I never thought we’d make it this far in the pregnancy, but we have. We’re now 1 day short of our due date, October 17th, placing us at 40 weeks pregnant. At 36 weeks, the baby had already dropped for about a week and the doctor felt that we’d deliver in early October. Obviously that hasn’t happened. Though my body continues to prepare for labor – more dropping, cramping, false labor – I have yet to go into full labor. There are many things they people put as average markers for labor that we have long since passed – for example, many people say you’ll go into labor 2-3 weeks after baby drops. It’s been more than 5 weeks for us. Being excited about these milestones has not gotten us any further towards delivery ;)
Of course, it’s not all beautiful at this stage in the game! Aside from the excitement of soon meeting our son, there’s also anxiety, nervousness, frustration and so much more. Waiting these last 2 weeks has been very difficult. We take it one single day at a time and slowly we move forward. We just want to finally be in labor! Who ever thought I’d look forward to pain? But that’s how it is.
So, we still have no idea when baby will make his appearance. My doctor, and many researchers, believes that the baby sends out a chemical signal to trigger labor when he/she is ready. No matter how ready your body is, baby sends that signal. So, for now we wait. Anxiously. ;)