getting ready to get ready

If you follow me on Twitter or read yesterday’s blog post, you know that the past few days involved a lot of UM, AM I IN LABOR?-type panic around our house. The good news is: not in labor. The bad news: after 2 days of time-able but never-closer-than-10-minutes-apart contractions, a doctor’s exam this morning confirmed that nothing is happening from those contractions. Cervix = closed. (HELLO TMI!)

But really, this is good news. I’m not quite 36 weeks pregnant. Too early for this baby to arrive! And as much as I would love to not be pregnant anymore because I am so very over the large belly that doesn’t fit any of shirts anymore and my sore hips and heartburn and oh how I would love to sleep on my side again (no amount of pillows makes it comfortable for me), Baby Girl’s health is more important. And as excited as I’m getting to see her face and introduce her to her big sister, she needs to cook just a little bit longer.

Things today are mostly quiet in my uterus- just a handful of Braxton Hicks this afternoon. Oh- and of course the bladder punches and baby-shaped lump on the right side of my belly (she is laying completely lop-sided, it’s almost comical). Her heartbeat was strong this morning at the doctor and she seems content to hang out in there for a little longer. And I’ll just have to keep waddling my way through life the next few weeks. While Dan laughs at me. (He’s mean.)

But! That doesn’t mean I won’t be packing a hospital bag this weekend. JUST IN CASE.


  1. C @ Kid Things

    August 27, 2010 9:13 pm

    I never had BH with my first 2, but during my last pregnancy, they were pretty much nonstop for the last few months. They were even so intense, and close enough to get my hopes up on a number of occasions, that at one point around my 39th week I told my husband forget it, I know these aren’t the real deal but we’re going to the hospital. Maybe they’d take pity on me and admit me anyway. We made it there, the BH showed up on the monitor like real, strong contractions every 5 minutes or so, but they weren’t changing anything so I was sent home frustrated. The next night, my water broke.

    Moral of the story, Braxton-Hicks suck. Hang in there.

    • Jen

      August 27, 2010 9:23 pm

      Man you aren’t kidding. I had some with Maggie, but never consistent to where I could PREDICT that one was coming! I sat on the couch for 2 hours early Thursday morning (like, 4am early!) and was able to guess when one would be coming. Every 10 minutes for hours. Thought for sure it was something! But, no.

      She’s like the baby who cried wolf ;)

  2. Laura

    August 27, 2010 9:24 pm

    I never had ANY contractions before I went into labor, BH or otherwise. At the time I thought it was awful because I thought my body wasn’t preparing (and when you hit 40 weeks, you go completely mental as a pregnant lady). But for a 2nd pregnancy I would LOVE to not have any again. Glad you’re hanging in there!

  3. Korinna

    August 27, 2010 11:54 pm

    I’m glad the little lady is going to stay inside–at least for a few more weeks.

    I remember when I was finally able to sleep on my stomach after having Ezra….AHHHHHHH….it was like sleeping in heaven. Of course, I was then up two hours later, but still…

  4. Nilsa @ SoMi Speaks

    August 30, 2010 3:56 pm

    Oh, so these are the symptoms I can look forward to later this year? Awesome. hahahah.

    Glad to hear baby girl is willing to wait around a little longer. In no time, you’ll be so distracted by her that you’ll forget about all these minor discomforts!

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