baby bump: week 38

ZERO.  I have a feeling this is what I will continue to here at my weekly appointments until I actually go into labor. 

I again have made zero progress, although I was reassured by a second doctor that Baby M is in fact pushing down head first.  I’m not disappointed that my cervix has yet to dilate since really that gives no indication of when you will actually go into labor.  But, I always at least hope for something so that I get some of the contractions + labor pains out of the way.

I go back to the doctor this afternoon where I’m sure I’ll hear another, “Nope, not dilated yet.”  But, we are at least going to sit down and talk to her about the birth plan (waited long enough, didn’t we?) and make sure she is comfortable with everything I want for our baby’s birth.  Hopefully that will put my mind at ease at least a little bit.

I think I am still in a bit of denial that I could have this baby any day now.  Next week is my last week of work (!) and yet, my hospital bag only has toiletries + snacks packed in it.  I just don’t feel like she is going to come early so I’m not feeling the need to rush around and get everything completely ready.  I’m amazed at how relaxed (for the most part) I am right now and how good I feel at 38 weeks pregnant.  She’ll get here when she gets here, and I know I will be giddy with excitement when those first few contractions come (after that, I’m sure I’ll be way too uncomfortable to be excited any more).

Pregnancy has been completely different than what I expected it to be.  I expected to have morning sickness, but only had a little nausea in the evenings and was able to sleep through it.  I expected to be calling my doctor every 5 minutes about something or other, but I only made one extra phone call to my doctor at about week 16 because I was having strange upper abdomen pain that they equated to heartburn (it definitely wasn’t heartburn).  I expected to be completely miserable the entire 3rd trimester, but was really only uncomfortable at the beginning of the 3rd trimester and now seem to feel great.  I expected severe acne, swollen ankles + fingers, horrendous weight gain, not being able to tie my shoes, but my skin is clearer than ever, I’m still wearing my wedding rings, I’ve gained a healthy almost 30 pounds, and can still almost bend over and touch my toes.  I feel amazingly blessed to have had such a flawless pregnancy.  I am hoping this means good things for labor + delivery also!

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We are now counting down the days…

10 days left until D-Day!

  • Jen

    I love that dress! You look adorable. Good luck at the doctor. It’s so funny you think you’ll go late, and I think I’ll go early. Watch you go into labor tomorrow and I have to be induced at 41 weeks 😉
    Jen recently posted..Week 29 pregnancy update

  • I’m so glad you’ve had such a great pregnancy- I’m sure it will carry over into labor & delivery, you’ve taken such good care of yourself!

  • What an awesome blessing to have such a great pregnancy! And you look great!
    Stephanie recently posted..17 weeks!

  • I’m going today too. I’ve been having some contractions every day for an hour or so. I really hope I’ve made some progress and they’re actually doing some work. I know it doesn’t mean anything but I’m going to be little upset if I’m still at zero with all this pain.

  • Kristen’s Mom

    You’ve had a fabulous pregnancy and I’m so glad you have enjoyed it as much as I enjoyed being pregnant with you and Brian! I can actually say I was never happier or felt better than when I was pregnant. But I can hardly stand waiting for my first grandchild to arrive! It seems like these last few weeks have been an eternity!

  • You look AMAZING!! The only part pregnant on you is your belly 🙂