Thursday, April 19, 2012

38w2d: Final 2WW

Well, this is it, folks! My final 2WW (hopefully). 

Yesterday's weekly OB visit was routine - dilated 1 cm, with some softening of the cervix. I think I should have picked an OB with smaller hands, however. I had to grip the side of the exam bed when he had is WHOLE HAND up there for the cervical check. Good grief!

Yes, I'm starting to have what I think are real contractions, but mostly in the evening and at night and not at all regular. Those practice contractions are really ratcheting up - intense is the word I'd use. Like menstrual, pain but from my sternum down to my cervix. I haven't slept well the last couple of nights... didn't get to sleep until 4 am and was woken by the phone at 10 am. I see a nap in my very near future.

I am slowly getting my list of things done before the baby comes: Taxes filed (getting an awesome refund, thank you failed IVF last January that wasn't covered by insurance), renewed drivers license at DMV before my birthday early May, hired a doula, waxed "down South" complete, and getting my hair cut today.Still putting together list of people for Mr. Jem to email with the happy news... picking 

Hospital bag is packed and "birth plan" is typed up (multiple copies in the bag). I'll share the list next post. I'm sure I have WAY too much stuff with me. We have a separate bag full of snacks and goodies (protein bars, nuts, dried fruit, pretzels, lemonade boxes, chocolate) for me and Mr. Jem.

Oh, and I'm officially HUGE. I will post a picture later today or tomorrow (post hair cut). It still blows my mind that I've made it this far. I can't wait to meet my little girl and to introduce you all to her, too. A-fucking-mazing.




Lulu said...

yay! it could be any day now! I'm so excited to hear all about your birth plan, read your birth story, and "meet" your little girl!

MyTwoLines said...

You are so close and sound as prepared as is possible! Enjoy the naps and the haircut :)

Sooz said...

Yay! You're so close to the finish line! Isn't it exciting and yet so, so stressful?

I definitely understand how you felt with the cervical check...They suck! It's like the doctor is digging for gold or something.

Keep us posted on how things are going!

Rebecca said...

Too exciting!! This is just incredible.

I had that same feeling after filing our taxes this year. It was mind boggling to look at how much we spent in medical expenses -- just the 5000 miles we drove back and forth to the clinic was insane!

Adele said...

Just swinging by to wish you all the best. I can't wait to read your first post-partum update. (And I'm of the opinion that you should do everything possible to make your stay there as comfortable as possible).

One Who Understands said...

Ah the final 2ww. Must feel amazing! Can't wait to meet little miss!

Single Mom BB said...

So excited for you!! The little one will be here soon!!

Mrs. Gamgee said...

My final tww starts next week. It's hard to believe, isn't it?

I'm still hemming and hawing about a birth plan for this time around... most of it will be for after our c/s (about bf-ing and my Beloved doing skin-to-skin with the Halfling, etc).

Can't wait to see/hear how everything goes!

Kristen {} said...

You sound like you're ready! So excited for you! Would love to see a picture.
And you're brave for waxing...I did that early in my pregnancy and it hurt so much more than it normally does...

Let There Be Sims said...

Lots of hugs to u! Getting soooooo excited and the snack bag is a great idea!