38 weeks… wow! I’m still feeling pretty darn good, and I suppose we’re about as ready as we’re ever going to be, except for a little more tidying and organizing to be done in the apartment (no, this is not nesting; these are just my usual cleaning and organizing compulsions, with perhaps a slightly increased sense of urgency due to pending but unknown deadlines :)). We’ve met with our doula and given her a detailed idea of how we hope the birth experience will unfold, including our preferences for the immediate post-birth period, so hopefully she can help to ensure that nothing happens without our explicit and informed consent. Thanks to J’s marathon cooking sessions, we now have at least two dozen delicious, hearty Paleo meals in the freezer!
Last weekend we had another growth scan (ultrasound), and the baby was right on target, with an estimated size of 6.5 pounds at 37 weeks. There has been no indication that labour is imminent, so the midwife advised me to take evening primrose oil and start drinking a uterine tonic tea that looks (and tastes) a lot like dried lawn clippings. I don’t know whether oils and teas will really help to speed things up, but I figure they’re harmless at worst, and worth a try.
As far as exercise goes, I’ve basically scaled down to walking only, which has been surprisingly tiring. After an hour or two of running errands on foot or wandering along the seawall, I’m usually quite ready to head home for my now routine afternoon nap.
The nursery is pretty much finished. We’re just waiting on some wall decals and curtains, but he won’t be spending the night in there for at least a couple of months, so it works as is for the time being. (You can click on the photos to enlarge them to full size)
Earlier today we headed up to Lynn Canyon for a walk through the forest and a dip in the creek. I think this is the first truly hot day we’ve had all summer, and the place was absolutely packed as a result. But it’s a beautiful spot — complete with cliffs, a waterfall and crystal clear glacier water — and I can’t wait to share it with our son next summer.