To my littlest love,
WE MADE IT! You are officially full term this week. And what does that mean? You’re fully grown (the size of a watermelon — whoa!) and ready to pop out anytime now. As we’ve previously discussed, I would really like for that arrival to happen sooner rather than later (and I have a gut feeling it is going to), but you just let me know when you’re ready, and I’ll be ready too. Daddy is going out of town tomorrow night for work, so stay put until he gets back, ok? Anytime after that, though, is fair game. I’m packing our bags this weekend and we’ll be ready for you.
I can definitely feel your recent growth and position changes. Although I can’t be sure, I am fairly certain you have begun to “engage” in your take-off position. I feel immense pressure in my pelvis when I walk now, and can’t go more than 45 minutes without a bathroom stop if I’m standing up. My ab muscles are officially not strong enough to pull myself into a sitting position from lying down, and even getting out of a chair makes me sigh/groan loudly without meaning to. Also, I’m just not sure you can get any bigger in there, because I’m not sure my stomach can stretch any more! We shall see, though… so far my body has done some amazing things, and it’s about to do the most amazing thing of all when I give birth to you.
This week you are kind of just hanging out in there. You’re fully grown and fully developed, just working on fattening up. You’re getting your first sticky poop (called meconium) ready, and brushing up on skills for the outside world: blinking, sucking, inhaling, exhaling, and gripping (you’re getting so strong!). This week I am training my replacement at work and wrapping up the projects I’ve been trying to do for your nursery (hanging artwork, finishing a handmade mobile, putting away all of your tiny clothes, etc.). I’m also trying to stay inside in the air conditioning as much as possible — there’s an AWFUL heat wave here in Boston with about 900% humidity every day. That does NOT make for a very pleasant pregnant lady!
Despite the heat and the stretched belly, I have not yet hit that “I’m so done with being pregnant” stage. I’m still so happy to waddle around with you safely in my tummy. I love you so much.