I can totally relate to the shower thing... We actually have a kinda big shower, big enough that DD (4.5) DS (2) and I can shower together with the kids playing on one side and me under the water. That is, big enough when Im not HUGE, LOL... The last couple of weeks every time they move they bump into my belly or run into me. I have to squat down to clean them both and its getting tougher to get down and back up again. I can still wash my legs and feet, courtesy of the built in shelves on the side (the shelves used to be big enough for me to sit on so I guess they are really seats, LOL!!). Sad to say, the shower is the nicest thing about this house =)
Im planning on laboring in there quite a bit... The floor is big enough to hold a birth ball, but we have to deflate it to get it in and out of the bathroom, LOL.
Im feeling pretty monstrously huge (I guess at 39 weeks I should) but Im still surprised at the things I can do... Like carrying my 27 lb 2 yr old son up a flight of steps to get to my midwives office, or getting down on the floor and up again to change and chase and play with the kiddos... The belly definately makes it tougher, but not impossible to get back up, as long as I have enough room.
Im also surprised that Im not a tremendous b!tch this time. Except when I get behind the wheel
. Im a total road rage case... The funny thing is that when I rationally look at what it is that pisses me off constantly when Im driving, Im convinced Im just an idiot magnet when Im pregnant. People do the stupidest things all the time around me...
Ive been irritated at my DH, and I know Ive been more strict with the children lately, but I havent been nearly as bad as my mother on a good day =) Besides, is it really so bad to expect children to listen to you, help pick up their toys, or stop dumping out the toybox? I love my little ones, but sometimes I wanna chuck out most of their toys... I get so sick of picking up stuff they just throw around and dont play with...
Im measuring at 37 (at 39 weeks). I've been measuring around the dates, low by a couple or a few most of the time, then a growth spurt and I'll gain a couple. Its not really a cause for concern for me or my midwife.
I dont remember who (a few pages back) someone mentioned a midwife talking up shoulder dystocia. Its crap that big baby= dystocia. Fully 50% of the babies that get stuck are less than 8,5. And like someone else mentioned, weight isnt the big factor, its a combination of shoulders and pelvis. Laying on your back or semi-sitting increases the risk because it narrows the pelvic outlet. Turning the mom into a squatting or all fours position usually loosens a stuck baby by giving more room in the pelvis and using gravity like its supposed to be. True shoulder dystocia is rare, and usually not a problem (unless you have an epidural and several wires attached to you and a doc who doesnt know how to handle it).
I had a labor scare the other day (Thurs) . It really was a true scare cause I am not expecting this baby until the 13-14 of June. Im going 10 days late =) And because my prediction was spot on with Zack, I figured I have plenty of time for this one... YIKES!! Contx every 5 minutes for almost 5 hours... I was cleaning my bathrooms thinking I was in early labor, LOL... I was totally relieved when it finally went away! So this weekend, DH and I are doing the yard work and the last minute deep cleaning/dog bathing/mopping/etc. Next week, my mom is taking the kiddos for a little while and we are going to shampoo our carpets. Then all I have to do is wait...
Ive been having some... hmm... not exactly "cooter pain" ~ LOL at that!! But warm stretching uncomfortable-ness- not quite down there, but at the bottom of my belly. It really feels like my cervix, I remember this feeling from labor with DS. Usually it only happens when Im having a BH, or when baby is pushing down there, but last night it was constant for a few hours... I was ready to drag out my hot socks to heat it away. Im thinking I must be damn near complete already! Wish DH would check
On Monday I am going to a friends house and she is going to take some pics for me. Hopefully we will have time for a belly cast, lunch and a swim in the pool too
Likely, we will get some pics before I have to run back home. I'm really excited about it though... I hope I turn out okay!! And Im wishing I had waited to cut all my hair off, it would have made a really great boob cover for some photos! (Now its on its way to make a wig for a kid without hair, so no great loss.)
Okay, novel over!! I gotta get here more often so I can post a little less every time!