Looking forward to my doctor's appointment tomorrow to see if any progress has been made! I've been eating a ton of pineapple and walking at night... both things that are thought to induce labor... maybe.
I really feel like we are ready for this baby ... and I'm definitely ready to not be pregnant anymore. A friend of mine told me it would be like this with the second baby... aka: less lust with being pregnant, and more rush to just 'get it over with already'! She was right.
If it weren't for the fact that I am so nervous about not making it to the hospital in time for my epidural, I would be even more anxious to get this party started .... but the reality of it is, I am concerned about that! Most experts (and moms) agree the second labor and delivery is much faster than the first. That's the last thing I need since Connor's labor (that I felt) was less than 4 hours!
There does, however, seem to be no hard facts or figures on having your second baby earlier or later or about the same as your first. I would assume most people have their subsequent babies earlier, but that doesn't always seem to be the case. From what I've read, there really isn't much correlation between pregnancies in regards to when you will go into labor (or how!)
The doctors and nurses I talk to say to "leave for the hospital" at the first twinge or cramp... but in your 37th / 38th week, you feel weird things going on in there all the time ... and it's especially exaggerated with your second child! I can't go running to L&D every time I feel something!!
I did program my delivering hospital into the navigation in my car as a "favorite" so no matter where I am in the city, I can always just punch it in and find the fastest way to the hospital. My bags are packed and in the car. I'm making sure not to skip any daily grooming steps - although I know if I let my hair go dirty an extra day, didn't shower, or got a huge un-coverable zit on my face, I would for-sure go into labor ASAP! It's the whole "don't wear dirty underwear, you never know if you might get in an accident and the entire hospital will know" scenario!
Anyway, we've had no imminent signs of labor starting soon, so I'll just assume I'll be here to give you an update on what we find out at the doctor visit tomorrow! I definitely feel a ton of Braxton Hicks (which are actually real 'practice contractions' at this stage in the game) that are mildly uncomfortable at times, but with no rhyme or reason. Other than that, nothing.
37 Weeks + 2 Days