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37 Weeks!

Another week down! I'm officially 37 weeks, or FULL TERM!! Henry will no longer be considered a premie, even if born tomorrow! Most babies born at this point are totally healthy, which takes a lot of worry off my mind!

I think I look slightly lower than last week. But one thing is certain - I'm rapidly outgrowing these maternity tanks.
There's not to much to update you on from last week. I still feel pretty much the same, although I've had a few days with a ton of contractions. They always make me stop and think that I might be going into labor, but they just aren't regular enough. The will come 5 min apart, then 7, then 3, then 15, and so on. Totally all over the place. I just hope they are creating some sort of progress, and maybe they are a sign labor will happen soon. I'm starting to think they are a sign that I might be over-doing the activity a little, since they tend to get closer together when I'm more active. But that's about it. I don't have a doctors appointment this week (for some reason I seem to have the only OB in the world that doesn't do weekly appointments until 38 weeks - but I'll live) so no news to report there.

Today Morgan and I realized we have almost no pictures of the two of us together with the belly. So we took a couple.
Henry still seems to be doing well. No signs of him slowing down, but he does seem to be having a harder time outright kicking me. I think he's probably just getting way to big. But he's still wiggling and stretching and trying his best to get the kicks in.

This week should be pretty low key. Its my LAST week of work for a long time which is exciting. I'm looking forward to hopefully having a couple days off before Henry comes after work is done, but I guess we will have to wait and see.


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