All of a sudden, it's sunk in that the baby is technically full-term and can be born anytime. In order for me not to hyperventilate at this statement, I need to systematically cross things off my to-do list both at work and at home, so that I feel ready. Notice my use of the word "feel." I've done this before, and thus I know that no matter what I do, I will never actually *be* ready. There's some reassurance in that, to be sure.
I've been getting lots of cramping, and this has also panicked me a bit. I've calmed down a lot, but the fact of the matter is that Mike still has finals through next Thursday. As long as I can get to that milestone, I'll be a happy girl. I'd prefer to go fully to 39 weeks or later, but as long as we can get Mike through his exams, I'll be satisfied. Now watch: I say these things, and then 41 weeks will come and go, and I'll desperately be drinking castor oil and running up stairs trying to stimulate labor. You just wait.
I've been thinking about how I'll let my blogging readers know when Baby CL has arrived. :) I don't have a smartphone, so no blogging from the hospital. Alas, I know you're all crushed and disappointed. :)
This is the signaling system we have at our disposal: I tend to post most to everyday Monday through Friday. I'll post every weekday from now until I go into labor, but I never post on Saturdays and Sundays, fyi. If you notice that I don't post on a weekday, you'll know something is up. :) Certainly, if 2 weekdays go by with no word, this means that Baby CL is now with us. PLEASE PRAY FOR ME. This is very important. :) When I get home from the hospital, as soon as I am able, I'll upload a picture and provide details. It'll all be very exciting.