I have been hanging out for this milestone!
Counting down weeks from 10 feels so achievable. I know these last 10 weeks will be the most challenging, but bring it on I say!
I had an appointment yesterday, and I'm measuring a tad small (only a week and a half "behind") but that could just be because I'm very "compact" (being my first). I must admit I'm looking deceivingly tiny in this picture though!
I'm still feeling good and active in general. Although this morning I admit to feeling particularly unenthusiastic to move off the couch.. we had a scorcher of a day yesterday and I was out shopping alone so I figure I'm recovering from that a tad!
I've finally started reading a very important book regarding labour which my mum found to be a total lifesaver, after 6 children in which the labours were more and more 'traumatic'. Her 7th labour was such a breeze that she thought she had given birth to a 'barbie sized' baby when he popped out! Turns out that us woman make the labour so much worse than it needs to be by being anxious, tensing ourselves when contractions arrive, and squeezing the life out of our hubby's hand or fistfuls of bedsheets. It almost sounds "new age" (but can't possibly be since the author wrote his first obstetric article in 1919) but it's all about the mind and relaxing to let the body do it's natural job, which is hard work but isn't supposed to be painful (if everything is in order, of course).
I haven't gotten very far in the book though, but already I can see that this guy is onto something, he quotes in his preface, "In a series of over 50 lectures that I have been invited to give upon the influence of the emotions upon labour, one fact is outstanding: those who have seriously applied themselves to the care of the mind have been enthusiastic about their results."
I won't go into any more detail (this time :P) for the sake of the male-readers of my blog, but the book is called "Childbirth Without Fear" by Grantly Dick-Read. I'm looking forward to using his methods for a calm, stress-lowered experience!
So I'm back to work on Monday (lets see how this goes!) for my final 4 weeks... FOREVER!