So so close yet my lack of patience is making it feel far away at the same time…
*I had a doctor’s appointment yesterday and the baby is doing great! The doctor said I am 50% effaced, 2 cm dilated and the baby feels low.
*I had my first leg cramp in the middle of the night this week. I used to get those all of the time with Skye’s pregnancy but this one was my first with this pregnancy. Back to eating more bananas each day.
*I miss loving Mexican food restaurants very much (Cafe Rio must think I moved out of the state or something). Mexican restaurants are usually our go-to choice but it has been so long since it has sounded good. Maybe that will be my first meal after having this baby?! Overall, food in general is tasting better than it has this entire pregnancy. Dinner is still a little hit or miss but I can eat anything and everything for breakfast and lunch.
*The other day I NEEDED a soup & bread bowl from Kneaders. We went to Kneaders and when they told us that they were out of the bowls but they had plenty of soup (with bread on the side), Andrew knew exactly what to do… We got back in the car and drove to another Kneaders. He is beyond good to me.
*We also had a caramel apple afterwards to complete my perfect meal at this point in pregnancy. Smoothies are also happening most days of the week.
*My Braxton Hicks contractions have been so crazy this last week. There are nights where I wake up from them (they are not as consistent or painful as labor contractions… just intense). If this was my first then I am pretty sure I would have gone into the hospital at least 10 times already thinking I’m in full labor!
*I stayed up until 11 the other night just for fun and Andrew was shocked. I don’t think I have done that since before I got pregnant.
*30.29 miles of running last week and with each day my average pace is slowing down a bit more. I’m very grateful for the movement I’ve been able to get throughout this pregnancy because it sure helps my brain with all of the hormone changes.
*My brain and memory feel like they have officially vanished. I am having the hardest time remembering simple things so I have to write down each and every little thing that needs to happen or else it will never happen.
*Skye has helped me out a lot to make sure I never have to bend down to get anything. She hands me the laundry or picks up anything I drop as quick as can be.
*The baby officially loves to kick my ribs now. My right ribs are so sore right now from this little one which I really remember happening with Brooke too at this point.
*My belly button feels as though it is going to pop off at any moment right now too. Those of you that have had twins or triplets… how did your body do it?! (Sarah Marie sweatshirt)
*The other day on IG I posted about how I am planning on getting an epidural. I had a few people question (in very nice and respectful way!!) why as an endurance athlete, I can endure the pain of long races but want to get an epidural for birth. I love whatever decision anybody ever makes when it comes to this and I think I figured out my why for wanting an epidural… I don’t go into a race after 40 weeks of puking on and off (fun fact.. that started up again this last week some nights) and exhaustion ha. I’m feeling a bit done right now (rather than rested and antsy to get moving like it does before a race after the taper) so an epidural sounds really nice. I will continue to be beyond amazed by every woman and any choice they make.
*I started packing my hospital bag but feel like I can’t remember the things that I REALLY needed there last time, can you help me remember the really important stuff? With Brooke and Skye I ended up only staying one night at the hospital but I’m not sure what we will do this time. I told my sister we might stay a week since she will have the other three kids while we are there.
What did you choose? Epidural or no epidural?
Can you think of anything random that you HAD to have with you at the hospital so I don’t forget anything!
Tell me if your dilation/effacement meant anything with how soon your labor was?