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Pregnancy: 37 Weeks

Not Quite Ready

October 6, 2014 Sarah Coggins
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In the past month, I’ve lost count how many times I have been asked, “aren’t you ready to have this baby here and be over pregnancy?” or something along those lines as people have eyed my ever growing belly.

Pregnancy: 37 WeeksNo.

I’m approaching 38 weeks in a few days and I can still honestly say that.

No. No, I am not quite ready.

Yes, I’ve had insane morning sickness this pregnancy, my hips are sore, I run to the bathroom more times a day than I can count and I practically snack on antacids some days due to heartburn.

I’ve worn a belly support band to bed almost nightly during the second half of my pregnancy due to round ligament pain so intense I can’t roll my beached whale of a self over in bed. Instead having to wake my husband and ask for his help while blinking back tears from the pain.

And, yet I’m still not ready.

Yes, we have the house and preparation pretty much ready (ie, car seat is installed, plenty of diapers, clothes are washed, etc.).

Yes, we are all 3 excited to meet her and looking forward to her arrival.

But I don’t want to rush it.

She needs another week and a half to be full term. This matters. I want her to be as strong & healthy as possible.

This is it. My last pregnancy. I want to enjoy every last little moment of feeling her kicks and even those painful hiccups! I want to savor the last little bit of knowing exactly where she is, that she’s completely safe, secure and every need met.

I want to enjoy the last little bit of our family being just 3. It’s going to change (in a good way) but I still want to enjoy this moment while it’s here.

Life goes fast.

I’m still trying to figure out how I’m mom to a kindergartener. Wasn’t I just bringing him home from the hospital??

So, yes, I am excited and looking forward to meeting her, but give us just a teeny bit more time. And then someone find the pause button so I can savor every bit of the moments to follow. I don’t want to miss a thing.


  • Allison B October 6, 2014 at 5:10 pm
    I understand not wanting to rush things. I was so scared when my twins were born early that now I have to restrain myself when I hear women complain about wanting to get to the finish line early. While you're out of the preemie zone, it's still best for your baby to stay put. Enjoy these last few days in your last pregnancy.
    • Sarah Coggins October 6, 2014 at 8:42 pm
      Exactly! I don't understand the rush unless there is a medical reason for the mom or baby. So much development and growing still occurs in those final weeks.
  • Allison Carter October 6, 2014 at 9:04 pm
    Aw, the last one is so, so different, isn't it?! GOOD FOR YOU for enjoying it, loving it, and appreciating it. That said: *I* am ready for you to be done so that I can meet her! Dying to hold her. And it is all about me, right? ;)
    • Sarah Coggins October 7, 2014 at 3:52 pm
      Ha! I don't think you are alone in that group. ;) Soon. Soon.
  • Jennifer Sikora October 12, 2014 at 8:05 pm
    I remember being pregnant with my second and I wanted to hurry up and be done already, but then after it was over, I wanted to go back and snuggle my belly and enjoy the feeling of being pregnant.
    • Sarah Coggins October 12, 2014 at 10:13 pm
      Exactly! I'm definitely more uncomfortable and getting more "ready" to be done, but at the same time, knowing this is it, I'm trying to enjoy it all and not wish it away. It'll be the past soon enough. It's a magical, special time.

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