Yep, Still Waiting

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I kind of wish our doctor hadn’t said (several times) that this baby would be early. First, I don’t think doctors can really tell. Second, I feel like she jinxed us. And lastly, I feel like she set us up for the expectation that he might be early and then…39 weeks comes and still no baby…disappointing! Especially considering MOST first babies are LATE.

So for three-ish weeks now I’ve had off and on cramping every day and every few days I start having contractions that last a few hours and then stop. Every time it happens I think “this isn’t real” and then the contractions start to change and I think “hmmm maybe these ARE the real thing?!” I try not to get too excited but it’s hard not be excited! And then…the contractions stop.

39 Weeks

Had our 39 week doctor appointment. Blood pressure was 102/58. Everything sounded good and normal and I was measuring on point.

Not much has changed. Still around 1 cm dilated–not quite 2 cm. She said he’s lower than he was last week; which I was actually wondering about because I thought he felt lower. And I used to be able to feel his little butt and legs in certain spots and haven’t felt them there the last few days.

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Because of my age (I am a geriatric mom afterall — I hate that label) the doctor said they probably wouldn’t let me go too far past my due date so if he’s not here in the next week or so we might be talking induction. I really hope not. While my Birth Plan was’t all that detailed and I am in the “whatever happens, happens” boat, scheduling an induction was not on my radar for this thing. Who knows. I’m crossing my fingers he decides to make his grand entrance this weekend.

Emotions

At the tail end of Week 38 and the beginning of Week 39 I think I had some kind of surge of hormones or something. Suddenly I was an emotional mess, crying at everything. Even little things that shouldn’t make you cry. Probably a combination of hormones + lack of sleep + feeling ready to be done. Also, I’ve had an acne outbreak with I’ve thankfully been avoiding for the last few months…so more hormonal changes??

Am I nervous? Starting to be. I hadn’t been nervous and anxious about the birth process mostly because I didn’t really know what to expect and hadn’t given it too much thought. I know, that makes no sense. But the last week or so I decided to read some birth stories by bloggers I like and I think the details kind of made me nervous. Mostly the time involved in the birth — like what if it takes 2 days?!?! And also the pain. So that has me slightly nervous but I’m trying not to overthink it too much. I mean, what can I do about it? It’s going to happen the way it happens…

My Body 

How am I feeling? Mixed bag. I was officially over it a few weeks ago. The body aches and pains are kind of constant. It is difficult to walk sometimes because of the pressure, how low he is and the ligaments feel stretched to the max.

Despite that, I suppose I am feeling okay. No other real complaints other than being uncomfortable. I’m still working out. Swimming is the best. It’s the only activity and time where all the aches and pains go away. I can swim and feel good, which is nice. I do a mile twice a week and always feel better after I do it. I do the elliptical 1-2x a week and that feels ok. There’s not much else I can do at this point.

I got some tea that is supposed to help with labor –red raspberry leaf. It tasted really good. Supposedly it helps “tone” the uterus and can assist in moving things a long with labor. I drank it once and about an hour or so later I felt sick to my stomach. Like I was going to be sick. I’m not sure if it was a fluke because I haven’t tried the tea again since. Lots of people swear by it so I will give it another try. Maybe I just won’t have it right before bed.

Nesting

Not really having the nesting urge lately. I’d had the urge (like crazy!!!) for months but the last few weeks it’s been the opposite–I feel more like a slug than some super-crazy-nesting-clean-everything. But we did go couch shopping (about 2 years overdue) so maybe that’s nesting?

The animals have been going ABSOLUTELY BONKERS lately.

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I swear, either it was a full moon, the Spring Crazies or an impending Earthquake or something because for the last week they’ve all been absolutely CRAZED OUT OF THEIR MINDS. Bella is doing laps through the house, unable to sit still for 2 seconds, she’s chasing Fat Kitty, Fat Kitty is teasing her. They are both being such spazzes! I have no idea what’s going on. And in between the crazy spazz-outs they both come over and sniff my belly. Maybe they can tell something is happening?!?

This is kind of my mood lately:

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So that’s about it from our neck of the woods. Probably won’t update again until he’s here! 🙂

20 Responses

  1. OMG that last pic of your cat is ridiculous! Maybe they really DO know what’s going on. I feel like animals are in tune to things like that.

    My friend is trying to get pregnant and said red raspberry leaf tea screwed up her cycle. I guess it works for some but not others.

    Super excited for you and hoping the little guy makes an appearance sooner rather than later.!

    1. I think there are a lot of holistic things you can try to get pregnant/induce labor but most of these things are really just anecdotal and like all things I’m finding that it really depends on the person.

      That cat photo was taken by our dog walker. I guess Fat Kitty was in a bad mood yesterday. LOL But he is pretty much mirroring my mood these days. Grumpy! LOL

  2. That’s so strange about the animals, I really think they do know! Isn’t that amazing?

    I was induced because my water broke but my labor wasn’t progressing. It’s not ideal, but it will be safer than going too far past your due date. Maybe it will be this weekend! Fingers crossed.

    Your nursery theme is adorable by the way, you did a great job, and I can’t wait to see his little face. I read your blog every week (for a few years now) and don’t often take time to comment, but I’m so very happy for you guys. Wishing you all the best. Come soon baby!

    1. I have a lot of mixed emotions about the concept of induction. For some reason I didn’t really give it much thought during our childbirth class because I didn’t think it would even be an issue for some reason…now the idea of it bums me out. I know it’s safer for the baby because of various things…placenta and amniotic fluid quality diminishes if you go too long past your due date, etc etc. First priority is baby is safe. But at the same time there is something very clinical and non-magical to me about scheduling it and going in to have the procedure done instead of waiting for labor to start, hanging out at home and then going to the hospital when the time is right. I know this is all in my head but it’s hard.

      Thanks for the compliment Candace! I appreciate it. 🙂 And I’m really happy with how the nursery turned out. It’s so cute and just perfect. 😀

  3. So happy for you and your husband. Wishing you a very easy birthing process. You are going to be an amazing Mommy!

    jan

  4. When you posted about your animals on Instagram I totally thought you were going into labor! Good luck, I’m sending excellent vibes your way. Eat lots of dates to prep the cervix, bounce around on an exercise ball, and go for lots of walks (with hills)! My contractions started on trail after I had hiked a pretty intense trail, and I’m convinced that’s why it happened. :^)

  5. Waiting can be the hardest part of this journey, especially when they say the baby will probably come early. He will make his grand appearance when he wants to! Good luck – all the fun times will start soon!

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