Tuesday, January 5, 2010

39 weeks and going strong...

Yes! Here I am, actually today is 39 weeks and 1 day - so "definitively"into the 39 week bit. This is the last Tuesday of my "to term" pregnancy - the last Tuesday until my due date, which is next Monday the 11th of January 2010. I do believe actually, that I'll make it there. I'm not showing any signs of labor really, so far - I mean, sure, Braxton hicks and cervical twinges, but neither appear to be doing much to my cervix - at least, not very quickly.

It's alright: since my doctor is on holiday until next Monday, I'm fine with it - at peace, even. Certainly more than I was before he left, and we had those "crucial two days" in which he would still be able to deliver me if I gave birth.

Now, if I went into labor, I'd probably hang around until the last minute before going into hospital. I'm pretty confident I'd still get my VBAC if I did that, and I'm calm about it. How else can I be, really? Can't panic about it.


Isobella is beautifully active still, if in some funny positions. Her head bobs up and down - sometimes she floats high and at an odd angle; sometimes low and determined to scrabble her way out. Altogether I am fairly certain I'm going to birth a baby well over 8lb at the end of this. If so, she'll be the heaviest baby born in this family for two generations! Clearly once again, the little baby socks I bought aren't going to fit her giant feet... Ah well!

I feel good otherwise. Last night I had some really amazing feelings in my pelvic floor as Isobella just battered against it like a bull! Made me leap out of bed twice! I suppose that's a good thing though. Here she is as I type, moving about actively but not quite so crazily.
I am keeping occupied by cleaning, cooking, baking and more cleaning. Our washer outlet pipe got blocked with ice yesterday evening, which took until midnight to get thawed out again with a heater. The chunk of ice went through the pipe with a "thunk" and then finally, the washer would drain. This morning I have dry hands from wringing out the washing that was soaking in the washer last night. Also, the car wouldn't start on two occasions in the last four days - too cold. Today, it did start, with some resistance. I am trying to keep it running every ten-twelve hours at least, to make sure that if I DO go into labor, we have a running vehicle to get me to the hospital! Ah, the joys of birthing in the winter in MN...

Well, that's it for now. Not such an exciting update, but as ever, pics to show you how I'm looking!

13 comments:

forwardtumble said...

good on you! Nesting, eh?

Here's to a great VBAC!

xx Ines

margaret said...

Jay you simply embody serenity right now, I don't know how you can sound and look so peaceful. I want you to have that baby RIGHT NOW so that I can stop being anxious for you...LOL. Still waiting, trying to be patient and wishing you the best for Isobella's birth. Hugs

Rochelle said...

So glad you're still feeling well. You look gorgeous!!

Erin said...

I found your blog through MDC (I am channelofpeace there and hang out on the VBAC forum) and just wanted to let you know that I am thinking of you! Hoping everything goes smoothly and for a safe and healthy birth of your new little daughter!

Carly Marie said...

Thinking of you tonight xxxxx

angeladean said...

I have been following your blog for a while now. You write so well. Thank you for inspiring me to become a more thinking and kind human being. You look calm and radiant. I wish you happiness with your new baby girl. (incidentally, my little darling Annie came on her due date, right on cue. I was in complete denial, as my other daughters had been late! Denial was good, as I put it down to the huge tub of ice cream I had consumed earlier in the day. I could deny no more when her little face was staring up at mine!)

Frustrated Fairy said...

Looking great! Good luck :D

Mira said...

Jay you amaze me. Love the belly! I hope you can feel my prayers for you radiating across the cosmos. I can't wait to hear your VBAC story, and to see pictures of you holding your precious girl on the outside.

Inanna said...

Waiting with you, thinking about you. I'm not quite as calm though. :)

Liz said...

your belly is beautiful, and you look radiant. i cannot wait to read your first post telling us all how beautiful and perfect, pink and crying she is!

Tracey said...

Thinking about you and little babe Isobella!

forwardtumble said...

just checking in see how you are...

love and a big hug
Ines

k. green said...

Is it safe for us to assume that Isobella has joined your family and you are all too blissed out in love to update a blog? I assume so!