First of all, a pregnancy update for those of you who've been wondering!!
1 week 1 day until my due date and, YES, Ethan is still on the INside!!
He just did a nice flippy thing as I typed that! :) He's definitely a squirmy little thing. They say they run out of room to do much moving at this phase, but not my boy! He's as monkey-like as ever, jabbing and poking me and flipping around in there! PHEW!
As an update, I was making some progress at my 38 week appointment last Wednesday.
**** TMI alert!!! ****
I was 2 cm dilated and softening then and I am almost positive that he is sitting lower now, as he has been kicking me lower and pressing on different nerves--plus my belly sort of flattened out over the weekend!! I definitely feel and look different this week, and have had plenty of Braxton Hicks and cramping, and some "practice contractions," too. Nothing to get excited about, though--just a lot of discomfort!!
This Wednesday (the 29th) I go back to my doctor and she's planning to sweep my membranes. Any of you ladies have that done?? I've heard it can get things going if they're already going (which they apparently are for me)...or it can just cause a lot of cramping and spotting. Either way, it'll work (or not work) within 48 hours, so we'll know by Friday evening. I'm figuring I'm up for anything to get things moving! I am beyond ready to be done.
If nothing is happening by Friday, I'm betting I'll easily make it to my due date of May 6. I'm helping with a ladies' luncheon at church Saturday so they all have mixed emotions about whether they WANT me there or not--but I figure if I'm still pregnant, I'll be glad for the distraction!
By the way, our son was born at 40 weeks and 6 days, which is another 14 days away, so...we could have a while yet to wait!!
Here's a picture of my from 38.5 weeks after church. How can a belly grow this much without exploding, I wonder????
As for crafting, I've got a few projects going on to keep myself pleasantly occupied and not obsessing over when Ethan will make his debut! :)
I love making these decorative file folders and my mom spotted this paper and requested it for a set for her kitchen to hold recipes, coupons, invitations, etc. I love how they turned out!
I'm also working on robot-themed birthday party invitations for an old high school friend I re-connected with on Facebook. I've had fun with these!
Then I tried my first note card holder with 4 note cards inside, all with different sentiments. It's in my shop as a Mother's Day or Grad gift. I think I'll be making more of these.
Thankfully, I have about 13 more robot cards to make and paper for another four or five sets of folders to keep me busy!
In the meantime, we're just waiting for Ethan to make his debut--and of course I'll let you know as soon as I can after he's here!! Thanks for your well wishes and prayers...
**** UPDATE!!! ****
Wednesday, April 29.
Saw my OB today--no progress!! He's not any lower or any more engaged and there are no signs of his impending arrival. My blood pressure was good and my belly measurement is fine--I even gained .5lbs of the 2 I lost last week! That's a good thing, by the way, because I definitely wasn't "eating for two" as I should have been.
Anyway, we checked out fine and she expects us to easily make it to my next appointment on Tuesday, the day before my due date. Of course, things can change quickly and I'll keep you posted!