I made it to 34 weeks yesterday, praise God! What a crazy week it has been, I can’t even express the insane amount of things we have needed to get done, and with half the hands to do it all. My husband is the most amazing husband of all the husbands. I guess when he said “in sickness and in health” he really meant it! He is absolutely my hero.
So here’s where we’re at right now, a week ago I started having regular, working contractions. Despite my attempts at “resting” (aka only getting one child ready for Church instead of four) they continued to get longer, stronger and closer together. A visit to the midwife and some medication were able to knock them out, but they aren’t gone by any means.
I have had contractions every day since then, they are triggered by movement and standing, or if I sit up for too long. If I starting having them and don’t take steps to stop them (lay down, take an Epsom salt bath, etc.) they will gain momentum and we’ll be right back to where we started. The more times I go too far, the easier and faster they seem to be triggered. I could do more without triggering them at the beginning of the week than I can now.
I had to take some more medication on Christmas because I went to the service the night before and did just a bit too much walking between rooms on Christmas day. So by the time evening rolled around, they had gotten themselves into a comfortable 3 minutes apart again. (They’re always worse in the evening after being awake the whole day, and sometimes non-existent in the mornings after laying down for several hours straight.) Needless to say, I pretty much spent the rest of the next day in bed.
It doesn’t look like the contractions are going away any time soon, so the plan is to make it to 36 weeks at least. I’m hoping I can go off of bed rest that day because it also happens to be January 10th. It’s Hope’s very first birthday home with us and I’d love to be up and bustling around to help celebrate!! I have plans! There will be more Christmases but this is her only 10th birthday, her golden birthday, her first birthday home! I really, really want to be up and about.
So… here I sit resting and resting and resting and hoping that in two weeks I will be ready to do some moving and that this baby won’t come out for three weeks. (If I make it to 37 weeks I get to use my new birth tub!!) Thank you all so much for everything! What a crazy year it has been. Maybe we’ll get all the craziness out in January and we can just work on settling in as a new family of seven for the next eleven months. I think I’ve had plenty of excitement for a year or two.
Merry Christmas, and if you don’t hear from me before then, a Happy New Year as well!