40 weeks, 2 days!

I cannot believe tomorrow night at 8:00pm, less than 24 hours from now, I will be in our birthing suite being induced!  I have so many mixed feelings- I am nervous, anxious, scared, and beyond excited!  I can’t stop thinking about our baby boy and how our life will never again be the same.

My baby bump hasn’t ever really been huge- even 4 days before my due date I had to convince another momma that I was not 4 months pregnant like she was, but instead that I was full term… UNTIL TODAY!! My STOMACH LOOKS LIKE IT IS GOING TO POP!!  I don’t know how it happened, but overnight, I swear Little Grae gained two pounds (Good lord, lets hope not!).

40 weeks, 2 days

Ian and I spent the day doing our last minute “chores” and just enjoying our last Sunday without a baby.  We slept in, making this the first time in weeks, possibly months, that I slept for 8+ hours.  Let me tell you, it was AMAZING.  We then did  a little yard work, raked leaves, finished cleaning our house and made tons of meals that we are going to stick in the freezer so we wont have to worry about cooking for a while.  It feels great to actually have accomplished everything I had on my never ending “To-Do Before Baby” list.  We even bathed our pups!

My Macaroni loves bath time 🙂

After a full day of chores, we decided that we would go to Scalini’s- the well known Atlanta restaurant famous for their eggplant parm that is supposed to put women into labor within 48 hours of eating it.  The eggplant was FANTASTIC, and the waiter told us stories about how women go into labor WHILE eating the meal AT THE RESTAURANT! Ahh! The restaurant has a fun little deal that if you go into labor within those 48 hours, you win a $25 gift certificate, a little baby outfit, and the baby’s picture on the wall full of other “Eggplant Babies.”  Little do they know I’m going to be cheating a bit since I will be getting induced tomorrow, but I’m still hopeful that he will come on his own tonight.  🙂

SCALINIS

Best eggplant ever 🙂

We finished the night with an ice cream outing for dessert. 🙂 I’d say it was a pretty darn good Sunday.  Now, bring on the baby!  🙂

XO


Grae’s DUE DATE

11-11-11… Grae’s AWESOME due date is two hours from being over and still no significant signs of labor.  We did have our 40 week PRE-OP appointment today since I will be getting induced on Monday!  The midwife performed another internal exam and found that my cervix is 70% effaced, really soft, and almost 2 cm dilated!  She said that my belly is measuring perfectly, but upon feeling him in there she pointed out that he is taking up the entire space, up and down and side to side, and estimated that he is a little over 8 pounds already!  AHhh!  She said my blood pressure is “beautiful” and I have actually lost 5 pounds since last week’s appointment (I have NO idea how that happened), which means that I will have gained 25 pounds during my pregnancy.  She then explained the induction procedure-which I’m not going to lie- sounded a little intimidating.  I’m going to have to build up my courage before Monday… that, or pray that the baby comes on his own this weekend.  If getting induced is the plan, we will go to the Women’s Center at 8:00 pm on Monday night and they will insert Cervidil which will help my cervix thin and soften the rest of the way- they call this “ripening.”  That insert stays in for 12 hours (although sometimes that in itself causes women to go into labor).  The midwife told me that because I have a posterior cervix, this could be a painful procedure (Scary).  After the twelve hours (8:00 am Tuesday), they will start the Pitocin, which will begin my contractions.  This could take anywhere from an hour to twelve or more hours before the baby is ready for birth.  I will have to be in active labor- which means 4 or more cm dilated- before they give me an epidural (More Scary).  Then, when I am having regular, strong contractions it will be time to push (SCARIEST).  Anyway- at some point on Tuesday, we should be holding our precious baby boy that we have waited our whole lives for.  We are getting so excited we can hardly stand it!

Hurry up, Grae Baby!