I have entered the two week window of my due date – did you know that 80% of babies are born within two weeks of their due dates?!?
Appointments: I have weekly appointments with my midwife and my OB-GYN specialist (for my gestational diabetes) from now until I deliver. Definitely thankful that I have tons of family around to help watch AJ so I don’t have to lug him to numerous appointments each week! This afternoon is with the midwife and I’m hoping to find out if there is any news (dilated, effaced, what station the baby is at). Yesterday was the weekly appointment with the specialist. The lab tech confirmed what I had suspected – pumpkin has dropped and is in place for delivery!!! Although this is great news because he/she is no longer sitting on top of my rib cage (yay!!), it is not necessary a sign that L&D is imminent.
Energy Level: Has been through the roof the last two weeks. Despite not getting great sleep at night, I feel fantastic throughout the day and do not feel it necessary to nap with my son when he does. The “nesting” instinct is in full effect lately – I am becoming paranoid with cleaning and organizing and making sure everything is “just right” for the baby’s arrival. Honestly, I think the surge in energy is because of how excited I finally am for the baby to be born – the house is how I want it to look, I am calm and prepared, and everything else just feels like it’s ready…
Running: I dedicated a whole post to this topic on Monday. Suffice to say, the surge in energy has spilled over to my running and I am taking full advantage of all the extra energy lately to get some awesome runs in!
Belly / Movement: As I already said, Pumpkin has definitely dropped. Although I feel the baby moving a ton lately, it’s more shifting than kicking and moving. I find that if I sit or lay in one position for more than 5-10 minutes, he/she totally shifts around in my stomach and I end up with painful distortions when I stand up again. This has also made sleeping extremely uncomfortable lately. I am finding that no matter what I do, I just can’t get comfortable.
Emotions: It’s strange, but despite being SO excited and ready for baby #2’s arrival, I have this strong feeling of guilt in regards to my son no longer being the center of our attention. I plan to address this topic in greater detail tomorrow.
A special thank you to my son who has been sleeping SO well – last night he slept from 7:45 – 6:30! I was in bed at 9:30pm – and despite getting up twice to use the bathroom – slept soundly until he woke up this morning. I’m grateful that the 4am wakeups are a distant memory!
Don’t forget to enter my contest to guess the gender/ birth date / weight of Pumpkin for your chance to win a $25 gift card to Amazon.com!!! =)
Hope everyone has a wonderful HUMP day!!