To my son,
You are so close to being fully grown I almost can’t stand it. This week you weigh nearly 5 pounds and are about 18 inches long. Although, given that you are my son and I am 5’1″, you may be a little shorter than that. I don’t really know when short genes start to kick in, but since you are a boy, I hope you got your Uncle Chris’s height rather than mine. Your central nervous system (brain, spinal cord, and nerves) continues to mature. Your lungs are well developed at this point, and you continue to pack on ounces of fat that will help you to stay warm after birth. At this point, you open your eyes when awake and close your eyes when sleeping.
I just got back from an OB appointment and the doctor called me “beautiful” and “perfect” and my pregnancy “flawless”. Not to toot my own horn, but I’m pretty good at this whole “being pregnant” thing. Every day I am more and more proud of myself and how I am able to nourish and protect you. I may be nearing the end of the blissful part of my pregnancy, but I do feel like I will miss it in a few weeks once you’ve shown your sweet face. However, I am certain I will get just as much joy and satisfaction (if not more) out of being your mom, and thriving in that role as well.
While the doctor complimented me on being so prepared (childbirth class? check! name picked out? check! car seat purchased? check!), I feel like there is still a lot to do. We FINALLY painted your nursery and got the carpets cleaned. I can’t even tell you how happy I am with the color and the way the nursery is shaping up (in my head… we still haven’t had time to build any furniture!). I am beyond excited to start filling that room with all the little things we’ve picked out for you. But the To Do list doesn’t stop there! We still need to buy our new car (hello, minivan), pack our bags for the hospital, get everyday supplies like diapers and wipes and baby shampoo, wash all your tiny clothes in baby detergent, install the carseat… the list goes on. So although the doctor ended our appointment by saying, “You’re totally ready to have this baby!”, please give us a few more weeks. I’d like for you to be fully cooked, so 3 or 4 more weeks would be great.
I am so excited to meet you. You become more and more real to me every day. Last night as I was laying in bed my stomach was moving and stretching so dramatically it looked like you were going to break right through my skin and make your entrance into the world. You’re an active one, my little prince. I can’t wait to see you move those tiny arms and legs in person once you are born.
Off to Nantucket this weekend! Second to last little vacay weekend before birth day.
I love you more than you will ever know,