40 Weeks, 6 Days

by Esther on Fri, May 14th, 2010

in Challenges,Psychological,Week 40

A Night of Hemingway

I was up all night last night with 45 second long contractions that started every 2.5 minutes.  It was very similar to a bit of false labor that happened last Sunday, but last Sunday’s hours of excitement and discomfort followed a cervical sweep, and this night did not.  This particular false labor followed a walk around the 3 mile path of GreenLake.

The walk was REALLY difficult, which surprised me.  Just a couple of weeks ago, I had no problem keeping up a terrific pace around the lake.  One week ago, I had no problem mounting the hills of Seattle on an hours and hours long walkabout with my husband.  This time I crept along at a snails pace.  The last mile of the lake about killed me.  Aching knees, aching feet, grumpy pants.  I could have curled up on any old patch of grass for a nap, but then I would have gotten to the car (and ultimately my bed) even later.  I can’t believe the difference one week post your due date makes!  I’ve always been in great shape, and feel a little broken.  I feel detached from my body in a way that I never have before.  I am watching my lumbering from afar.  Sometimes I wake from a nap and wouldn’t know I was pregnant… until I have to move and roll over to somehow make it up and to the bathroom for my every 10 minute trip to the toilet.  Everything is taking so much effort that I’m a little concerned about what a long labor is going to be like.  Having strong Braxton Hicks for 8 hours straight is not at all painful, but is absolutely exhausting.  Will real labor take even longer?  Will real labor be 10 times stronger… or 100?

We went in for a 41 week ultrasound today.  The baby looks great!  His cheeks are chubby like mine and we think he has his father’s eyes (which is how I always pictured him).  I felt as if I was cheating a little bit with our sneak peak, but placated myself with the knowledge that we were doing this to make sure everything was ok.

(Honestly, I knew everything was ok.  He’s totally chilling out in there.)

I’m exhausted today.  I just woke from a 4 hour nap and, having eaten a sandwich, am thinking about retiring for 4 more hours.  Maybe I’ll wake up in for real labor some day soon.  My sleeping schedule is totally screwed so I must be ready to be a newborn nursing mom, right?

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Liene Fri, May 14th, 2010 at 5:30 pm

Happy to hear about chubby little baby cheeks, and looking forward to seeing them! Here’s hoping the promise of warm blankets and a mom who can walk better (soon) gets him on his way…

I have no idea how much this holds true for others, but I was a May baby and about two weeks late (I think?). (And incidentally, Milton is one of the only people I’ve ever met with the same birthday.) Was happy to chill. I then arrived calmly via a hilariously long labor (breech — thank goodness for great midwives), was dubbed an “angel” by my mom who had to be reminded by said midwives to sleep instead of just staring at me 24/7 (“I don’t know what I did to deserve you,” she said, and still says), and didn’t learn how to Really Cry until about three years later, when my little brother was born.

My brother was early, a quick labor, and was sort of a hellion (lovable, but!) for years.

I like to think that later babies are a little more mellow, though I’m sure there is plenty of counter-evidence!


2 eli Fri, May 14th, 2010 at 8:13 pm

Hey sweetie, been checkin the blog daily for the big moment to arrive!

This is an amazing adventure, and the finish line is SO near, which also – leads to a whole new journey that you guys are so seemingly prepared and ready to get underway!

<3 + Miss ya already!


3 Kellianne Sat, May 15th, 2010 at 11:15 am

Hey Eli!! Thank you so much for tuning in! It means a whole lot to us!

I can’t wait to see y’all again, Axelrod in tow. I miss you all so much!



4 Mino Sat, May 15th, 2010 at 11:46 am

I am so excited for you and your chubby cheeked baby. It’s almost time! :) I love reading Zero to Baby. Bob and I are learning a lot for when our day comes! Thank you for posting!


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