In less than 12 hours I will be admitted to the hospital to be induced. These last 12 hours will be the last time I will not be a mom (of a human). I am currently 42 weeks pregnant…hard to believe that’s over 10 months of a little creature growing inside me. To date I have gained way too much weight (40lbs) and have swollen in places I didn’t know swelled. I currently sleep with 7 pillows and am up every 2-3 hours either out of discomfort or from pressure of an unborn child on my bladder. In the last few weeks I have finally picked up a ridiculous cravings for sweets, anything sugary- jelly beans, jello, kool-aid. I continue to walk 30-45 minute (or longer if we go out in the woods) at least 4 times per week. Contractions have been happening steadily for the past 3 weeks, with little impact on the labor process. My thermostat is about 5 degrees higher than normal. While it’s been helpful on the heating bill, our water bill might see an increase. I have taken a liking to hot showers and baths at least 2 times per day. It helps relieve the discomfort…and sometimes an attempt to relax at 4 AM so I can get just a few hours of sleep. I officially started my maternity leave from work on Wednesday and have the next 6-9 weeks (going back part-time after 6 weeks, full-time after 9 weeks) to enjoy every waking (and sleeping) moment with our new child. I am grateful to have had the last 3 days off get my little nest ready….I don’t know if our house has been this clean since we moved in! Diesel has learned the words of gentle and has acquired a sense of smell toward diapers and baby powder. He often senses my discomfort and will come sit next to me while I try to relax when the contractions are bad. Petting him does help get my mind of the discomfort, but unfortunately they don’t allow dogs in the birthing room!
Being 2 weeks overdue has also affected my social life. I am so sick of people asking questions that I have avoided public venues for the last few days in hopes to avoid the frustration. While I completely understand people’s concern the pregnancy is really wearing on me. We have been ready for over a month, but tomorrow the long-awaited anticipation finally comes to end when we get to meet our little one. There’s nothing comparable to the excitement I am feeling right now!
See you on the flip side 🙂