I'm not going to sugar coat it -- these last couple of weeks have been tough. I've spent many a night timing contractions, walking to encourage contractions, or wondering why the heck I'm NOT having contractions. Per Dr. T's last report from a week ago, I am 4 cm dilated and baby was head down. It's a funny feeling being 4 cm and not really knowing how you got there. I mean, yes, I have contractions, but nothing too significant or consistent -- obviously. So, I've spent a lot of time just wondering/worrying that I'm hanging out at 6 or so cm and that my water might break or I'd have a few big contractions and then we'd be delivering a baby in the back of our minivan. Oh, the places your mind will go. Anyway, I can almost safely say that that will NOT happen now and tomorrow is THE day. The day we get to meet our final blessing -- in a controlled environment, with doctors/nurses to catch her sweet little bod -- and for that, I am thankful. Anyway, on with the update:
Due Date: Still May 12.
Weeks: 39 weeks
Doctor Report: Again -- as of last Thursday, I was 4 cm dilated and baby was head-down!
Name: We have a list and, at this point, I'm planning on just "knowing" when we see her. Pray for us, please?
Total Weight Gain: No idea. Although, I can tell you this -- each of my swollen feet/ankles/legs alone probably weighs 10 lbs. And I'm not kidding
Maternity Clothes: Nothing fits. My belly hangs out the bottom of every shirt and forget pants! I've been wearing strictly skirts and dresses for almost 2 weeks now.
Sleep: Still not good. Between contractions, heartburn, and a sore back, I spend my nights moving between our bed and the chair. Just God's way of prepping this mama for the sleepless nights to come, right?
Food: Nothing to report. I have no specific aversions, but need to watch how much I'm eating, so I don't get nauseous.
Pregnancy Symptoms: You name it, I have it. At the top of the list? Back pain, contractions, swollen feet/hands, and exhaustion!
Movement: She's an active little girl and this is probably the main (only?) thing I will miss about being pregnant. I just love the kicks, hiccups, and rolls...even as they get a bit painful.
What I'm Looking Forward To: SEEING HER FACE! Seriously! I've been dreaming about what she will look/feel/smell like and can.not.wait. The other thing I'm excited for? The big kids to meet and love on her. The anticipation is killing all of us!