It’s official. We made it! The start of Week 37 was the start of the time that our birthing center and midwives allow babies to be born there, rather than being sent to the hospital.
This deadline has been the long-term goal in my brain, so I am overjoyed to have made it (and passed it)!
My Braxton-Hicks have really kicked up a notch, both in frequency and in intensity. You can see my sweet, long-legged baby really pushing against a Braxton-Hicks in this belly picture:
In the most fantastic news, I started my maternity leave on October 1st! I have spent it cleaning (and re-cleaning) our house and hiring a housekeeper. My nesting hormones are on a MISSION. My husband asked if I could come nest in his office, so it would actually be clean for once. Hah!
Our three dogs are thrilled that I’m suddenly home all the time. They stare at me all day long; it’s almost as if they expect me to start doing tricks for them!
In baby news, we’re having weekly appointments with our midwives now, as well as weekly chiropractic appointments to make sure everything is where it’s supposed to be. Our Bradley Method coach explained that a well-aligned body can make labor around 20 percent shorter. SOLD! I’ll get adjusted daily if it means I can have a shorter, easier labor.
Our midwives don’t routinely check effacement or dilation unless asked to by the client. I haven’t asked yet, but we have another appointment tomorrow that I’m considering having them check. We’re still on the fence on whether or not the information would be helpful or hurtful to the waiting process.
Here’s to the longest days and month of our lives! I’ll catch y’all next week, or maybe it’ll be a birth story instead! Fingers and tiny little baby toes crossed.