The questions of week 38-39 are: When’s your due date? Are you ready? Are you excited? I get asked each of these questions about 6 times a day… so for the record: March 19th, I think so, and yes.
I didn’t get these questions today however because I stayed home from work with a sore throat and head cold. Ick. I have been trying to tough it out all week- since this is my last week of work and all, but I just couldn’t make it in today. I figured I better rest up and get to feeling better… I wouldn’t want go through labor and delivery feeling like this. And rest up I did… I slept till noon, then laid on the couch for most of the rest of the day. I’m not good at relaxing- I feel bad about what I’m missing- but I guess I need to get ready for a different pace of life soon. One more day of work tomorrow!
A week ago, I was feeling what felt like they could be labor pains/cramps/contractions/stomach aches… whatever- quite regularly. Nothing I could time- (try timing a stomach ache), it was more constant. However, this week I’m not feeling much like that. I think that now that I am almost 39 weeks pregnant, I’m finally reaching my stride. I’m feeling pretty pain free in the belly region- which makes me think the baby is finally getting comfortable and settling in. Just great! But then again, I’ve never had a baby before, so I don’t know how it works… maybe, it (labor) will strike suddenly.
On Monday, I had a checkup and learned that they baby’s head has dropped and is “engaged”… the midwife said she actually touched the baby’s head!?! I am also 1 cm dilated (out of 10), and 70% effaced (thinned). So there has been some progress towards this approaching birthday celebration. Get your party hats ready!