This morning we dragged our poor birthday boy out of bed for my 36 week doctor appointment.
Drumroll please..... I'm already 1cm dilated and 40% effaced...
Last time I didn't get to 1cm dilated until 37 weeks. The only reason that I know this is because of this blog! Thank you, blog, for keeping me organized!
Anyway, we are so happy that the baby is head down, that his or her health looks great and that they think he or she is about 6 lbs (JM was 6lb 5oz at this point, thank you again, blog). These are all great things! But, damn, knowing that I am progressing already scares the BEJEEBUZ out of me because I am SO NOT READY to go at any time... I have a June newsletter to put together. I have to finish my damn defensive driving for my speeding ticket. I still need to get all the "new" baby stuff washed and sterilized. I have a lot to do beyond that that I've been taking my time on, thinking I have 4 weeks to go. Now granted, I know that women can walk around being dilated and effaced for weeks and it's no big deal, but knowing that I am ahead of where I was with JM and he was 5 days early sends me into a minor panic. That, and Dr. S said he was here this weekend if anything happened. Seriously!? This weekend? !!!
Dr. S also noted on my chart that my labor was 6 hours last time and said that usually labor gets shorter with every pregnancy, so he's thinking that my labor will be around 4 hours this time. Mike better not get too far away! He asked if we lived close to the hospital (thankfully, yes) and offered to drive me there if Mike can't get there. Love my doctor! And as much as I would prefer Mike to drive me to the hospital, would love the story of Dr. S picking me up to carpool to labor. Apparently, he's done it before! How comforting to know that if my body can't make it to the hospital because of Mopac traffic, the doc could deliver me right there on the side of the road amidst the wildflowers...
We got some ultrasound pictures of Noodle this morning that I'll scan in later. They aren't as clear as JM's 36 week pics, but the little one does have chubby cheeks like his brother, for sure!