This morning I went in for what may be my last regular OB visit before BebeDeux arrives. Once again the exam went perfectly fine and the doctor tells me that there is no need for any worries.
I declined an internal exam because heck, I was only 1cm dilated 12 hours before I went into full-on labor with Claire, and while the doctor offered to strip my membranes if I were wildly uncomfortable, I refused because when I had my membranes stripped with Claire I went into labor within 48 hours…and I still want BebeDeux to stay in there for another week! (Exactly one more week would give us the 11/1/11 birthday I’ve been hoping for!)
Now that I am in the home stretch, my weight gain seems to have leveled off, and I have even lost a couple of pounds between last week and today (which is perfectly normal). Comparing my belly pictures from 36 weeks and today, there doesn’t seem to be too much of a difference:
I still remain VERY uncomfortable. As you can tell from the picture, BebeDeux has certainly “dropped” and has her head firmly planted right above my nether regions. This, unfortunately, adds another two symptoms to my already-mile-long “ohmigawd this pregnancy is going to KILL me” list:
- Severe tailbone pain (because she is pressed RIGHT UP against my tailbone). Now, even sitting is uncomfortable. I want to lie in bed all day.
- BebeDeux’s hiccups now hurt like heck. And she gets them at least thrice a day.
I can wait it out one more week. I will wait it out at least another week.
The good news is that I have finally made the preparations for BebeDeux’s arrival. I got all of Claire’s old clothes out of storage, washed them, and organized them in drawers. (I can’t believe how SMALL she used to be — she was too small even for premie-sized clothes, and they look like they can only fit dolls!) We purchased items such as newborn-sized diapers and nursing pads. We’ve packed a hospital bag, and I’ve even started sleeping with puppy training pads under me just in case my water breaks in the middle of the night.
I still can’t believe there’s a full-sized baby inside of me right now! (image source)
As was the case with Claire, I am not too worried about labor & delivery. I do not have a birth plan, and I trust the doctors and nurses to do what is the best for me and the baby. I was not too scared about pain the first time around, and this time I am even more relaxed — after all, I’ve been through it before, and even the doctors tell me that the pain I experienced from my appendicitis was worse than labor pain.
And if I end up having to get a c-section? No big deal. I’ll get through it.
Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers in this final phase of the pregnancy!
In Claire news…
She said her third word! Her first was “umma” (the Korean word for mommy), her second was “baba” (the Chinese word for daddy), and her third was…
Can you guess?
As in, shaking her head while proclaiming her refusal “No!”
We’re in for one heck of a ride.
She just said her fourth word hours after I published this post! Her fourth word was “Bye,” which she said while waving to her dad as he left to walk Comang. 😀
Aw, I’m so excited for you – I can’t believe it’s almost time! 🙂
Hold her in!!! Hahaha. That might be the #2 most annoying thing people tell pregnant women. Second only to “Haven’t you had that baby yet?” Uh, no, jerkface. We don’t exactly communicate via umbilical cord! You’re looking great too. I can’t believe how your bump stayed the same. I remember mine finally blowing up between 36 and 39 weeks. I cannot get over how incredibly different one pregnancy is from the next. Hoping you get the birthday you’re wishing for, and have an easy and safe delivery! Can’t wait to see that cutie pie! (well, actually I can wait 7 more days 😉
You’re so close, how exciting!
Baha! love Claire’s third word. I have a suspicion her teenage years may sound similar. “Moooooom, Daaaaaaad, NOOOO!”
Her left hand says “stay back! no touch phone!”
Can’t believe it’s almost that time, already!!
Oh my…your kiddo got NO into her vocab…yipes!!!
Prayers coming right up! So close! : )
Hi, I’m just delurking to thank you for your interactive baby book recommendations that you posted a while back. My one year old woke up screaming to the point of vomiting last night and the only thing that would calm her down was looking at the rainbow book we got her for her birthday!
My daughter’s vocabulary currently consists of mama, papa, brrm brrm (motorbike) and pal (indonesian for airplane = kapal) – she’s going to be a tomboy!
I’m really excited for hearing about the arrival of Bebedeux 🙂 I’m also pregnant again (I started reading your blog when I was pregnant with my first as you were around the same stage as me) though I have a few months to go, hopefully 🙂
hooray for the last week–sending you lots of good thoughts!
You look so wonderful! I hope I look like that at 39 weeks! You are so close, and I’m wishing you all the best. Here’s to a 11-1-11 baby!! And yay for Claire with her many languages.
That’s so funny about Claire’s third word. How exciting! You’re so close, and I hope you have your little girl on 11.1.11 like you want!!
You’re looking good – definitely have dropped!