Yes, indeed--I have made it to 37 weeks, which means that I am now considered full term. Yipee!! Even though I'm expecting this baby to go to about 41 weeks (the average length of pregnancy is 41 weeks and a day, and this is especially true for first time moms), it's nice to be at this final stage.
Pregnancy has treated me well--I've felt "pregnant" but I haven't felt poorly. I'm moving slower than I used to, needing more breaks, taking more naps, and needing to conserve energy. But that's a good thing, and the fact that I'm no longer working outside the home makes it easier.
My major project this month has been final prep on the nursery, and freezer cooking. My goal is to have at least one month of freezer meals ready to go before baby arrives (5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners). I'm going to divide the food by weeks, and have four different friends/family members keep each week. These meals won't be used immediately following the birth--our church will provide the first week. After that I'll have at least a couple weeks of help from my extended family. The freezer meals I'm making will be for when I'm back to doing the cooking, and need to ease into the responsibilities.
As the time draws closer speculation about the gender of our little one has increased. At my first baby shower one of the games we played was going through the old wives tales and seeing what they say about ME. According to that game, 9 of 12 predicted a girl. :P
Sunday My hubby grabbed his granny (who thus far has had a near 100% correct prediction rate) and asked her. We've asked her a couple times in the past, but she said she couldn't tell because I was so small. At this point she can't say that anymore! With just a few weeks left I won't be getting a lot bigger than I already am! But again, she said she couldn't tell with me. My torso is long and I'm carrying the baby long--not high or low, but both! So, still no verdict from Granny. I think she's just playing it safe.
Of course, I've had some totally random un-asked-for predictions--like when I visited a new store a couple days ago and a man came up to me and announced I was having a girl (there was no other conversation, just "oh, hello, you're having a girl, by the way.") I told him we didn't know one way or the other yet, and with a good deal of conviction he replied, "Oh, no. You ARE having a girl. You can tell whoever you like that the man from Jamaica you met in the store today has said so."
Just for fun, here are a few old wives tales I found online (it's a different list than what was used at my shower, as I don't remember all of those).
1.Do you crave the heals of bread or the middle?
Answer: Neither? I eat both.
2.Hands Chapped/Dry or Softer?
Answer: Dry--but they were always dry
3.Eating more or sick/nauseated?
Eating more: Boy
Answer: Eating more! Boy!
4. Can people tell you are pregnant from the back? Or are you pregnant all over?
Can't tell from the back: Girl
All over: Boy
Answer: I don't look pregnant from the back--Girl!
5. During the pregnancy, have you been crabby or happy?
Answer: Uhmm.... yes? Happy overall, but its been mood swing city here. Which I guess would lean toward a girl. :-P
6.Carrying low or high?
Answer: Personally, I think I'm carrying high. But what do you think?
7.Do you crave sweet foods or sour/salty foods?
Answer: Haha--this is a "yes" too! I'm not big on salty, but I totally go for both sour and sweet.
8.Is the heartbeat high or low:
9.Which side do you lay on when resting:
Answer: Either. Left mostly, but that is a conscious decision.
10.During the pregnancy, have you been clumsy or graceful?
Answer: I haven't noticed a change, so graceful. Girl!
11.Has the husband put on weight during the pregnancy?
12.Consider the Mother’s age at conception and the year of conception.
Both even or Both odd: Girl
One is even and one is odd: Boy
So it's still pretty evenly divided. I guess we'll find out in just a few more weeks!