Tummywatch Tuesday: 38 Weeks

Today at the dentist’s office, the hygienist asked when I was due. “The 29th,” I told her. “Of this month?” she asked.

Look at me, you guys. How sweet is she? I’m sure you’re not surprised to hear she regularly slips me extra floss.

Very happy to have made it this far. That crazy hour or two of contractions last Wednesday got me thinking that I’d go into labor much earlier than I’d like. They made me feel delicate, a state to which I am unaccustomed, pregnant or no. It was suddenly apparent that I need to rest and relax and maybe not carry my toddler, plus his diaper bag, plus a couple of shopping bags, across whole parking lots like a pack mule. A really pregnant pack mule.

So I let the pendulum swing in the opposite direction on Thursday and became Officially Serious About Taking It Easy. I cut out my morning walk. I picked Roy up as little as possible. Rested on the couch. Drank more water. Thursday proved uneventful, so I continued in this manner.

Then Friday, as I was getting ready for dinner with a bunch of girlfriends, the contractions came back. They were up high on my belly, just as they were on Wednesday, not low in the period-cramp region, where I remember my true contractions happening two years back. So I did not panic. I did, admittedly, feel a little sorry for myself for having to miss my big night out. I drowned my sorrows in a can or two of sparkling water, which I sipped on the couch while watching bad Friday night TV. Why is Friday prime time programming so godawful? Do not homebodies, antisocials and those who’ve fallen ill or pregnant deserve viable viewing options?

Anyway. The contractions stopped later that evening. I haven’t had once since. Knock wood.

What else was I going to report? Had a whirlwind organizing/nesting weekend, which only made me realize how much further behind I am this time than I was last. Two weeks out from baby #1, the nursery was ready, my bags were packed, the house was spotless, the back-up route to the hospital was mapped out. This time, the nursery is not even close to ready, the house is full of half-finished baby-related projects, and I’ve pulled my suitcase out, but not yet gotten around to packing it. Oh, what a difference one child makes.

Little girl is the size of a bunch of celery, according to Parents.com’s week-by-week babytracker. She seems to have cut out some of her daily tai chi sessions, for which I’m appreciative. Her activity level last week was so high it was a little unsettling (as well as distracting). Maybe she was thirsty? At my appointment today, everything checked out well. The doctor said that her head felt lower, and I am dilated a little bit more, to an “almost one.” But there’s been no thinning of the cervix. Which means I’ve probably still got some time. Though Doc did make a point of saying, “No guarantees.” Noted.

My money says I’ll be around at week 39 to improve upon that tired-looking pregnant photo up top there.

We’ll see what Baby Girl has in mind.

Celery bunch image credit: iStockphoto

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  1. by Tara

    On January 18, 2012 at 5:18 am

    Good luck and I hope your delivery goes smoothly! Love reading your blog and can’t wait to hear of your daughter’s safe arrival.

  2. by Berit Thorkelson

    On January 18, 2012 at 8:36 am

    Thanks, Tara! All appreciated.

  3. by Darcie

    On January 18, 2012 at 10:31 am

    Thanks for writing. I always enjoy reading your blog. All you need is somewhere for you guys to sleep in the begining. Here is to 40 full weeks! Good luck!

  4. by Berit Thorkelson

    On January 18, 2012 at 11:36 am

    Right, Darcie? And we have that. No worries. And thanks!

  5. by Jill Cordes

    On January 18, 2012 at 11:13 pm

    Berit– I am in the same boat. In fact, I am leaving my nursery slightly disorganized to give my in-laws something to do while I’m in the hospital! The only thing I’ve packed are my earplugs…because I bought a pack of 20 to deal with our current sleepless nights. And at my appot today they said his head was really low as well. Fia never dropped, so it explains why I feel so much weirdness down lower. Ack. Who will go first? I don’t know now… I did get my haircut today so I feel like if he did come, I’d be okay on the modesty scale. ha!

  6. by Jill Cordes

    On January 18, 2012 at 11:15 pm

    p.s. When I took Fia to the pediatrician yesterday we had a different doc see her (for the ear infection that wasn’t). Anyway, he walks in and says, “wow, are you having twins?” Another friend said it looked fake! My belly. And I agree.

    I think you need to post a pic though without a black shirt. It’s harder to see the outline of your belly. Want to see more!!! We should have a contest on our stomachs!

  7. by Berit Thorkelson

    On January 19, 2012 at 9:13 am

    you’re right — harder to see on the black. Maybe I’ll be able to sneak in a photo session this weekend. We could do a Monday tummy post-off.