38 Weeks and Going

38 weeks today. Bean is officially due in two weeks, though she is a week “full term” now. Her head has dropped into position into my pelvic area, so really, it could be any day. Or a few weeks. Heh. Mother Nature has a good sense of humor.

My pelvic area is still on fire, but I think I’m getting more used to it now, as I’m whining less and sometimes I don’t even feel it as much as I used to. Sleeping is still a little hard, mostly because my legs go numb after a while and changing positions from side to side prove to be a little more difficult than normal — big tummy in the way, and the pelvic bone REALLY HURTS when I move.

My back is very, very sore. Mid to lower back. It aches a lot. Nothing I do relieves it. I think I might try a hot bath tonight, but the thought of getting a bath ready and all that makes me tired. Does that make any sense?

My hormones are out of control. I cry a lot and I obsess over weird little things, like getting the curtains up in Bean’s room. We’re almost there, and I have to learn to be patient with Dave. I think he does this on purpose — put things off just to teach me to be more patient. I think I was a lot more patient pre-pregnancy. Nesting is serious business. I can’t imagine being this way all my life. It’s just hard to obsess over little things 24/7. Sometimes I feel like I can’t relax. The house is normally spotless. The laundry is always done. The floors are always vacuumed. There are almost no dishes in the sink anymore. Everything’s organized and ready for Bean. Just the curtains. The curtains. THE CURTAINS!! It’s driving me insane. I dream about curtains. I dream about curtain rods. This nesting business is out of control.

I’ve packed for Bean’s visit at the hospital. I’ve packed (mostly, 90%) for myself for the hospital. Both bags are ready. Just little things that I will have to remember last minute, like the camera and the phone charger. I suppose Dave can always come back for them, since we’re 5 minutes from the hospital, so I’m not going to stress over it. I have to remember to put a book and some CDs in my bag, but really, I don’t imagine I will want to read while going through labor. And then afterwards, I don’t see myself wanting to read while crooning over a newborn baby. So maybe not the book, but maybe some relaxing CDs for when labor happens.

Have had a couple of false contractions. I’m guessing they’re Braxton Hicks, since they come and then they go, and they don’t get repeated. Bean’s movements are so aggressive now. I feel her from all ends of the uterus. She’s really stretching out. I’d feel crazy “popping” sensations when she kicks and uses her fists against me. I feel her head on my bladder. I feel her turning over. I feel her bum sticking out (as I type this too!). It feels like she never sleeps! I don’t know what she’s doing in there — probably building a bridge. Or if she’s anything like her father, probably having some crazy ideas on how to take over the world, or build some sort of recycling self-energized machine that would end world hunger or something. Whatever she’s doing in there, I am enjoying all the harsh kicks, even if sometimes they hurt like heck. And they make me go pee about once every 45 minutes. At least.

Must pee now.

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Be prepared to pee a lot once she is born too…. they make you drink A TON of water afterwards, and you are really thirsty. But at least your bladder can get more full, it’s nice to not have a head pushing on it :-)
Yeah, any day now. And no, you won’t need a book :-)

I can’t imagine how being thirsty will change.. I feel like I’m constantly thirsty. I wake up sometimes at 4am with this undying thirst, like if I don’t drink water RIGHT NOW I’ll dehydrate. So weird. :) The good thing is, my feet stopped swelling! I can finally see foot bones — ah, how I’ve missed them! Hehe. I’m almost there, Erin! Getting sooo excited. We don’t know what to do with ourselves right now. It’s like we’re just walking around like zombies, with star-gazed eyes waiting for labor. Hehe.

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