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10 days and counting!

At my last OB appt. 4 days ago the doctor confirmed that I was still at 0% effacement and 0 dilation. The baby hadn’t dropped at all either and I asked him to tell me the position of the baby because he was still all up in my ribs and I wanted to know what body part could be to blame. He offered to do a quick ultrasound to find out and I was happy to agree. It was neat to see another ultrasound since I hadn’t seen one since the one to determine the gender at 20 weeks. He confirmed that the head was still face down but he was looking to my side. I asked if I should be concerned because he wasn’t facing my back or my stomach like I have read about. He assured me that all that mattered was that he was head down and would probably turn into the correct position soon enough. The baby’s butt is what has been pushing against my ribs so I’m sure he’s going to get all sorts of big-booty jokes when he’s old enough. : ) We saw the heartbeat and his scrotum. So, we are definitely having a boy still!  (You always hear of those rare instances where they tell the parents the gender and then once the baby is born it turns out to be the other gender)

I left feeling good because I was able to see the little guy but still felt discouraged because this baby wasn’t even close to being ready to come out. I’m ready!!!

Then, two days ago, I no longer felt his big booty in my ribs and noticed that he had shifted from laying to side of my stomach area, to the center. I’m happy that he has centered up because that is a much closer position to delivery than hanging out on my side. But, he’s still super high up and hasn’t dropped any. Come on baby, come experience the world! Work with gravity!

People have started to ask me if I have had any contractions yet and my answer is “I think so?” Then they reply with, “Well, you would know if you’ve had one.”  All the material in my classes and books tell me that the initial and false labor contractions are so mild that you can sleep through them and function normally. So, if that’s the case, would I still know if what I’m feeling is a contraction or just discomfort? I feel crampy sensations and I’ve felt a few instances of lower back cramping as well. I think that is a contraction but am unsure. Either way, none of what I have been feeling has been consistant enough to warrant excitement (even though I do get a little excited everytime I feel something!) so it really doesn’t matter. I have a few friends who have similar due dates to me and I will be so jealous if their babies come out before mine. My mom keeps reminding me that my brother and I were 7 and 10 days late. I REALLY hope that will not be the case for me. 10 days passed my due date? I would just die.

I’ll have another appointment in 3 days (which is also the day before the 9 month mark) so keep your fingers crossed for me that the little guy finally listens to me when I tell him to go towards the light!


37 Weeks and waiting

So, here I am, 3 weeks away from my due date. After a trip to the Doctor’s office today, I learned that I have NO activity in my cervix and the baby has not dropped yet. I know that most first time mom’s don’t deliver early but I was sort of hoping I would be one of the few. I really just want the baby to drop and get the hell out of my ribs. I’m almost certain that they are bruised because it hurts to touch them. Occasionally the baby will kick my rib and that just plain hurts. I am doing what I can to get the baby “down and out” like sitting on a ball all day, squatting and walking and also doing the nipple stimulation and orgasms/intercourse. I read somewhere that I can use my breast pump too, which I find amusing. Am I supposed to trick my body into thinking that there is something that needs my breast milk even though the baby is clearly still inside me getting what it needs? Oh well, I’ll try anything around my due date…except for Castor oil. I don’t want to get the runs all day or night and THEN go into labor. That sounds terrible.

So we wait. They should call being pregnant “in waiting” because I feel like that’s all I have been doing. Waiting to ovulate, waiting to get my period, waiting to take the pregnancy test, waiting to see the ultrasound and now waiting to deliver the baby. I am trying not to stress about it too much and just take it day by day. I’m pretty much totally ready for the baby (car seat is installed, baby room is done, baby gear has been bought, diapers and wipes have been bought, major work assignments are complete and my temp has been trained).  I’m also trying to stay positive. It’s starting to get really hot here and I’m more tired every day BUT, I didn’t gain any weight in the last 3 weeks, the baby is small to average sized (wahoo!) and I still have time to nap when I get home from work.  I love naps.