Still here, and Matthew's still playing peek-a-boo. I have tons and tons of contractions every day (and they're labor ones, not Braxton Hicks--by now I can DEFINITELY tell a difference) but I still haven't moved from "early" labor to "active" labor. The doctor said I can go to the hospital when contractions hit 5 minutes apart for 2 hours, or when my water breaks. The closest I've gotten so far is 6 minutes apart for an hour and my waters are still intact. There doesn't seem to be any rhyme or reason to the contractions. I'll have them for many hours at increasing frequency and then they'll go away completely for like 12 hours or more. I'm just hoping it means that he's working a little bit at a time, and that when things finally ARE "active," they'll go quickly.
I'm trying not to be anxious. I know he technically could be in there another 3 weeks...I'm anxious to meet him, and I'm anxious to be over the discomforts of pregnancy, but I want what's best for him and apparently he thinks that means hanging out inside a little while longer.
I *am* going to miss his baby kicks, so I'm just focusing on enjoying those right now. My mom came and cleaned my entire house for me this weekend. DH and our neighbor fixed the electricity! The hospital bags are packed. The carseat is installed. His clothes are washed. His bed is made. We have diapers and wipes and everything else we think we need for him right away. I finished my last day of work for now. There's literally nothing to do now except wait for him. DH has given me the gift of just telling me to sleep as much as I can in these last days, so that's what I'm doing.
I had another lovely baby shower this weekend. We 3 are so blessed and people are so generous with us. I was having so many contractions during it though that a few times I thought we might not get all the way through it. As a result, I was a little distracted and didn't remember to take a single picture! But there were many lovely ladies in attendance, the details from the hostess were just darling, and people blessed us with a lot of nice things for him. Today I'm going to work on writing thank you cards and I'm going to sit and read some of his new books to him but other than that, we're just hanging out!