Good news indeed blanca! And yes, iowaorganic, "me too!"... last time I was totally prepared to go to 41 weeks minimum and shocked when I went into labor the night before my "due date", this time though somehow all those contractions and worry I had around 28-30 weeks had me convinced this baby was going to come at more like 39 weeks.... haha, no. 40 weeks tomorrow I think? And I'm doing all right, but definitely ready. I know statistically it could just as likely be the week after my due date, I just somehow wasn't prepared for that this time... and then I start worrying about my maternity leave being up and having to go back to work with my baby only 4 weeks old... sigh. What will be will be.
Had another ultrasound this morning to check fluid levels and they are pretty much holding steady, down ever so slightly from Monday but they also saw the baby had a pretty full bladder and figure once he/she pees it will come up a couple centimeters more. So still borderline, but not dangerous. Baby's heart rate is absolutely perfect (it was still a tad on the high side last time, though again, nothing really too concerning just a sign of the low fluid) and that's reassuring. They wanted me to discuss the results with the on-call perinatologist as it was still low-ish and we had a funny conversation. Nice guy, and I felt very much respected for the research I had done and the decisions I had made. I was a tad surprised when he said their official recommendation was still induction, and I pointed out the research doesn't support induction for oligohydramnios (which I don't even quite meet the criteria for anymore!). Well, he says, that's not really why they'd recommend it... see, they're so sure that babies are done developing at 39 weeks that they truly believe (as long as dating is accurate) if they induced every mother at 39 weeks they would save a few babies from the unfortunate outcomes that occasionally occur between 39 and 41 weeks, with no harm done other than, and I quote, "spontaneous labor is generally a more enjoyable experience for the mother." At any rate, they don't actually recommend every woman induce at 39 weeks, but in particular when someone has any risk factors like low fluid or a chronic medical condition, then they usually do. (Control freaks!)
I laughed and told him I appreciated a deeper insight into how "the other side" thinks, but that I still believed babies generally know when they are ready to be born.... I thanked him for his time and he gave his parting recommendation that he "hoped we were doing lots of things to, ah, stimulate my cervix." (Wink.) LOL Don't know if he says that to every woman, wonder how many actually get it, but I found it pretty hilarious.
Baby is definitely getting lower, which is good, and my cervix feels looser. I've been getting some twinges when the baby moves and some sharp sensations down there and am trying to take them as positive signs that things are getting pushed and stretched in preparation for dilation here... Still have my fingers crossed for a fast labor!