baby sweet pea: 40 weeks

40 week pregnancy bump

The due date has come and gone and I’m now 40 weeks and 4 days pregnant!

Kevin and I headed back to the doctor’s office on Thursday to reconfirm position and check for progress. Luckily, Sweet Pea is still head down – and has stayed head down since last Sunday – so I’m really hoping that he’ll stay this way for good now. I’m thinking maybe he’s just a little directionally challenged like his mom and just took a little longer than most of his fetus friends to figure out where to go.

I’m also now considered to have a favorable cervix for induction, but we aren’t going to hurry and try to get the baby out now, even though he is head down at the moment. I really feel that when labor hits, Sweet Pea will know what to do, and if it turns out that he wants to come out breech, then that’s the way it goes.

However, since I’ve now passed the due date, my prenatal office has scheduled an induction for me anyway because they won’t let the pregnancy go beyond 42 weeks. I’m hoping Sweet Pea will make his entrance before this happens, but if not, Kevin and I are headed to the hospital on Sunday, August 5 to meet our baby. I’ll be 41 weeks, 5 days at that point and just nearing the 42-week end date.

I spent much of the past week feeling pretty exhausted due to averaging about 4 hours of sleep a night. I think it was mostly due to stressing out about the baby’s position, but also because it’s just not comfortable to sleep with 30 pounds strapped to your stomach! Sleep has been better the last two days and I’m now concentrating on staying relaxed and positive. Oxytocin is known to help bring on labor and I’m ready and willing to take in all that I can!

Weight Gain: Another 1/2 pound, so now at 31!
Gender Guesses: Kevin and I are both still leaning towards boy. We also found out that my sister-in-law, Ali, will be expecting a boy this December!
Nesting: The thing that sucks about nesting at 38 weeks is that you have to do it again once you’re overdue. And by nesting, I mean give the house a real good cleaning. Bleh. Anyone want to come over and scrub toilets?  
Pregnancy Clothes: Over it.
Most Hormonal Moment:  After struggling to decide whether to induce or not if baby was still head down, I heard this song “Wait for Me” on the radio and broke down in tears in the car. When you’re overdue, hormones are definitely in overdrive. Gah. Even listening to it now makes me all teary.

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2 Responses to baby sweet pea: 40 weeks

  1. I’ve got my fingers crossed for you that Sweet Pea decides to make his grand exit soon! Hand in there, my friend. 🙂

  2. Susan says:

    Can’t wait for Sweet Pea to get here too!!

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