My Mom flew in last night, and we saw the midwife this morning, so as far as I'm concerned, Éowyn can come any time she likes now! I've declined any internal exams up until this point, because they really don't mean anything (you can go into labor whether you're dialated or not, and likewise can walk around several centimeters dialated for weeks sans baby), but since it is so close to her due date, I figured I'd rather know something than nothing... even though the "something" means nothing, lol.
So the results? I've lost all the weight I gained last week, which means my midwife was right in thinking most of it was water retention. I think not being on my feet teaching has had a lot to do with it, as well as our cooling temps here. Belly is still the same size, with the little Miss' heartrate strong & steady. She is definitely getting more cramped in there, and I can feel EVERY jab and poke whenever she so much as wriggles a finger. I don't mind, though-- it assures me she's ok. Her head is firmly lodged in my pelvis-- station -1 almost 0 for those of you who know/care what that means. =D It means she's really low. I'm 80% effaced, 2-3 cm dialated... which at least did tell me that all those nights & days of contractions (the past 3 have been especially fierce) have been doing their work.
I'm praying she comes today, I won't deny it. =D I want to meet her and hold her and kiss her and hear her crying. It wouldn't be so hard to stay this big & pregnant if it weren't for the rough nights. Every night contractions start just as I try to sleep, and I'm up about every hour. I figured out that if I sit up in our glider for a while, though, and breathe really deeply, they tend to stop and then I'm exausted enough to sleep (usually this happens around 4 am). So I'm doing ok energy-wise during the days, so long as I rest in the afternoons. Now that my mom is here, I expect it will be easier to do that, since she's always so eager to do chores for me. =D
All righty, that's it! We're basically ready & waiting for her to appear! Feel free to pray she'll come today or tomorrow!