Belly – Week 40

I went to see my midwife tonight at 6:30pm. She finally understood how badly I wanted to be done with pregnancy, so she offered to strip my membranes. I jumped at the offer! “Yes please! Anything would be great.”

It didn’t hurt as bad as I thought it would. And to my surprise, she said “Wow, you seem to be tolerating this really well.” I just shrugged my shoulders like “Eh…” and she said, “You are going to be great in labor!” *beams* I knew I had a high pain tolerance, but that pretty much confirmed it for me. I don’t feel nervous anymore.

Before I left, she also gave me a tincture of Black and Blue Cohosh and told me that it was strong, potent stuff and I would probably go into labor tomorrow afternoon if I started taking it once an hour as soon as I woke up. YAY!!!!

Finally… I can’t wait for tomorrow morning to come.

So, in anticipation and hopes that I will have the baby tomorrow, I had my hubby take some Week 40 belly pictures. Here they are:

Belly – Week 39

Yes, I’m still pregnant… I don’t feel like my belly has gotten any bigger, but it definitely feels like the baby has gotten a lot bigger. I can feel her head pressed down as far as it can go, and her big bum is pushing on my ribs. She is really long…

Dan and I are both small people and come from families made of people mostly under 5’7″. I was pretty petite before I got pregnant and I have a short torso. That being said, you can imagine how uncomfortable I am at this point!

It is pretty clear that we are going to have a big girl and I have a feeling she’s going to end up taller than both of us! And she just keeps getting bigger and bigger every day. I don’t know how I am ever going to fit this baby out of me…

Belly – Week 37

I just had Dan take a picture of my belly JUST in case I don’t get another chance…

I have been having regular contractions since about 1:00pm but I haven’t decided whether it’s real labor or not… The contractions started about 15 minutes apart and were about 60 seconds long. Now they are about 13 minutes apart and about 60 seconds long… so I don’t know. I am keeping my fingers crossed that this is it, but I don’t want to get my hopes up…