Things have been quiet around here, well at least on the blog I should say. At home, between the pregnant lady and the 2 year old, things are far from quiet.
On Tuesday we had an ultrasound that revealed what I'd hoped: my cervix has stayed the same length 2.9cm. Yay! I began to think this was a normal pregnancy. I began to think I could do things like linger in Whole Foods for half an hour on the way home from the appointment, perhaps help cook dinner, eat in sitting partially upright, and even give in to some of my overwhelming nesting urges. I'd already tackled the kitchen cabinets (right down to dusting the fire extinguisher in the back of the cabinet under the sink) and I was simply aching to to the closets.
But on Wednesday, my regular OB check (thank God he does manual checks routinely) revealed that the baby has dropped down into labor position and my cervix is ripening (aka getting ready to dilate). Boo. Cue tears and manic preparation for baby's arrival, all while lying inverted on the couch of course.
This would be fantastic if I were 37 weeks but I'm 31. The upside is that while we are far from full term or from the safety zone, we are in a safe-er zone. The down side is that I'm pretty much freaked out now. While many women have stories of the baby dropping early and still carrying to term, dropping is also synonymous with eminent labor.
The good part is it's given me a good kick to get going on new baby prep, which is of course comforting and fun. I'd felt certain that I had 8 weeks left to prepare and so I'd basically done nothing but think about what to do. Something about 2nd time mommyhood makes you think you've got it all covered, but in reality there are new insurance forms to complete, miniature diapers to buy and hospital bags to pack, not to mention hypnobirthing methods to brush up on. I downloaded and began this hypnobirthing home study series by Penny Albertella.
Other than that we can just pray, relax, continue to prepare, and wait. And hopefully my body will keep this little one baking for another 6-8 weeks!