Cue John Denver song…

That’s right. My bags are packed. I’m ready to go. I’m not standing here outside your door, but I am sitting here upon my bed. So…I’m a John Denver song right now. Wait. Let me ‘splain.

Tuesday was my 37 week appointment with my OB. If you remember, back in June, my OB predicted that I would go at 37 weeks. Also, Henry was born at 37.5 weeks. Here I am at 37 weeks. This week was the first cervical check and we were both surprised to discover that I’m dilated to 1cm already. I haven’t lost my plug yet, which usually precedes labor for me by about 3 days. But doctor is certain this baby’s coming any day now. She told me that she’s only on call this Thursday and then not again till next Tuesday, so I have to get baby to come then. Only 2 days a week? Crud. Because I really want her to deliver William. I have been having contractions, though there’s no regularity to them. I thought I was starting to lose my plug this morning, but there wasn’t any follow-up to it. We’ll see. But send Thursday or Tuesday prayers & vibes for me.

So, I came home from that appointment and decided I’d better get my bag packed. I pulled up an online list and made sure everything was washed and packed, so I’m ready. I just have to add my makeup and camera when I hit labor and I’m good. Just so’s you know, my plan is to also bring my laptop so that I can Twitter/blog labor for all y’all. I don’t know how that’s going to go, but I want to give it a try. Don’t worry – there won’t be any graphic pictures or anything. I’ll just try to update with status & stuff. I do totally want to have my camera in hand as William comes out so I can get that first shot of him from my viewpoint. I hope that works. I don’t know if it’s something that others have done before, but since I can’t get any pictures of him crowning or anything (yes, I have shots like that of Steven. No, the hospital doesn’t allow any filming of anything during the actual “coming out of the birth canal” part), I do want that “first coming into the world” shot. When he’s still attached to me & everything. And, thanks to Photoshop, I can crop or clone out anything I don’t want showing. Like my thighs.

Henry is doing much better. He’s eating again and went back to camp this week. He’s still kind of tired, but he’s nearly back to himself. The worst part this week has been that he hadn’t pooped in almost 2 weeks. Which, I’m sorry, I don’t care who you are, has to HURT. He kept shoving food in, especially Cheerios, but nothing was coming out. Finally on Monday night, he passed one big, hard stool. My mom was watching the kids while we went to the Meet the OBs night/Visit L&D at the Hospital with my OB practice. Apparently, that stool passage was preceded by quite a bit of crying. I’m sorry I wasn’t there for him. I have to admit, this is not the first time in his life that Henry’s had elimination issues. Due to the low muscle tone that comes with his Down Syndrome, he has often had a lot of trouble taking care of his bowel needs on his own. So I wasn’t surprised that this happened, especially after the home health care nurse told us that the codeine he was taking can cause problems with elimination. I had a feeling this was going to happen.

Also thankfully, William has held off long enough so that I could take Maggie to see Harry Potter today. I honestly was afraid that he’d come early and I wouldn’t get to see it in the theater. HP is kind of a common bond with me & Maggie, so we always go see it together when one comes out. And I was really looking forward to it since the Snape storyline would be bigger. We enjoyed it, but both of were a bit disappointed with scenes that we felt were very important to the story being left out. I won’t be specific because I don’t want to spoil it for anyone. There are some good laughs (some unintentional, I’m sure) and I think Daniel Radcliffe is really becoming a very good actor. This was the first time his performance rang true for me. Also, finally Draco did a reallly good job and wasn’t just a whiny pretty boy. I probably will go into more detail about my review later, after more people have had a chance to see it. And I will spoiler it, so don’t worry.

Okay. I’m going to close it up now and maybe, just maybe, the next time you hear from me, there will be a baby on the way!