It seems that we’ve reached the end of our pregnancy as today marks the 40th week of Junior’s shack up in my wife’s uterus.
So sound the vuvuzela and crack open the non-alcoholic champagne!
The only teeny-tiny issue is that Junior has seemingly decided to take a page from the Occupy Wall Street movement and continues to Occupy the Womb.
We’ve got our final scheduled exam with the obstetrician tomorrow – so hopefully we’ll get some perspective and timing on Junior’s secret exit strategy.
In the meantime, here’s what the experts at BabyCenter.com are saying about our baby:
It’s hard to say for sure how big your baby will be, but the average newborn weighs about 7 1/2 pounds (a small pumpkin) and is about 20 inches long. His skull bones are not yet fused, which allows them to overlap a bit if it’s a snug fit through the birth canal during labor.
This so-called “molding” is the reason your baby’s noggin may look a little conehead-ish after birth. Rest assured — it’s normal and temporary.
After months of anticipation, your due date rolls around, and… you’re still pregnant. It’s a frustrating, but common, situation in which to find yourself. Even with reliable dating, some women have prolonged pregnancies for no apparent reason.
You still have a couple of weeks before you’ll be considered “post-term.” But to be sure your baby is still thriving, your practitioner will schedule you for testing to keep an eye on him if your pregnancy continues.
We have no doubt the baby is thriving because there seems to be more kicking occurring in my wife’s belly than:
…a Jackie Chan, Bruce Lee AND Sonny Chiba movie marathon on TNT.
…a European Championship Football match between Ireland, Spain and Croatia – all at the same time.
…the 2012 World Shin-Kicking Championship recently held in Britain.
We’ve hopeful that the boy will make an appearance before this weekend. The wife and I will see what we can do to spur that along.
Question: Other than the obvious “intimacy option,” what alternate G-rated suggestions do you have to encourage the birth of our kiddo?