37 Weeks & Full Term Baby!!

Wow wow wow.

I was laying in bed last night staring at the ceiling (a common occurrence lately since solid sleep is hard to come by), and since it was after midnight, I realized I was 37 weeks and therefore full term and that means this baby could come at any time and they wouldn’t do anything to stop it and WOW. Run on thoughts much? After all the BFNs, it’s surreal to think we’ve actually made it to this point. The next step is birthing my baby. We’re going to have a BABY in this house.

Yes, I’m being redundant, but that’s the circle my mind goes in. I am so excited, scared, excited, nervous, excited… ya, you get the point.

This week RockStar is probably around 6 1/3# and 19″+ long (like a stalk of swiss chard). I’m super curious how big this child will actually be when s/he comes out. If I remember correctly, I was born at 8# 9 3/4oz (Mom’s water broke and she went into labor a couple weeks early) and my husband was 8# even (also born a couple weeks early – 2nd c-section for his Mom). We were both midwest babies born at <1000′ elevation though, and out here in Colorado, high altitude babies tend to be smaller… based on this article, our baby will probably be 7-8oz smaller at birth than if I had gone through this pregnancy in MN. Isn’t that bizarre? We shall see! Either way, I doubt we’ll have a tiny baby based on our birth weights!

I weighed in at 185# this morning (up 2# from last week, up 24# overall). I’m definitely retaining some water in my face/neck and hands, but overall, I’d guess the vast majority of that is my belly (and my butt). My belly is just so HEAVY at all times now. I don’t feel like RockStar has dropped at all yet – my ribs are still a hot commodity, and I spend every moment possible either standing or lying down, because sitting is most definitely not comfortable.

General Syptoms: I get a little freaked out by less movement lately, but I know that it’s totally normal. The poor kid is just getting squished in there and doesn’t have as much room to move around! Generally, right as I’m getting worried, I’ll get a massive push to my ribs or pelvis to remind me that everything is a-okay. I’m pretty sure the butt is on the left-hand side of my belly, because that whole side will suddenly jut way out and be a big, hard mass. Freaks my husband out. 🙂

I’m also getting braxton hicks pretty regularly still. They’re not exactly comfortable, but I try to relax and drink water when they happen. My body is getting ready for this!!

Carpal tunnel is always present… it’ll be nice to feel my fingertips again… though thankfully in the meantime, the horrid burning sensation has mostly stopped. It’s more the numbing sensation I struggle with now. Heartburn is standard and sleep pretty much sucks, so basically it’s just the normal 9th month of pregnancy symptoms. As much as they suck, it’s pretty damn cool that I’m struggling with 9th month of pregnancy symptoms. SO incredibly grateful… 🙂 🙂 🙂

Oh – also, at my midwife appointment today, I found out that my gonorrhea and chlamydia tests came back negative (not a huge surprise – LOL). I had those done so I could refuse the erythromycin eye goo that they put on most babies immediately after birth. My StrepB also came back negative, so no antibiotics for me! The test is good for 5 weeks, so I’m hoping I go before 40w6d and they don’t have to retest me. If you test positive for StrepB (20% of women do), then you have to get a 20min dose of antibiotics every four hours while you’re in labor. I’d love to NOT get tied to my bed for that if at all possible!

Finally, the next few exciting weeks by the numbers…  ğŸ™‚
16 days until most of my family members arrive from MN for the holidays
18 days until my entire family is here
21 days until my EDD
23 days until my husband’s family members arrive (the ones who don’t live here already)
24 days until Christmas
29 days until my husband’s 30th birthday
51 days until my own 30th birthday

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20 comments

  1. I can't believe you are so close!! I'm so excited to find out what your little is! Did you get a lot of snow today? We did but I don't think I remember seeing that your area got a lot. I tested positive for the group b strep so will have to have the IV antibiotics during labor…booooo….

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  2. Wow is right. Full term! YAY!! You made it 🙂 What a great feeling that must be. And it looks like you are going to have a full house to bring baby home too! Glad you guys will be surrounded by all that LOVE 🙂

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  3. Didn't you just get your BFP? How on earth are you full term right now? I can't even believe it. I am so incredibly happy for you guys. I can't wait to see him/her!

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  4. I am getting so incredibly excited for you!

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  5. You have a perfect belly! I don't think rockstar has dropped either, maybe he/she is waiting until the last minute!

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  6. Are you really 9 months already? If the picture didn't prove it, I'm not sure I'd believe it. Here's hoping s/he holds out for your family's arrival.

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  7. Wow! You're so close! And, you look fabulous!

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  8. I'm so excited for you and impressed that you are having your entire family there for the birth! We are doing that in rounds, but definitely keep your parents around for as long as possible. I am DREADING when mine head home and we have to do this on our own!

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  9. You look wonderful, Josey.Glad to see you at 37 weeks. It is such a blessing to reach full-term. Birthing RockStar isn't too distant a prospect now. It must truly be so surreal! My best wishes are with you. Have a safe delivery, and may RockStar be happy and healthy.

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  10. Isn't it awesome to be full term!! We are due so close together it's been fun reading your blogs as we go. I've been a slacker on blogging.

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  11. I tested positive for Group B Strep and labored too quickly to get any drugs. We had to stay an extra night so they could monitor Gracie because of it and we were THRILLED haha 🙂 We were so happy to have one more night with the doctors and nurses there reassuring us that she was perfectly fine.

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  12. AHHHHH!!!!! So amazing that it's here! You have so much to look forward to this month… enjoy it friend! :)You are perfectly round and I don't see any stretchmarks. Lucky ducky!

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  13. You look great! It has been a long time since I have checked in on you! 37 weeks….amazing! What a beautiful month of December you will be having. I know you will soak up every moment. 🙂 Thanks for your comment a few weeks ago on my blog. I am not posting anymore but we are doing well. I am 26 weeks along and feeling pretty good. No complaints here! Wishing you a beautiful Christmas season. I will check in more frequently to check on the progress of when you deliver! 🙂

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  14. I don't like how Tristan's movements have subsided some, too, but you're right…it's normal. These babies get cramped inside there. I can't wait for your little bundle of joy to get here! Hoping for a delivery sooner, rather than later. Can't wait to find out what you're having!!! 🙂

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  15. P.S. You're gonna be someone's mom soon! You know, like "Oh yeah… that's just my MOM" eye-roll. So crazy! 🙂

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  16. You look just beautiful. I can't wait to see pictures of RockStar. That is going to be one cute baby, no doubt.

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  17. It really does seem like just yesterday when you shared your HSF post with all of us! You and C will be incredible parents and know that I'll be thinking about you in the weeks leading up to RockStar's appearence!

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  18. You're looking great!

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  19. Wow Josey, Full term! That's awesome, you are so close! You look awesome!

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  20. You have the cutest belly ever! I can't wait to find out the baby's sex and the name you've chosen.

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