39 Weeks on 07/09/14, only 1 more week to go. Who are we kidding though, I’m totally going over due.
|Please note or excuse the pregnancy chub on my face.|
So here I am at 39 weeks pregnant. Still pregnant with hardly any labour signs at all. I would still be totally OK with that if:
1) It wasn’t so dang hot out or we had air conditioning
I will only complain about the heat once: IT’S TOO HOT TO BE 39 WEEKS PREGNANT!
2) My patience was still at a nice non-pregnant high
Sadly while pregnant my patience is low. For everyone. But it really shows on my poor boys. I am a much better mother when I am not pregnant and I just want to get back to my normal self.
But other than that I feel great. I’m not terribly uncomfortable. I don’t have any pain. I’m tired but not exhausted. I’m sleeping well at night (sometimes with the fan on high and a cold cloth on my forehead). I’m still getting stuff done. In fact I think if this was my first pregnancy and I was still working in my air conditioned office during the day, I would be totally happy and willing to let this baby cook for as many weeks as she wanted.
Clothing: The pregnancy panels in pregnancy pants/shorts were not invented for the summer. It’s too tight and too hot. If you see me I will be wearing non-maternity PJ shorts, the above maxi skirt or a maxi dress. Nothing tight on the belly! And my new favourite accessory is a cold water bottle. Still not attempting my wedding rings, but I look fondly at them every morning.
Labour Signs: None. UNTIL I had a prenatal massage on Friday and she said “Since you are 38.5 weeks pregnant, would you like me to work on the pressure points that induce labour?” YES. I didn’t even know that was possible so she worked on them for me. I had cramping the rest of Friday, all day Saturday, all day Sunday and they woke me up on Sunday night. Strong enough to wake me? AMAZING. But then when I got up for the day on Monday morning they disappeared. And that was that. I went to the chiropractor yesterday and told her what had happened and she said that my pelvis was not aligned and perhaps that stopped my cramping. So she re-aligned it and I have had a few cramps since then but not like before.
Appointment: Same old same. Baby is still head down and engaged. Her back is on my right side. Her heartbeat was 140bpm and we got to hear it accelerate as she started moving around. My blood pressure is still low. My belly is still holding steady at 37cm/weeks as it as been for the last 3 weeks now. My midwife did feel around and guessed that Tilly will be a larger 8 pounds 6 oz at birth, which would make her my largest baby. Still a manageable size though. My midwife also doesn’t think I will go into labour until next week at the earliest but more likely the week after that.
I will note this: With William, I had a midwife appointment that same day that my water broke and they told me I would NOT have him anytime soon. So really? Nobody knows when this baby is coming. I just keep praying that when she does come, she will be ready for this world. And I think that’s pretty much all I can ask. I keep seeing all these new babies and I’m JEALOUS. I want to hold my new baby. It’s almost like I feel that if she keeps cooking she will come out as a 3 month old and I’ll miss the new baby part. But that’s not how it works and it’s so silly to feel that way. The end of pregnancy is such an odd place. It’s an emotional roller coaster. I feel good, and then I feel bad. I feel like she’s coming any day now, and then I feel like she’s never coming out.
Getting it done: Nursery DONE. Hopefully I will post about it soon. Birth Supplies gathered (including my IV antibiotics). Desk organized. Right now the only thing on my to do list is keeping the house clean. Which is hard because it undoes it’s self and needs to be re done. But at least it will keep me busy. Sometimes John looks at me like I’m crazy because I start cleaning the most ridiculous things very late at night. But I just want things clean when I go into labour! With William I had put off vacuuming our bedroom for a long time. Then my water broke at 11:30 pm and while we tidied everything up quickly, we couldn’t vacuum or it would wake Henry. I still think about his birth and think it was perfect but I wish I had vacuumed our bedroom. SO RIDICULOUS. So I’m just trying to prevent that from happening this time around. Oh, I should also pack an emergency hospital bag and pull out my nursing tank tops. But I’m just not totally motivated to do those things.
This will be my last comparison! As I had William at 39 weeks 1 day. I think my belly is currently in between where it was with William and Henry. With Henry I had extra fluid and had to have an ultrasound to check on everything. And little William was born the day after this photo was taken, a tiny little 7lbs 5 oz.
So finish cooking in there Tilly and come out so we can meet you!