Wow! August already?! I'm not sure where the past 9 months went... it's felt both incredibly short and incredibly long.
Lily--big congrats to you on finishing your manuscript! That is a huge accomplishment, pregnant or not! I read in the other thread about the signs you've been experiencing in the last 12 hours--I hope it's the real deal (if you're ready, that is). I can only imagine that the analysis of every twinge and sensation only heightens with each passing week.
Andaluza--good for you for feeling so great! I'm still walking too, but definitely slowing down. And your sleeping routine sounds very similar to mine--I seldom stay in bed longer than 6 hours these days. Hope you're able to get far enough on your work project.
poppylove--I've been having some strange dreams lately too. I don't often remember them in the morning, but I do know that they're really vivid and not always pleasant (although some are ). We're going to cloth diaper from the start, but we're using a diaper service--we have no laundry facilities in our apartment or building, and I have no access to a car during the day to take frequent trips to a laundromat. So, we don't have to worry about cleaning off the meconium or anything.
lakeruby--sorry about having to give up your walk. But I definitely think it's the right choice if the result is that you feel miserable and run-down for the rest of the day. I don't think it's anything to feel bad about. You've kept it up for this long, which is a lot more than many women do. Plus, swimming feels fabulous! Hope your appt. goes well this week.
pennywhistle--that is such good news about your BP and protein levels. I'm really hoping you get to go back to the birth center. Have your midwives given you a date that they would decide by? I would just want to know!
NewMumJoy--I was really hoping we would get baby news from you over the weekend! I'm sure you were hoping too. Hang in there--it'll be soon!
Tizzy--ear infections are no fun! I hope your recovery is swift. And good to hear that you'll take it a little easier from now on. I don't like riding for long in the car anymore either--the swelling just isn't worth it!
Ninetales--it seems like some cruel trick of nature that you have to deal with dental work AND a c-section in one day--horribly unfair and just plain awful! I hope the appt. at the dentist is as smooth and painless as possible. And then.... you will have a baby tonight!!! I know none of this has gone how you wanted, but I'm so excited for you to meet your little one! Sending good thoughts your way all day. Can't wait to hear the updates!
MamaChickadee--glad you survived your long day! I guess that adding more children to the mix just makes life that much more complicated! Hope you're able to catch up on sleep a little bit before your baby arrives. Although everyone always tells me the same thing, and I get kind of annoyed--like, "oh really? you think it works that way?" But it would be good to be a little more rested before going into labor, I'm sure.
VeritasVitae--sounds like you had a fantastic weekend! I've really been treasuring my time alone with DH these days too--I think it's important to take time for it. Also, I'm relieved to hear you made it back from your hike not too much worse for the wear. I think I might have had a small breakdown if I'd been faced with that!
LeAnn--Lots of strength to you as you probably feel like you're in the middle of chaos right now. I can't imagine having to move so late in your pregnancy, but I've been so impressed how calmly and gracefully you've been working through it. We must have the same DD, and if you're like me right now, any exertion out of the ordinary causes a lot of BH. So annoying when there are things to get done! I hope you'll be able to get to a place where you feel relaxed and ready for your baby to be out in the world!
AFM, things are still going well. Had my 37-week appt. yesterday, which was great. Found out I'm GBS negative, so that is one more good thing to not have to worry about. We spent a good deal of the weekend in a laundromat, washing and packing up all the linens for the homebirth, plus all the baby clothes which I had not washed yet. Not the greatest way to spend the weekend, but now we're all ready to have this baby at home, so I feel quite relieved. We also did a trial fill-up and drain of the birth pool, and that went smoothly too. Eek!!! It's getting so much more real! Yesterday was the first day when I thought, "OK, I would be fine if the baby came now." Up to this point, I've felt anxious thinking about the baby arriving before the DD. But now that I feel like most things are set to go, I'm suddenly open to the idea of him/her coming soon. Of course, now s/he probably won't!
Yesterday my midwife said the baby is pretty firmly and deeply down in my pelvis. Yesterday was the first time when I rode my bike and thought, "Oh, this is not so comfortable anymore!" It just felt like A LOT of pressure on my cervix. I will keep trying it a few more times, but I might have to (sadly) give up on biking. Other than that, I'll be spending the week trying to finish up the to-do list, which includes getting food and snacks ready for labor and my birth team, plus freeze some meals for PP. Plus, other odds-and-ends tasks. We're never done, right? Hope everyone has a great week!