Thursday, September 12, 2013

37 weeks...wait, WHAT?!?

I swear, SWEAR I'm going to have this baby at any moment! The baby hasn't dropped yet, so I actually feel pretty good. I'm not trying to rush this baby in any way, but I feel like I'm a ticking time bomb. I constantly wonder if and when my water will break. Like the toy where you put the water balloon inside and pass it around...then POP! You never know when it will burst. With Audrey it was one huge gush (thankfully I was already in my hospital bed!) With Abigail it was a slow and steady trickle. With both girls it happened late at night (between 10-11.) I wonder if it will break at all?! I put a trash bag and towel in the van, just in case it happens when I'm out and about. Doesn't hurt to be ready!

My Tuesday appointment went very well, very uneventful. The baby's mouth was moving like crazy during the ultrasound. I'm 1 cm dilated (still) and there's a possibility he could strip my membranes NEXT WEEK. I had it done twice with Audrey. The first time it didn't work. The second time, she was born within 24 hours. I'm not sure how I feel about stripping next week. I am being induced in two weeks. TWO WEEKS!!! Depending on how far dilated I am, we'll see about stripping on Tuesday, then possibly again on Friday. Ugh. It was torture with Audrey and I swore I'd never do it again. So I'm completely on the fence :( I have no signs of labor at all, just the occasional contraction (Braxton Hicks?)

It's been really wonderful to enjoy the last few weeks of pregnancy. I'm not sleeping too well (sore ribs, waking up around 3-4 am and staying awake.) But it's been a fantastic, non-stressful time because I don't have to rush off to work and be away from home 12 hours a day. We all made our guesses for the baby's arrival date: Chris is first with 9/13 (really!? Smart ass!) Abigail picked 9/19, I picked 9/22, and Audrey guessed 9/24. I love this part- we're in total anticipation mode over here!

The nursery is done- we just need to add newborn pics to some of the empty frames!

I'm getting so, so excited!! And I'm so loving these final days :) Look at these sweet girls helping out with the laundry:

Abigail doesn't quite get what's going on. She knows that there's a baby in my belly and I keep telling her that it will be coming out soon. She coos and does baby talk to my belly, it's so funny. Audrey is SUPER excited. She tells everyone that the baby is a "mystery." I can't wait to see how they both interact with their brother or sister. Any day now!!