Even though it’s not Friday yet, I feel compelled to get a pregnancy update post out this morning, you know, juuuuuuust in case…
Depending on which calendar you’re using, my due date is anywhere between Sunday and Wednesday. So, we’re down to the wire here. And I can finally tell. I mean really, really tell.
What does it feel like to be down to the wire?
Well, my pelvic bones are experiencing a lot of uncomfortable pressure. The pain that you feel before you pop a knuckle? Imagine feeling that ache all over “down there.” Right now, it’s certainly not unbearable and I’m quite thankful that it’s not a sharp pain. But I am walking gingerly now and I’m so thankful to be off work this week.
Last night I kept waking up to mild 25-30 second contractions. They were random and reminiscent of menstrual cramps. This morning, I noticed them some more and am thankful that – for now – I can still walk and function through them. In all honesty, these sort of light contractions could last for days; so don’t hold your breath.
Then there’s the stuff that I mentioned yesterday (shhhhh… the mucus). As of last night, I’m encouraged to see it shifting in color as that indicates exactly what we’ve been expecting to happen all along: according to this site, the pinkish-red tones mean the blood vessels in the cervix are rupturing as the cervix begins to open up.
Little does my sleeping husband know that I’ve waited to flush the toilet until I can show him exactly what I’m describing this morning.
*insert evil laughter*
Again, as I did yesterday, let me comfort you in the wake of my “mucus” description with another precious maternity photo taken by my BFF, Katie. (Everyone say a prayer that there are no hitches in getting her to the labor/delivery for more photography!)
I busted out laughing at the toilet part!!!!!!!!!!! You’re gross and I’d do the same thing!!!!!!
The best part about being honest about the toilet is that I KNOW I’m not the only one who would do that. Though I might be the only one who’d admit to it…
Chris just said that you should move back here, open your own salon and have me be your receptionist. 😉
Tell Chris thanks for the compliment!
I love the pic! I cant read this stuff at work i laugh then get emotional
Wow, what a great pic guys! Mel and I are so excited for the two of you. :o)
Haha, yes, I’ll admit it too. However, I didn’t wait to flush, I just took a good up close picture. I knew Jeremy would be plenty grossed out just by the term ‘mucus plug.’ But I did want to show it to my Mom and my Aunt who i knew had passed hers too. Just wanted to make sure, right?
I’m really glad you get to relax during this home stretch. Enjoy.
Oh my gosh! Thanks for reminding me that I took a pic. All the color was washed out this morn, but I can still text a pic! He he he…
Aww Katie will be in the delivery room! (Of course this makes perfect sense but it’s new info for me).
I’m so excited!!!
Prayers, hugs, holy Xs and Os!!!
Keeping an ear out for the phone …. praying for a smooth delivery and no complications.
I never knew what a “normal” pregnancy/labor was, so it’s kind of nice to read about that. Praying that the labor and delivery are “normal”, too.
I really do appreciate those prayers, Lauri!
Bennett may be out in time to wear the “sweet pea outfit!”
Even if he’s not, he’s getting in the pea pod anyway!
I cannot wait to see the rest of the pictures! Sending you lots of love!!
I’ll be posting a picture at the bottom of every “How I Met Brian” post. It’s an eight part series. They’re beautiful!
Like Lauri, above, I did not have a ‘normal’ delivery either. Two C-sections. It is so exciting to follow your
stages and know you are comfortable, because you have filled yourself with knowledge. Isn’t it amazing how the ‘fear factor’ dissipates when we are aware of what is natural behavior.
Too bad this doesn’t always extend to the people around us and there remains prejudice based on the
Just waxing philosophical because I’m so happy you are fine.
The “fear factor” is exactly why I haven’t minded hearing everyone else’s stories. The more variables that I’m aware of, coupled with a great understanding of the body’s capabilities, keeps me from worrying that something is “wrong.” Very comforting indeed.
Cute picture! I’m sure you two are looking forward to his arrival <3