Boots - Hugs to you! I'm sorry the last few days have been so frustrating. Are you able to communicate with your principal about the breakdown in communication and your solution for the sub situation? That way you can just let it go and focus on this LO. I know its frustrating when things don't go as planned but its the nature of the beast, right? I'm glad that you and LO are doing well. And a 9lb baby is definitely not that big. I wouldn't let them scare you. Just do what you feel is best. Sending peaceful vibes your way. It will all come together and LO will be here soon. :)
Eleuthia - Enjoy your time w your sister! That sounds so lovely. I can't wait to see my sister after the baby comes. Its been over a year since we last saw each other. Its so nice that she is able to come help you prep for this LO.
Andaluza - I'm going to see what the test says then possibly talk to my landlord about having it professionally tested if the results are high. Fingers crossed that it'll be low and feel secure with a few HEPA filters and consistent cleaning. We'll see. I'm sure you DH will be a great support in labor. Mine gets a little green if he's around for girlie tests but when we had to go in for spotting early on, he was a rock. It makes a difference when its the real deal and not just someone poking around down there. :)
Lily - Big Hugs to you! I hope you're feeling better today. For what its worth, your feelings are so normal! I wish they wouldn't give 'due dates' at all. It really should be a 4wk period because its truly just an educated guess and so many mama's experience the stress you're feeling. Every baby develops at their own pace, they have no idea they're working to a hard deadline. :) I love the 'Space In Between' piece that Sally posted!! It frames this time so perfectly. I read it a while ago and have been thinking of it often as so many mama's have been approaching this time. One other thing to think about, a friend of mine went 15 days past her 'EDD'. Her docs were really pushing to induce but she felt that she should really hold off as long as LO was doing well. When her baby girl did come, they found out that she had Hypothyroidism (under-active thyroid) which had caused her to develop more slowly. If she had been induced at her EDD, her LO's lungs would have been under developed. As it was, she came strong and healthy and more able to deal w the condition. Trust your body and your intuition. Mama's bodies have an amazing innate wisdom! That said, I hope your LO gets to meet his Auntie! :) One last thought, I know that yoga isn't really your thing, but a good prenatal yoga class might be the perfect thing right now. Sometimes we just need to get to a place of surrender mentally so that our bodies can do what they need to. Don't underestimate the power of that mind body connection, esp when it comes to labor. Whoa! I just realized hoe long this has gotten! Sorry to write a novel in response.
Sarah - Me, too. I think the exhaustion is par for the course at this point. Maybe a last growth spurt or shift in hormones. I was SO tired earlier this week but I've had more energy the last couple of days. I hope you're feeling more peppy and enjoying your full nights of rest! I've moved on to the up every 2hrs phase...grrr. I think LO has officially dropped. I have to pee constantly and the bump is a good few inches lower. According to DH, I now have a built in shelf. :P