First, Alexandria - that is really, really funny! OMG, people are so odd.
Originally Posted by GradStudent13
Ugh. I am really starting to go crazy waiting! I am 38 weeks and a few days (more or less) and I am so uncomfortable! People keep telling me to be patient and to enjoy these last few days without a baby as much as we can (this is our first), but its really hard when I feel so gross all of the time. I am achy and crampy and I am having pretty strong and painful (but irregular) contractions and my feet are swollen. . .and you all know what it is like! So not fun. I want my little baby already!!
I am on maternity leave now (I am a full time graduate student and I also work part time. . .but I am done with classes until the fall and I am taking the summer off from work as well) so I don't have work to distract me and the things I usually do to distract myself (read a novel, watch tv, yoga, cooking and so forth) are not keeping my attention or I have no energy for. Seriously, what could be entertaining enough to distract yourself from having a little person?!?
OK, rant over. Thanks for listening, ladies! I think my husband, sister and mom are all pretty tired of hearing my whining, so I appreciate the forum for venting.
Second, I have to respond to this. For a few reasons, one, of course you want your baby here now! Who in their right mind wouldn't be super excited to have their first baby and not be all - "oh, I'm going to enjoy this sleep..." haha, yeah right! Bring on the sleepless nights if it means getting to snuggle that new little baby! FWIW - I actually sleep better with a newborn than being pregnant. Plus, you are already different, being pregnant is so different from not and your relationship and life in general is already changed. Obviously, it will change more with a baby, but it's still not the same as it was before you got pregnant.
I bolded that part of your post because it really stands out to me. I don't know if you've been told anything about the postpartum period...but if you think you feel gross now, just wait! You will be leaking out of so many places...and oozing...and baby will have more body fluids that you thought possible. The feeling of gunk (mostly blood) oozing out of you is not a pleasant one. The way your stomach and will flap down and just feel odd when you go from sitting to standing. I just hope I don't have a cough again this time around. Hahaha, it's not that bad, but it's definitely tops on feeling gross for sure! Most of it can be ignored because you have a sweet little baby to stare at. But still....and then some people get the massive sweats, I have not been blessed with that one yet, but third time's a charm! :)