Bumpday – 33 weeks

It is entirely probable that 2 months from today, I will have an outside baby. The latest I can reasonably go – according to my midwives – is 42 weeks, which is 4/16. I am hoping the bean arrives sometime before then.

My last day of work is now scheduled for no later than 4/5/12 (i.e. 40 weeks 3 days). Even if my baby is still inside then, I am not coming back to work. No way, no how.

I am 7 weeks from my due date, and 4 weeks from being full term. Those numbers seem so close, yet so far away!

Baby size: Alvie is the size of a honeydew (emphasis on ewwwwww)! He weighs between 4.2 to 5.8 pounds and is between 17.2 to 18.7 inches long. As of last Monday, the u/s tech had him at 4.8 lbs, but I don’t think he’s quite that big. (There’s a 2 lb margin of error in ultrasound weight guessing.)

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I’m feeling: Okay. Tired. Ready to be done. Enormous. Happy that Alvie is so active. Sad that he’s trying to kill me. Bruised. (Seriously.)

Physical changes: Breathing is getting really difficult – I’m always short of breath. I hate having things touching my belly. I’m ginormous. I am almost looking forward to him dropping, just to take some pressure off my lungs, even if it does mean more pressure on my bladder (last night, I didn’t even wake up ONCE to pee!).

Baby stuff: His little bones are hardening and his ginormous brain is developing.

Body Image: Fine. Mostly. I feel big, but not fat, so that’s good, right? I also feel hairy.

Food stuff: Sugar cravings are OUT OF CONTROL. It’s insane.

Things I miss: Breathing.

Prep Work (Things to do between now & Alvie Bean Day)

January: Find a pediatrician, lock down a daycare (two more tours scheduled!), recycle all the old electronics in the office, get the carpet cleaning appointment made, find a maid service for quarterly deep cleans, finalize shower list for shower giver! Find a new doula!

February: Attend childbirth class, take babymoon (canceled – SAD), make sure all essentials are purchased (diapers and carseat at this point!), pack hospital bag

March: Attend breastfeeding & newborn care class; finish getting less essential essentials (rocking chair, crib, changing table, other random stuff), make a plan for freezer meals, finish getting nursery ready, sign up for FMLA

In conclusion:

The closer we get, the less anxiety I have over both the labor/birth part AND the being responsible for another human thing. I guess that’s why this is so uncomfortable. Because seriously – so uncomfortable. Not to mention bruised.


Anyways – it will all come soon enough!


2 responses to “Bumpday – 33 weeks

  1. he’s finally too crowded in there to keep punching your cervix? good. I know how you feel, those last few weeks are the worst. Ella came at 36 weeks and Lena came out at 38. You’re almost there!

  2. It seems but yesterday that you told me that you and the Architect had designed a hybrid.

    It’s been interesting witnessing (albeit it in a very mediated fashion) the progress.