I think I'm finally mentally ready for this baby. At our appt last Tuesday, I'm not sure I was 100% there yet as far as being ready, but now I am. And I'm not ready because I want her out of me because I'm uncomfortable, I'm just ready to move on to the next stage in my life and to meet this little person I've been "growing" for the past 10 months. I keep hearing from numerous people how they are SO ready to be "unpregnant" the last few weeks of their pregnancy, but I guess I haven't been all that uncomfortable. Sure I'm not as comfortable and mobile as I am when I'm not pregnant, and shaving my legs is damn near impossible, but I'm definitely not miserable.
My OB appt is at 3:20pm tomorrow. Mark and Julie (doula) are going with me. I think I'm going to ask Dr. Branaman about stripping my membranes to see if that speeds things up some. The theory behind that is the dr basically runs her finger around the top side of the cervix which separates the water bag from the cervix and releases proglastins, which is what naturally induces labor. It's not a guarantee that I'll go into labor, but it's worth a shot. If that doesn't work, we're going to talk to her about breaking my water on Tuesday. Mark and I have discussed it a lot, and we've decided that we'd really like our OB to deliver our baby, and our OB leaves Friday for 2 weeks. She was measuring at 39 1/2 weeks last week, so I'm not too worried about her not being ready to come out and I'd definitely prefer to have her smaller when she's born. Plus my situation is a little bit different since last week I was 5 cm dilated. If I was 1-2 cm dilated, our decisions might be different, but I'm already halfway there. And who knows? I might be even more dilated at my appt tomorrow. In fact, I'll be disappointed if I'm not past 5cm tomorrow.
I am just so darn excited to have this baby. My fears are basically gone, although I'm sure that'll be different when I'm on my way to the hospital. But we really just can't wait to meet our little girl. If I have her tomorrow or Tuesday, Mark will be able to stay home with me until next Tuesday, which would be perfect, and my mom would fly down on Monday and help me out after Mark goes back to work.
On a side note, I've been having some pretty decent contractions today. A few even woke me up from a nap. They have been by far, my most noteable contractions to date, and they were even coming every 5 mins for a little bit, but they've pretty much stopped now. Bummer. They were getting a little bit painful, but nothing I couldn't handle. I was all ready to pack up and head to the hospital. I was almost excited to go to the hospital! What the heck is wrong with me??