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Bed Rest Update

*Updated to add: The sketches are up! The winner gets to choose drawing one, drawing two or drawing three at the bottom of this post. Look at them!*

Some of you have asked how I am getting along on my bed rest, so I thought I would update you.

As you can see from my little baby ticker at the bottom of the page, I am almost 37 weeks along, which is considered full term. I started moving around a bit more a couple of days ago, and I was certain that I would immediately launch into full blown labor. (Remember, I’ve been 4 cm dilated for 2 weeks!) You may have noticed, though, that it hasn’t happened.

I figured I needed a bit more strenuous activity, so I vacuumed, ironed 13 or 57 pairs of my husband’s pants, and got the baby’s cradle ready for occupancy. I’m still having semi-regular contractions. Day. And. Night. But still no baby.

Sweet Baby decided to help me ready my back muscles for labor, so she pooped in the bathtub, which I cleaned up. Katie Bug pitched in by getting Strep Throat to prepare me for…well…I don’t know what, but at least we don’t have Chicken Pox!

Still….nuthin’.

I have a doctor’s appointment Monday afternoon, and I expect him to examine me and state, “Good gravy, woman! One good stout sneeze and that baby will come sailing out!” I also know that I have expected to have already had this baby 5 times over by now, so we’ll see. (I do NOT want to be induced, and will do almost anything to avoid it. Been there, done that, OUCH!)

In the meantime, please, amuse yourselves and us by offering your predictions as to when you think this baby will be making her debut. The person who comes the closest to the actual day and time will receive one of MaddieLynn’s beautiful sketches! (I’ll scan and post a few samples later. Be sure to come back to admire them.)

Here are some helpful hints to base your predictions on:

Baby #1 – 3 days past due date
Baby #2 – 19 days early
Baby #3 – 29 days early
Baby #4 – 10 days early (after 30 days of preterm labor in the hospital)
Baby #5 – 14 days early (after 31 days of preterm labor in the hospital)
Baby #6 – 15 days early (after bed rest at home)

Drawing one

Drawing two

Drawing three

*Click on a picture to enlarge*

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  1. Baby Girl Hughes will be born on December 12th, 9:17 p.m.
    (If she waited until the 26th, though, I would send YOU a prize, on account o’ it’s my 37th birthday. :) And, if you named her Sheila, well, then…!)

  2. To officially enter. :) – I bet she’s born on Dec. 3rd or (actually) Dec. 8th. Either way she’ll be born at 4:09 a.m.

    Beautiful sketches MaddieLynn! :)

  3. Anonymous says:

    MaddieLynn- those are just beautiful! The Lord has certainly blessed you with many gifts, one being the ability to draw! My little girls would love to frame and hang one of those in their room.

    My prediction- I’ll go way out on a limb here and pick December 18th at 10:30 am. (I’m being very original here and picking the b’day/time of our last little one).

    With my 7th, I went into the doctor for my appt. 4 days after his due date and she asked me if I was feeling any contractions or anything. I sadly said “NO- not a thing” Which was very frustrating to an overdue pregant me! She said she’d check me and see if anything was going on~ As she was examining me she said, “Jaynee, are you sure you haven’t felt anything? You are almost to a 7! You need to get to the hospital.” So I went home, packed my bags, called my hubby, got a sitter for our children, and walked into labor/delivery w/o a pain. The doctor came in, broke my water, and Josiah arrived about 12 contratctions and 25 min later! :)

  4. Lockwoods says:

    Oops…that last comment was from me
    ~Jaynee

  5. This is how I felt with Little One. I swear I had contractions for a month and just knew she was coming any moment! But I am so glad you are now 37 weeks, yipee:)
    Okay, so I need to put in my guess. I’m going to say Dec. 10th at 7:25 am.
    MaddieLynn those are great pictures!!

  6. Anonymous says:

    December 6. :)

    Beautiful drawings, MaddieLynn

    Holly
    http://www.seekingfaithfulness.wordpress.com

  7. when mclaine was born, mckenna had chicken pox! no worries, i nursed her so we were fine :o) i’m not going to pick a date or time as i am NOT good at that kind of thing. but, ok, just for fun, the 3rd? oh wait, that’s tomorrow… seeeeeee??? not good at it. okay, what about the 5th?

  8. Melissa K says:

    Okay, just because I know you’re ready I’m going to go for December 4th at 9:01 a.m.
    I really think you’ve got a little longer to go, but I’m hoping for your sake you don’t have to hold out much longer, especially since you really are full term!!
    Best wishes & all of the prayers from this direction!!
    BTW, Maddie’s sketches are all lovely and I don’t see how anyone could decide!

  9. Okay, I’m choosing December 10th
    10:10 AM. Don’t ask me why. Praying for you during these last days!!
    If I don’t win, which I’m sure I won’t, is Maddielynn willing to “Sell” her pictures? They are beautiful!

  10. December 7th at 5:59 a.m.
    2 pushes
    no epidural
    no stitches
    7 lbs. 3 oz completely bald baby BOY!!

  11. December 11, 4:43 p.m. — those are some beautiful drawings! hope i win!! Good luck with the new baby!

  12. sketch number 1 per mckenna!

  13. Well, I hope your don’t have to wait this long… but I’m going to chose December 31. My sister-in-law had real contractions for 3 weeks before she delivered.

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