Had a midwife appointment today. I did not have an internal exam this time but next time I will get one AND a membrane sweep. Woo hoo! Never thought I'd say that and be so excited. Hopefully I won't even make it to my next appointment, which is scheduled the day after my due date. I asked about induction and she said she wouldn't induce until 41 weeks... so around October 28th. Again, hopefully it won't come to that! I'd really like to have her on my own.
Daniel believes we'll have her this Saturday. We shall see!
We did find out that Zoe is still head down but she's posterior (sunny side up). We need her to be anterior (facing my spine). So the midwife has me doing some fun little tricks to try to get Zoe to turn before she engages. Once she engages she is most likely not going to turn to face the correct direction. This is important for reducing labor length and reducing back labor.
Some of the fun tricks? Crawling around the house, sitting on a birth ball, doing hip circles, etc. This is probably why I felt so much pressure and lower back pain yesterday, too, since her skull is pressing into my spine. Come on and turn baby!
So this baby could come any day now. Hear that, Zoe? You can come any day now! Elaina told her at bedtime, "Zoe, please come out!" And then to me, "I think she's going to come out Wednesday, Mom!" I told Elaina that tomorrow was Wednesday and she just grinned. I had to tell her that when Zoe comes is a surprise and not to get her hopes up. I hope she doesn't go tell her teacher that I'm having a baby tomorrow while she's at school. Or that she hopes to see a baby after school.
Abigail has been throwing a lot of tantrums lately. I know, it comes with the age. But sometimes I'm shocked by the outbursts. She's also been talking like a baby and talking gibberish. Again, not surprising. Kids regress when a new baby is about to arrive.
Sometimes I DO pretend my girls are babies. I'll scoop them up and hold them like babies and talk to them in that high-pitched mommy voice. They giggle and just think it is hilarious. It usually ends with them announcing that they are NOT babies but are big girls! But for the most part I don't accept babyish behavior. They know it's different when I'm playing with them.
Elaina was my very sensitive and attached child. I was nervous when I had Abigail because I worried about how Elaina would react to a little baby taking over her mom. But she did fantastic! It helps that she is baby-obsessed. Abigail, on the other hand, is the polar opposite. She has personal space issues. She just doesn't cuddle and doesn't want to be held. But she does like to be near and get a lot of attention. I'm more worried about Abigail's reaction to a new baby than I was about Elaina at around that age. I think she'll do just fine but it's hard not to wonder how she'll do.
Well hopefully next time I post it's because there's a baby to show off! I am going to try to stay off the computer more and focus on resting and preparing for her arrival.