Saturday, May 7, 2011

Thirty-nine Weeks

And nothing seems to be happening. Ugh!

I saw my acupuncturist on Thursday and Friday so that she could put her needles in the points on my hands and feet that are known to bring on labor. I did have some cramping and contractions after my session with her on Thursday, but nothing yesterday. She told me that of the last three patients she saw for this, one went into labor in two days, and the others went into labor within four and five days. So I'm still in that window of time. Hope lives!

I was really hoping Michaela would be born today because it's the Kentucky Derby and Michael was such a big fan of horse racing. The day is still young, but I kind of doubt it will be today. I will watch the derby in honor of Michael. If he were here, he'd be spending this morning handicapping the race. Then he'd ask me which horse or horses I'd like to bet on, and I'd make my choice by choosing a name I liked. My other strategy was to choose long shots because if they win there's a big payout. We'd both have about the same level of success, which is to say we would not have a winning bet. Michael was one to overthink his bets, and I was one to just have fun with it.

The edema in my feet is so bad. Nothing really seems to help either. I've soaked them in epsom salts, put cold packs on them, and had them massaged, but they swell up and that's just the way it is. So I hobble around the best I can. All I can wear at this point are my flip flops.

I had gotten away without buying any maternity sleepwear during my pregnancy, but in the last couple of weeks nothing fit anymore. My mom took me shopping and I bought some BIG nighties. If you need a small tent for a camping trip later this summer, let me know and I'll let you borrow one of my nighties. My maternity pants are also too small. The stretchy panel still fits, but the hips are too small and they are uncomfortable. I bought two maternity dresses at Target and while the weather was hot earlier this week, they were perfect. Now, it's cooled off and we are expecting drizzle or rain for the next three days. All that to say that getting dressed has become quite a challenge. Putting on anything from the waist down is frustrating because I just can't bend over enough. It would be funny if it weren't so frustrating to me.

Anyway, the wait continues.


  1. Hang in there girl! You're in the home stretch and doing a great job. Michaela will be here before you know it.

    I remember the swolleness all too well. About the 3rd day after Gill arrived it really washed right out of me and there was a lot of relief. But I remember being surprised that I actually swelled more immediately following her arrival. I tell you this so you won't be surprised if the same happens. Pregnancy sure wreaks havoc on our poor bodies, doesn't it?


  2. Keeping my fingers crossed for delivery soon!

    I also remember outgrowing my maternity clothes and going to the hospital Oct. 30th in flip flops - miserable! Try to keep thinking sweet little baby girl thoughts!

  3. I hope that you start having pains my friend..
    SHE is coming..I wanted her to come on the 7th sooo bad..
    Love ya..

  4. Thinking of you excited!

  5. Happy Mother's Day, Joanna!!!! Your sweet baby will be in your loving arms before you know it!!!

  6. Oh, Joannah. :-) I am smiling at your descriptions. And you know Michael is smiling, too. Hang in there, Mama. I remember putting my feet up so high to see if the swelling would go down that anyone walking into the living room could see right to my underwear. Did I care? Nope.


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