Only 34 weeks and having loads of strong Braxton Hicks, no pain or pattern, but mildly concerning. My left foot swells up during the day and anytime I move my big toe it makes a painful pop! The one thing that saves my sanity is running and I had to quit at 28 weeks because it causes contractions, now I can't even take a stroll to eliminate stress, as it's just too painful. I still have 2 weeks left of work, which makes me want to cry. I know lot's of you are working until you go into labor, but there's now way I could make it with this pontoon belly on my feet 12 hours a day and a 1 hour commute each way. DD was in the ER (again) for respiratory issues on Thursday night and has not been able to go to school since then because of her horrendous hacking cough. Either DH or I have been doing night shift in her room to keep an ear out for choking or worsening status. I think she might be better by tomorrow, but school is closed thurs and fri. (How do you homeschoolers do it!!!!?????) Our furnace crapped out right when it started to get chilly so we are in the middle of a ducting and kitchen replacement which means it's still cold and we have to leave the house during the day so the guys can work. Also, as an added bonus it costs $4500 and I've had to put in a couple of overtime shifts to at least offset the cost before I go out on leave. Still giving myself insulin at night in spite of severely restricting my diet, and people keep telling me how monstrously huge I am. It's really freaking me out that I'll have a huge baby I can't push out in spite of being so careful about diet and exercise for the past 9 months. DD just woke up and is super feisty because of the steroid medication we have to give her for her lungs. She's bouncing of the walls and won't listen and I'm so over it!!! Every time I roll over in bed or bend over, my ab muscles rip a bit more which makes me want to scream in pain, but I'm trying to channel my inner hypnosis birthing momma and just breathe through it. I'm SOOOOOOO grumpy!!!!!
No wonder you're grumpy, that is a lot to have on your plate when you're NOT nearing the end of your pregnancy! Hearing people comment on how "huge" you are isn't going to help; I don't know why people think it's okay to do that. If it makes you feel any better at all, my midwife frequently posts client birth announcements on her business's Facebook page (with permission from the moms) and very few of the babies were less than 9lbs. Most of them are 9-11lbs and there were no complications. My personal biggest was 9lbs, 11oz, and there was absolutely no noticeable difference in feeling during the pushing phase between his birth and my 7.5lb baby's birth.
As for the rest, I really don't know what to tell you, except that the one thing that might get you through this is knowing that you have to. Count down those work days, it'll be over soon. It's hard to be pregnant and be a mommy and have a job (especially with a commute, I'm sure). Big hugs!
Oh gosh, you have a huge amount to deal with right now. I'm so sorry.
I hope your dd recovers well.
I second what nova said. My last baby was 9lb14 but it wasn't any harder to push him out than my 6lb12oz baby was.
I'm sorry you have to much going on. I hope you have some peace and chance to recover and focus. Take care of yourself.