40 weeks + 3 days and I’m still pregnant. According to my midwife, things are looking favorable and I am close to going into labor on my own, but just to be safe, we have scheduled an induction for later this week. Honestly, while it feels like things are happening (I’ll spare you the details!), they aren’t yet HAPPENING, and I predict that labor will officially start with the induction.
Everything looks good with the baby – her heart rate was good, I’m measuring right on track, and all of my numbers are still good. However, my midwives feel strongly about delivering by 41 weeks, so I’m following their advice and making sure that happens. They have also assured me that even though we are starting labor with a pitocin induction, that does not mean that I don’t have options as things progress. At my 40 week appointment, my midwife told me she thinks I will have a really beautiful delivery, which was just about the most perfect thing she could have said to me.
I’m feeling a little antsy, but I like knowing there’s a deadline. It’s made it a bit easier to wrap my head around everything and get a few plans in place. The nursery is functional. The bags are packed. The carseat is installed. Everyone is hyped up. We are as ready as we’ll ever be!👶🏻
However, I am going to have a little tiny creature who is going to look to me for everything: her nourishment, her safety, her energy. When I truly reflect on the kind of mother I want to be to my daughter (oh my gosh, I’m going to have a daughter…), I realize that there is no better time to focus on self-improvement – on the woman that I present to the world every day.
When I did my nails about a week ago, I was pretty sure that they would be the nails I had on when I went to the hospital to have the baby…but alas, I had time for another manicure after that one got a bit chippy. This time, I’ve done a soak-off gel manicure, hoping to increase my chances that this is the final pre-baby mani (I’m typing this post up on Tuesday and scheduling it for Thursday…who knows what could happen between now and then)!