My belly is huge! People are starting to ask me when I'm due and look a little nervous around me :) I look a bit like I swallowed a watermelon whole, and I'm feeling a bit over being pregnant. I had my weekly appointment last Wednesday, and I'm between 3 & 4 cm dilated and 80% effaced. We went ahead and scheduled an induction for July 15, but Blake and I both suspect (and hope) I'll have progressed enough by my next appointment that we'll move the date up a few days. Neither of us are crazy about the idea of my water breaking and rushing to the hospital and just hoping I'll receive the recommended 8 hours between doses of antibiotics before delivery to prevent Ella from contracting group B strep. I know transmission is unlikely, but a friend's friend's baby contracted it this spring during labor and almost died so I'd rather not take chances.
I packed Jackson's suitcase yesterday and wrote out his schedule for Blake's dad and step-mom along with a list of last minute items to be added to his bag. Thankfully Jackson enjoys being with all of his grandparents including overnight stays. In fact, he's spent the night with Blake's mom once a week for the last 3 weeks! It's been one of the big reasons we've been able to get so much done in these weeks leading up to Ella's birth and has been a huge blessing to me as I've been able to rest a lot more. Other preparations have included a pedicure and haircut/color :)
I'm continuing to feel pretty tired, but thankfully most days I'm able to nap and rest during Jackson's nap. I definitely feel more swollen and uncomfortable on the days I don't rest during his nap, especially since he's been waking at 5:30 some days. Ella is continuing to be really active, and her heartbeat sounds good. I've gained another pound for a total of about 30 pounds, and while I can still wear all of my maternity clothes I've been sporting Blake's boxers and tee shirts more the last few days. The last 24 hours I've had a lot of back pain. Have I mentioned that I feel really pregnant?
Jackson has been much more clingy this last week and wanting me to hold him more. I left him with sitters twice on Monday, and he cried both times. He usually loves being left with cute, young women, but he was just wanting his mommy to hold him. I'm wondering if he's sensing something is up. We've been praying a lot for his transition to being a big brother and our transition to a family of 4, but I haven't thought about it all that much. I figure we'll just take it one day at a time.
p.s. I'm thankful for our friends. We had 16 friends & their children over for a sort of last minute dinner Wednesday night, and it was so much fun. Blake smoked two Boston butts, and it was delicious!