Well, I’ve been hanging out in mom’s womb now for 38 weeks–mom says that I am now full term and could really make my appearance at any time. I wouldn’t say that I’m uncomfortable in here yet, things sure are starting to get tight. Every time I kick or move around, I know that mom can feel it–sometimes I can even feel her pushing back! And even though I’m still quite comfortable, I know that mom sure isn’t feeling that way. She says that she’s starting to get really uncomfortable–especially since my feet are up in her ribs!
Since I’m full term now, I’m fully developed and ready to see the world…but my brain is still developing at a rapid pace. Mom has been good about eating lots of what she calls “brain foods” to help the development along. Although she’s trying to eat healthy, it’s hard for her to eat much at all since her stomach (like her bladder) is so squished by me. She also like her treats though…especially ice-cream! She keeps trying to convince dad that the ice-cream is good for me. I don’t think he’s buying it though!
Mom is anxiously waiting my arrival and keeps saying that she is done with being pregnant. I know that because I’ve grown so much lately, I’ve been making her even more tired and putting more strain on her back. But, dad keeps saying that I should hang out in here for a while longer…who should I listen to? Mom or dad? I guess we’ll just have to wait and see!
We’re almost there! This week, at 36 weeks old, mom says that I’m pretty much ready to come out. I’m about the size of a head of romaine lettuce and am between six and seven pounds now–enough to survive on the outside. And although I could be in here for about four more weeks, mom keeps saying that she thinks that I will make my appearance sooner.
In fact, mom was talking to someone the other day and they too said that I am baked enough to make my appearance. But wait a second, I didn’t know I was baking! Is that why it’s so hot in here sometimes? This could also be the reason that mom says she’s so hot all the time. And I’ve heard her say more than once that she’s roasting. I think that this is similar to baking, so does that mean that she’s really baking, too? Will I continue to bake on the outside? And does that mean that I’ll be hot on the outside, too? So many things to learn. I can’t wait until I come out and start getting the answers to some of my questions!
Just like mom, I think that I will make my appearance sooner, rather than later. I guess it’s only a matter of time…the final countdown is on!
This week I’m 34 weeks old, and mom says that I’m the size of a butternut squash. Not only does she say that I’m the size of a squash, but she also says that I am probably almost five pounds. After reading this, mom said that five pounds doesn’t seem like a lot, but dad reminded her that my fur-sister Molly weighs just a little bit more than that–maybe I’m a bit bigger than she thought I was!
Mom has also started to say that carrying me around in her belly is taking a toll on her. Although I’m not sure what a toll means, I think that it has something to do with her being a lot more tired. She says that she can barely make it through the work day with her eyes open. But, I wonder, if her eyes are closed, how can she see where she’s going? I might not know a lot yet, but I do know that eyes are what we see with–I can actually now open and close my eyes in here. I don’t see a lot now, but I also know that will change when I come out. I can’t wait to see everything that’s going on on the outside!
I think that another part of the toll I’m taking is on her back. Mom keeps saying that as her belly grows, her back is getting more and more sore. She did go for a massage a couple weeks ago, but she says that any good that did has since been erased. I think that dad needs to take the hint and start giving her a nice massage at home. If only I could tell him…
Today mom went for a massage and now she says that she feels like a million bucks. That seems like a weird thing to feel like to me…how can a person feel like money? Just another thing I hope to learn about on the outside!
Because I’ve been growing so much lately, mom says that her growing belly has been putting a lot of stress on her back. In fact, she says it’s a lot like carrying a bowling ball on her belly. I’m not sure, but I don’t think that bowling balls and babies look the same. I’m pretty sure my mom is a smart lady, but sometimes I think that maybe she really doesn’t really know what she’s talking about!
During mom’s massage, I could tell that she was getting nice and relaxed. Although I like to move and kick when she’s being still–as a reminder that I’m still here–I stayed as quiet and calm as I could. I figure that this was the least I could do, since mom is taking such good care of me in here! And, also between the calming music and the gentle rocking back and forth, I think that I may have fallen asleep. I think that maybe mom did too, since I think I could hear her snoring!
After the massage, mom asked the masseuse to show her some things that dad can do at home to help with her back pain. I hope that dad can help mom out and do just as good of a job! Not only do I think that mom deserves it, but I like the way it feels too.