baby bump: week 40

Ah, the post that I was so hopeful I wouldn’t be writing, but alas, here I am, writing one more update about my never-going-to-have-this-baby bump.  For those of you who might not be on #babywatch, I am now officially 4 days past my due date.  I swore up and down last Friday that I would have the baby by Sunday night, my official due date.  And yet, here I sit, on my maternity leave, baby-less.

I am doing my best not to complain about being past my due date because:

(1) When we went to the doctor at 8 weeks and at 20 weeks, she was already measuring behind.  She was measuring for October 13th (that would be today) with both ultrasounds but since the 9th and 13th are so close together, they decided to keep my original due date.  So, technically, she might not be late… yet.

(2) I know several people who are having trouble getting pregnant, can’t get pregnant, or have trouble keeping a pregnancy.  What right do I have to complain about making it PAST my due date?  It’s all perspective.  I know my baby will be here within the next few days and I feel BLESSED that I have had the past 40 weeks to get to know my soon-to-be-born baby.  While, yes, I am insanely jealous of women who are having their babies before me, I know mine will be here soon enough.


So, I’m doing my best to keep things in perspective while I wait anxiously for contractions to really start.  I’ve had a few here and there, but they aren’t necessarily painful (some cramping + lower back pain) and disappear after lunch time.  I go to bed every night thinking, “Is tonight going to be the night I wake up with real, painful contractions?”  Sad, but true.

We go back to the doctor this morning to check on my progress and to schedule an induction.  My doctor gave me homework at Monday’s appointment:  to be 3 centimeters dilated by the time I go back to see her today.  I’m pretty sure I’m still not even close to that and will likely need to get the induction, which will probably be Sunday night (she won’t let me go more than a week past my due date).  I honestly never envisioned myself going into labor naturally, so I wouldn’t be surprised if that’s the route we go.

But, I must say thank you to everyone for all the words of encouragement, advice, and prayers you have been sending our way this week!  It has made the waiting a little easier!  So, thank you so much – and in return, I hope to be showing you pictures of our beautiful baby girl soon!

PS – The polka dots are done! Nursery is officially ready for Baby M’s arrival!


  • Hang in there……she will be here any day now 🙂
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  • Jen

    This post was so thoughtful. So sweet that you’re thinking of others!

    Hang in there, Kristen! I’m hoping you’re pleasantly surprised at your appointment today 🙂
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  • Mary Kratochvil

    Love your nursery and am anxiously awaiting news of your baby’s arrival. I’ve been checking your blog and posts a couple times each day to see if the baby has arrived yet.

  • Kristen’s Mom

    The polka dots turned out very cute! Hang in there, sweetie — she’ll be here soon — she can’t stay in there forever! These last few weeks of waiting have been torturously (is that a word?) slow!!!! I’m praying today’s the day!

  • Ahh I’m sure the waiting is driving you crazy- it would for me!! At least you know it’ll be within the week. 😉
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  • Good luck today at your appointment! Hope you’ve made some progress! I had a really rough time the day before my due date and on my due date, but I think after that I’ve made my peace with it and I’m fine waiting. It’s totally all about perspective. With all the “practice” contractions I’ve had, I don’t really expect to go into labor on my own wither, unless my water breaks. You think my body would remember how this goes, but I guess not. ; )
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    • Kristen

      Aw, you’ll get there soon! I’m making peace with waiting, it’s just hard sometimes.

  • You’re doing a great job of hanging in there- I know how tough it is! I will say, now that I’m looking back, I’m glad that Hailey ‘over baked’ by over a week because I feel like she came out advanced (or maybe I’m just a proud mom ;)), but she was able to latch really well from the start and has been a great sleep (from 10pm-4:45am last night!). It’s tough now, but sometimes being a little overdone is good 😉
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    • Kristen

      Thanks! I’ve actually enjoyed the extra time off – we’ve gotten a ton of stuff done this week so we feel super ready for her to arrive! It’s been nice being able to read your birth story and now post-partum. It’s helping me keep my head on straight, I think!

  • Good luck! I’m sure by the time she gets here you will forget all about how hard it’s been waiting for her to come, at least temporarily 😉
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  • Congrats!! I know this might sound weird, but enjoy being pregnant while you can! I know quite a few moms who say they actually miss the experience of being pregnant and feeling the baby move in your belly and all that fun stuff! Good luck!!
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  • You look amazing at 40 weeks! Hang in there 🙂

    Love your attitude about still being pregnant. With so many women who struggle to become pregnant, it is important to remember that even when we’re tired of carrying the little one, they are still a blessing and a gift.

  • Really hope things happen for you soon! And I had to be induced with makenzie. It wasn’t a bad experience at all actually. You know where to find me if you need anything. 😉
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  • Thanks for the acknowledgement of those of us having issues trying to conceive. I still like reading about your pregnancy though. I actually pretty much read through all your pregnancy posts this week 🙂 I’m sure it’s tough waiting when you’re past your due date and I hope your little one makes an appearance soon! Hang in there!