Bubba Watch 2013 continues. I’m 39 weeks today. I was absolutely positive he would come early and so it feels like his arrival is taking forever! But in reality, he still has a full week left to cook. I’ve crossed over the line and am now ready for him to come. I will miss the awesome parts of pregnancy, but I’m starting to get uncomfortable. My biggest complaint is this pulled ligament thing in my belly. I thought initially that it was a foot or something poking me, but it’s not. Whenever I stand for any length of time, it kills and I need to sit. It resolves when I sit but it really limits my activity. I can barely make it through preparing dinner or going grocery shopping without a rest. It sucks because I feel like I should be walking and doing more, but I can’t. That’s really my biggest problem/discomfort, so it’s really not that bad.
My body is definitely starting to get ready for birth though. At my doctor’s appointment on Thursday, my cervix was soft but not dilated at all… so no stretch and sweep for me.. which was kind of okay because it sounds unpleasant. She also noted that baby was nice and low because she could feel his head… which, quite frankly, weirded me out. I know he’s low because I can feel him borrowing down in my pelvis, but to think that she could feel his head? Weird! I’ve been having Braxton Hicks contractions like crazy for awhile now, my lower back is starting to hurt and today, big news, a glob of snot looking substance exited my vagina. Reminded me of the good ol’ TTC days of snot-like cervical mucous. Hopefully that was the beginning of my mucous plug.
I’m excited and surprisingly, not that nervous. I’m curious to know what the pain will be like and how I will manage it. I don’t have a “birth plan” other than GET HIM OUT ALIVE. I would like to not have a c-section and I would like to give it a go without drugs. But what the hell do I know? Obviously, if a c-section is needed because there is some sort of problem or his giant shoulders get stuck, then they will do what they need to do. But what if I end up getting induced? I’m likely going to need some drugs. Or I might just need some drugs anyways. I have no vision of how this is supposed to go, which is probably a good thing. My only anxiety is getting to the hospital… which really involves knowing when labour has started in earnest. From what I’ve read, I will “just know”… so I’m hoping that is true. It’s an hour drive to the hospital sans inclimate weather and traffic. I also don’t want my baby born on the side of Highway 6.
So that’s where I’m at: 39 weeks, grateful, excited, uncomfortable and ready to meet my son.