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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

38 Weeks, 2 Days

At this point in pregnancy, it seems that all I do is go to the doctor.  The reality is that I go once a week; still, it seems like I'm there all the time.

So, yeah, today I had another doctor check up, and there's not much progress to report.  She said I'm still 1 cm dilated, but maybe a "smidgen more."  She wrote down "1+ cm" -- I think she likes me to feel good about myself ;)  There is progress in terms of my cervix's softening and shortening, but it looks as though this guy is gonna be like Norah: In NO hurry to move along a little early; he'll probably go a full 40 weeks.  That's not a bad thing, by any means, but I'm really hoping to go into labor naturally this time around, so I hope there's more progress next week so we don't have to plan another induction.  Of course, I was induced with Norah and that turned out just fine, so if that's the case, I know things will work out.

In other check-up news, I'm not sure if she gave me a pelvic exam this morning or was checking on my molars via the "long route" -- wowza!  I know that she's just trying to "help things along" by reaching up through my vagina and trying to tickle the back of my throat, but man alive, I could do without this part of preggo exams!  She said she could feel the top of Caleb's head if that gives you any indication of her reach during the exam this morning.  I wanted to ask if she could also count his toes, which are up in my ribs, but I'm never entirely sure if she gets my humor so I play it pretty straight.  Besides, there's little room for humor when you're counting ceiling tiles and sucking air through your teeth.

A few last details that I know you can't live without:
  • The nurse called me "tiny" today.  Which seemed generous considering that I feel like a baby Beluga.
  • Speaking of whale-ness, this was the first check up in this entire pregnancy where I didn't gain any weight.  Overall, I've gained a total of 25 lbs.  Not bad.  I think with Norah I gained about 30 lbs, but towards the end, I just stopped paying attention, so it might've been a little more or a little less, but somewhere around 30.
  • My BP is still good -- 100/60 -- which is pretty much a constant number for me. 
  • The dr. remarked, for about the 100th time, "You're just all baby, aren't you?"  She must forget that she keeps making the same comment, and I think she means it as a compliment since I haven't really gained weight except in my giant belly, but I wanna say, "No, there's probably about 8 lbs of baby; the rest is all me!"
  • I feel very luck that: I again haven't gotten any stretch marks (*knock on wood*), my belly button did not do the gross turkey baster thingy, and I don't suffer from any swelling.
There.  Now you are COMPLETELY up-to-date on the Jess preggo status.  You can return to your normal existence and resume your interweb browsing.  And, can you believe The Terminator?  Another actor/politician with an extra-marital affair?!  Shocking, right?

16 comments:

Nobel4Lit said...

Makes me proud to be a Californian (not)!

Glad everything is checking in well. I actually lost track and didn't know how far along you were until now.

Lisa said...

you're on the home stretch. excellent that everything is proceeding well.

MCM Mama said...

LOL! That was one of the best parts of going with a midwife for Shoo - they didn't check to see if I was dilated until I was actively pushing LOL.

Glad to hear all is going well.

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Monica said...

Sounds like everything is a "go" for the arrival of Caleb!

Re: "The Governator"- I KNEW from the second it was announced that they split up that it had to do with him being a horn-dog and cheating...

Krissy said...

Well sounds like that doctor could have help you along with that exam! LOL...When they got that far up in my exam I started labor the same day...you never know! ;)

I feel like you are due all of a sudden! Or maybe these last 6 weeks have flown bye for me with a newborn? Either way Caleb will be here in a blink it seems!

Carly said...

Great doctor news! I can't believe he will be here any day now.

Shellyrm ~ just a country runner said...

That "little help" is uncomfortable but some times it does get things moving. I am sure you've heard all the wives-tales about what to do to get the delivery rolling so I'll spare you.

Unbelievable about no strech marks. You are a lucky girl!

Induction or natural, I love your attitude.

Isn't he an ex-Governor now? Anyway, I feel that people's personal business is just that, personal. I also think that everyone makes mistakes and since we all live it glass houses (from one mistake or another), I don't like to throw stones. I never know when what I'm throwing make hit someone I actually know or care about. (Not that you were throwing stones, just the media in general)

Robin said...

I hated being checked for dilation too--it's just so uncomfortable. Glad to hear things are going well. No swelling--now that's a lucky duck!

runner26 said...

I was 38 wks and 2 days when I went in. Maybe it's just around the corner for you. The worst part is not knowing. But you got lots of great news at the doc. And you're right - checking dilation status is the worst!

Running 365 said...

Ummm....maybe I'm just an ignorant-never-been-preggers, but what is the "gross turkey baster thingy" that has not yet happened to your belly button?! That sounds pretty scary.

Glad all is well though!

Firefly's Running said...

Nice status update! Now just relax and enjoy it!.

N.D. said...

you are doing great! That appt does NOT sound comfortable. I miss going to the dr. In love w/ my doctor :) So close to the end, wow !

savvyfitchica said...

you need to write a book. you're so funny & I'm nowhere near child-rearing but still, I love reading about your pregnancy. Oh man, that totally makes me creepy huh?

Wes said...

LMAO... you are so funny :-)

Adam said...

Well, I suppose the Dr could be saying something like "wow, I can't even tell there is a baby in there!" :)

You're almost there!!