Okay, first, my 38 week photo:
Also, I colored my hair. Yay, red! Chris is a little disappointed; he says I look like a ginger. Whatever, I like it, and if you didn't want me to do it you should have said so when I asked your opinion a week ago instead of saying "Whatever, babe, it's your hair, do what you want." Because of course my reaction was "Yeah, it is, and I will!"
Now for some possibly-exciting-but-also-meaningless-news: I'm dilated to 3.5 cm! Or I was as of yesterday afternoon when my doctor checked my cervix. I've had a LOT of Braxton-Hicks contractions this last month, and on Wednesday this week I actually went home early because I had so many. They were not consistent, ranging from 3 minutes apart to 12 minutes apart, but it went on ALL DAY LONG. It was tiring. It was uncomfortable. I went home and laid down and finally fell asleep at 11:30. When I woke up Thursday, they had stopped. Then I got another dozen or so Thursday before my appointment. I've had another dozen or so today. I don't mind, really. They're uncomfortable but not painful, and if they're helping with the dilation and effacement, keep 'em coming!
It's exciting to me because I only dilated to a 2 before starting "real" labor with Kawika and he was a week overdue. To be dilated to 3.5 with a week (and a few days) until my due date... well... that's exciting! It makes me think that this kiddo will make an early entrance. I'd really like an October baby, though, so I hope he doesn't come quite yet.
I have it on relatively good authority that he will make his appearance on the 4th. I will let you know, of course.
In the mean time, I'm getting everything finalized this weekend. No more procrastinating. After my Lovely Ladies Lunch, which is planned for this Saturday, I'm going to IKEA for more organizational-type things. Then I'm getting a pedicure. Then I'm going to supervise while Chris moves the 2nd dresser out of our room and sets up the pack n play. Then I'll endlessly organize and reorganize the baby's diapers and pj's so we're ready. It all sounds like a lovely plan; hopefully it works out that way.
In the mean time, I'm going to try to ignore this cycle of BHC/back pain/BHC/back pain. It sucks.