At 39 weeks, 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, about the size of 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. So, get to know more from the experience of a pregnant woman who shares the coming to the world of her baby.
I’m 39 weeks and 4 days pregnant, and the suspense over having to wait even another day to see my son’s little face and hold him in my arms is making me seriously restless. I’ve written my shower thank you notes, packed my hospital bag, and painted his nursery. As I’ve whittled away at the most important things on my to-do list, I’m finding myself with a bit more time now, and I’m filling it by daydreaming about what it will feel like to finally have this new little person in my life.
Some of my mom friends advised me to put the labor and birthing books aside, such as What to Expect When You’re Expecting, in favor of reading up on child development and parenting titles that will prove to be much more useful to me once baby makes his debut. I know next to nothing about infants (I haven’t even changed a diaper since my babysitting days when I was 12 years old), so I stocked up on a few books that I’m hoping will give me some insight into motherhood. Of course, no book can teach me how to parent—I suspect most of the learning will happen naturally as I go—but here are the titles I’ll be flipping through to distract myself as I sit and wait for my little guy to arrive.