Practicing Patience

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I took this picture on my walk this morning. Isn’t instagram great? 38 w6d belly!
I had a midwife appointment today. No progress to report. Literally. My weight was the same as last week, my blood pressure was the same as last week and my cervix? Yep. Same as last week. 1 cm and 50% effaced.

I have to admit…I had sort of convinced my self that I was going to be progressed further. I was disappointed when she said there had been no change. BUT it is ok. I am not overdue, and until last week I had been mentally preparing myself to go past my due date, since so many first time moms do. We talked about options, and I said I wanted to hold off on induction until medically necessary, even if that means I get super impatient, because it’s better for the baby.
The midwife also told me “you definitely do NOT have a small baby in there.” Which, I knew. My belly is measuring 2 weeks ahead, I was over 8 pounds at birth and my husband was, are you sitting down, OVER ELEVEN POUNDS.
My poor vagina.
So…my plan is to practice patience, and go for daily walks as well as practice swiveling my hips. Apparently it helps move the baby down. The goal: healthy baby. The hope? No induction!

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Pregnancy: Final Two Week Must-Haves

Well, I am 38 week and 3 days pregnant, and I suppose I could “go” at anytime! I think that is the worst part of the end of pregnancy, the constant apprehension and wondering of every twinge means it’s time.

I have discovered a few things that I cannot do with out lately.

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First: a pedicure. My toe nails are growing at an alarming rate, and I cannot reach them. I really do want janky feet in the delivery room, so for the first time in my life, I have been getting regular pedis. I sure once I am pushing I will not give two craps about my toes.

Second: a place to put my feet up. I am finally having some swelling in my feet and lower legs and having them elevated feels best.

Third: the black jersey skirt you see in the picture. It is Old Navy maternity and has one of those fold over waist bands. It is great for my sporadically warm climate, infinitely comfortable, an should work post-partum as well.

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Fourth: green smoothies. I am feeling very apathetic about salads lately. I can’t tell if it is true food aversion, or laziness, but I can’t stand the idea of making my own salad (prepared by others…no problem). This smoothies contains: 2 cups spinach, 1 orange, 1 green apple, one banana, and a dash of ground ginger. I have also added carrots with success. Throw in a splash of water if you like more thin consistency.

I am also happy to report that every task on my pregnancy to-do list is now complete! Just hoping the cloth diapers arrive before the baby so I can get them all sorted!