By the time you've made it to the last week of your pregnancy, the physical discomforts can make certain everyday tasks feel unbearable. You'll probably start (or have already been) relying on the help and emotional support of family and friends to get you to that proverbial finish line. One member you'll want to have on your team? A grown-ass man. He could be your partner, your family member, or your good friend, but there are definitely things your grown-ass man should do for you a week before your due date.
By the time my last week of pregnancy rolled around, I couldn't believe it was humanly possible to be as huge as I was. Two months before, I thought I had reached "capacity," and then boom. Somehow my baby grew even more and, well, so did my accommodating body. Every muscle ached and I couldn't tell if those were Braxton Hicks or if I was finally approaching labor.
Unfortunately, there were still so many things on my "baby to do list" that were unfinished. Why hadn't my grown-ass man done those things? I had a meltdown. "I can't live in this uncertainty!" I screamed in my hormonal rage. I added a million things to my Amazon cart to cope. Then, just like that, a few of the grown-ass men in my life showed up on my doorstep to address the moment's problem: my brother, my husband, and my brother-in-law. They helped assemble baby furniture and move some other stuff out of the basement (where we were living) to make room for the human being I had been growing inside my body for 40 (more or less) weeks.
I didn't say grown-ass men are mind readers. Sometimes they have to be nudged or reminded. The important thing is that you communicate with the man (or men) in your life and that they have ability to take in what you are saying, and to respond in a meaningful way. I'm grateful my grown-ass man did (because Lord help him if he didn't).