LeAnn--your belly pics are fantastic! I know what you mean about not totally realizing how big you're getting until you suddenly see yourself in a picture or from a strange angle in the mirror. Hope things are still going well as you deal with the post-move chaos and organization.
NewMumJoy--let us know how your u/s goes this morning! I can totally see why you are feeling anxious to get your LO out. It's hard enough to go past your EDD, but then when you have another due date of relatives coming, that makes it feel even more urgent. I would be feeling the same way. I'm sorry you're not going to get that week of precious alone time with your DH and new baby... That would make me sad too. There are some great older threads on here about having visitors post-partum--I recommend showing them to your DH so he gets a wider perspective of just how challenging the PP period can be, especially with visitors added to the mix. I did the same thing, and it seemed to help my DH understand (plus, I learned a lot too!).
Lily--good to hear that your cervix is soft, but I know you're hoping for a lot more than that! You still seem to be maintaining a good attitude in the midst of it all, which I think is great. But I can understand your frustration. Here's hoping things progress quickly!
poppylove--how did your appt go yesterday? Could your midwife sense your impatience? I love it that you are getting annoyed at your affirmations! I've been listening to pregnancy affirmations too, and some of them are starting to drive me a little crazy: "I love my pregnant body and accept it every day." Umm, nooo.... not loving it all the time!!!
KristyDi--yep, I'm feeling your antsiness too. I hope your BP stays down so that you can still take advantage of the tub. I always get nervous before every BP reading, even though they've all been low so far. I always think, "will this be the time it's suddenly shot way up?" Mine had risen a little bit at my last appt, but is still below average.
JennaSpring--I have no signs of impending labor either (except for a lot of BH), so you're not alone! But it's good that you're not feeling impatient. I did not feel ready for this baby to come before we had all of our homebirth supplies gathered either. But now that they're sitting all neatly on the shelf, I'm good to go! It'll be great once you're finished working though, so you can focus exclusively on getting ready.
1stTimeMama--I think you should leave work early too. Maybe your body just needs to have the emotional peace of not working in order to relax enough to go into labor. It's good to hear your experience as a second-timer and what you're not going to do in order to induce labor. I guess in a way, all those methods probably just make us more obsessed about when the baby comes, which might not always be helpful. But I imagine it's pretty hard to avoid feeling that way! Does it still feel like things are happening in your body?
rebecca10--congrats on being finished with work! That must be a huge relief! It sounds like the last while has been kind of stressful for you, so it's great that you'll be able to relax now and focus on what needs to get done. Enjoy this time!
Tizzy--glad everything is going well! Kudos to your DH for being so helpful too. I'm actually hoping that the mamas who've had their babies don't disappear from this thread! Otherwise, those of us who are due later in the month will end up feeling pretty lonely by the end! I love hearing about how things are going with the new babes.
Anyway, it's Tuesday, and not much new to report. Just sending a lot of good labor vibes to those who really need them at this point!!!