Saturday, March 12, 2011, 9:23PM.
Yesterday, Friday March 11 at 3:45PM, I went for my 40th week check-up and my Midwife said that I was 2cm dilated already and 50% effaced. The baby had dropped slightly as of the week before so I was also measuring below previous. Since I actually went from 0-6cm dilation in 6 hours with Sam, I was quite hopeful that I would jump much more quickly into active labor this time around.
Well — as you can see from the time stamp on this post — I wasn’t so lucky. My Midwife says it’s also normal and I can go, even on my 2nd pregnancy, for even another week at 2cm. Please, dear Lord, let that not be the case. I would really like to give birth already.
We’ve already done two of the three things she prescribed at my check-up, which is to eat spicy foods and walk walk walk (Don’t ask what the 3rd item on her list was). My Midwife says the impatience is a classic cure for any labor anxiety too — it’s like you just want to get it over with already. That is somewhat true.
Since my status post on Facebook earlier this week about reaching 39 weeks, 4 days pregnant, everyone has been monitoring my progress, sending me messages or asking questions in all of two words — STILL PREGNANT?
So to everyone thinking of me and wondering if I am already in labor or have already given birth — thank you for doing so, for checking in and for keeping us in your thoughts. We really appreciate it, and I do wish all your wishful thinking will move this baby forward (in this case, out and into my arms)! Hopefully by calling it out like this as well, it will be a classic case of “speaking too soon” and I will magically go into labor tonight.
While I am grateful that my girls are healthy and strong, I still wonder why am I one of those mothers selected to carry to term and beyond. The only reason I can think of is that both my daughters take after their father: Always late, most of the time, just barely making it on time. His relatives and our closest friends reading this will know exactly what I mean!