the last update?!
who knows, at this point — i may end up writing up a real last hurrah at 41. but just maybe this will be it! i’m happy to have created a little collection of every-other-week posts — i know it will be fun for me to look back on someday [full listing here].
so again, i apologize if you’re sick of this preggo-vortex. not to worry, it will become a baby vortex soon enough! [and i promise i’ll at least try to keep it interesting.]
in fact, i can now state with confidence that there WILL be an end to this seemingly endless quest for a baby. i really hope i won’t end up needing it, but there is now an induction date on my calendar for a little over 41 weeks.
if i labor for 28 hours or more, our little one will be born on friday the 13th — eek.
[and if i labor for 28 hours or more, it won’t be very much fun.]
so hopefully she will choose to emerge before the pitocin-eviction — everyone will be happy!
here i am
in all of my 40 week glory:
as i’ve mentioned previously, my TOMS platforms are my personal pregnancy heroes. hooray for heels at the end!
i’m still feeling pretty good, although i’ve had some more tired/off days recently. there are no clear signs of labor, but i have had a few more contractions than usual lately [i still don’t think they’re ‘real’ though — they don’t hurt enough!]. every once in a while i’ll get one that does hurt — and i’ve never been so happy to feel pain!
physically, life is still fairly good. i’m still running* — i had a great 3.6 miles on sunday, and i’m planning to go this AM. i do have some insomnia and some intermittent hip pain, but it’s nothing miserable. mentally, i’m SO ready to get the show on the road and finally meet our BABY! josh is too, which i appreciate. it would totally be like him to be all practical and level-headed and not in any rush about it, but i think he wants me to go into labor as badly as i want to be in it. he perks up every time i say i’m contracting: “is that a real one!?!?” and it’s very cute and encouraging.
* albeit at 5.3 miles per hour with walk breaks!!
the [last?] stats
weight gain: somehow i ended up down a lb from last week, bringing my weight gain total to 19 lbs. i find this mind-boggling as i’ve been eating my way through haagen dazs containers at a record rate [in addition to 3 meals + 2 snacks/day]. as you can see above i have exactly NO swelling, which i think is what often adds weight in the end for others. hopefully our baby has just gotten all she needs from me, and i’m not going to stress too much. [i am, however, going to continue the ice cream routine. it is pretty enjoyable and definitely can’t hurt!]
fetal heart rate: nice and reactive. she pushed up against the probe and had a nice acceleration, which pleased the OB. i’m glad that she’s happy in there . . . but hopefully not happy enough to stay another whole week.
cervix: 1-2 cm, still 50% effaced. and apparently the baby’s head position is not very far down [the OB sounded a little discouraged about this]. i had my membranes stripped, but i’m not sure it did anything. this did hurt a bit, but not terribly.
next visit: in 1 week [monday] — i will be a week overdue if i make it to that point, so they’ll plan on doing some fetal monitoring via a nonstress test.
THE END: could come at any time, but i’m happy to have the outer limit of the induction scheduled 4/11!
still on the to-do list
nothing essential! the car seat has been in for weeks. breast pump is ready. room is functional [though i am going to have family help with some shelving after the baby arrives]. hospital bag is packed. basically, all we need is some LABOR!
i’m finishing up a poster for work [if i don’t do it now, i’ll be doing it on my leave . . .] but otherwise things are pretty wrapped in that realm, too.
i’m sure i’ll eat my words in a few weeks, but it’s meals like this that give me hope that i’ll be able to cook even when our baby girl is in the picture:
sautéed chicken breasts with creamy chive sauce
i think this took 20 minutes tops, and turned out really well! for me, getting decent food on the table has always been all about the ability to plan ahead, and since i’ll be sending josh to the store i don’t think it will be unmanageable to keep the fridge relatively stocked. [you all have my permission to laugh at me if we end up eating takeout and frozen pizza 6 nights a week in a month.]
You look awesome! Glad you have an induction date although will be crossing my fingers that you don’t have to wait this long! Hang in there.
I’d probably fall over wearing those shoes and I’m not pregnant!
Sarah, you look amazing!!! I am so impressed by you and how you are still running, cooking…doing everything… at this point in your pregnancy! Here’s to hoping that your little girl decides to make her arrival sooner than later but either way- she will be here soon! Yay!
Just wanted to say that you look wonderful in your 40 week glory!
[And I hope that when I get to the point of starting a family that I’ll also be able to stay as active as you have been — it’s encouraging to see that you’ve been able to maintain your run/walks throughout the pregnancy!]
Yeah 40 weeks! You look amazing — and you can still wear your wedges! I hope you won’t have to wait until the 11th, but if you do, I’m glad you are still feeling so good and can be so active. Rest up these last few days! You’re almost at the finish line …
You seriously look unbelievable, Sarah!!! You give all future pregnant women hope to get there in style and with a smile. Best of luck. Thinking of you!
You look just amazing. I’m an inch shorter than you and lets just say, it was not pretty. Sending really good thoughts your way for a speedy and safe delivery!
Thinking of you, Sarah, as you embark on the next chapter of your exciting adventure. Good luck!!! 🙂
my dear – you look positively AMAZING!!! Thinking of you at this special and exciting time xx
You look great and I love those shoes. So cute. I figured I might as well comment as I keep checking back here to see if you’re headed to the hospital! Not sure if I’ve commented on your blog before, but I wanted to say that I love how ‘real’ you are, it’s why I really enjoy your blog. I’m also super impressed by your running! Sometime in the (very) far away future when I’m pregnant, I hope I can stay as active as you have. So excited to hear about your baby when she comes-keeping my fingers crossed that you get to meet her soon!
You look beautiful! I am so excited for you! You’ll be a wonderful mom. It’s been great to follow your journey.
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who knows, now – I may wind up reviewing a genuine last hurrah at 41. be that as it may, quite possibly this will be it! i’m upbeat to have made a little accumulation of each other-week posts – I know it will be a good time for me to think back on sometime [full posting here].
so once more, I apologize in case you’re tired of this preggo-vortex. not to stress, it will end up being an infant vortex soon enough! [and I guarantee i’ll at any rate attempt to keep it interesting.]
truth be told, I would now be able to state with certainty that there WILL be a conclusion to this apparently interminable mission for a child. I truly trust I won’t wind up requiring it, yet there is presently an acceptance date on my logbook for barely 41 weeks.
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Look at you still rocking those wedges at 40 weeks! and running! I’m 5’2" and can only hope I look and feel as great as you when we have kids. Also, I love the recipes you’ve linked to from Eating Well…thinking about subscribing.
Eeee! I am so excited!
My first was born at 41 weeks, and while I hope you don’t have to wait another week, I am sure you’ll have a wonderful experience either way.
I am sure you are glad the end is in sight. I "wore" my babies when they were little and was able to get pretty much anything done. Hopefully this will work for you as well. Here’s hoping for a smooth labor, just as you finish your poster (that way you won’t have to work on it after the baby is born). Looking forward to seeing pictures. BTW I have to say thanks for inspiring my cooking. The pictures you posted all look so tasty so I started trying a few of your recipes and have been thrilled with the results. I use a lot more fresh veggies and eat more meatless meals. My family is enjoying it as well.