38 weeks pregnant

I’ll be 38 weeks pregnant in a couple days. All is going well. I’m still able to manage the gestational diabetes pretty well with diet and oral meds. According to my OB, they may induce me at 40 weeks, as opposed to 39 weeks, which I had previously thought. I’ve asked her to discuss with the high-risk OB doc the possiblility of not inducing as long as all the tests and ultrasounds continue to go well. We’ll see what they say. You kind of have to weight the pros and the cons of induction versus waiting to see if it’s worth the risk or not. My due date according to my chart is January 29th, not the 28th like I had thought, but that’s no big difference. They’re going by a dating ultrasound that I had earlier in the pregnancy to come up with that due date. My next ultrasound to get an estimate of the baby’s weight is on January 19th. I’m seeing my OB every week right now, plus going in for fetal non-stress testing twice a week and an ultrasound to check my amniotic fluid index once a week. Lots of appointments! I’m still feeling pretty good. I’m starting to slow down. I can’t walk around comfortably as much as before. The baby doesn’t seem to have “dropped” yet, but I’m starting to have more and stronger practice contractions, mostly when I am up and around a bunch. I had a hard time getting from one end of Costco to the other the other night because of some mild contractions. I had to walk nice and sloooooow. So yeah, if you were one of the people there staring at the pregnant lady walking really slow and wondering if I was in labor, that was me, and no I was not… it was just my uterus getting some practice.

Nathan’s work has asked that he try to be available (on call?) on the 29th and afterwards because that’s a transition time for PNM to have the gas and electric portions of the company split. Great timing, huh? So now Nathan has to train a co-worker to be his back up, just in case we’re busy having a baby. My other idea is to have a delivery room set up in the 3rd floor conference room of the PNM building… that could work too.

My baby shower just passed this weekend. It was lots of fun, great food, great friends and just a grand old time without the boys being there. I’m sort of in an anti-nesting phase as of this week… I don’t want to do much cleaning or preparing of the house at this point. That seems to have passed when I was 7 months pregnant. What I really want to do is sleep in late, make time for my afternoon nap, read, and go to bed early. 🙂 My energy is starting to wane. I guess it’s a different kind of nesting, in a way… kind of like how a bird will just sit on the egg and just wait… that’s what I want to do… sit on my egg and wait for hatching time. It will come soon enough and I know that when hatching time comes, I won’t be getting much sleep after that for a while. Wow, I need a nap just from typing all of this! 🙂

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