Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Well, I am almost 38 weeks and still there is no baby. At 36.5 weeks I was only dilated to a 1 & 60% effaced (which was the same as 34.5 weeks). I was pretty frustrated with that. Then I decided that it's not so bad. I had some sewing projects to finish, and I am not sure I am ready for the 'no sleeping'.
So I am just trying to enjoy my last few weeks of 'freedom' and by 'freedom' I mean: No diapers (I've had a lovely year of NO diapers....how lucky am I?), not being tied down as a milking cow (because nursing, in my opinion, is not as convenient as everybody makes it out to be), having my kids be able to do most things by themselves, having a set schedule, etc. Let's face it...I've had it pretty good and now I am headed back into BABY TERRITORY.
I am definitely looking forward to losing weight (good luck with that one). I estimate I will weigh at least 5 pounds more than I did with my other pregnancies. Unfortunately the baby thought he NEEDED dessert every single night since I have been pregnant. Other things I am looking forward to: Not feeling like an 80 year old woman every time I try to stand up (my back & pelvic area is feeling awful), not getting bladder punched & cervix-scratched every day, and just having the peace of mind that the baby is healthy & well. I also think I have a bruised uterus or something of the sort. The baby is often wedged up on my right upper abdomen, and it gets painful by the middle of the day.
I'm getting SUPER nervous for DELIVERY DAY though. Silly me, I have been preparing for a non-medicated birth. I'm starting to realize I was probably out of my mind when I made that decision. In my defense, the biggest reason I decided to do it was because Avery's birth was so CHAOTIC & immensely painful due to the fact that I was FORCED to go natural. I hadn't taken any birthing classes & I was so unprepared to NOT have an epidural. So this time around I thought it might be a good idea to prepare myself in case this baby comes as fast as Avery did (Under 2 hours from start to finish). So I am going to try it, but I am definitely not one of those crazy women who refuse to do it any other way. If I am in too much pain, I am certainly getting my epidural. And Brett is rootin' for the epidural. I think he wants to put in as little effort as possible while I am in labor.
So new things this week?
I wasn't checked for dilation. I decided it's just better not to know, because it doesn't make a whole lot of difference anyway. And if I am the same, I would've just been mad.
I am still gaining weight and that isn't fair.
I am measuring 36 weeks. Last week I was measuring 34, so he jumped up 2 weeks (that's how I am explaining away the weight gain).
I was rummaging through my drawer trying to find something to wear and I came across.....GOUCHO'S!!!!! I was seriously SO happy to have found the ugly things and I will admit that I will probably be wearing them until I deliver this baby!
Baby gets the hiccups often, still gets startled by loud noises, & kicks my bladder & cervix.
I am negative for GBS (which is a first).
I actually 'submitted' a birth plan to my doctor & hospital. I feel silly doing that, but oh well.
It took me OVER 30 minutes to get to my hospital today (for my doctors appointment) because of construction. My hands were sweating by the time I arrived, because I kept thinking "What if I was in labor right now & I was stuck in this traffic????" (Scary thought). I think I will try and mapquest an alternate route just in case.
I hope he comes before my due date. I don't want to be induced, but I do refuse to go past 40 weeks.