I figured I would start up on this thread again since I really don't feel like labor is near. Actually, I'm starting to doubt that labor will ever really start. I am 37wks today and don't feel a thing! I feel like the baby is getting smaller, is it eating itself in there?! I sometimes find myself laying in bed in the morning not even feeling pregnant. I almost feel as if this has all been a dream and I'll wake up eventually to find myself back where I was 10 months ago.
But then I work a full day (yesterday was my last full massage day! Yay!) and I remember that I've never had swelling my hands and ankles like this before. Someone mentioned flinstone feet at some point and holy hell it's true! My feet are so wide and flat and swollen, I don't recognize them as my own!
I've been staying up late and waking up early, but luckily I have been napping every afternoon. It's been in the 70's and I feel like it's 110 (my SIL is 39wks living in Arizona, where it really is 110, I should not complain!). I have been eating magnesium ice cubes and frozen watermelon like crazy (which makes me realize I need to freeze more since they were intended for labor). Even with all the extra cal-mag I've been taking I have been pooping less and have a little hemorrhoid that is causing big pain. I feel like I have to pee every 10 minutes, and I figure this is from the baby being so low, but I don't have that "bowling ball between the legs" feeling that everyone keeps asking me about. I do have intense pubic symphysis that makes it hard to walk, especially if I've been sitting for more than about 20mins at a time.
I was out in the sun for all of 20mins during the heat of the day and got horribly sunburned on my neck/shoulders. Yikes! The mosquitoes are also out and about, so I am itchy from head to toe. Maybe it's time for an oatmeal bath.
DP's mom is here and she told me yesterday it would be great if the baby came early so she could be here for it. Why does everyone think they are allowed to be around for this birth?! Granted, she said she would just stay in her RV and come out only when she heard the baby crying, but still. I don't know if I can handle her energy during labor. DP knows he is in charge of telling her to vacate the premisses if I need her to and I think she will be fine that. It just seems like a lot to ask of a woman who is 37wks along. Am I being selfish?!
Honestly, I feel way too good to be anywhere near laboring. I'm tired and emotional and grumpy at times, but I feel fine and not like anything is progressing towards birth. I am still going out and doing things in public, working minimally (although slowing way down at the clinic, thank goodness!). I have a few things here and there to get done around the house, but I don't feel any crazy nesting urges to get things cleaned. As long as the basic clutter is picked up I feel fine with the shape of the house. I should get out in the garden and weed, but I usually don't have the energy. Women keep telling me to do what I want to do, whatever it may be, and just to enjoy the time while it's here. So I nap and read and lounge around and eat and nap some more. No one can tell me to do anything more than just that.
Hope the rest of you ladies are feeling well! I know it'll be over before we know it, but it's feeling like this last month is going to last a lifetime!