Baby Update #10: 40 Weeks – Happy Due Date!

Guess what today is?? It’s my due date!! The big 4-0 (weeks) is here… and I’m still pregnant.

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Yeah, I’m not surprised about this. There tends to be a pattern when it comes to labor/delivery and unfortunately, I am on the 40w+ side of things. I guess my uterus is just super comfy. Or something. I’m actually more surprised at how fast these past weeks and months have just flown by. Is it REALLY May 8th??

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This is actually the last comparison photo I can do with all 3 babies… B was born 2 days before his due date (I opted for an induction – mainly because I didn’t know any better). L was born 8 days past my due date (although, due dates are a tricky thing, I personally felt I was only 4 days past my due date with L, my Dr. office didn’t necessarily agree).

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B was a full pound smaller than L… so what does this mean for this kid??

I had my 40 week appointment yesterday and there’s still nothing going on. Which I find REALLY bizarre! I was somewhat dilated and effaced with both kids for a few weeks before going into my inductions. You’d think being my 3rd baby that my cervix would be ready to party — but apparently, it just wants to be stubborn. Let’s get crackin’ Mr. Cervix.

BUT, the good news is this will be my LAST pregnancy update! I decided to go ahead and schedule my induction for next week. I’ll be going in Tuesday night and starting Pitocin on Wednesday morning.

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I can’t wait to be “ripened” — like an avocado??

I probably could have pushed my Dr. to let me go longer, but for whatever reason this just feels right. It feels like a huge weight off my shoulders and 90lbs lighter to have a date and a plan (especially when you have two other kids to worry about!). The Dr. delivering isn’t MY Dr., but it’s one of the other ones in the practice that I really like and that helps. Plus, I still have a week to go into labor on my own. I have a chiropractor appointment today and I’m currently trying to schedule an acupressure/acupuncture appointment with the massage therapist sometime between now and next Monday.

The most exciting part is that in less than one week — I AM GOING TO HAVE A BABY!

How I’m feeling…

Really great, actually! At least today. Yesterday, I had contractions for about 5-6 hours. They finally fizzled out before bed. At one point they were 4-5 minutes apart. I knew they weren’t “it” because they weren’t taking my breath away and I could talk through them, but they were more painful than my typical Braxton Hicks contractions. Who knows what was going on. At least they didn’t keep me up all night. In fact, I got another pretty good night of sleep last night. Maybe my idea of “good sleep” is skewed? Whatever the reason, I’ll take it!

I think my good mood is also due to having a few things tentatively planned for this weekend — including dinner with this girl, seeing The Great Gatsby, dressing L up for dance pictures (I can’t wait to see how cute her class is going to look!), and hey there — it’s Mother’s Day! Like I said yesterday – staying busy is the best thing I can do.

And now for the sappy, hormonal part… I just wanted to say a huge thank you to everyone who has stuck with me and followed along with my pregnancy! I’m not the first woman in the world to have a baby — or even document it, but appreciate the input, the cheers, and the support these past 40 weeks.

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From weeks 12 to 40… my how I have grown!

I have loved sharing my pregnancy — the good AND the bad and I hope you continue to follow along as I try to figure out how to balance life with THREE kids (yikes!). Hopefully with lots and lots of running!