39 Weeks

Yesterday marked 39 weeks and it was the first day that I really felt pregnant (you know achy back, unmotivated, tired & big)! I’m just thankful that I’ve made it this far with so much energy!

I’m really in awe that I’m at 39 weeks! I remember all the way  back in August when we found out thinking that April was forever away and then during September when I was dealing with morning sickness I didn’t know how I was going to make it through each day! Yet somehow it’s April already and we’re going to meet baby Paxton soon!

This past week has been good. I’ve felt great for the most part, getting out of bed is a bit trickier and a few nights I woke up about 6 or 7 times but I haven’t been unable to sleep which I’m so thankful for!

We went to the doctor on Monday and had a great visit (all except for the fact that I somehow gained 6 pounds…I think it was partially due to having a steak, mashed potatoes & 3 rolls at Logan’s before my visit, at least that’s what I’ll tell myself!) I was 70% effaced and about 1 centimeter dilated. We also scheduled to go ahead and induce on Friday (tomorrow!) My doctor induces after 39 weeks and doesn’t like pregnancies to go beyond 40 so we decided to go ahead and induce on the 16th (which is John David’s dad’s birthday and also my “due date” according to my calculations!) So unless I go into labor today, we’ll be going in at 6 a.m. tomorrow morning to have baby Paxton! (I know inducing is a controversial issue but we fully trust our doctor and are comfortable with our decision.)

I am dealing with mixed emotions at this point. Last night I had a brief moment of sadness because the realization that John David and I will no longer be “just us” hit me. I know things will change and many will be good changes but I will miss being able to tag along with him at work and just deciding to go do things at the spur of the moment. Even though I have some of those emotions, I’m so thrilled to finally meet this baby boy…I’ve been dreaming of being a mommy since I was 4 years old and playing mommy to my many dolls!

24 Replies to “39 Weeks”

  1. I was induced on my first baby and things went very very well. Just remember to stay relaxed, enjoy it as much as possible and if you can, get a room with a tub. You will really enjoy the soothing water and it really helped speed the process up for me. I used it before I got my epidural and it is amazing how it takes away the pain. Bring some extra socks (like a few pair) as my doc ended up breaking my water for me and I went through them like crazy. Also prepare to pace the halls. Walking speeds things up. God bless your day tomorrow and really, just enjoy it!!

  2. Best of luck with your labor. Remember that the goal of labor is your healthy baby, and never take your eye off that goal. Your labor nurse is your advocate and friend. Share your fears and goals with her, and she can do everything possible to help you through the experience.

    You will do great!

    -Katy Wolk-Stanley

  3. You look great first off! I hope I’m still feeeling as good as you in 2 weeks. I’ve been rolling over the idea of inducing myself lately. I don’t know how I feel about it though. I know that I want to have a drug-free birth and I do not want to go past 40 weeks. I think I need to discuss this option with my ob since I have yet to do so. I will be praying for you and your little one. CONGRATS. And as for you and your Hubby enjoy a relaxing evening together. And don’t forget tomorrow will be the happiest day of your lives!

    1. Hi Crystal — Something to keep in mind if you want to have a drug-free birth. Pitocin is actually a VERY strong drug. 😉 And for many, many moms, it brings on the domino effect for other drugs and interventions. If you want to do it naturally (I’m preparing for my 4th natural birth right now) I say go for it! It’s a wonderful, affirming experience. God made our bodies for this. 🙂

  4. So excited for you to meet your little one tomorrow!

    I understand your mixed emotions. My husband and I were just talking the other night about how simple things were before our Elizabeth arrived in November. Not that we would ever change how things turned out as we love being parents, but there are times we just long for things to be simple once again.

    Enjoy today to its fullest because tomorrow will most likely be the most exciting and exhausing day of your life!

  5. How exciting! Hope all goes super well tomorrow!!

    I’m glad to hear you say that you are having little “sad moments” about it no longer being just the 2 of you. I am 38 weeks right now and have had those same feelings, even though I’m incredibly excited for the baby to come. So glad to know I’m not the only one. 🙂

  6. Good luck to you!

    Just so you know, even as an experienced mom of four, I get a bit nostalgic before the birth of each baby. Adding a new person to your family alters your life for eternity, so it is very normal to have moments of sadness over what is being lost and left behind…even in the midst of the joy.

    That being said, having our children has made my husband and I closer than ever before. In addition, I respect him with such a depth and intensity. I’ve always HAD those feelings, but watching him father our babies has grown my love in ways I never expected.

    Blessings and prayers follow you on this new chapter of your story.

  7. I’ve been following your blog since you posted freezer cooking for the baby and we are almost due at the same time. I’m also 1 cm yesterday and 50% effaced, but I feel our baby girl coming on strong and quick since it’s my fourth. I was induced with my first and took an epidural, but did it w/o drugs on baby 3 and 4. The contractions were more difficult with induction. You’ll do wonderful b/c you have a supportive husband and God by your side. I’ll check in later to see your new baby and I’ll share mine at my blog too.

  8. Best of Luck to you, John David, and baby Paxton!! I will be checking back to see how things go.


  9. I can’t wait to “meet” baby Paxton! I totally understand about having mixed emotions, change is a scary thing, even when it’s something as exciting as a new baby 🙂 Praying that all goes well for you and the baby tomorrow!

  10. Hi Rachel,

    First of all, you look absolutely beautiful. You will be amazed when you hold your sweet baby for the first time and it will be hard to grasp that he was ever in your belly. :o) This is such a precious time. Don’t be shy to ask for what you need while you’re in labor. Your hubby and your labor nurse(s) are your advocates.

    The sadness you feel at leaving this season of life is normal. But the first time you see your husband holding your baby, you will fall in love with him all over again. I will be praying for you and your little family. Can’t wait to see pictures of the little guy. God bless you.

  11. Best of luck to you! Praying for you and baby Paxton. Can’t wait to see pictures of your new little boy!

  12. I just read your post today(Friday), so I didn’t get to reply earlier, but I hope everything goes well for you. You look wonderful and it is a really big change for you and your husband, but words cannot even describe what you will both be feeling once you hold baby Paxton in your arms for the first time! I can’t wait to see pictures of your sweet baby. Remember to take it easy and try not to do to much when you get home, you need to rest! Will keep you in my prayers.

  13. Congratulations! I hope the birth experience is everything you wanted it to be. Enjoy those precious first few days with your little one.

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