Yes, we are still pregnant!
The weirdest part of being 40 weeks pregnant is that you know you only have anywhere from a few days to two weeks left…but you have anywhere from A FEW DAYS TO TWO WEEKS LEFT!!
The deal is, today is the 15th. The traditional way of calculating it put us at a Sept. 14 due date which is why Babycenter and my countdown ticker on this blog both say I have zero days left! According to the midwives–and confirmed by our ultrasound at 20 weeks–I’m due the 17th. My boys were BOTH born at 40 weeks plus six days…that’s the 20th.
Of course it’s all a “guess date.” No one knows what a baby will do, they can come two weeks early to two weeks late!
I’ve had the 20th in my head this whole time. But the longer we go on, the more eager I am to meet her and the more I think, “Maybe she’ll surprise us and come sooner rather than later.”
We’ve even been praying she’d go ahead and come. We’re so ready!
The 20th isn’t THAT far off. Yet it also feels like an eternity. And what if she went past that??
I have nothing left to do. I caught up on laundry, cleaned out the fridge, got my dad’s birthday gift put together (his is the 18th, we’d love for her to choose that day!)…there’s nothing left to be done and I have ZERO plans. I’ve run around doing errands yesterday and today to help pass the time. All that’s left is….magazine reading?? Crafting?? Browsing Goodwill? I will resort to all of those if I have to!!
As far as how I’m feeling, I’m actually really cheerful, energized and relaxed over all! I’m beyond grateful for that, especially considering how miserable I was at the end with Ethan.
Sometimes Kate is very quiet (if I’m busy or sitting up–she’s probably sleeping and/or just out of room!) , other times she’s squirming so much, it’s painful OR I feel like I can’t breathe because she’s pressing on my diaphragm (or just so high in my lungs!). I haven’t really had any warm-up contractions or pressure down low–that’s partly why I can’t help but wonder how long she’ll stay in there! I have no signs of her impending arrival!!
Last night she was moving like CRAZY, and it was hard for me to sleep. I thought maybe we were warming up but, alas, nothing.
Because both boys’ labors started at about 4:00am with that first “real” contraction, I assume the same for Kate so every morning I wake up and think, “Well, it’s not today.”
Of course I could go into labor at any time of day.
I’m just convinced she’ll follow the same pattern they did, both in when and how she arrives.
Then I wonder if I remember what true contractions even feel like! Both times before, I “knew.” I have a feeling I’ll “know” this time, too.
I feel wonderful…I’m just so eager to meet her and have this pregnancy over with!!
Here’s me right at 40 weeks.
This was me with Ethan at just 39 weeks! WOW!
So truly, as hard as this waiting is (and for real, it’s like wondering if you’re pregnant, it’s a unique brand of torture!)…we’re so close now to meeting our baby girl!!
Hopefully the next update will be that Kate is HERE!