Thanks, typebug! It's getting a little slow around here, for obvious reasons!
How many weeks are you?
39w3d, although (as I just recalled!) exactly 40 weeks if I were going by LMP (I ovulated Day 18).
What crazy things are you doing to usher in labour?
Nothin'! I still "need" baby to wait until Thursday evening to clear a few purely personal/social (not medical) hurdles, like having another prenatal to satisfy my insurance, DH's immigration thing, my mom coming into town.
So I am counting down... Let's see, 3 days and 7.5 hours and then I'll really feel the green light.
Not just that, but it's not really in my mind to do anything to usher labor in at all... though I might start thinking about mild stuff (like DTD or whatever) after 41 weeks or so.
Any early labour signs?
I have been having contractions more days than not-- but by that, I mean maybe 2-8 irregular contractions in the evening, generally after exerting myself, since I'm trying to wrap up that last little bit of baby/home prep. That's it, nothing big, but it's definitely enough to get me off my butt and finish that prep! Not that I was previously lazy, but I was doing slightly less-critical business stuff most of the day and wasn't completely prioritizing the things that would make me feel really "ready" for baby, just in case.
Though I've successfully convinced myself I'll go to 41-42 weeks, if I'm being honest, my mom had her babies at 40w1d and 39w5d (both by LMP), so I have to admit that it could happen "anytime." Especially since I'm 40w by LMP today!
This weekend, I did a lot of little things-- DH and I really got the bedroom (which is also baby's room) 95% of the way we wanted it, we did another test run of the birth pool with the heater turned up, I solidified my online business shutdown procedures, packed my just-in-case hospital transfer bag, blah blah blah. Right now I feel like the only things I REALLY "need" to do are...
-Check out camera set-up and figure out if it will be practical to tape the birth from some unobtrusive place.
-Finish the bedroom-- just need to transfer a few things from one set of drawers to another and finish setting up the diaper changing area...
-Somewhat clean up our sun room, which I have been using to take business inventory, and which is a semi-disaster right now (but this won't take more than 30 minutes), and put some more stuff (currently in the dining room) in the basement.
Wow! That's awesome! Although there is ALWAYS more to do or that I'd like to be done, that will wrap things up to a point I'll feel not-panicked.
Are your midwives/doctors, doulas and partners being supportive?
My MWs rule. I think I have said this before, but with my mom a doctor who always did her research, I have had some AWESOME docs over the years. My MWs are providing me at LEAST as good care as I've ever had.
FWIW, they have no formal cutoff for postdates. I will have NSTs (not u/s/BPPs, though) every 3-4 days, starting at 41w3d, if it comes to that.
DH similarly rules-- I am so blessed. He was cute and had a little freakout moment that he intentionally amped up for (semi-mock, jokey) drama last night. I was having a few contractions and that got him to finish up his own organizing responsibilities in the bedroom with a quickness, LOL.... while babbling "Baby is coming, baby is coming."
He is definitely also feeling the "Wait! OMG! It could actually happen soon!" but I think we're both feeling all right about it since we got a lot done this weekend.