37 Weeks

Another doctor’s appointment today. Last week doc told me my blood pressure was a little high, but I knew it was just because of too much salt. Went in today, it was fine. She did a vaginal exam to check things out, which I’m referring to as “groped all up in my business.” She was able to feel the baby’s head (weird!). The cervix is soft but not opened, meaning we’re getting there but we’re not there yet. Both awesome and bummer! I’m getting both really uncomfortable and want this thing out of me and really nervous about having to pop a baby out of my lady parts.

Other than all that, I’m feeling tired, heartburn-y (seriously, we all should have bought stock in Tums!), and just sick of being huge. Nothing major to report, just whining.

And yes, last week I chopped off all my hair, about 7 inches. It was too long and got tangled way too easy.

Update from BabyCenter.com:

Your baby is now considered “full term,” even though your due date is three weeks away. If you go into labor now, his lungs will likely be mature enough to fully adjust to life outside the womb. (Some babies need a bit more time, though. So if you’re planning to have a repeat c-section, for example, your practitioner will schedule it for no earlier than 39 weeks unless there’s a medical reason to intervene earlier.)

Your baby weighs 6 1/3 pounds and measures a bit over 19 inches, head to heel (like a stalk of Swiss chard). Many babies have a full head of hair at birth, with locks from 1/2 inch to 1 1/2 inches long. But don’t be surprised if your baby’s hair isn’t the same color as yours. Dark-haired couples are sometimes thrown for a loop when their children come out as blonds or redheads, and fair-haired couples have been surprised by Elvis look-alikes. And then, of course, some babies sport only peach fuzz.

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