37 Week Belly Shot

Here I am at 37 weeks. I love this shirt, but I don’t think it’s very flattering to my belly in pictures. My belly just looks like a big lump.

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And here’s my first bare belly shot. I’m thinking my belly is going to remain an innie. Oh well. Is it just me or do I look small for 37 weeks?? It apparently measures on track, but it just seems so small to me. And from looking at this I see I have gotten a few stretch marks that I hadn’t noticed before. Hooray. Those can join the ridiculous number of stretch marks I got on my thighs. Is that normal too? Honestly, it’s like my thighs are pregnant or something.

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The Scalini’s Legend

One of my friends swears that the Eggplant Parmigiana at a local restaurant makes women go into labor. I always thought it was just a coincidence, but when I checked out their Web site, I noticed they have a gallery dedicated to their “Eggplant Parmigiana babies”. There are hundreds of them! All their moms say they went into labor within 48 hours of eating the Eggplant Parm. And, Scalini’s goes one step further and has a page dedicated to moms to be with information about the legend and the restaurant’s Eggplant Parm recipe for those who want to try it at home.

I told Joe we should give it a shot. I just wonder if it works *without* the cheese…

37 Weeks — Full Term!

How far along: 37 Weeks
Total weight gain/loss: Up 22 pounds from my first OB appt.
Maternity clothes: Definitely.
Sleep: Horrible.
Best moment this week: Finding out that I’ve made progress toward labor.
Movement: Yep. She’s squirmy.
Food cravings: Chocolate, Mexican food.
Gender: A little girl!
Labor Signs: False labor. 🙁
Belly Button in or out: Still in.
What I miss: Being able to walk and sleep without pain.
What I am looking forward to: Having fewer than 20 days to go.
Weekly Wisdom: Progress doesn’t mean labor is imminent.
Milestones: Full term!

I have officially hit the full term mark, which means Lucy can come any time and should be just fine. However, I don’t think she has plans to come out any time in the near future. I still get crampy during the day, but my contractions have pretty much disappeared. Bummer. However, I’m still spotting, so I hope that means I’m continuing to dilate. As much as I want to meet her NOW, I’m OK with her waiting. The longer she waits means the more time I can take off for maternity leave.

Last night I woke up with HORRIBLE back pain. It was on the right side of my lower back, and it was the worst pain I’ve ever experienced. Joe thought at first it was back labor, but it seemed to subside after I took some Tylenol. I know I’ll have back labor since Lucy is posterior, and now I am really dreading it. Please let me have a short labor!

Progress and the Waiting Game

The bleeding increased a bit yesterday, so I called the doctor and she wanted me to get checked out. I tried to get it pushed off until today when I could go into the office, but since I had bleeding earlier in the pregnancy she didn’t feel comfortable waiting a day. So, off we went.

The good news? I did lose my plug and definitely had the bloody show, which the doctor mentioned twice. And, we have progress! I am 1 cm dilated and 80 percent effaced, and Lucy is at -1 station. I know the dilation means nothing at this point, but I was contracting *very* regularly, so they don’t think it will be much longer before she arrives. At this point it could be between a couple of days to a couple of weeks from now. Good answer, huh? Joe thinks it will be this week. I think it might be next week. At any rate, they definitely think it will be before Thanksgiving.

The bad news? The nurse couldn’t find my cervix. She rooted around for at least five minutes before saying she needed backup. I told her I was pretty sure I had one. And no, she wasn’t new. She has been at that hospital for 8 years and worked at the hospital here in Cartersville before that. Luckily, the other nurse and the doctor found it quite easily.

So now, we wait.

The Beginnings of Labor?

Warning: This may contain TMI.

We thought Lucy might have been ready to come last week and were pretty disappointed when she didn’t. Sure, we want her to stay in until at least 38 weeks, but it was hard to get our hopes up that it might be time to meet her. Since Thursday, the contractions seemed to have gone away.

Then, yesterday, I think I might have lost part of my mucous plug or had bloody show. I say might because I’ve never gone through this before, and I don’t want to think something is happening and be completely wrong. But, I noticed some snot-like mucous with blood in it. It was a quarter-sized amount, and that’s all I’ve seen. The day before, I did have a bit of bright red spotting, which I’ve read could be from dilation (here’s hoping!). Last night, I was up most of the night with contractions, and I’ve had them periodically today. I’m hoping it *was* part of my mucous plug and that labor may not be too far away. What do you all think? Did any of you experience this?

The “S” Word

During our trips to L&D on Wednesday I had to answer a slew of questions from the nurses, such as allergies to medicine and whether or not I had had anything to eat or drink. Then, the first nurse we had looked at me and said in a hushed voice, “Have you guys had S-E-X lately?”

Either she thought we were 12 or she thought Lucy could actually hear and understand that word.