Week 37

Oh, sweet joy!
We have made it full term.
I don't anticipate her arrival for another few weeks...
...but, Ezra, whenever you are ready we are here waiting.
Our hearts are ready for melting.
Our arms are ready to hold you gently against our chests.
We are so excited to see you!

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How far along? 37 weeks
Total weight gain: 31 lbs
Maternity clothes? I am sticking to my big clothes.
Stretch marks? No. My skin seems to some give left.
Sleep: I have been so tired lately. Body tired, not mind tired. The body wins. I let it rest. I am taking precaution in the season of sickness.
Best moment this week: Finding gifts for some friends and family. Giving is so fun!
Miss anything? Stomach sleep and sushi date nights.
Food cravings: Candy. Maybe broccoli. I've made broccoli cheddar soup and beef broccoli stirfry this week.
Anything making you queasy or sick: No
Symptoms: My hips are loose. An occasional waddle is sneaking in. It feels good to just let my hips move how they want to.
Happy or moody most of the time: Happy mostly.
Looking forward to: Preparing more broccoli cheddar soup for freezing and eating. Yum!
Movement: My belly changes shape throughout the day. It is fun to watch.
Showing? Yes! Of course.
Gender: Girl
Labor signs: Braxton Hicks are more frequent and stronger.
Belly button in or out? Out and stretching flatter. 
Wedding rings on or off? On. My fingers and toes barely swell in the evenings. My midwife mentioned recently, "You still have ankles!"
Baby’s fruit size: Length of  Swiss Chard.

We took a few pictures of my belly today.
It is so plump! Ezra is growing so much.

In these next two pictures you can see her pushing her little rump out above my belly button, which happens to have a smiley face in it. 

Last year I made our family stockings.
This year a new stocking needed to be added!

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