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38 Weeks

I think this is the first time in MONTHS that I’ve actually posted a weekly pregnancy update on time. Aren’t you proud of me?

I may have cursed myself when I wrote about my belly remaining small. Because as soon as I compared this week’s picture to last week’s, and noticed how much larger I look, I whipped our the measuring tape and found my stomach a full 1″ wider. Maybe it’s because I had an extra-large brunch today? I’m not sure — all I know is that my belly has seemed to have gained a full inch in just a week.

(Yes, I know I am wearing a Baltimore Ravens jersey in this picture and I am well aware that they played horribly today, especially considering Flacco’s four interceptions. Please don’t rub salt in an open wound.)

I continue to remain extremely uncomfortable and I wish there was a (non-medical, healthy) way for me to fall asleep and not wake up until it’s time for the baby to come. Lately the little booger has taken to hurting me…I mean REALLY hurt, and I have taken to yelp at my belly, “If you want more room to move around, come out already!” Sometimes I can swear that she is pinching my lower organs — is this even possible from within the embryonic sac?

My contractions still come and go at irregular intervals. I am most definitely in early labor, but this doesn’t mean much because this stage can last anywhere from hours to weeks. I’m not sure what I would do if I end up going over my due date — after all, some babies seem content to stay inside the womb and placental deterioration won’t start until 42 weeks. I really don’t want to be induced, but I may be singing a different tune if the baby ends up being late.

According to experts, the baby now weighs about 6¾ lbs and is 20″ long. And if she looks anything like the BabyCenter picture below, she is starting to become pleasantly plump and adorably chubby.

J always jokes that he wants an “Eriksen baby” (à la How I Met Your Mother) and while I protest, “I do not have Eriksen-bearing hips, nor do I want a 15 lb baby coming out of there,” I have to admit that I want a cute chubby baby too.

I can’t believe there are only TWO WEEKS left until my due date! It’s really coming down to the wire!