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Week 40
~ Uneventful D-Day

I feel like I am perpetually on my period right now. I am constantly going through bouts of cramping that feel similar to menstrual ones, only more intense, and I'm doing that lovely thing where I become a compulsive pantiliner-inspector every time I pee (which is, of course, ridiculously often). So far (halfway through week 40) I have only had one really painful contraction, and it was only on the left side of my belly. The rest is just obnoxious cramping.

(This is about to be TMI, I know, sorry . . . but hey, why else do we read these things?) There is some mucous from time to time, but not a whole lot, and there is nothing "blood-tinged" about it. As I write this, I'm hoping I'll have to go back and edit it for when I suddenly go into labor, and set some kind of record for the fastest primigravida delivery documented, LOL. I have to admit, part of me didn't believe I'd be submitting a journal entry titled "Week 40." That was the part of me that still never listens to my mother.

Anyway, still nothing notable is happening. The baby moves a ton still . . . wasn't that supposed to slow down a little? Chillax down there, baby! She's still doing painful calisthenics on my cervix, bladder and rectum (which really doesn't help the diarrhea . . . ). So each time I play pantiliner-inspector I am really hoping for some new (albeit disgusting) development in that region. On the upside, between the constant peeing and daily diarrhea, we might make some money if we invest in the toilet paper company; at the rate I'm going through TP, anyone with stock stands to make money. (J/K- I hope)

At our doctor appointment Monday, I was a tiny bit open and softened . . . enough for a fingertip to wiggle its way up into my cervix and strip some membrane. Phew, maybe we are making some progress here after all. The process was not bad and was very short, which (of course) makes me worry she didn't "get" enough of what she needed to make any kind of impact. She touched the baby's head at some point, and it started moving like crazy, which caused her pokey finger to hurt me more than it had been seconds before. She asked if I was having a contraction, and I said I didn't think so . . . but she stopped seconds later, and looking back I don't know if she was done or if she just gave up on my contracting little opening.

The wind was going a bit that day, and after we got home I sat there watching some palms and other trees in our neighbor's yard. I would call this a blustery day. I was thinking of Mdme. Zaritska's prediction for me:

(This is from . . . and for all I know they give everybody the same one!)

Madame Zaritska's reading
Madame Zaritska, our resident clairvoyant, wants to help you prepare for the arrival of your child. Here she does her best to predict certain aspects of your labor and birth experience. What she senses for you:
The day you deliver, outside will be blustery. Your baby will arrive in the morning. After a labor lasting approximately 7 hours, your child, a girl, will be born. Your baby will weigh about 7 pounds, 13 ounces, and will be 18-1/2 inches long. This child will have blue eyes and dark hair. But there is more. Although you may feel tired, your pregnancy will be over before you are truly ready to let go of having this precious baby you have all to yourself. I sense that you will look back and long for these days. I suggest doing something now to preserve some memories of this time. Many women enjoy making a belly cast. Perhaps you would be interested, too.

Hey, she got the gender right! And who would protest having a 7 hour labor? I would be surprised if the baby was under 8 lbs at this point (my family has big babies, and she was already 5 1/2 lbs at the end of May according to the ultrasound), but if you're around your due date like me, you know humor is a necessary part of getting through this, so I am rooting for Mdme Zaritska and hoping it stays blustery for awhile.

~ Marisa

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