Due Date – An Update

By Cedar | May 1, 2011

Well it has come and gone. A day I never thought would arrive; the due date. I have been counting down the days to April 30th for the past 40 weeks–280 days. I knew there was a good chance that baby would not arrive before that day, and that the odds of her arriving on that day were slim, but I didn’t realize how difficult that would be. Now that it has passed and baby is still not here, I suspect each day she stays put will get more and more difficult. I have had a relatively easy pregnancy, but now everything just hurts. My tummy feels so tight and cramped. My skin aches. The mild itch that I had about a month ago and went to the doctor for turned out to be PUPPS and after disappearing the first time, returned in full force. My body is now in a constant state of itch. I am starting to feel like I am a hundred years old!

I hate to be such a complainer, but really, this part of the pregnancy is mentally and physically the hardest in my opinion. I look at the days ahead and am not sure how I can continue to get through them without being completely infatuated with every single little thing my body does that may signal that she is coming. I really do look forward to every painful contraction now just because it gives me hope that her arrival is around the corner.

All day yesterday and especially last night I was having contractions on and off. Most weren’t incredibly heavy, but they were quite a bit more regular than any I have had in the past. I was really starting to get excited, but today I have had hardly any. This afternoon Russ and I went for a nice long walk, hoping to speed things up. So far no luck.

6 Responses to “Due Date – An Update”

  1. Erin Says:
    May 1st, 2011 at 3:55 pm

    This time will feel like FOREVER. And you might not want to hear it but there’s a chance you’ll look back in this time with fondness. I certainly miss being pregnant, especially SO pregnant… not the discomfort, but the emotional reasons… the anticipation, the nesting, the magic of it all.
    You know that if you need anything I am here for you. And I am so glad that you are so close now…just down the street!


  2. bonita Says:
    May 1st, 2011 at 7:07 pm

    ~ * ♥ * ~

    Cedar, I feel your pain… After two false labors {the last one started Friday night, aches and cramps and random contractions until Sunday afternoon when the contractions got to the point of approx. 1.40 sec long and 1 minute apart!!!} only to be told that my cervix hasn’t budged, moved or even softened one single iota… Well, it totally sucks!

    I send my best wishes for a safe and soon delivery; the thing I keep telling myself is that bubba can’t stay in there forever. Your little girl WILL come out at some point!! Hang in there. :D

    bonita of Depict This!


  3. Kim Campbell Says:
    May 1st, 2011 at 7:50 pm

    We were always told bumpy car rides did the trick!


  4. Val Beattie Says:
    May 2nd, 2011 at 12:41 am

    My 3 children were born ‘late’, and at the time each day was so long and so painful. Looking back now though it seems like the blink of an eye. Hang in there honey baby will not come until its the right time for both of you.


  5. Thelma Mason Says:
    May 2nd, 2011 at 4:44 pm

    Both Angi and Paul were a week late. Choosing the time of birth is just your your baby’s way of saying: “MOM, I’M IN CHARGE NOW!” You have my permission to be ticked off if she isn’t born by Mother’s Day. Hang in there. You’re doing great!

    With love,
    Angi’s Mom


  6. Brandi Says:
    May 3rd, 2011 at 1:36 am

    I understand completely. Out of my five pregnancies; four were after the due date, my fifth baby was born at 41 weeks 1 day, and that whole week was such an emotionally devastating time. I have never felt so low emotionally; I was too big and uncomfortable to take care of my other four, thankfully, my sister offered to take them for the whole week; which was a life-saver. My husband starting taking me to work with him, because I was so down and he wanted to cheer me up. I was calling my midwife every day crying, I’m not kidding. I thought it would never end. When I finally went into labor, all of that disappeared. I look back on that time as a really bittersweet time, the little calm before the storm…how often does a SAHM of four get to go to work with her husband? You’ll forget all about this when baby comes. Good luck!