Only 5.5 weeks left. Or, more realistically, 3.5 to 7.5 weeks left, since “normal” due dates are distributed over a 4-week period (2 weeks before the estimated date, 2 weeks after).
This is the time when the baby’s apparently not doing much in the way of development, just fattening up like a Christmas ham. I get the weekly e-mails from BabyCenter that tell me what’s up in fetal development and size – they started out describing it as a poppy seed, and now she’s the weight of a full-on cantaloupe.
The good news is that I feel better than any pregnant woman at 34.5 weeks has the right to. All of the back and pelvic bone pain is pretty much gone, I have energy, I’m sleeping decently and have even got somewhat used to side-sleeping. I’m coping at work despite it being pretty stressful now and then.
Are we ready? We’re ready-ish. In terms of sundry goods to dress, feed, house, clean and entertain this baby, I’ve ticked off almost everything on my list. I bought a glider and dresser and lots of baby clothes on Craigslist — nothing but the second best for our child! And Amazon thoughtfully supplied the rest. Yesterday I “set up” the nursery, which involved moving things around and taking things out of packaging. But truthfully, there are no nursery decorations or themes. Just as weddings aren’t for the couple getting married, and funerals aren’t for the dead person, so too beautifully-decorated nurseries are not meant for the tiny creatures that will inhabit them. I may break down and buy some jungle-themed decals, but that’s about all I can promise. It’s a rental, and we won’t be in this house for more than another year anyway, so best not to make things too difficult to tear down when we leave.
I’m looking forward to 5 or 6 more weeks of just being a couple and relaxing, especially since I love fall like nobody’s business, but on the other hand…I’m totally excited to meet my daughter. The time has flown.