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The very slight taste of fish sticks in the back of my mouth.

Seriously.

This has happened occasionally throughout this pregnancy, where I taste something (just barely) even though I haven’t had it in ever. Happens to be fish sticks this time. And now it’s gone.

The baby is due tomorrow. Today is my last day of work for now, and tonight we have dinner with friends. It’s our usual Thursday dinner with the couple with the now 9-month-old baby, moved back a day because they were out of town yesterday. I now understand how quickly babies grow, as we’ve watched her go from unable to sit up on her own to pulling herself up with the help of the furniture. I wonder if she’s taken any steps yet? She hadn’t as of last week.

Something I forgot to post on Wednesday: after you hit 37 weeks, the midwives want to see you weekly. If you want them to, or if everything isn’t going perfectly, they’ll check your cervix for effacement and dilation. They use their fingers for this, which is uncomfortable and fairly painful, especially if your cervix is still kind of toward the back (in early pregnancy, the uterus tilts and your cervix moves toward your back, staying there until the last few weeks. Mine hasn’t quite got with the program yet; I’m guessing that means Kaelie is going to be fairly late, though I have no evidence for that).

Anyway, in the middle of this uncomfortableness and pain, the baby gave what seemed to me a different sort of kick. The midwife had touched her head through my cervix or uterus, and I think she was startled. Not that I blame her — this would be the first time she’d ever felt something like that. Can you imagine hanging out in your little cocoon of water, surrounded on all sides by soft warm wetness, just chilling…and then something harder than you’ve ever felt before pokes you in the top of the head! What the fuck was that!

Just wait till the birth, kiddo.

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Numb belly. I can only guess that the nerves in my belly skin have spread out to the point where relatively large sections of my belly simply do not have nerves. About a half-inch area around my belly button is completely lacking in sensation. In addition, and I think this is related, a large portion of the front of my belly feels a little tingly instead of itchy. Well, it still gets itchy, but when it’s not itchy it tingles a bit.

Three days till she’s due; four till I get to start complaining that she’s late.

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Week 39

Between the itchy belly, the overnight cramps (not this morning, but yesterday morning and the one before) that keep me only dozing for hours at a time, the peeing every two hours, the inability to eat a decent-sized meal, the heartburn, the thirst, the difficulty getting up and moving around, the ligament and other pains, and the tiredness…I am really getting ready to be done with this whole thing.

I miss running. Hell, I miss walking, and a lot of other things besides. I know life isn’t going to be any easier after the baby’s born, but at least it will be different and I’ll be able to put her down sometimes and go for a run or a ride.

Five more days till the due date.

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In rough chronological order. Most of these (starting around #6) began after month 7. #12 and above are from just the last two weeks or so.

  1. Messiness, particularly relating to food and drink.
  2. General clumsiness and lack of balance.
  3. Brain no workie.
  4. Heartburn as appetite suppressant.
  5. Cravings for foods:
    …that I haven’t had since I was a teenager.
    …that have zero nutritional value.
    …that I don’t even like.
    …that are only available 150 to 1500 miles away.
  6. Inability to turn over at night without waking up.
  7. Possibly related to #5: tiredness; for me this translates into antisocial-ness.
  8. Round ligament pain.
  9. Hip pain.
  10. Pubic bone pain.
  11. Inability to get up off the floor without turning over to kneel first.
  12. Constant itching within a two-inch radius of my belly button.
  13. Sudden, desperate need to pee RIGHT NOW…that turns out to be only a trickle.
  14. The discovery that pregnancy can cause stretch marks four inches above my belly button.
  15. Feet so swollen that I’ve given up on shoes entirely.
  16. The need to sit down for ten minutes after unpacking a single box.
  17. Heartburn due to leaning forward. Come on now.
  18. Near-daily inhalation of my own spit.

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Lists of lists

I’m not kidding. I have a list of lists that I need to make…general unpacking/moving-in, baby prep (divided into “baby’s room prep” and “other baby prep”), furniture we need, groceries and other stuff we need, errands to run…

And some of them overlap. In order to install the car seat in the van, we have to put at least one seat back in. In order to do that, we have to vacuum the van out first (which is on the general unpacking/moving-in list); it’s just easier that way. But before we vacuum the van, we should move the dresser(s) for the baby’s room and probably our room (the dresser for the baby’s room is on the baby’s room prep list, and the dresser for our room is on the furniture list). And that won’t happen until probably Sunday night, so it looks like we won’t be putting the car seat in this weekend. But that’s okay; the baby’s still pretty active, and decreased movement is one of the signs that she’s getting ready to be born, so it will probably still be a little while.

Tomorrow marks the end of week 37, and as of then I am considered full term. Given my family history (as far as I know it) and that this is my first baby, chances are good that she’ll be late rather than early.

I have a list of things I might spend my birthday money on (thanks, Mom and Grandma!) but it consists of only one thing: yarn. Brigitte (the owner of Klose Knit) has some colors of my favorite yarn in the whole wide world that I love but don’t have yet. What will I make with it? I don’t know, but it will be soft and gorgeous! And there are a few other yarns I would love to have…I’d like a skein or two of solid-color sock yarn for lacy socks from the sock book I have. I also need to find a nice shawl pattern for one of the yarns that C’s family has given me — I may make the Adamas shawl with it.

Course, that first requires that I finish my current shawl, Kiri (.pdf), and I figure I’m about 1/4 of the way done with it…maybe. Hard to tell on triangular shawls, but I know I’m not anywhere near halfway done. And it requires concentration, so if I don’t finish it before the baby comes (which I won’t), I’m not sure I’ll have the brainpower to work on it for months afterward.

But we’ll see. I do love that shawl and I miss working on it (I haven’t had time lately to knit anything that complicated). I’m going to try and work on it for a few hours this weekend.

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A little scare

Not terribly scary in the usual sense, but I did make my first call to Labor & Delivery on Friday night. I’d been having regular contractions, like the Braxton-Hicks I’d been having since about the end of the second trimester, but they were regular — once every 7-8 minutes — and a bit painful below the belly. The nurse asked a few questions and told me to drink some water and call back if the answers changed. After I had some water, the contractions and pain stopped. Now I think it was just the baby dropping a bit. I’ve had similar pains off and on in the days following.

Washed a bunch of baby stuff yesterday in with our normal laundry. I hate washing things for the first time; I’m always afraid that the colors will bleed, but they never do. We have a whole bunch of clothes now, and just need to get the dresser at C’s parents’ house to put them in. I’m pretty sure we have a going-home outfit for her, too, complete with booties crocheted by a friend (so cute!).

Unpacking is…going. Slowly. Feels like I put one thing away and then I have to sit down. It’s actually more like a box of things, but it’s still annoying. And of course I can’t move boxes (though that doesn’t stop me from shoving them, which I probably also shouldn’t do) so there’s only so much I can do at a time, and we’re also in need of a few pieces of furniture, like a dresser for our room, another bookcase or two, and shelving for the closets. Still trying to decide where to put stuff.

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