Over due update

Pun intended 🙂

Friday marked our due date. Officially 40 weeks. Here’s some update:

1. I made it my goal that if I made it to my due date, because it fell on a Friday, that I would make it to morning practice. I’ve done plenty of swimming but sleep is hard to come by so I usually go and swim on my own a little later in the morning (aka not at 5:30!). So Friday I went and swam 6:30 to 7:30 to overlap with the team and it was so fun. Unbeknownst to me one of my teammates took a video of me swimming. She thought it was awesome I can still do flip turns although they look more like donuts now! Here’s a YouTube link.

1. Weight and tummy measurements have plateaued. Typically Dr. likes my tummy to measure as many centimeters as weeks along. However, towards the end as baby move lower and lower into my pelvis  my tummy doesn’t  expand out as much. This last appointment I measured 37 cm which is totally normal.  Although baby will still pack on ounces (and pounds) I have slowed. The last four weeks or so I’ve stayed almost exactly the same and lost a pound or two from one appt. to another. Also totally normal…..I may stay under 160 lbs 🙂

2. I’m dilated 1 cm and about 50% effaced. This is good news because my body is making progress. Doctors won’t let women go beyond 42 weeks though so now the time is ticking. We have the option to be induced at any point now but we’ll continue on as a lot can change in the next 10 days.

Our next appointment at 41 weeks involves a non-stress test and a ultra sound. They monitor baby’s heartbeat for 20 minutes and also use the ultra sound to check for fluid levels. If we surpass 41 weeks we will have to schedule an induction which would involve Pitocin to start contractions and they would also break my water. This is our last choice as we’d really like baby to initiate labor. Doctor said I’m a good candidate for induction and the chances of ending in a C-section is low because I have made some progress on my own. The idea of having to be induced definitely brings on anxiety for me so we’ll take all the thoughts and prayers to help baby come on his or her own.

3. It was very surreal hitting our due date.  Although it was fun when a few people asked when I was due and I could say “today”, I’m glad the day is over. I think “due week” would be much nicer than “due date”. It wouldn’t put so much emphasis on one day!

4. Anthony took a few days off last week so we have thoroughly enjoyed spending time together. We watched movies, cooked, went out to dinner, shopped, played with the dog, slept in and although would rather have baby here, have really enjoyed spending time together!

5. I’m still baking…spiced pumpkin bread just came out of the oven #nesting

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On our way to 40 weeks….

Our 39 week appointment started out with our doctor saying, ‘Well don’t get discouraged if you see your due date or a few days past it.” Well we weren’t exactly holding our breath but I guess we needed to hear it. There’s been some minor progress in terms of dilation and effacement so Dr. said that it looks like those contractions I’ve been having have been doing their job.

Everything else was fine as usual so on to our 40 wk. appointment this Friday (which is our due date!) unless baby decides to make his or her grand entrance. So to pass the time I baked another loaf of banana bread, this time with a super ripe banana and cinnamon apple sauce. I also had some great workouts including a two mile swim and a few walks over 3 miles. Work and grad school keep me busy too so there’s not too much down time.

Saturday our friends Roger and Holly came over with their new baby Roger (3 weeks) and 2 year old Taylor. The dads watched football and Holly and I walked to the nature park with the two kiddos. Anthony did get a diaper tutorial too which was cute!

Oh and I can’t forget my Saturday night crafts 🙂 Nothing too involved but I painted a paper mache pumpkin and strung up some cute acorn bells.

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We also put out some mums and a pumpkin on our front porch!

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So we’re just staying busy around here. I’m trying to stay a few days ahead in school work and thankfully my groups are very understanding that I will be unavailable for a few days. I’ve also compiled my list of work “go to’s” for while I’m out.

This week we’re treating ourselves to a good house cleaning. Maybe a scrubbed house from top to bottom with encourage baby to come! I found a highly rated cleaning service and they’ll come tomorrow morning to give us a good fall cleaning.