well i wasn't very far off base when i said i had a feeling leila was coming early. i had this feeling in my gut that SOMETHING was going to happen this week. and waddayaknow, a few things did!
first of all, leila dropped. and let me say how GLORIOUS it is to be free of the rib pain. i can breathe so much better than before. all of her movement is much lower now and there are times when i think she's going to plum drop out of me while i'm walking to the printer. well, you know what i mean. :-)
now for a disclaimer: this is about to get a bit gross. do not read on if you don't want to know about the other anatomical pregnancy shiz that people don't tell you about. i'm the first to say that i couldn't handle seeing the word "uterus" on my sister's blog during her pregnancy, let alone what i'm about to discuss. but this is my blog, and i like having a record of how my pregnancy has progressed. AND i've given you all a disclaimer so you can't blame me if you toss your wheaties over this.
ok. i lost my mucus plug. insert vomit sounds and shoulder cringes here. the first time i heard that term was in childbirth class a couple weeks ago and i wasn't a happy camper about it. i was like wtf, do i really need to know this!? it's GROSS. that term is GROSS. now i'm glad we had that conversation in childbirth class bc otherwise i wouldn't have known what was happening to me earlier this week and would've had to google descriptive phrases when i got home from work (there's no way i let THAT show up on my internet history at work.) so yeah, that happened. of course i had to take a poll of my siblings and closest friends to get a timeline in my head of when shiz is gonna get real. and of course i got varying responses. one person went into labor 2 days later, another one week later, and yet a third person two weeks later. i called my favoritest nurse at my ob-gyn's office and she said losing your mucus plus means your body is getting ready and you are likely a bit dilated, but labor is not necessarily imminent. much like my poll, she said it could be a couple days or a couple weeks.
now enter sigh of exasperation here. why can't these signs give me a more specific timeframe!?
i've also been having braxton-hicks contractions lately. so that makes me feel like it's coming soon too.
that said, my premonitions are gone now. i don't have any more gut feelings. i knew something was gonna happen this week, and it did! i'm going in for a 36 week appointment today and i'm hoping it'll help jake and i rest easy about next week. he doesn't want me to go to san antonio for fear that i'll go into labor then. but if i see my ob-gyn today and have zero progress, i'll feel loads better about going. if i'm something crazy like 4cm dilated (highly doubtful) then i'll know i should cancel my plans for next week. such a conundrum, i want to have progress because i'm anxious for leila to be here, but i don't want progress because i want to at least be full-term and want to take my certified floodplain manager exam next week!
the joys of pregnancy. :-)