(Almost) Due Date   8 comments

the day before my due date

Julie here with some thoughts on the day before my due date. First of all, let me answer the question of the day: “How are you feeling?” And the answer is: Good, actually. I really expected to be miserable at the end of my pregnancy, but the miserable part came for weeks 35 and 36 and has been gone ever since. I’m sleeping well (minus the multiple trips to the bathroom that I make each evening), I still haven’t experienced the dreaded pregnancy heartburn and it seems I’ve managed to escape many of the other aches and pains that supposedly come with carrying around a 7-8 pound infant in my uterus. In fact, I was actually slightly concerned by the fact that I am feeling so good and I asked my doctor about it. Don’t get me wrong, I’m happy to be feeling so good, but it scares me into thinking that I’m going to be pregnant forever (and that is not something I am interested in). My doctor quickly assured me that I will NOT be pregnant forever and encouraged me to consider myself lucky to not be among the miserable soon-to-be-moms that she is used to seeing.

But, while I’m not feeling bad, I have had a rough few days. The problem is the whole due date thing. I have had the date “April 25th” stuck in my mind as a deadline of sorts. I have known since the beginning of the pregnancy that the due date is not a guaranteed birth date and that only something like 5% of women deliver on their due date. I am well aware that first time moms often deliver past their due date. BUT, I’ve had another date in my mind for several months too— April 19th. That was the date of my big test at work (it’s done, it was hard, and I’m not sure how I did… at least it’s done) and I have been just as focused on that date as I have my due date. In my mind, as soon as the test was over, I was free to have the baby. I would have been thrilled if my water broke right after I turned in my answer sheet. Alas, it did not. And I’ve been spending way too much time in the days since the test just waiting for something to happen. (My advice to expectant moms, keep BUSY in the final days of pregnancy—- otherwise, you just end up waiting around!). I wake up every morning and, after saying a prayer of thanks for my sweet baby, I think to myself, “Now today would be a nice day for a birthday.” And then I go about my business while over-analyzing every cramp and back pain, thinking that maybe this is “it”. I have never been more excited about feeling pain in my entire life (I’m sure that won’t last once the contractions start).

So today, I’ve decided that instead of looking forward and trying to predict when Millie will make her debut, I am going to look back on the past 9 months and try to remember some of the highlights. I think I’d’ regret it if I never took the time to write this stuff down. So, here we go:

  • August 21, 2010: I took a pregnancy test to rule out the possibility of future baby Keyse. I ended up screaming for Nate while I was still in the bathroom because the line on the test changed so quickly and I really, truly wasn’t expecting it. I was about 5 weeks pregnant.
  • The week of September 12, 2010: Morning sickness started. I was sick in the morning, queasy all day, and occasionally sick in the evening too. It was miserable.
  • September 23, 2010: We got to see Lil Person via an early ultrasound at my second prenatal appointment. Nate and I immediately fell in love with the baby’s little arm buds and tiny leg buds that the technician pointed out.
  • November 15, 2010 (17 weeks pregnant): Finally, an end to morning sickness! I started feeling good just in time for the holidays and for school to be over! 
  • December 1, 2010: Nate and I were driving home from our anniversary dinner and I felt 3 distinct taps in my belly— it was the first time I knew for sure that what I was feeling was the baby moving around.
  • December 8, 2010: 20 weeks pregnant— we found out our Lil Person was a Lil Lady.
  • December 11, 2010: I bought a maternity coat. This was the best clothing purchase I made! I could not have made it through the snowy winter while trying to stuff my expanding belly into one of my regular coats. Man, I love that maternity coat!
  • January 2011- February 2011: I loved working on Millie’s nursery!
  • February 10-13, 2011: My sister Jennifer flew in from Arizona for a visit and Millie’s first baby shower. We had a great visit!
  • March 5, 2011: My wonderful friends from Echo Church gave me and Millie a wonderful baby shower. I felt so blessed!
  • March 21, 2011: 35 weeks pregnant and miserable. I was weepy, exhausted from not being able to sleep, uncomfortable, and unsure how I would possibly be able to continue the pregnancy. This feeling lasted for about 2 weeks.
  • April 4, 2011: 37 weeks pregnant and feeling (all of sudden) renewed. I CAN do this!
  • April 19, 2011: 39 weeks and 1 day. I made it to my ALU test!!!!
  • April 24, 2011: 39 weeks and 6 days. Just one day shy of my due date. Feeling: good, excited, anxious, READY.

Is anyone still reading this? Whew, I apologize for the insanely long blog post, but I’m trying to fill some time so that I’m not just sitting around waiting for labor to start. Anyway, that’s a look back on my pregnancy so far (at least how I remember it). For those of you wondering how much longer this whole thing can go on… well, I have my post-due appointment on Tuesday (if I’m still pregnant). The doctor will check my fluid level and do a non-stress test to make sure Millie is still doing ok in the womb. If she is, I will go ahead and schedule a tentative date to be induced (sometime around 1 week past the due date) and I’ll be sent home (actually, I’ll head back to work). I’ll go about my normal business unless a.) I go into labor or b.) I make it to the scheduled inducement. I am so thankful that I have been able to carry Millie to term and I’m pretty sure I can make it through another week of pregnancy. I just need to think of some things to do instead of just waiting around. Maybe I should go pack a bag for the hospital (yep, that’s still not done… It’s started… I mean, I threw a stick of deodorant in a bag… that’s counts for something, right?)

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Posted April 24, 2011 by Nate and Julie in Uncategorized

8 responses to “(Almost) Due Date

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  1. It sounds like me with Gracie, I felt great until I had to endure week 41 but I think most of that was in my head because I was ready to be done. Bonus points to you for still working.

  2. Love it! I’m so excited for you and Nate.

  3. I can’t imagine how ready you guys are because I am so ready to be an AUNT!!! Hopefully I’ll see you sometime this week 🙂

  4. Loved the post as usual and I am thrilled for you both yes but so very thrilled for Millie and the growing up years she will have with such loving parents. I will miss the blog. I always enjoy reading it. As for the pain FREE delivery ha ha. Good luck on that one.

    Marilyn AKA Meryl Stryker

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