa.
Also this week: the end of the term, my last week of work. I’ll be spending my days cleaning & organizing whatever I can get my grubby little hands on until Rico gets here. Crafting is likely to occur also. 🙂
I made Jason pose for some pictures with me, using the tripod & timer on my camera. The moms requested photos of BOTH expecting parents, and I’m happy to oblige, though I should note that a) I have very few pieces of clothing that fit AND make me feel like I look good at this point, and since I’ll be spending most of my time in the upcoming weeks at home it seemed silly to go out and buy something new just for these photos, b) it was super-hot and humid the day we took these, c) my hair is out-of-control B.I.G. lately and I’m not into doing anything about it since I’ve heard it’ll fall out after the baby is born anyways, and d) I can only imagine how hilarious I looked running from the camera to pose next to Jason with my big 37-week belly… maybe it’s time for a camera remote?
I think the last is my favorite — Barley wandered in as the timer was going off and he looks like he’s all “hey guys… what’s going on here?” (said in an Eeyore-esque voice, since we’re pretty convinced that how the big dog talks). We tried to get a family picture with both dogs, but that was sort of a disaster since we failed to bring treats out & Jezzie was more into running around the yard than posing nicely for a family picture. Barley will sit in front of the camera and pose for ages, though, and that’s what he did, which is why he’s cropped out of the frame in the first picture (sorry, Barley).
Other than that, no news is good news from here. Things are still going really well – no major swelling (though I’ve removed my rings because my fingers are getting a little big and I don’t want them to get stuck!), I can still touch my toes (and paint my toenails!), and I’m not as uncomfortable as you’d imagine for someone that’s hauling 33 lbs of extra weight around. Rico is moving, still has a great heartbeat, and I’m totally content to let him hang out in there for a few more weeks.