Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Due-Dee-Due-Dee-Due

Today is my due date. The day that seemed like forever away when I sat in my RE's office for our last visit and she spun the wheel around and landed here. The day that seemed an abstract impossibility before that, when I struggled to even get a positive pregnancy test.

I feel all kinds of emotions. I have the kind of gratitude one can only have after going through a long battle with IF then reaching the finish line on a complicated pregnancy. I think back to the fear I had while lying in that hospital bed listening to the NICU doctor explain the challenges we'd face with a 28-week-old preemie, and I'm amazed and relieved that we made it beyond that point. I think of all the moments of fear I've had – some rational, some nowhere near it – since discovering I was pregnant and feel so proud of myself and my ability to forge through and keep this baby healthy.

On the other hand. I am human, and human women who reach 40 weeks pregnant are, shall we say, eager to get the show on the road. I learned at my ultrasound yesterday that this baby is approximately (understanding that the u/s can be wrong by as much as a pound either way) 8 lbs 15 oz, and frankly the idea of keeping him baking in me is becoming frightening. I want to meet this little guy before he's the size of a six-month-old.

So far, today has been uneventful. I know the baby descended because his head was directly on my cervix yesterday. So things are moving in the right direction. But for now I'm still watching and waiting, doing the gestational equivalent of twiddling my thumbs, until he makes his desire to emerge known.

8 comments:

LT said...

How exciting that you've made it to 40 weeks! Congratulations... I'll be checking in on you frequently and can't wait to hear the good news!

missing_one said...

yay! you made it!
Of course I get nervous about going past a due date, so don't let them let you go too far past.
*hugs* now to the home finish!!
I'm hoping you get to meet you little one soon!

Amanda said...

Yes, it's great that you've made it, but I completely understand wanting to get the show on the road. I hate to admit it, but it's almost nice to be told "We won't let you go past 40 weeks." Hopefully you don't have to wait too much longer.

And to try to provide a little comfort on the size issue, my MFM says they are generally over estimates, but regardless, bigger babies are a little intimidating and that's another reason I'm looking forward to getting him out sooner rather than later.

bunny said...

go little good egg, go! thinking of you! xo bunny

Heather said...

Good luck!!! Very exciting!!

Queenie. . . said...

Yay for making it there!

My u/s five dats before I delivered estimated my baby to be 7lbs 13 ounces, and she was only 7 lbs when she was born.

Good luck with your delivery!

birdsandsquirrels said...

Woo hoo Egg! You've made it to 40 weeks! Congratulations! What an amazing journey. I hope your little one gets moving soon. I can only imagine how uncomfortable you are by now. I hope you have a super easy, quick, minimal pain delivery. I can't wait for your post announcing your baby's birth!

areyoukiddingme said...

Come on baby! Everyone wants to meet you!