Twenty Six Weeks and he shall be called…

A few days away from entering my third trimester, my automatic weekly pregnancy email warned me to savor the energy I had right now because soon it would be leaving. As a 39 year old pregnant woman with three children at home I say…SERIOUSLY? I haven’t seen energy since February, but I will obey. Consider it noted.

I tried to stop counting the seconds until delivery, which I realized is making this the longest period of gestation known to humankind. I am trying to just focus week by week, or sometimes hour by hour. I have been pretty uncomfortable, fairly grouchy, and at the same time enjoying every milestone, kick, and hiccup this little guy brings me.

I am trying to embrace that my upper arms are now the size of my pre pregnancy thighs, celebrate the lack of stretch marks I have, and pray that when this baby makes his way into this world my 46 chins will all but disappear. The reality of my growing belly is a second by second reminder that this child will have to make his way out eventually and all the memories of the pain of labor are flooding back in full swing. I live for that moment when the worst pain imaginable is replaced,  in a nano second, by some of the greatest moments of joy I have experienced on this earth. The first moment that they place that sticky screaming bundle of love in my arms and time for a moment, all but stands still.

We have decided on a name.


I would like to tell you some touching story of how we came to this name, what it means, or what beloved person we named him after. However, I can’t. Greyson received his name because we like it. Plain and simple.

My doctor has promised to induce at 39 weeks…It’s getting here. I’m afraid if it doesn’t come soon my stomach will explode because seriously? Is this not the silhouette of a full term mommy? Currently, the baby apparently weighs on average about 2 pounds and is 14 inches long. My babies are typically 9-10 pounds so um yeah….we’ve got some growing yet to do. AAHHH.

Here is a picture of my now 11 year old son when he was just hours old. Will this little guy will look the same?

Wondering and waiting.

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4 Responses to Twenty Six Weeks and he shall be called…
  1. Laura
    August 9, 2010 | 5:01 pm

    I don’t think I’ve seen a blond baby with so much hair before!!! SO CUTE!
    Good name…. 🙂

  2. shelly
    August 9, 2010 | 5:09 pm

    Wow, 9-10 lb babies! No wonder you’re tired. 🙂

  3. Linds
    August 9, 2010 | 6:09 pm

    OK, you had me cracking up at your arm joke… although I know it’s no joke. haha. I am 24 weeks tomorrow, so I feel your pain. I feel like the skin on my stomach can’t stretch out anymore, but I know full well that I am only 1/2 the size I’ll be at 40 weeks… EEK. I love, love, love the name you picked out! SO adorably cute!

  4. Jacek
    November 22, 2012 | 12:47 am

    Hello Dr Cathy,`Ib4m leaving conmemts all over Your videos today, but I just want to tell other moms to be that Ib4ve wasted money on buying fancy pregnancy excercise videos with lots of camera angles, adapted music in the background and beatiful studio surroundings. But I always keep returning to Your videos just because they are so efficient, safe and straightforward. And somehow You succeed in putting in a there You go just when I need it. Youb4re doing a good deed! Thanks again!

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