From Baby Center:
Your baby's waiting to greet the world! He continues to build a layer of fat to help control his body temperature after birth, but it's likely he already measures about 20 inches and weighs a bit over 7 pounds, a mini watermelon. (Boys tend to be slightly heavier than girls.) The outer layers of his skin are sloughing off as new skin forms underneath.
While you're waiting, it's important to continue to pay attention to your baby's movements and let your caregiver know right away if they seem to decrease. Your baby should remain active right up to delivery, and a noticeable slowdown in activity could be a sign of a problem. Also call if you think your water may have broken. Membranes rupture before the beginning of labor in about 8 percent of term pregnancies. Sometimes there's a big gush of fluid, but sometimes there's only a small gush or a slow leak. (Don't try to make the diagnosis yourself. Call even if you only suspect you have a leak.)
Note from Jen:
8 days away! It is getting so close to Van's birthday!
Yesterday we went to the doctor for my appointment and things were very rushed. We were seen by the midwife and she said that Van looked great and that I am hardly dilated at all so I should be able to make it to the 8th. She also guessed that he is under 7lbs. right now and is measuring right on. After the exam she was about to send me out the door and I had to remind her that I was 39 weeks and had a c-section scheduled for the next week so I was pretty sure we needed to see the doctor.
The doctor came in and asked if we had the c-section scheduled. We said that we told her the date last week and she just stared at us blankly and said that it must have never been scheduled. How can you forget to do something like that?!? Anyway, the nurse called the hospital and then told us that there were "no good times" for that date and we would just have to take any time they could give us. Arg! I wonder if we could have gotten a better time had they called last week when they should have?!? Anyway, I didn't hear from them for the rest of the day, so I called around 4:00pm and asked if it was scheduled. They told me that we do have a time... 4:30pm on July 8th! I won't be able to eat all day that day, but at least we have a time scheduled. And who knows, he might just pop out at 4:56pm, making his birthday 4-5-6-7-8-9 :)
I am definitely getting ready to not be pregnant anymore. It is getting harder to move around and I am exhausted. I am going to miss feeling him and watching him move inside of me though...
I am taking it really easy this week so I don't go into labor before the 8th. I haven't had too many contractions and only a little bit of lower back pain, so I think resting is working. Pray that our little guy doesn't do anything rash and try to come before the scheduled time!
Can you believe Van will be here in a week?!?