No Baby Yet

My Braxton Hicks contractions have been much stronger, almost painful, and more frequent since Friday night. I also started spotting then, which is new for me, but apparently not an issue. I feel quite a lot of downward pressure with each one, but nothing else is going on. I stopped answering the phone sometime last week, and I don’t want to go to Mass this morning, but if we go elsewhere, people will assume the obvious, and the phone will ring that much more often. Some people might even show up at the house!

I told Davey I wanted to go out for lunch this afternoon, since I can’t really take another sitting-at-home day. “How about Subway?” he asked.

“The one in town?” I raised my eyebrows. “I don’t care where we go, as long as nobody knows us. I don’t want to talk to people.”

“Okay…” he said. So now we’re going to a more distant Subway, and adding in a little thrift store browsing, too. Much better.

I keep googling things like “signs of imminent labor”. By all accounts, I should have delivered this baby three days ago. There are no signs of imminent labor that I have not checked off the list, except today’s: baby moves less frequently. I keep laying down to make sure the little one is still okay, since that’s the only way I’m guaranteed some sort of effort on baby’s part. But whenever I woke through the night, baby was still when I’d normally expect movement. Till I rolled over. According to the “signs of imminent labor” lists, I’ve got 24 hours. We’ll see.

Fortunately, my friend Jenny sent me a little doppler device months ago, so I can hear the baby’s heartbeat and not worry. Nice and strong at 148 beats per minute. 🙂 Thanks, Jenny!

6 Comment

  1. Oh, I am so glad that little doplar thing has been able to give you peace of mind, just like it did for me until I held that babe in my arms! Praying for you and checking in frequently to see how you are doing. I can’t wait to see this newest little baby!

  2. Prayers for you, Jennie! I was in your overdue shoes a month ago and I can totally relate to wanting to hide from all the questions. How wonderful it will be to have your babe in your arms at last!

  3. Oh, my darling sister!!! 🙂 How excited we are here for you! 🙂 The kids ask me every morning if there’s any news about your new little one yet. We are all praying for you and hope you try not to worry too much.

    SO much love heading your way from Virginia! ♥

  4. All in good time! But, having been there too often, I hope it’s soon!!!

  5. Spotting usually accompanies cervical changes, so something must be happening. I’ve experienced some very spaced out labors, and for me it’s quality/ intensity that matters. Timing and intervals, not so much. This time last year, I was waiting too. I just wanted everyone to leave me alone, and the midwives were driving me crazy with their 42 week deadline. George should have turned one by now. I’ll be praying for everything to progress in a healthy manner.

  6. Sounds like early labor to me! Hang in there. You can do it. We’re all cheering you on.

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