40 Weeks Pregnant on 07.16.14 I’m due today! An odd feeling since I just figured I would have her early like I did with William. Well now we are here and I’m in no rush. Still not as pregnant as I’ve ever been since Henry was born at 40 weeks 4 days.
Since I spent the first half of this week trying to induce labour, it seemed long. I was walking so much, doing some squats (is that even an inducing thing?) and eating my weight in pineapple (the acid burnt my tongue…that’s how much I ate) and pressing all the pressure points that supposedly induce labour. That was back when I was hoping she would arrive before my brother moved away. But she did not. And MAN is it way less stressful to not worry about it. I am so much happier just going with the flow here.
Labour Signs: Minimal Cramping all week. On Friday I slowly lost small pieces of my mucus plug through out the afternoon. With Henry I lost it (all at once) the day I went into labour and with William I lost it (at least half of it) right before my water broke. So I thought FOR SURE this was it. I scrubbed our bathroom (where I hope to give birth) and our bedroom. I tidied the whole house. I was READY. Then nothing happened. The end. Oh third pregnancy, you wild card. I had a lot of cramping on Sunday morning too, but I laid down for a nap (thinking I might need my energy later) and they stopped. I haven’t had a cramp since.
How I’m Feeling: Surprising at peace. I prayed and prayed that I could have Tilly before Josh moved if she could be born healthy and stay that way. You don’t even know how hard I prayed about it. But it didn’t happen and I’m at peace about it. There was obviously a reason. I trust that she will come when the time is right, and apparently that wasn’t last weekend. I’m actually not that uncomfortable. Like yes I try not to bend over if I don’t have to because that’s uncomfortable. But day to day just living, is fine. I don’t have ligament pain. My back is good. The only thing that hurts is when she is head butting my cervix but I figure that must be a good sign so I try to go with it.
Getting it done: Well all that cleaning I mentioned above. I took out all my nursing clothes and bras. I also decided I should probably pack a hospital bag just in case we need to go there. And so I did but I packed the smallest bag of all time. Want to know what’s in it?
– Going home outfit for me (nursing tank, zip up sweater, lululemon pants)
– Baby sleeper and onsie
– 2 baby diapers
– I will grab camera, cell phone, chargers on the way out the door.
That’s it. I just don’t need stuff for the actual labour. I just like to be. Preferably in a tub, but either way. And a midwife birth at a hospital means you stay 3 hours after the birth and then can go home if all is well. So do I really need anything? If I have to stay longer for some reason, John can grab me more stuff. He would have to come home anyways to stay with the boys since we have no family around and we wouldn’t burden our friends with LONG TERM childcare. At least that’s my thinking right now. Hopefully we don’t even need to go to the hospital.
Appointment: I mentioned that I was concerned that she wasn’t moving enough. And when she does move it’s just nudges. Not kicks or anything. But since her movements are so subtle now, it’s possible I just don’t notice them. So I’m going to spend some quiet time every day just counting her movements. 6 in 2 hours is all I need. And I’m sure I will get them. Her heart beat was still great at 140bpm. She is still head down and really low. My belly is measuring at 39cm/weeks so that’s good. My midwife isn’t worried. We also talked about how disappointing it can be to reach your due date and still be pregnant. Yada yada it’s just an estimated day ect. Viv thinks I will have the baby this week, but assured me that MOST “over-due” babies are born within 10 days of the due date. Yes there are exceptions. I’m still going to think it will be 2 weeks so I don’t get my hopes up again.
Henry: Both the boys love to cuddle up to my belly. Henry often talks to the baby. I want to remember how adorable he is with the baby/belly. He says:
That’s it! I’m due today. Time to make some plans to keep myself busy!