Lukily there was nothing to the contractions last week. Well, I shouldn't say nothing but not enough to have a baby. I knew the contractions were not real labor but it was a concern that it may be starting too soon being at 36 weeks. It was a precaution to take it easy and try and stop the contractions. Monday, 14th, I saw my midwife and she checked me. I was dilated to 1 cm and 80 % effaced, but the baby was still high up and my cervix was still back. Debi, my midwife, said everything looks great and she is not worried, I can return to normal activity, just don't take any Pitocin. Thank goodness! I was relieved that one, there was nothing to worry about and two, that I could get busy and get things in order. I still had a lot to do.
I spent the rest of the week getting baby clothes washed, and the bassinet put together and going to the store to get all the other baby needs. I continue to have contractions, although most of them are back to normal braxton hicks, just a tightening feeling. I have some afternoons where they get real crampy again and stop me in my tracks but nothing that continues and nothing that gets worse, just lots of pre labor stuff getting ready for the big day.
Sunday, I was 37 weeks and I feel pretty good. Monday, I started to have more crampy contractions but nothing consistent. This is my last week of watching other kids per Ben and I's agreement. Ben has grounded me from watching extra kids. He thinks I am doing too much and am making myself exhausted for no reason. I can handle all the kids, but I do get exhausted and the problem with feeling like that now is that I could go into labor at any time and I really need to be rested to be able to handle it. Plus, my house gets destroyed and I have a hard enough time keeping it clean as it is. And since we are having a home birth I would really like the house to be clean when I go into labor.
Today, Wednesday, I drop the girls off at preschool, and head home with Elijah with what I hope will be a productive morning of picking up the house and cleaning. I also hope to get to organizing things for the garage sale that is happening this Saturday. I am purging, and hope to get rid of most things. I can't even walk in our garage right now. But I can say that my laundry is caught up, a once in a life time achievement. Now I just have to keep it up!