I’m so excited that we have moved into the two-week doctor appointments. It sure makes the time seem to fly by faster. Unfortunately, this was an off week and I spent the entire seven days wishing it were next week so we could go listen to our little one’s heartbeat again.
When I was pregnant with Jacob I had my first internal exam at 36 weeks. While that is by no means my favorite way to spend time at the doctor’s office, it did make the “end” seem that much closer. (Of course the news they gave me was that my cervix was fully intact and not at all dilated which was somewhat depressing.) This time I fully expect to hear the same news, so if anything appears to be happening I’ll be very excited. All I know is that sooner or later these silly “practice” contractions will have to turn into the real thing. I’m just not sure if I can wait another five weeks to get to the real ones!
I don’t know whether to be discouraged or relieved that I no longer feel like splitting in half every time I try to take a step. The baby has seemingly moved a bit, so that it’s not resting directly on bone. All in all I’m more comfortable, but the thought that the baby isn’t dropping is discouraging. I know that in second pregnancies the baby may not drop or engage until labor actually begins, but I did find it encouraging during Jacob’s pregnancy when people would comment that the baby appeared to have “dropped.” It just seemed to make the final moment seem all the closer. I suppose I should be happy that the pain has let up a bit this week.
Rob and I have made progress on the baby preparation front. We’ve finally decided on a tandem stroller. Unfortunately, to use it as we’d like requires purchasing a new travel system, complete with baby car seat. We’d planned to re-use the seat we’d bought for Jacob, but the manufacturer does not make a tandem stroller and the seat will not safely fit onto another stroller. Actually, this will work out in the end, as it means we’ll have two infant seats and two toddler seats for our two cars.