So we’ve reached the magical 37 weeks. Red Bean can come any time he or she is ready! After a couple of weeks “taking it easy”, I was thrilled to have beautiful weather and a long weekend to spend with Zach.
We spent all day Saturday out walking. He took me to one of the weird and cool places we have here in DC – the Florida Street Wholesale Markets. I think that’s what it’s called. It’s a bunch of warehouses selling largely wholesale foods and produce for restaurants and corner stores in DC. Several sell retail to the public as well. Since the markets are spread out, we walked around several blocks and strolled through all the weird ethnic places – filled with dried fish, grains, rices, flours and spices of all kinds, meats both familiar and unfamiliar. I bought four perfect mangos in one market, and elsewhere, several kinds of lentils and peas. We finished up at the coolest Italian market, Latteri’s, where I loaded up on canned San Marzano tomatoes for sauce, some pastas and six bottles of wine.
When we were done there, we went to the National Zoo. It’s been a while since I was there and I love it. We’re so lucky in DC to have a beautiful and free Zoo. We didn’t see everything, but we wandered through the petting zoo where I got some one on one time with a goat, and admired the friendly, puffy alpacas. We saw the tigers pacing for their dinner. We strolled through the small mammal house and the reptile house. Once the sun began to set, we called it quits. It was such a beautiful day to be outdoors, and if one is going walk a baby out, one might as well enjoy entertaining distractions.
I don’t know if all the walking did any immediate good (birth readiness wise) but it was good to be out and active, and I did feel some strong Braxton Hicks contractions and twinges.
Before we came home, I loaded up on pineapple at Whole Foods. Which, along with mango, has enzymes purported to “ripen” the cervix (soften it in readiness to thin and dilate easily when ever early labor begins) and some claim can actually get labor started. Nothing yet, but I’ve been pigging out on pineapple. Nothing wrong with that! And while we have been pretty lazy on Sunday, I spent an hour or so bouncing on the exercise ball.