Today was an interesting day for us. Since summer vacation will be beginning soon, we had our “Leaving Sunday” service. This means that many of our church members are either going home or jetting off to some beautiful location for the summer. Sadly, some of them are even leaving Qingdao for good, and returning to their home countries. It was a morning full of mixed emotions. After the service we said our goodbyes, and then made our way to lunch with a large-ish group of people. We were both feeling great, but it seems that I was quite a surprise to many at church. Everyone knows that our baby will be here in about 2 weeks, but still I’m happy as ever. No discomfort, and a big smile on my face. I’m a million times thankful for this!
I didn’t tell anyone at the time but I kept having these very odd sensations in my lower pelvic area. It was not the first time I had felt these sensations, but today they were coming over and over again. In the last week or two I have felt this once every day or two. The only way that I could explain it is to say that it feels like Eli is as low as he could possibly be, and that he is turning his head from side to side between my pelvic bones. It doesn’t hurt at all. It is just an odd feeling. Strangely though, at my week 37 check-up, the doctor said that he had not yet dropped. In first pregnancies, the baby usually drops about two weeks before labor begins. There are days where I am convinced he has definitely dropped, but then others when I feel that he has moved higher again. Peculiar!
We enjoyed lunch and good conversation with our friends. The whole time I held little baby Thea who slept peacefully in my arms. Once everyone had left, we decided to make our way home to relax and unwind. It was then that I looked down and realised that my feet were more swollen than they had ever been before! I was shocked at how large they were, especially since I didn’t feel too hot, I hadn’t walked very much, and I didn’t feel them swelling (I usually do). On the way out of the restaurant I went to the toilet and noticed some brown “stuff” (I’m not going to get too technical here since I don’t want to gross you out). I can’t quite tell you how happy this made me — I almost screamed with excitement!! This is the first sign that labor could be approaching. It could mean a day or two, or it could mean a week or more. No one can say for sure at this point, not a doctor!
We went home and no other signs came, so I started to doubt that anything was going to happen this evening. Just before bed there was another “brown stuff” appearance. Of course, not being able to call a doctor, I have now googled everything possible about this and it seems that I should just wait for contractions. I haven’t had a single contraction yet!
The point of this post is just to let you all know that SOMETHING is happening. We are not sure what is happening, or when the big event will take place, but today was different and we wanted to share that with you. Who knows, I might even wake up tomorrow feeling completely normal and head off to work like any other Monday. This waiting game is the oddest feeling ever!
We are excited, happy, and ready to meet our son.
Hopefully we have a chance to let you all know if we rush to the hospital.
Our friends here are all on call and waiting with us.
Little baby are you coming soon??