Judy, I hope it's not a cold! No need to get sick right now! Hopefully your back feels better too.
MamanF, Holy cow, it sounds like all you'll need to do when 'real' labour starts is stand up and let the baby fall out! At least you know those annoying contractions have been accomplishing something!
AnyaRose, I've been getting those too. I hope it's cervical changes causing it, but sometimes I think it might just be abdominal muscles tired of holding up all that baby.
Drat, there were a whole bunch more people I had comments for and now I can't remember any of them. Blame it on pregnancy brain I guess.
I had a midwife appointment today, and everything still looks good. I'm measuring right at 38 weeks, which is nice as I was measuring a couple weeks ahead, and I don't really feel the need to keep getting larger at this point. I've actually lost a few pounds over the last week or so too, which isn't a bad thing, considering how much weight I've gained overall. I'm still eating plenty, so I think it's just that mine and baby's metabolisms have ramped up to the point where we are actually using all the extra calories.
On Cervixes - I'm a fairly accomplished cervix checker when not pregnancy (4 + years of FAM / NFP will do that for you) but I can't reach it at all for most of my pregnancy. It's either too high and posterior, or my arms are too short to get around my belly. I was able to get just a slight touch of it yesterday, so that was pretty exciting, in a wierd way. It was actually softer than I would have expected but still so high and posterior that I couldn't really tell anything other than that.
I have new curtains to put up and some bins to put away, and after that the house is actually ready for a baby. However, DH will be out of town Wednesday and Thursday, so absolutely on no condition can this baby be born until after he gets home on Friday. I'm not too concerned, as I don't really feel that we are close yet, but I'm a little ansy that murphy's law will kick in and I'll go into labour while DH is 5 + hours away, and possibly out of cell phone range. On the other hand, if baby is born so quickly and easily that DH doesn't have time to get home, I think I'll just be grateful for a fast, easy labour!