oh boy... final stretch for a lot of us...
sounds like there's something in the air - it's not just that we're hugely pregnant and irritated - we're truly dealing with some real characters!
I'm dealing with mildly elevated BP (10 point change in diastolic BP) and my midwife FREAKING about pre-e... it's like her personality changed and she's not the woman we hired, she and DP are REALLY at odds and he's a non-negotiable part of my birth - she didn't even want to come to my house for the second visit last week (to re-check BP, do a urine protein pee stick, etc) - I had to go to her (and she does home visits the ENTIRE pregnancy, not just after 36 weeks) - the whole thing has been pretty stressful, and all after she ordered me to stop stressing (made me take 3 days off of work, which was actually MORE stressful than working) I was given the option of being sent to a high-risk OB where they would almost-surely induce me (hospitals and their interventions are very scary to me - feels like one of the worst things that could happen), or sign a risk waiver and get the tests done at a lab w/my midwife - I had the hepatic function and uric acid done Friday, submitted my 24-hr urine sample Sat., and haven't really heard from the midwife. (Which, in this case, no news is probably good news - after the lectures she gave me on how dangerous my condition could be, it would be just plain irresponsible and unprofessional of her NOT to call me if she got labs back that indicated pre-e or anything risky... but I know, I know, I should probably call her during the day.)
So I'm not sure what to do - I'm nosing around for options - and awaiting those test results... I DID get my GBS results though - negative - YAY!
I still feel wonderful, energetic and spry - random strangers have told me how healthy I look! I actually got the DIRTIEST look from a pregnant lady I passed on the street... we're probably both around the same due date, except I was walking briskly and energetically (gotta keep in shape for labor!), and she was grabbing her belly and leaning on a friend for support... poor woman looked miserable
I had my last girl scout meeting (in which the 4th &5th grade Junior Troop made onesies and bibs and gifted them to me - totally sweet!) and my notshower, which was mostly family and a handful of friends - I really didn't want to get out of the house and go, but it WAS nice that everyone got together and had a celebration for me and DP - got a few good pieces of loot that were actually on the registry too! (moby wrap, skip-hop pronto changing stations, wet bag, plus some blankets, medical supplies, a book, wee little socks, and a couple of toys that weren't on the registry)
I got several lectures from my BIL's mother (very stereotypical NY Jewish Mother!) about "well, you're going to NEED a stroller, what about when the kid is 18 months? they'll be HEAVY! what about when s/he's 3 and wants to take a nap!?" and "you're going to need more clothes, lots of sweaters, May and June are COLD, that baby needs to stay WARM!" and "oh, trust me, you'll want a crib" and "you CAN'T give a baby a bath in the SINK!" I know she means well, but...
In other news, I'm anxiously awaiting contractions! I haven't had any yet... that I know of (I suppose they're one of those things you *know* when you're actually having one?) - I'm pretty sure this kiddo's not coming out until May 3rd or so, even though I'm officially full term as of last Thursday! I asked the midwife to do a cervix check - she said my cervix is REALLY soft (thank you EPO!), but still high, back and completely closed.