The Due Date

by Heather on February 29, 2012

Well friends, we made it! 40 weeks exactly – and this is kind of what I’ve been looking like lately:
You can’t tell it here (or maybe you can) but I’m exhausted and so ready to just meet the little guy!  He’s still kicking around as usual, but more consistently throughout the day and not nearly as sharply as before (probably due to the lack of room).  I’m good, but tired, and have only been measuring at about 1 cm dilated for the past 4 weeks, although I’ve gone from 50% to 70% effaced (if these terms make no sense to you I’d recommend checking out BabyCenter for more info – hint:  it has to do with the cervix).

 

We had our 40-week appointment yesterday and our doctor thinks that he’ll make his debut in the next couple of days, although there’s no way to guarantee that (other than inducing, which we aren’t going to do unless he’s not here next week).  My HOPE is that he comes today because it would be sototallyawesome to have a Leap Year baby, I like to plan things out and we’ve been *planning on* today being his birthday, and because I’m sort of ready to have him in my arms and have my body back to being mine.  Well, sort of mine.  Except for the boobs…I suppose those are kind of his for a while.

 

So here’s the deal:  you guys all probably know by now that I have gestational diabetes and that I’ve been able to control it through diet and exercise.  However, because of the condition my doctor doesn’t want us to go more than a week past the due date, so if he’s not here by next week then we will have to induce labor.  I’m not particularly excited about that prospect, so I’m hoping beyond hope that he decides to come on his own in the next couple of days!  We have the nursery ready (I owe you a picture – or 50), everything is washed and folded and put away, the dogs are clean, and Nate and I are ready to rock and roll.

 

Well, as ready as you can be to have your lives turned upside-down.

 

I can’t wait to finally hold the little guy, to look into his eyes and kiss his face and see him and his daddy hanging out!

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{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Cara February 29, 2012

Congrats! Glad you are feeling well as can be, and I hope things progress quickly so you can meet your little man :) Best wishes for a healthy labor!

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2 Tina @ Best Body Fitness February 29, 2012

I still can’t really believe it’s time for you!!! But I am sooooo excited and anxious for you. Can’t wait to see the little guy too!

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3 Urban Wife February 29, 2012

By far, the sweetest post yet! It must be a combination of the anticipation and the fact that you’re just bursting with excitement to FINALLY meet your baby boy. I’ll be praying for a smooth delivery. :)

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4 Laura February 29, 2012

Yeah! I am so excited for you! There is no way you can prepare for such a life-changing experience but somehow you will just know what to do when you need to. It’s all so amazing! The only advice I would give is do what feels right for you and your little family. What may have worked for others just might not work for you and don’t be afraid to ask for help, it’s normal to feel a little overwhelmed at times. Just relax and enjoy the ride!

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5 Sara B February 29, 2012

I’m excited for you too. You look great :)

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6 Sabrina February 29, 2012

Best of luck lady! Can’t wait for the news!!!

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7 Liz @ Tip Top Shape February 29, 2012

So exciting!! Let’s hope the little guy gets the show on the road soon!

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8 Diana @ frontyardfoodie February 29, 2012

You look so small! I hope he shows up soon:) My little buddy came eight days later than predicted and so I’m hoping the one growing in my belly will come earlier than his brother but I fully expect him to be here later than expected ha.

Also, I’m no doctor but a due date isn’t an exact thing and whether you have your kid a week or two weeks later it’s when your baby is ready. I disagree with your doctor, inducing shouldn’t be necessary. I hope it doesn’t come to that!

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9 janetha February 29, 2012

eeeek! so excited for you–good luck!

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10 Kim in MD March 1, 2012

I agree with Urban Wife…this is the sweetest post to date! I am so excited for you, Heather! Keeping you in my thoughts, and praying that your little guy decides to come on his own before next week! :-)

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11 Ashley March 1, 2012

I can sense your excitement!! My fingers + toes are crossed that baby boy comes on his own. I can’t believe you are 40 weeks preggo in that photo!! It seriously does not look like it. Lookin’ awesome lady! Can’t wait to hear the good news and then come visit. :)

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12 Heather @ InHerChucks March 5, 2012

Hey Heather…I hope your little bundle has arrived…but just in case he is still snuggled in your warm and comfortable belly…here are a few tips I tried to encourage my daughter to make her grand entrance. http://inherchucks.com/2012/02/17/due-date-shmue-date/ Good luck!

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