I've thought about doing the blog post that will follow this one for a while, but I waited until I was in a semi-good mood (translation: wouldn't start sobbing while thinking of these things) to write it.
So...before I delve into the main part of this post (or main point)...I'll give a quick update on things. Yeah, still pregnant. Boy how it's getting entertaining to be reminded of it every day...I mean, not in a bad way (technically, not "full term" until this coming Thursday), but more in the sense that my body has been through so much that people (friends, acquaintances, doctors and so on) are starting to feel a little bit sorry for me. Or maybe that I feel a bit sorry for myself. Probably both.
In any case, since last Thursday (the 36 week mark), we've had two NSTs and an AFI ultrasound. Now, I refer to what I said in the previous paragraph, because at each of the NSTs, the tech does the monitoring for 20 minutes, leaves me hooked up and goes to review it with one of the doctors. Each time, she comes back and reports that Dr. So-n-so went over it and was surprised I've gone this long or something to the effect of why haven't I had the baby yet. Today was really no different, in that the monitor was picking up 4-5 contractions every 10 minutes (so, um, do the math...one contraction every 2 or 3 minutes...eep!). Granted, only one or two out of those in a 10 minute span I REALLY feel, the others barely register on my radar.
The AFI on Friday was fine too (about 19.5cm fluid measured...plenty still!). The ultrasound person at the other office is a bit more business than the other one (who loves to go looking for the cute pictures).
Other that...Thursday to Monday was pretty good. I realized it's my first full weekend out of the hospital for a while! Thursday we made it to meet the teacher night at Daniel's school...he got to explore a little more, pick his cubby out, and (attempt) to meet some of his classmates. I almost hoped that hoofing it everywhere might rustle up some contractions, but no such luck!
Friday came, and it was Mike's birthday! We went out to Sweet Tomatoes for lunch and had a pretty relaxing day before the kids came home. Saturday we made a quick trip to Target to get a few supplies and Daniel a new backpack for school. He was VERY excited to pick out his backpack that came complete with lunch box! We also went swimming and later on Daniel went and got a haircut. Sunday wasn't bad either, just preparing everyone for the early morning today!
So...today was Daniel's first day of school. We got up, got showered and went to get up the kids (they've been spoiled this summer...sleeping in a bit later!). Daniel got up, and just as he was about dressed, the bus showed up (the communication that we were taking him today didn't get to the driver, and they never contacted us with the pick-up time...but no harm no foul!). We quickly got Jared up, dropped Jared off at daycare and made our way to Daniel's school...just in time to line up to go inside! He was so excited to see his old preschool teacher, Ms. Bonnie...and she was right there by his line and got to talk to him for a little while. Right after they made their way in, we had to make our way quickly back to the car to the NST appointment.
Well...that is that...coming full circle with everything. I'm still in a holding pattern. I keep telling myself that I can be patient, but whether I practice that patience is another story!