This is 40 (weeks)

Much like the Judd Apatow movie, This is 40, my pregnancy has been filled with ups and downs and plenty of big life changes. Also like the film, it’s too long.

Nolan was born at 38 weeks and while labor didn’t come as a complete surprise, it was early enough that I hadn’t been sitting around wondering, Was that a contraction? I’m peeing so much, could that be my water breaking? Is this it????

With this pregnancy, everyone told me, “You’ll probably go early.” Even my midwife warned me to be prepared. Well, fast forward to 40 weeks and here I am. Still pregnant. While the second half of October was filled with me keeping my fingers (and legs) crossed hoping I wouldn’t go into labor, now I’m so used to expecting it that I’ve almost forgotten it’s really going to happen. I kind of feel like I’ll just be pregnant forever.

These extra few weeks have added another layer to my pregnancy experience. Something new this time around is that nothing fits. Not even my maternity clothes. It’s like my maternity clothes need their own maternity clothes. The general recommendation when purchasing pregnancy clothes is that you buy them in your pre-pregnancy size. While this looks adorable at six or seven months, 40+ weeks doesn’t look cute in an XS tee-shirt. It’s like I’m a beer-bellied truck driver whose shirts don’t cover the bottom of his gut.

Worse than the shirts are the pants. With the exception of two very thin and sort of obscene pairs of maternity leggings, every pair of pants (and underwear) hurts. Anything that puts even the tiniest bit of pressure on my hips or pelvis is torture.

I have taken great enjoyment in seeing people’s faces when I answer the frequent question, “So when are you due??” The cashiers’ expressions at Home Depot and Target had a mix of horror and disbelief yesterday when I answered them, “Today.”

We prepped Nolan so much that I think he’s starting to wonder if I made this whole baby thing up. Starting a new school was tough for him, so although I’ve been home resting for the last few weeks, we have been telling him that I go to work after I drop him off in the morning. Lately I think he’s starting to doubt me. In the past week he has said things like:

Where’s your blue school bag?

What are you bringing for lunch today?

You’re wearing those pants to work? 

Now that I’ve put this in print, I’m sure I’ll go into labor tonight and wind up skipping my post-40 week testing at the doctor tomorrow. I’ll be relieved, but I will miss my coffee shelf.

coffee shelf

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4 thoughts on “This is 40 (weeks)

  1. great post! Hannah is feeling the same way. We are in our 39th week right now. Since Brayden was 16 days early I feel like I have been waiting forever to meet our new addition and I’m sure Brayden is sick of all this baby talk for months! Good luck!

    1. Congratulations! How did I miss that you guys were also expecting baby #2? My theory is that second babies want to stay put because they don’t want to be part of the chaos they’ve been hearing for nine months.

      1. I’m gonna go ahead and put a hole in your theory 😉 Lily came at exactly 42 weeks, Katie was a little more timely and came 3 hours after her due date.

        I think it usually does hold true that second babies come sooner, if nothing else, labor is *usually* faster.

        I’ve been thinking of you and sending you good wishes!

  2. What a wonderful column, Jenny! Remembering you with a smile on my face! Sending you love and best wishes, from Binghamton. Here’s wishing that the baby comes today, bringing the great joy of new life!

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