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Week 37
~ Full Term!

The end of this week marks the full term point in my pregnancy. Although the baby isn't actually due until the 40th week of pregnancy, if he were born now he would be considered a full term baby rather than premature. I can't believe how fast the weeks have passed. This week started off very hectic and on quite a bad note. By Wednesday afternoon I was ready to crawl into bed, pull the covers up and stay there till it was time to deliver the baby. Fortunately, things got better as the week progressed and I never had to resort to hiding away.

On Tuesday I blew up our tv. I don't know exactly how it happened but it was not pretty. I was sitting in the family room watching a program on the Tivo. Hannah was coloring and she stopped to hand me the television remote that was on the table. When she handed it over I accidentally hit a couple of buttons. Suddenly there was a big flash of light and the tv started smoking and letting out a high pitched squealing noise. I couldn't get the tv to turn off with the power button so I had to wedge myself behind the tv stand to unplug it. Sean was not too happy about the state of things but at least this means he'll be able to get a new fancy tv rather than the same old one we've had for 10 years. We don't watch much tv and we don't even have cable so we've decided to put off purchasing a new one for a while. With the new baby coming and other unexpected expenses the tv is going to be put on the back burner. We found an old 18 incher in the basement that will do for now and we'll start looking later this summer or in the fall for something new.

On Wednesday I had an appointment with my OB. On my way to the appointment I got a moving violation. The street my OB's office is on is undergoing major construction. I got confused by all the orange barrels, cones and one way signs and I accidentally made an illegal left turn. I was so oblivious to my mistake that I didn't even realize I was being pulled over by the police officer. He was coming toward me on the street and turned his lights on. I pulled over to the side of the road to let him get by and he started motioning to me. I pulled into a parking space and he pulled up behind me then came up to my window and asked for my driver's license. I asked if I had done something wrong and he told me about my illegal turn. He took my license and left. About 5 minutes later he returned with a citation for no proof of insurance, rather than giving me a ticket for the illegal turn. I had contemplated trying to fight it or go to court about what had happened but I didn't want to deal with the hassle of it. I ended up just going into court to show proof of insurance and paying the fine to be done with it all.

At my appointment I got the results of my Group B Strep test. It came back negative, so I will not need an IV of antibiotics during delivery unless I start running a fever. And the doctor did indeed check me to see if I had made any progress. I was 2 cm dilated and 50% effaced. Yay!!! The doctor could even feel the baby's head and she said she expects me to go into labor during my 38th week. To put things in perspective, the 2cm and 50% effacement is the point I was at when I was admitted to the hospital with Hannah's delivery. I am certainly not in labor right now but when labor does start I'll have less progress to make than I had to with Hannah, which should make for a faster labor (I hope).

The rest of the week was pretty calm, thank goodness. We did get a lot of progress made on the house and baby stuff. I got all the baby gear out. The bassinet is set up in our bedroom. The pack n' play is set up on the main floor. The car seat is installed and the swing and bouncy seat are ready for their newest occupant. On Sunday we went shopping for the rest of the baby things we'll need. I got a few more clothes and some diapers. We organized the office, cleaned the guest room, put away baby clothes and hauled out a huge heap of junk for garbage day (including the tv). There is nothing to push progress like the doctor telling me that the baby will be here in a week.

I haven't really had any signs that labor or delivery are impending. In fact, my Braxton Hicks contractions have actually slowed down since my OB appointment. I'm not worried though, the baby will make his appearance when he's ready. And I finally feel like we're ready for him (as ready as we can be anyway). I have another OB appointment on Wednesday, if I make it that long. I'll keep everyone posted.

- Stacie

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