Yesterday was my 38 week doctor's appointment, and it seems that the trend of no dilation and a thick cervix is continuing. Dr. C told me not to worry about her being on vacation next week, because if she were reading her crystal ball correctly, I am destined to go past my due date. In fact, she felt so confident in this prediction, that she had me schedule appointments at 40, 40.5, 41 and 41.5 weeks for ultrasounds and NST's. I feel like I should be feeling very anxious over this prognosis, but for some reason I am not. This whole thing still seems so surreal to me that this whole birth doesn't seem imminent to me, and I am just going to stay 9 months pregnant forever.
My projects are nearly wrapped up at work. I'm working half days from home today and tomorrow, and by the end of the week all the big stuff will be done. I'm planning to go in for a few days next week to wrap up the loose ends, and then it is on to maternity leave. It feels so good to have everything in a place where I don't have to worry about it for the next several months, and I there are quite a few interesting projects lined up for me when I return in January. I'm sure it will be hard to go back, but at the same time I am not really sure that I am cut out to be a full-time stay at home mom. I really need the structure and adult interaction that a job provides. Besides, there is no way I could quit with the economy turning sour and construction work starting to slow. My job offers stability that Jeramy's just cannot provide.
Here is the 38 week belly pic. It probably isn't the last as it sounds like there will be a 40-weeker in my future.