We are very happy to say that Eli has reached “full term” and therefore, if born anytime from today onwards, he would do just fine and not be considered a preemie. I have only had two days of cramps and mild contractions, but now I feel happy knowing that if those return, baby is ready to come into this world and go home with us. Babies usually arrive around 40 weeks though, so he could easily still spend another 3 (or more) weeks inside my uterus, fattening up and going through more brain development.
What else will he be doing while waiting it on the big day of his arrival? He is stimulating breathing by inhaling and exhaling amniotic fluid, sucking on his thumb, blinking, and pivoting from side to side.
If we were going to have a c-section, it would probably be scheduled for about a week and a half from now. Our friends here who have only had babies via c-section would be getting ready for the hospital about now, but we have no idea when we will be going in. On the one hand, it’s a little odd not knowing when to expect Eli, but that also kind of adds to the excitement.
So far all is well with this momma, and I’m not wishing for baby to be born yet. I have heard countless times that the last weeks are the most uncomfortable and that by now I would be aching for him to be out of my body, but this hasn’t proved true for me. For that I am very thankful. I wonder if that means that I am still WEEKS away from delivering… Perhaps Eli is going to hang out in there until week 42 when they then have to induce me.
Who knows??… It’s all just a waiting game now.
Week 37’s bumpdate and pictures will be coming tomorrow.