Thursday night I had all kinds of vivid dreams about the baby coming, random contractions, and waking every hour to use the bathroom. I asked my husband to stay home on Friday “just in case,” since I knew he didn’t have any meetings or anything really important.
Of course, here I am, still pregnant.
Every single day I’m either asked or I’m wondering…hmm, is something going to happen? Time has slowed way down….
Friday passed without incident, except for about 3 hours of pain and contractions in the evening, which turned to nothing. My kids both caught little colds, and after my son woke for the fifth time, I realized it was not going to be a good night to have a baby…and everything stopped. (My husband says I ‘stopped it’ from my stress, but I don’t think baby is ready just yet.)
Since then I’ve been asked many times if baby is coming…and what is going on. Yeah, contractions and such keep up but still, nothing’s going on! My husband keeps talking to the baby, telling him/her to come out! The kids keep poking my tummy and saying “Baby out!” and my daughter says she will hold the baby. They are eager.
Tomorrow — Tuesday — is the same point in pregnancy at which Daniel was born, so who knows. I’ve given up wondering, for now, because I was expecting a long pre-labor (that’s definitely happening), and this pregnancy’s been nothing like the other two (so why should labor be any different) and time seems to slow way down when I’m taking things a day at a time instead of looking a week or more ahead.
I know I can’t really look weeks ahead and plan things far in advance for now, because I’m past 38 weeks and baby will be showing up sometime in the next 3 – 4 weeks. Still, for my own sanity, I have to pretend things are “normal” for as long as I can! (Not so easy these days when everything bothers me…I can barely stand any noise or chaos around me and that’s about all there usually is!)
How do you deal with the last few days or weeks of pregnancy?