I was somewhat disappointed that the first internal examination is done at 37 weeks. I won’t know until next week if there has been any progress made by the constant contractions. Though the contractions still aren’t regular, they certainly feel like the ones that made progress with Jacob. While I’m certainly not thrilled about the idea of an internal exam next week I am excited in that it means the end is drawing near and we’re soon to meet our baby. We now move on to visits each week until the baby arrives; time for a true countdown.
I appear to be the last member of the household to recover from the latest bug. I spent last week lying on the bed holding a sick Jacob and then this week lying on the bed trying not to think about how sick I felt. Through it all, the baby has been very active. I think that’s partially because I’ve been unable to eat much and the poor thing has been hungry. As the week progressed and I was able, I made a conscious effort to eat more frequently, even if it wasn’t a truly balanced meal. I figured that if at least a bowl of cereal or a piece of toast would stay down it was better than nothing at all. Jacob was a great help. He played quietly in his room while I lay on our bed. He climbed up and rubbed my back, as I’d done for him, in an attempt to make me feel better. He handed me water glass after water glass and was just a spectacular little boy. He’s so compassionate that it’s hard to believe he’s only two years old.
Once I was feeling better, Jacob and I spent an entire day getting our car repaired and shopping for the baby. We’ve finally purchased those pesky diaper covers, the stroller, new car seat, a supply of cloth (and some disposable) diapers, a few new outfits (some pink, just in case), a gift for Jacob to give the baby and one for the baby to give to him and assorted odds and ends to make newborn care easier. Now all that remains is to set up the nursery and wait.