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Week 38
~ Any Day Now

This week can be summed up in one word . . . appointments. I made my weekly pre-natal appointment and of course, I'm still here. The baby has dropped into position but I haven't dilated any more and my cervix is still thick so no baby yet. I did lose 6 of the 10 lbs I gained last week which was a relief but my blood pressure was a bit elevated. Nothing alarming though. This doctor felt that I should begin weekly profiles so off I went to the hospital the very next day. In earlier pregnancies all of this attention may have been fun but the challenges of towing 6 young children around and managing schedules around appointments isn't quite as fun as it sounds.

Baby Bryson scored a 10 out of 10 on his profile, fluid levels, heart rate and movements perfect. Now I just feel as though I'm waiting to "hatch". There does seem to be some confusion about my due date though. As all these different medical people look through my file there seems to be three different dates noted. The first, according to my earliest ultrasound was April 9th. The second is, according to the specialist, apparently recorded as the 14th and than finally there is the 23rd on file because of my menstrual cycle! As the days tick by I am beginning to become apprehensive that labour will catch us all off guard. With five of my seven children attending three different schools in town and hubby working a half hour away from home, I have frightening images of trying to get myself and two pre-schoolers ready alone. Then there's waiting for my husband to get home just to rush off to varied schools picking up kids before finally heading in to the hospital to give birth!

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I am dealing with regular Braxton Hicks contractions which are not only strong (they become more intense with subsequent pregnancies) but send me rushing to the washroom every few minutes. My nights are very restless. I suppose the worries are causing my mind to race which have left me with so little sleep that I'm more irritable than my two year old.

Oh well, any day now is the thought that keeps me going! I can't express how happy I am that all is going so well thus far. Here's hopping that the ending goes just as smoothly.

~ Nicole

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