Shelby~ Babe #7.(a girl) 4th Planned UC. 41+6 according to my LMP and conception date. 40+1 according to OB's results from 3 BPP's.
I am about 75% zen, 25% "get outta my belly!". I still dont have any real feeling of when she will come, just that I am closer than I was. At my OB appt yesterday I had lost a lb, was dilated to 3cm, cervix had shortened to 1 1/2cm in length, baby is vertex, anterior and at a -1 station. Physically I feel great! I actually feel guilty sometimes for being *this preggo* and feeling as good as I do. I have been sleeping well, heartburn/reflux is under control, and lots of energy. The only annoying thing is the swollen feet/ankles by the end of the day, but I am rarely off my feet with 6 kids to keep up with and they are fine after a night's sleep. Emotionally I am doing pretty well. I am a perfectionist and a control freak and I have been trying to do a lot of fear/stress release to see if I can find some more inner peace. I think it has helped quite a bit. I remind myself that labor/birth is an aspect of life I have to submit to rather than micro-manage and try to accept each moment and emotion as it comes to me. I have gotten the onslaught of "overdue" comments, and they do irritate me but now I just tell everyone that it is up to her when she wants to arrive, not me and I am enjoying the time I have left being pregnant. I was at the grocery store yesterday and a lady asked me when I was due. When I told her "11 days ago", she said :"You need to be in the hosptial!". i calmly replied with: "Well, Mam, if I get shot or run over on my way home, I'll make sure to go to the hospital, otherwise I think Im good." she muttered something to her companion about "hippies that put their children at risk blah blah blah" and I paid my bill and smiled at her as and the kids and I left. It felt good that I had kept it together ;and rather than her getting my goat, I was the one who got her!
Signs/symptoms of "anything": woke up this morning and laid in bed for about an hr feeling ctx 6-7mins apart. I just looked at my belly and said "ok, if youre ready; bring it, otherwise Im ignoring you". Got up, went pee, tons of stringy mucus, which I have also chosen to ignore. As of right now, full stop, nothing doing, which is what I expected.
What to do while not having a baby: Allowance day for the kiddos. My girls (10 and 4) want to take a walk downstreeet to Family Dollar to buy new bathing suits, and it's looking beautiful out ,so think that's a plan and I may just take all 6 of the kids and get us an ice cream. I think things are looking pretty quiet for the weekend, which is fine by me. Im keeping an open mind about any "home intereventions" until I am halfway thru week 42 (I am *not* going to go that long,,,, please???) and then I will probably give in and go for the castor oil although it didnt work with #3, or maybe the cohosh tinctures. If I make it to my next OB appt on Weds. I'll request a membrane sweep. Ive asked DH to do one for me and told him I'd walk him through it, but he was too nervous. Guess I'll just keep using him for "deposits". LOL
Luck and Love everyone still on Pregnancy Island!