39 weeks

At 39 weeks...

-It's totally appropriate to wear your husband's clothes to bed.

-This is my sad face for having to put together another maternity church outfit. I was really hoping to be in labor by Sunday. Did not happen ha.

 -I'm trying to remind myself how unfair it would be to all the other pregnant women if I went into labor early. After all, I have pretty easy pregnancies. I've never experienced morning sickness or heart burn or a lot of other things that trouble most pregnant women. I would definitely much rather have to go to week 40 or beyond (not too far beyond!) than have to suffer through morning sickness for several weeks.
[it's still hard to not feel cheated when I've had 6 friends in the last 3 months all deliver their babies 10 or more days early!]

-I walked 5 miles in an attempt to "walk the baby out." It didn't work and I was exhausted the rest of the day.

-I had way too many meals of french toast with caramel syrup. I'm 39+ weeks pregnant...I absolutely feel entitled to whatever I feel like eating haha!

-I had my 39 week check-up.  This is my happy face before I saw the doctor, thinking it was my LAST appointment while still pregnant.

A picture 20 minutes later would be of a red-eyed, blotchy, tear-streaked face.
I was hoping to be dilated to a 3 so the doctor could set up induction as we are both concerned of the size of this baby! He hasn't estimated how big he will be (it's really not accurate anyway) but because Jack was 9lb1oz we are worried how large baby boy #2 might be! Unfortunately, I was only dilated to a 2.5 and therefore could not be set for induction yet.
The doctor said he could possibly "strong-arm" me into L&D but he thought it was a better idea to give it another week.  You really don't want to be induced when your body isn't quite ready. The whole point of my being induced is to avoid c-section due to a big baby. So it would be pretty dumb to be induced when my body isn't ready and end up in c-section for that reason! SO. The doctor told me to come back in another week (when I am 2 days overdue!) and we will set an induction at that point. I actually was really comfortable with the decision being made and felt like it was the right thing to do but I still bawled as soon as the doctor left the room. My delivery with Jack was a really awful experience and I'm terrified of having another big baby! But they tell me it'll be easier to deliver a 9+ pounder this time since Jack paved the way. Fingers crossed for the baby to come on his own before my appointment next Tuesday. Come on, little one!

-Since my appointment I've actually been worrying a lot less about when the baby is going to come.  I would be lying if I didn't admit I still think about when labor will start every hour of every day BUT at the same time I've felt less anxious. I think I finally just accepted that baby will come when baby wants to come.  No amount of walking, labor-inducing pizza, spicy foods, acupressure or anything else is going to change that! I totally don't believe any of it any more.  You can swear to me that your water broke one night because you walked 10 miles that day but I'm pretty sure your water was just going to break that night anyway and you happened to walk 10 miles in the same day. I asked my doctor if there was anything I could do to encourage the baby to come and he confirmed my suspicions - studies show that none of those supposed labor-inducing tricks work. Stripping your membranes works 50% of the time so we did that but it's 3 days later and nada so far.

-I am now +26 pounds since pre-pregnancy.

Is it just me or is that baby looking BIG in there?! GAH.

-I've had several Braxton Hicks contractions the last few days but they never get regular or more than uncomfortable/slightly painful.

-I THINK the baby dropped last night! I suddenly have a lot more pressure in my pelvis, feel like I have to pee every 15 minutes, and every time the baby moves I get sharp pains in my pelvis! I think his head has moved right on down there. Hopefully it's helping to open my cervix!

Here's to hoping we have a new little one in our arms sometime this weekend!

1 comment

  1. Just as you know, it'll happen, baby girl. And, when it does, it will be one of the best days ever! I love you.


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