Wow, what a weekend!! On Friday, my little Nick-o-nator turned 1!!!!!!!! Okay, how did that happen?? How did my sweet little baby boy turn into a toddler before my very eyes?! I swear, I didn't even blink but the time has just zipped by me somehow. I guess I'll be saying that for the rest of my life as we watch our children grow. Anyway, it was perfect because DH took the day off on Friday, and we went to this amazing state park near us. Then on Saturday, we had his official birthday party with family. It was so much fun! He absolutely loved being the center of attention, it was just tooo cute. He was "performing" and doing all of the things that he knows we think are cute - clapping his hands, waving, raising his arms up, standing, etc. Everybody was just gushing over him, and of course, we got swamped with presents! It was just an amazing, amazing time. I am so glad that New Baby decided to stay in, because I really didn't want the fact that I am 9 months pregnant have an effect on Nick's special day, and it didn't. It was just perfect, and we did everything we would've done even if I wasn't pregnant. For his birthday party, we did a dinosaur theme, and we even had personalized pins and magnets made for everyone that said, "Nick's First Birthday!". And on his actual birthday, we went in to his room together in the morning with the video camera on, and taped us singing "Happy Birthday" to him. We plan on doing this every year for both of them, and then for their 18th birthdays, we'll compile all the years into one movie so they can see how they've grown. I am just so happy with all the memories we made.
In pregnancy news, that cervix check really started things up for me. I knew it was a possibility that I would lose my plug and/or have bloody show (ew, TMI, sorry!) but it was a surprise when all of that did happen! I also had really strong contractions, and my BH ones have picked back up again. I am not sure if I'll ask her to check me again next week at my 39 week appointment, or just wait it out. I'm thinking New Baby will stick it out to pretty close to her due date! Oh, and I think I forgot to mention - I am GBS negative!!! So no more worrying about IVs during labor. Yay!!!
Today was my 39-week appointment. I honestly did not think I would make it this far! Baby girl here scared us for a while at the middle of the pregnancy acting like she was going to be a preemie, but now that it's show time, she'd rather stay put I guess. Anyway, the appointment was awesome! It seems that I am now 2-3 cm dilated and 70% effaced!!! When I went into labor with Nick, I was 2 cm dilated and 80% effaced. I don't think I'll make it past the weekend, so we shall see. The midwife didn't seem to think I had much longer, either. I knew something was going on because my BH contractions have been very regular (every 20 minutes) for the past two days, and last night when DH, Nick and I went for a walk I had two contractions that I absolutely could not walk through. They were extremely painful in my back and radiated to my thighs, so I knew they were the real thing! But then they petered out when we got home. I am thinking maybe a weekend baby? I don't want to set myself up for disappointment though, so I am open to the idea of being pregnant another week!
Okay, I think I am officially part of the "I'm going to be pregnant forever" club. I mean, that's physically impossible right??? But seriously, this baby girl is never ever going to come out. I was IN LABOR on Monday, and then it STALLED. Do you know how aggravating and disappointing that is??!?!? Aarrrggghhhh!!!!!!! I am so sad. I really wanted to meet her, we were so happy! I had contractions every 9 minutes that woke me up at 4 AM. I came downstairs at 5 AM and started to time them, and they were at 7 minutes. All day they kept coming steadily at about 5 minutes and then all the sudden they just went away. Now they're back (I know they're more than BH contractions because they're in my back and upper thighs, and I'm losing plug, having frequent BMs, etc.) but rather irregular. So I'm guessing she's just taking her time coming out. I know she'll come when she's ready, but it was so disheartening to get all geared up for it and then have it just peter away into nothing!
I have my 40-week appointment on Thursday, so I am sure they'll do a check and maybe be a little aggressive to get things moving again. I am so physically exhausted too, all this contracting is burning up a lot of calories!
Today was my 40-week appointment with my midwife. It was actually a good one! She said I was at a stretchy 3, almost to a 3-4 cm dilated. She said the baby's head is very low, lower than last time and that I am "right there", just waiting for a button to be pushed and to go into labor. Apparently I am the last of the October moms in their practice, so they're all watching me closely. The second-to-last one just had her baby girl yesterday! I think girls like to stay in longer than boys. Anyway, she said that she definitely does not see me going another week. If I do make it to Monday, she wants to see me then and she'll do a membrane sweep on me (it only has a 50% chance of success). I have to go twice a week from now on, but she kept reiterating that she didn't think I was going to go till next Thursday. That makes me feel a LOT better. I am just going to relax and think positively that the baby WILL be here by next Thursday. And if she's not... well, I'll deal with that then.