Wednesday will mark 37 weeks for me. At that point, not only will I be term, but I will be in the clear for a home birth!
There are a few things I still need to do before I'm ready, but we're mostly set. The important things have to do with making food ahead of time for my first week post partum. Tomorrow, I'll take care of part of that by making a big batch of meatloaf--half to eat this week, half to freeze. I also need to make pumpkin soup to help us get through lunches that first week. I'm thinking that will happen on Tuesday. And a double batch of banana bread is also in the works.
Yesterday, I got my birth kit together. I've already gotten out the baby clothes, but about half of them need to be stain treated and washed. I have a couple knitting projects near completion that I would like to finish and some maintenance on the Bat's clothes that I would like to do, but none of that really has to be done. At some point, I really ought to get out and clean my two baby carriers, but that is also a low priority for me.
The real trick to all this is that I'm tired and sore. My little guy has dropped, and I get occasional contractions throughout the day. Standing and being on my feet takes a lot of energy right now, and it really gets in the way of how much I can accomplish. I've had some other prelabor symptoms as well, which is encouraging, but doesn't mean anything if previous experience is any indicator.
I'll have the first of my weekly midwife appointments at the end of the week, during which she'll examine me to try to get a feel for how close I am to the main event. I'm looking forward to it, especially since I feel like the contractions I've had have done something--but that's for next week's post.
This post has been linked to My Pregnancy Journal at My Joy-Filled Life.