38 Weeks

I had a baby doc appointment this morning. I’m 2 centimeters dilated (cervix opening) and 50% effaced (cervix thinning out). Of course I only partially know what that means but I’m told that it’s not very likely that I’ll make it to my doctor’s appointment next Thursday without a baby. It was funny to see how surprised the doc was to “observe” my progress, since there was nothing happening a week ago (I’ll be very happy to not have a doc all up in my lady business weekly, I’ll you what!).

She asked if I’d been having contractions, and I said no, and she said you’re having one now as she was listening to the heartbeat… apparently the wonderful pain in my bones I’ve been experiencing from belly button to knees has been one big contraction that’s hiding other stuff. So I may be having a baby this weekend. Bring it! 🙂

As I’m sitting here typing, there’s all kinds of sensations going on down there – pain, movement, gurgling… I’m supposed to go to the hospital when the contractions are 5 minutes apart or if my water breaks. Apparently once we get to the point of contractions being 5 minutes apart, I should be able to identify the sensation as a contraction. Hmm…

From BabyCenter.com (she’s changed to he’s):

Your baby has really plumped up. He weighs about 6.8 pounds and he’s over 19 1/2 inches long (like a leek). He has a firm grasp, which you’ll soon be able to test when you hold his hand for the first time! His organs have matured and are ready for life outside the womb.

Wondering what color your baby’s eyes will be? You may not be able to tell right away. If he’s born with brown eyes, they’ll likely stay brown. If he’s born with steel gray or dark blue eyes, they may stay gray or blue or turn green, hazel, or brown by the time he’s 9 months old. That’s because a child’s irises (the colored part of the eye) may gain more pigment in the months after he’s born, but they usually won’t get “lighter” or more blue. (Green, hazel, and brown eyes have more pigment than gray or blue eyes.)  {I’m hoping for Blake’s blue eyes!}

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