37 Week Update

At 37 weeks pregnant, Baby Arnold is expected to arrive in approximately two weeks. However, our doctor speculated this week that our baby will likely be overdue. Here are a few highlights from our life with Baby Arnold…

How Big Is the Baby? According to universal baby sites, Baby Arnold is approximately the size of a large stalk of Swiss chard and weighs somewhere around 6 1/2 pounds. The baby should also be about 19 inches long. However, our doctor said that Baby Arnold is measuring a little small and is likely to be a bit petite.  Everything is still checking out fine and the doctor feels great about how Baby Arnold is progressing. We couldn’t be more thrilled.

It’s A…Baby! We are still firm in our decision to learn the gender of Baby Arnold at the delivery. The anticipation is palpable. Will we have a son or a daughter?

How I’m Feeling – All things considered, I am feeling pretty great. My indigestion and acid reflux are much better thanks to a daily dose of Pepcid. My doctor confirmed that my consumption of spicy foods isn’t causing the problem. Whew! – I would have felt guilty. I suppose this makes sense because my problems were usually experienced only after consuming fruits and vegetables — a very common trigger for acid reflux and heartburn. Also, I got a flu shot this week and dealt with some minor side effects. That’s OK though – I would much rather deal with fatigue and sneezing than the full-blown flu while taking care of Baby Arnold.

How I’m Changing – My bump continues to round and drop. I can’t believe we are in the home-stretch.

Bump CU

How I’m Staying Active – I met my goal to be active for at least 60 minutes every day this week. My workouts consisted of walking on the treadmill everyday, having two personal training sessions and doing some yoga and strength training at home. I have really missed running and can’t wait to get back on track. I have signed up for a half-marathon in February of 2014 and hope to be ready to run it come race day. My first steps post-birth will be to get cleared for exercise by my doctor and to get cleared by my chiropractor for running.  I really overdid it earlier in my pregnancy and should have eased up on my weekly mileage. I am not sure why I thought running 40+ miles per week was suitable for my 5 month pregnant self, but hindsight is always 20-20. Live and learn, right?

What I’m Eating – I had some really great meals this week and really didn’t crave anything in particular. I have been guzzling water like crazy – much more than my typical 2 1/2 to 3 liters per day. My water consumption isn’t helping my water retention problem, but c’est la vie! I would much rather be well-hydrated and swollen, then dehydrated.

What I’m Wearing – I had a very busy work week and wore a mix of maternity and non-maternity work wear. I broke down and bought a pair of really comfortable semi-flats to wear for work functions throughout the rest of the pregnancy.  If you know me, you know what a huge step this is. I only own high-heels and wedges for professional wear and am not accustomed to wearing “flat shoes” in professional settings. That being said, these are cute and comfortable.


What We’re Buying – We added a few onesies to Baby Arnold ‘s wardrobe this week. Our little one will have an opportunity to cheer on Mom and Dad’s alma maters with these cute clothes! Thanks to Auntie Julie for the onesie on the left!


What’s Keeping Us Busy  – Working and nesting are still our top two priorities. Since I have quite a few new readers, I should probably (briefly) explain my work situation. Here goes…I work full-time as a lobbyist for a global education non-profit organization. I have a national role in my organization and work on legislative/advocacy issues and state-level strategy solutions. I am fortunate enough to be able to work from home. When I am not working from home, I travel to meetings and professional commitments across the country. Due to this pregnancy, I stopped traveling by plane at 30 weeks and now only travel for work when I can travel there by car (and my doctor approves my travel plans). Although my job is very mentally challenging, and at times physically demanding due to my travel schedule, I really love my job and am lucky to have such an amazing career. For privacy, I don’t usually talk about my job on this blog. In fact, this is probably the most I have ever written about my professional life on this blog. Moving on…

We attended Part Two of a “Life with Baby” class at our hospital this week and really learned a lot.  We also packed our diaper bags and hospital bags and had our car seats installed and inspected. We ended up hiring a car safety specialist to come to our house to do a private session on infant car safety and to install and inspect our car seats and baby gear.  This may seem a bit over-the-top, but this was very important to us and we consider it to be a very worthwhile investment. When we learned that 4 out of 5 car seats are installed incorrectly, we didn’t want to take a chance on getting it wrong. Not only did we learn a lot about infant safety, but we also learned a lot about our gear and gained a tremendous sense of comfort.

Finally, John’s colleagues celebrated the upcoming birth of Baby Arnold with a celebration in his office. We are so lucky to have such supportive friends and colleagues.


The Nursery – Ah, the nursery. We are still waiting for the crib, dresser, changing top, crib conversion kit and mirror to arrive. Long story short, there is an issue with the producer of our furniture (Dwell) and everything is now expected to arrive in mid-October. The store we purchased the furniture from (Kuhl-Linscomb) offered to sell us their sample pieces (which are slightly less-than-perfect), but we declined. While we are very frustrated and anxious, we are know that waiting is the best option for us at this point. I set up a temporary changing station in our bedroom and Baby Arnold will sleep in the bassinet in our bedroom for the next few months.  We also have a Pack-n-Play that we set up at my parent’s house as an option if we really need another crib-style option before the real deal arrives.  Something tells me everything will work out…so I am going to try to let this go.

Official 37 Week Photo

Shelly_Week 37

5 thoughts on “37 Week Update

    • MCA says:

      Thank You! I realize I am very lucky to have made it this far along. And thanks for the comments on my job — I am lucky to have that too! 🙂

  1. Shundea says:

    First, Happy belated birthday!! Second, the only thing you legally need is the car seat. The baby will end up in your room anyway for the first 3 months so don’t worry about the furniture.

    You look great!!! If you go past your due date and they start talking about inducing your labor, call me. I promise to tell you the truth. Straight, no chaser.

  2. MCA says:

    Thanks, Shundea! I know I can always count on you for the TRUTH. Can I call you even if I don’t “go the distance?” — I need some straight-talk! 🙂

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