Two major milestones today. First I hit 40 weeks, and second it was my last day of work. Weird to wrap things up at work and hand in my computer, but it felt like the right time considering I have been feeling a little sick this week and this morning the doctor confirmed that I am 2 cm dilated and 70% effaced. There is a good chance that I can go into labor on my own within the next day or two, but if not we are scheduled for an induction Thursday morning. There will be a Raudababy by the weekend!!
So, now my focus is on starting labor so I don't have to be induced. I took the dog for a 45 min walk today and then came home and vacuumed the living room. Hey, what ever it takes. Even if it means I have to clean.
Just a brief post to let all you faithful The Raudababy blog followers know that my 39 week appointment went well today. Not much more physical progress, but contractions and cramping kept me awake most of the night last night, which pissed me off, but it's exciting too (and a little frightening).
I've so far gained 23 pounds and am "all baby". The baby is estimated in the low 7 pounds right now, gaining approximately an ounce a day.
The doctor thinks we'll deliver pretty much on our due date, but the nurse has a feeling it will be this week. I hope the nurse is right.
Last night a group of our friends planned a happy hour "shower" at Doc's Motorworks. The thing we all have in common is that everyone was either a past or current employee of fd2s. It was a fun reunion and a good "last hurrah" before the baby arrives. Sort of like the pregnancy version of a bachelor party only there were no strippers and everyone can remember what they did last night.
Then I got home, looked down and couldn't believe what I saw...cankles. The likes of which I've never seen before. I've reached the ugly stage of pregnancy. Let's hope these changes are not permanent.
Three weeks to go. I saw the doctor today and everything is still going great, although my blood pressure is a little higher than it normally is and I gained 2.5 lbs from last week. I'm pretty sure that's due to water retention since my hands are so swollen I can't comfortably wear my rings. The most exciting thing is that I am 1/2 cm dilated. It doesn't mean a whole lot, but it's exciting to know that things are progressing. Isn't nature amazing?!?