Today, I am 40 weeks pregnant. Holy moly. I'm huge, have been told I waddle, pee every 2 hours (that's the maximum amount of time I can go), and need a crane to get out of bed.
But you know what? I have really liked being pregnant. Sure there are some annoying things about pregnancy - but seriously, my body just grew a baby. I have a full-grown baby just hanging out in my belly, that I'm about to give birth to. How freaking amazing is that?!
This pregnancy has taught me to trust my body. To have faith in it. And, it's taught me to trust my natural instincts. One of my close friends said this weekend, that pregnancy really does remind us how primal a process it is. I completely agree. If you take a step away from all the medical mumbo jumbo, and focus on how much the body is accomplishing, it truly is amazing.
Baby girl was guestimated to be about 7 pounds a few weeks ago, so I imagine she's closer to 8 pounds by now. Although, I wouldn't be surprised if she's about as big as I was when I was born (7 lbs 4 ounces I think).
Ian and I had a little chat with her last night. As much as I want her to be here already, we don't want to push things to happen before they're supposed to. As you know, I'm going for a natural, unmedicated birth, so it seems to go with that goal that I feel things will happen when they're supposed to. Maybe first time mamas tend to go late because our bodies need more time to prepare for the birth. So we talked to our little one - we told her we can't wait to meet her. We told her we love her. We told her how amazing it is going to be to lock eyes with her for the first time. We told her to listen for our voices, because we'll be talking to her throughout the birth and once she's out. We told her we're ready for her to be here, no matter when or how she gets here.
I have had mild contractions since last night - but nothing that kept me awake. Still just hanging out!