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Week 37
~ There's Something Happening Down There!

Bag packed--check
Infant car seat ready--check
clothes ready--check
shopping done--partially checked

Ok, as you can see I'm almost ready! Which is a good thing since things seem to be moving right along. I went to the doctor on Monday and I went from 1.5 dilation to a 2 and from 50% effaced to 70%. The baby has dropped even lower (which doesn't seem possible since it feels like it's going to fall out!) and I've been having some real contractions. My doctor even joked that if I'm ready, she's on call this weekend. WOW, again I wasn't prepared to have progressed that much already. So needless to say, I've been making lists since Monday and frantically trying to cross items off. I've got the mantel decorated and the stockings hung for Christmas, and I think we are planning on getting the tree up tonight. My plan (if this baby stays put) is to finish ALL shopping this Friday. I don't have much left, but enough that I'd like to get it finished and wrapped. I just can't believe it's almost time! I know I'm ready to not be pregnant anymore and definitely ready to meet this little one and to see if it's a boy or girl, but I don't know if I'm mentally ready for the labor/delivery process. I guess I better get ready, right?

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Thanksgiving went well, the turkey turned out fantastic and we enjoyed the visit with Dereck's family. I feel so blessed to have the family that we have and the life that we live. God has truly blessed us with love, support and good health. We both have jobs, we have a roof over our head, and families that love us.

We actually got snow over the weekend and it's snowing again now. I guess it is December and that is what it does in the Midwest. Dereck has been really good to me and has been extra helpful around the house and with giving extra hugs and words of encouragement. I guess the anxiety and tiredness is showing and he's trying to make me feel better. I'm really tired and ready to not be at work anymore. I still have some vacation days that I could use now instead of applying toward paid maternity leave, but I don't think I'm quite at that breaking point yet. I'm not sleeping at all, and I feel sick to my stomach most of the day. It doesn't matter if I try to snack on smaller meals, or avoid certain foods, I still feel so yucky. I guess this too comes with the territory.

Well, honestly I don't have much else to report, just waiting for my next appointment on Monday. I'll keep you posted and say an extra prayer that I hang in until the 10th. That's when my parents get back from New Zealand!

Have a good week and see you next week.

~ Denise

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