I Don’t Like Baseball

Week 35

Baby’s Length: 13.25 to 20.25 in.

Baby’s Weight: 5.5 lbs.

Baby’s Size: Baseball Cap

…although it is better than football.

Each passing day, my body tells me that my pregnancy is coming to it’s end. I really don’t think I’m going to make it another 3 weeks, never mind 5 weeks to my due date. I just feel it in my bones. It’s really hard to explain gut instincts. Sometimes, you just… know.

Just like every other pregnancy symptom, I am once again 4 weeks ahead of where I should technically be. I still swear I am 4 weeks further along then the ultrasound or my calculations seem to indicate.

Caution: too much information and details below…

Two weeks ago at 33 weeks pregnant, I lost my mucous plug. From what I’ve read, this generally this happens around week 37 for most women.

I hadn’t read much about the mucous plug, so I did some research on it the next day. I found out that losing the mucous plug generally signals that the cervix is effacing and dilating. Upon inspection, it was established the my cervix was quite effaced and dilated about thumb width.

Then a few days later, the baby dropped. The baby feels so much heavier now and it’s uncomfortable to walk around. It feels like something is in the way when I’m walking. Ever since she dropped, she has been resting on the left side of my belly. She doesn’t move quite as much anymore, mostly because she has a lot less room. She’s getting so big!

A few days after that, at around 34 weeks and 2 days, I noticed a big increase in Braxton Hicks contractions. Before, I felt them once in while… maybe 3-5 times a week. They weren’t that noticeable. But now, I have them about once every hour or two during the day and they are actually painful now. I have to stop and sit down and wait for about 30-60 seconds before I can get up and move again. If I am out shopping, energetic, or moving around a lot, I get them even closer together. I had 4 contractions in one hour yesterday…

In short, the only thing left to happen is for my water to break. I’m in the 35th week of my pregnancy and wondering how much longer this baby is going to stay inside of me. I’ve become increasingly aware of the lack of time I have left and have been anxiously trying to do last minute things. Cleaning the house, washing the rest of the baby clothes, collecting diapers, diaper covers, cloth wipes, etc and more. My labor bag is all packed and at the door.

I think I’ll make it to the first week of July. I highly doubt at this point, I will make it much further than that though… I rest easy knowing that the baby is considered full term at week 35.

I don’t know if I’m ready emotionally, but I know everything else in life is ready to go.