Well, I had quite the afternoon. I had kids here this morning (preschool) then at 1 went right to get my son for a dentist appt, then essentially ran kids around until after 5 (my oldest son got glasses!). I felt awful in the car and sitting anywhere, my back was aching so much and I felt like I was really hungry or was having indigestion...but then I realized it wasn't my stomach aching but more like indigestion of the uterus, so let's just call those contractions that also was making my low back hurt. By the time I got home I was in tears, got in the bath and had an emotional release for sure. Here I am, 37 weeks and up until today I've been acting like this pregnancy was no hindrance to anything (um, except sex)...and suddenly the pre-labor hormonal shift is happening and it's caught me by surprise! I know it's happened like this before, but I think it feels more intense earlier. I remember feeling like this on the 4th of July- emotional, laborish, out of it, and having contractions that were effacing my cervix and made me feel sore- and that baby wasn't born until August 8th, and it was a 3 hour labor. So I imagine it will be similar this time, except instead of summer I'm working two more weeks and have to drive my kids around and cook and all of it...suddenly feeling very overwhelmed.
Of course, my husband is leaving for a salmon fishing trip in the morning for the weekend...and it's supposed to snow here tomorrow and be super cold and snowy all weekend and rumor has it that school will be cancelled tomorrow. Great! I'm going to drink hot chocolate and let the kids watch tv all weekend I think, and not feel guilty.