How far along – 39 weeks today! I went into labor with Hudson at 38+6 and had him at 39 weeks exactly so last time I didn’t really get to make it past 39 weeks.
Doctor updates – Nothing much to speak of. He checked me at 35 weeks and I wasn’t dilated any. I declined cervical checks at my other two appointments since then so I don’t have a clue how dilated or effaced I am (if any). At my 35 week appointment he did the Group B Strep test and at the 37 week appointment I got my results…positive for GBS but only “lightly positive” and would not colonize. He said he’d never seen that before so they retested me. The retest came back negative so no need to worry about that! Yay!
Labor symptoms – This is what you really want to know, isn’t it? Well since Saturday I’ve had occasional contractions, occasional nausea, and occasional cramping. Nothing consistent yet. Saturday I thought I might have lost a teeny piece of my mucous plug (and I’m not even certain) but I haven’t noticed anything else since then. Saturday night I had a few contractions while I was sitting down and resting (so far they have only happened when I’ve been very active) so we kicked it into gear getting stuff finished up just in case. Saturday night I had the worst insomnia! I don’t think I fell asleep until around 5:30am. Part of that was because Hudson cried a lot during the night and kept me awake, I think part was maybe anticipation, and then other than that who knows? Sunday I felt pretty yucky off and on but no real labor. I slept great Sunday night (last night) and only woke up once to go to the bathroom, which is big for me! And so far today (Monday) I’ve been feeling fine.
I think Parker has dropped. I don’t see that visually (although a few people at church said they could tell) but I am having to go to the bathroom constantly and if I hold it too long it hurts pretty bad, so I think he’s dropped down and is squishing my bladder.
Labor thoughts – I am SO glad I made it through this weekend without going into labor. We had an insane snowstorm with 1/4 inch of ice and 12 inches of snow on Friday. Definitely the most snow I’ve ever seen and very unusual for Kentucky. Everything was pretty much shut down and I was afraid I would go into labor and we wouldn’t be able to get to the hospital. Thankfully that didn’t happen! The roads in our neighborhood are still a sheet of ice but the main roads are fine and we can easily get out if we need to.
Saturday was also Hudson’s 2nd birthday and even though it would have been totally fine if Parker had been born before or on his birthday I was really hoping to make it past Hudson’s birthday. We got to spend Saturday (and actually most of Friday too because Michael’s office closed) having lots of family time, just the three of us, which was nice.
As far as labor itself goes I am…nervous? anticipatory? I’m not sure how to describe it. With Hudson I didn’t get to have a “normal” labor where I started feeling contractions that gradually got closer together or more intense and have that “Is this it?” feeling…instead I was a little crampy that morning, noted that and remembered that some people said labor started for them feeling like period cramps, but then an hour later my water broke before feeling any contractions and there was no doubt I was in labor. And if you have a traditional hospital birth, like I did, once your water breaks they have you on a timeline to deliver the baby before they start to get concerned about infections and things so I was having to do whatever I could to get labor to progress, go in for monitoring every few hours, and didn’t get to let things just happen.
The random contractions, cramping, nausea, possible mucous plug loss, Parker dropping…all this is totally new to me! None of this happened last time. And if all goes well and I have a “normal” labor (aka my water doesn’t break prematurely) that will be a totally different experience than last time too so it’s almost like being a newbie to labor all over again. Which is kind of nerve wracking but it also gives me hope that my labor won’t be nearly as bad this time around. I know people always say “you forget how painful labor is” but I’m pretty sure I haven’t. Especially that last part…I remember that pain quite well and I don’t look forward to that! I desperately hope it’ll be easier and less painful than last time but I also realize it’s going to hurt and I’m not exactly excited about that!
Prepared feelings – Physically I am ready to not be pregnant. I have been very uncomfortable, not sleeping well, and just tired of being pregnant. I never got to this point with Hudson but this time I am definitely over being pregnant. However that comes and goes – yesterday I was miserable but today I’m feeling good.
“To Do list”-wise I’m pretty ready. We’ve been working hard the last couple of weeks to get some things done and Michael having work cancelled Friday gave us some time to get our last few things knocked out. The hospital bags are packed other than some last minute things I can’t put in until right before we leave. Michael got his last project done (building some shelves for the living room). We set up Parker’s crib (we are going to try using his crib like a cosleeper attached to our bed – that may not end up working for us but it’s what we’re going to start out with) and installed the carseat. We ordered a double stroller, which really wasn’t something I was concerned about having immediately after birth but it was still nice to get that done.
Our house is mostly cleaned. Last Sunday afternoon Michael and I cleaned out the attic – we threw a ton of stuff away and reorganized. It had been a total mess and all the Christmas decorations were still sitting out but now everything fits, it’s much more organized, and we were even able to fit in some boxes of Hudson’s old clothes. My mom came two days last week and we deep cleaned the playroom, living room, kitchen (other than pulling everything out of every cabinet), downstairs bathroom, and foyer. The kids’ room, the guest room, and upstairs bathroom have been tidied and a basic cleaning done. All that’s left would be to do our bedroom and bathroom and I’ll work on that this weekend if I have time.
I got some other little things done like replacing the elastic in some of Hudson’s diapers, rearranging the dresser in the nursery to fit Parker’s clothes in there too, sewing new rings into my ring sling, etc. If Parker takes his sweet time arriving then I have a few other things to work on but nothing that’s a huge deal (things like getting Hudson’s baby book up to date, filling out some of Parker’s baby book that can be done in advance, working on Parker’s quilt, etc.).
This afternoon I’m planning to do one last “really want to” thing that I had on my list…go get a pedicure! It’s a silly little thing but with Hudson I planned to get one and went into labor before I could. My toe nails looked horrible and even though no one else cared but me it bugged me that they looked so bad. Plus I would just really enjoy a little pampering! So as long as Parker doesn’t make a surprising and very quick arrival I’ll be off to enjoy getting my feet rubbed for a bit.
Mentally…well, that’s where I’m least prepared. I am so excited to meet Parker but I’m also nervous about the transition from one child to two. Last time my attention was 100% on taking care of Hudson, this time I will now have a toddler and a newborn needing me so that will be an adjustment. I also remember how exhausting those first few weeks are and I’m not looking forward to that.
Other thoughts – That’s about it! We’re just kind of in waiting mode now. All the big stuff is done so I’m pretty much just trying to keep the house mostly tidy, dishes done, laundry caught up, etc. so that we don’t have a bunch of mess everywhere. I’ve got plenty to keep me busy but nothing pressing so just trying to relax and enjoy hanging out with my family.
Enjoy this rather hasty 39 week picture in the bathroom – ha!