I think for many of us, the physical discomfort in the late stages conspires to make us ready to have the baby...As ready as we're going to be, anyway. Mentally, it is like preparing to go on an exotic vacation; you don't really believe any of it is going to happen until you're on the plane (if then). I really, really want to be done being pregnant but I KNOW part of me will look back and wonder what I was in such a hurry about - at least now, Anna eats whenever she is hungry and sleeps whenever and wherever...But I am also really eager to meet her - I am so surprised still that we are having a girl (I got myself prepared mentally for a third boy and no more kids), and I am sooo curious as to what she looks like and what kind of temperament she'll have, etc. Her closet is already full of dresses, I'll admit! I hope she isn't suffocated by all the frou-frou-ness I've been storing up inside myself and stifling for the sake of the boys!!!
Update at 39 weeks
It is raining babies around here (not just on pregnancy.org, but in my actual community), so my midwife asked if I'd mind another home visit on her rounds as she doesn't see herself being able to keep her clinic hours this week. Would I mind?! This is awesome! It is sooooo much more convenient when she comes to me. She brought her practicum student and ended up doing a quick internal (I felt absolutely nothing - am I so 'vast' down there from having babies that I can't feel the internals??) because they couldn't decide where the baby's head was through palpation alone. Turns out her head is so very low in my pelvis that they can't even feel it from the outside - great news!
(The MW was so smart; my kids were in the room, so she gave them each a blue rubber glove to play with from her stash and they were so busy trying to put them on that they never noticed me having my internal check!)
Heart rate: 130 bpm
Position: Head down, very low (MW said, "It's RIGHT there!")
Feeling: I have a cold with a strong cough that makes me pee my pants...But I'm less crampy than I was.
Blood pressure: 130 over 80
Measuring: 40 weeks
Internal check: Cervix still high, closed and posterior, but starting to efface
Next MW appt.: April 15 (AFTER my EDD; let's hope I get to cancel it!)
Last edited by MaxiMamma; 04-08-2008 at 02:52 PM.
Just watched The Business of Being Born and I'm exhausted but elated - I cried through the whole thing, of course, LOL! I really wanted to see it before having the baby, and it has certainly renewed my enthusiasm for a home birth (not that it had been waning, exactly, but DH and I both admitted we can't quite believe her birth is imminent - time for a wake up call!). Great movie.
Cool! We got the DVD from Netflix a week ago (or was it 2?) but haven't found time to watch it together. Need to get on that.
How are you feeling? Do you still have that cold? I hope it's petering out by now, you'll need your strength very soon!
Great news that baby is low and your body is starting to make preparations! Did you have any warning signs with the boys, and are you feeling that way again?
DH hasn't seen the movie yet either - if I waited for a time that we could watch it together, I don't think it would happen! Just as well, I felt much better bawling at the screen by myself!
My cold is almost gone, thank you. I don't feel the same this time at all, so I don't know what to expect. Last time I felt absolutely fine and had no twinges or anything leading up to Theo's arrival, so I knew he was coming with the first contraction. This time, I've had so many contractions and cramps and twinges and whatnot on and off that I've thought she might come any day for about the last 4 weeks - and I've been wrong every time, of course, but now I'm not sure when to call the midwife...I'm just relying on the gut instinct to kick in and tell me when it is real, and hoping that it happens at a time of day that isn't too exhausting (morning would be nice, preferably after a reasonable amount of sleep, but I know this is probably asking too much as baby won't care two pins about the clock!).
I watched The Business of Being Born a few weeks ago and really enjoyed it!
Name: Anna Marcella
Birth Date: April 14, 2008, 9:00 a.m.
Gestation: Exactly 40 weeks, arrived on her due date!
Duration of labour: 25 minutes
Weight: 8 lbs 4 oz
Length: 20.5 inches
Head circumference: 14 inches
Delivered by me in the bath tub; midwife arrived 5 minutes later!
We are both doing well...Still a bit stunned, but in great health!
OH MY GOSH!!!! I have chills! I got the email and came rushing to this thread to see if you were in labor. What a surprise!!!!!!
WTG! I can't wait to hear about this one, though with a 25min labor how long could the story be? But you caught her yourself, wow! I'm as stunned as you must be.
Another due date baby, wow, your body just knows how to do this!
She is absolutely gorgeous. Congratulations!