39 weeks tomorrow! For some reason, even though this is my first, I've been thinking Sprout might come early, so I'm getting pretty antsy. But last Thursday I came down with a nasty, nasty stomach flu (vomiting AND diarrhea, fun!!) and that knocked me out for several days. Thank goodness for my amazing spouse who is an incredible nurse, and also for my midwife. She came over bearing homemade (her husband is a chef) chicken and dumpling soup, as well as Sleepytime Tea, and between the two and some pregnancy-approved decongestant, I was finally able to get some rest. She even called her backup midwife and they brought over IV fluids just in case I got dehydrated enough to need them (thankfully I didn't).
So now I think my body is like, "whoa, have to recover before labor." But the baby has been perfectly lined up (OA!) and dropping for several weeks now, so I'm very much in the "it could be any day" mindset.
The pain and discomfort of being sick and SO pregnant really got me down though. I had a few tearful moments with the spouse, saying I wasn't sure I could do this whole natural homebirth thing anymore. It IS scary, as a previous poster said, not having any frame of reference for this huge thing. Even after all my reading, a Bradley class, etc., there's still no way to really fathom what we're about to go through!
BUT we basically have all the essential things done in the house, so that is a relief. This morning we bought the final thing, a nice like-new futon off CraigsList, so that my parents have somewhere to sleep when they come for Christmas. The diapers are all put away in the dresser. The Christmas tree is up (though needs to be decorated, we'll probably do that tonight) and the Christmas lights are up in the front yard. I've even bought a stash of candles to have lit while I'm in labor -- I've been fantasizing about this labor, dim light lit only by candles and Christmas tree lights, ever since I found out the due date. Watch, I'm going to end up having this baby in broad daylight!!
I've already had two aunts ask where the baby is on FaceBook. Seriously!? I haven't even hit my due date yet! If it keeps up I think I might deactive my FaceBook page for the time being...