Hot Date: Packing our Bags

We had our weekly OB appointment this afternoon and, despite my continued insistence that the end is coming soon, it took the frank delivery of information at today’s appointment to really shake K out of denial. The doctor confirmed that Falco has descended and informed us that K is 3 centimeters dilated and 80% effaced. Sources on the internet are unsurprisingly conflicted about the value of this information, saying that a pregnant person could be dilated and significantly effaced for weeks, or conversely, that this could indicate quickly impending labor. Our doctor seems to fall on the side of the latter, lecturing us because we still hadn’t packed our bags (“Hey, we made a list!”), and saying that it was highly unlikely that we will make it to our due date of April 26th and could even be unlikely that we’ll make it to next week’s scheduled appointment with her.

We’re feeling quite the range of emotions. K had a massive hot flash after we left the office and also felt pretty teary. I felt slight panic but also felt vindicated. I’ve been trying to convince K that, at the end of this week, Falco will be considered full term, and that labor and delivery could really occur at any time. Two things are certain: this baby will come when this baby is ready and, within the next few weeks, we’ll be parents.

Needless to say, our hot Friday night date consists of packing our bags (and, of course, updating this blog). Fingers crossed for an April Fool’s baby, y’all!


9 thoughts on “Hot Date: Packing our Bags

  1. Oh shucks, I hope your doc is right, because how nerve racking will it be if K. goes to 40 weeks after all of this? N. notes that the next full moon (it’s waning now) is April 25.

    • I agree re: anxiety with the wait. I’m trying to keep reminding myself that neither of us are in charge here and that it’ll happen when it happens, regardless of the dilation and effacement.

  2. I can’t believe it’s so soon and I’m not you! So exciting! It will happen right when it’s supposed to – in the meantime, take a hot date to the movies too, or anywhere else you want to enjoy one last time before you are a family of three (it will still happen but will be different!)

  3. Wow! 3cm and 80% effaced is really good for first pregnancy at 36 weeks! From my experience I would predict that baby will be here within a week… two tops! I am soooooo excited for you!!!!! Get those bags packed for sure!

  4. Wow, exciting! I remember this time as being crazy-making. It’s so weird to know that very soon your life is going to change in huge and amazing ways but not to be able to be know exactly when that giant change will come. Hang in there! It does sound like things are moving along and it will be sooner rather than later.

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