40 Weeks + 4 Days Pregnant with Middle

The following paragraph showed up in my email this morning.  I quite appreciated it.

It seems like your baby has opted for a late checkout, quite a popular option judging by the numbers. Fewer than five percent of babies are born on their actual due dates — and around 50 percent decide to overstay their welcome in Hotel Uterus, thriving well into the tenth month. Remember, too, that most of the time an overdue baby isn’t overdue at all — it’s just that the due date was off.

Even though I know that there is absolutely nothing wrong with seeing your due date come and go, it can be a heck of a mind game.  I’ve found myself thinking in circles and then reminding and reassuring myself, “You were seven days ‘late’ delivering Poppyseed, and guess what?  She came out perfectly, and under 7lbs!  Stop fretting!  God’s been in the business of making babies for a long time, you’ve gotta have faith.”

Anyway, here are some random updates from this overdue prego.

  • Today Oatmeal drove Poppyseed to his parents’ house for yet another weekend.  That child absolutely loves to go to “Gommy’s house” and literally woke up asking when they could leave.  She barely gave me a kiss goodbye as she ran out the door to get into the car, and I’m told she barely looked up when Oatmeal left her there.  I tell ya, we have not raised a child who clings to her parents!
  • Once he returned, we went and saw a movie.  Oatmeal and I go to the movies together less than twice a year, but today there was an insane heat advisory in the area, and frankly, we have nothing to do but wait on this baby.  So we went and saw the movie “Lucy” with Scarlett Johannson and Morgan Freeman.  It was pretty good, and you can’t beat the matinee price of $4.25!
  • We spent the rest of the afternoon driving around College Station and pondering different investment ideas.  We often talk about purchasing a rental house, and today we even talked about downsizing from our own home so that we can afford to purchase some rental homes sooner rather than later.  It’s fun to make these plans with Oatmeal and imagine what our life could look like in 3, 5, or 10 years.
  • I definitely feel more uncomfortable today than I did yesterday.  So, one thing I haven’t mentioned on the blog is the really unpleasant feeling I’ve been having for several weeks.  Let’s just refer to it as “lightening crotch.”  (I told myself I would not even bring this up online since it’s totally personal, but it seems that every day I lose a little more modesty.)   So anyhoo, I started to notice lightening crotch a while back, and it is simply the feeling of being completely okay one minute and then experiencing a sudden and sharp pain in the cervical area.  It makes my whole body tense up and is usually enough to make me shout, “OUCH!”  This is something that never happened in my previous pregnancy but happens so frequently now!  (What is with the second pregnancy being so much more difficult than the first!?!)  Well, today it seemed like it happened a lot more often than ever before.  Of course I’ve already asked Toni (and some of my friends) about this, er, sensation.  Several of my friends have nodded their heads and said, “Yep, I know exactly what you’re referring to because that also happened to me.”  Toni said that it’s likely part of my cervix ripening and softening in preparation for labor.  Well folks, if that’s the case, my cervix should be just about ready to go!
  • Another TMI aspect that I will share with you today is that on Sunday I started to lose my mucus plug.  Well I’ve now been losing that bad boy for almost a week, and I’m here to tell you that I’m just about tired of maxi pads and all this bloody show business.  I’ve done my fair share of online reading, and it does seem like some women go into labor within hours of noticing this happen, while others note that it lasts for weeks before their labor kicks in.  I never lost it during my pregnancy with Poppyseed, so this is new for me.  With Poppyseed I simply started having contractions and then my water broke.  It was pretty quick and easy.  So all of this lightening crotch and bloody show stuff that has dragged on for weeks is just about to make me insane.
  • Finally, this evening while folding laundry I suddenly noticed a surge of pressure on my pelvis.  Literally it feels like I gained 5 pounds between my legs.  I looked at myself long and hard in the mirror (as I do several times a day) to see if I had just “dropped” but I could tell absolutely no difference.
  • That being said, due to the above personal symptoms that I just shared with you, my money is on this baby being born soon.  We will see what tomorrow brings!
  • I’ll leave you with this glorious picture of my huge belly.  There are two things that strike me about this picture.  First of all, I seriously cannot stretch any more.  This kid has got to come out.  And secondly, there is no way in hell I would have EVER allowed a picture of my bare belly to be photographed during my first pregnancy.  But hey, to quote a friend of mine, “It’s a belly, not a nipple.”  (You know who you are!)  😉
He swore he could hear a little baby boy's voice in there.

He swore he could hear a little baby boy’s voice in there.

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  1. Cute baby belly!!! I know exactly what you mean, about the lightening crotch — I had the exact same thing with my first pregnancy, except I called mine “fire crotch” 🙂 I haven’t had fire crotch this time around…I wonder if it was just how my daughter was positioned so it lit up all my nerves down there??? She was head down for a long time, I remember, and I had fire crotch off and on for like the last ten weeks. I’m 33 weeks and haven’t felt anything like that yet. No hiccups this time, either, and my daughter hiccuped ALL the time in utero! It’s weird how all pregnancies seem to be completely different.

  2. Thanks Heather. 🙂 I hope your last 7(ish) weeks are great and that you don’t have to deal with the glory that is fire crotch!

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