• 40 Weeks, 1 Day

    June 4, 2014

    Good morning, friends!

    I’m officially past my due date with no signs of labor—well, ok, no signs of labor that I can actually feel, but I’ll take it. More on that in a minute!


    Yesterday started with a delicious, but not very pretty-looking two-ingredient pancake with almond butter, strawberry jelly, and chia seeds on top. I swear it tasted way better than it looked!


    After breakfast, I did a bunch of work and then headed out to my 40-week doctor’s appointment. On the way, I stopped by Marylou’s for some iced coffee. I went with a Peanut Butter Wonderful, light on the mocha, milk, and no sugar. FYI: That’s the way to order it if you want a sweet, creamy iced coffee, but not a total sugar bomb.

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    On the drive (well, technically, while sitting in traffic), I saw this “MOMMY” license plate in front of me. I thought it might be a little foreshadowing of exciting things to come, but no dice.

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    Everything went well at my doctor’s appointment. She told me that I’m 2 cm dilated and about 50% effaced, which she said was good progress. She also said 90% of women go into labor by 41 weeks, so she was hopeful something might happen soon. If I am still pregnant come Monday when I have another appointment with her, we’ll talk about induction.

    Since I’m past my due date, my doctor sent me for a Non-Stress Test (NST) and an ultrasound to make sure the baby’s heart is still strong and steady, the placenta is still doing its thing, and the baby is getting the oxygen he needs— probably some other things too, but basically just checking everything is still ok in there.

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    The NST lasted about 20 minutes and everything looked great with Baby H.’s heart. The monitor that I was hooked up to actually showed that I was having a few irregular contractions, which I couldn’t feel, but means something is finally starting to happen. My stomach was also feeling kind of sore last night, which I told my mother-in-law this morning and she said that might be some contractions too.

    Things also went well with the ultrasound. The placenta is working fine and Baby H. has plenty of oxygen, which the ultrasound technician suggested might be the reason for him still moving around like a maniac. She explained that when babies don’t have a lot of oxygen, they move around less, but Baby H. NEVER stops moving and he doesn’t seem to care that there’s no room for him to do so. He just punches and kicks his little heart out. My stomach basically looks like a bowl of Jello because he’s moving around so much— even during the NST and ultrasound. Haha!

    The ultrasound also estimated that Baby H. is about 7.6 pounds, and I got to see his little squished face in 3D, which was so cool. The technician said he looks really “comfy” inside, but he looked super cramped to me!

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    When I got home from my appointment, I was more than ready to eat, so I heated up some Chinese leftovers for lunch.

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    And then I took Murphy for his afternoon walk. The ice cream man drove by us during our walk, and Murphy barked his brains out at him. He loves to hate the ice cream man. #funpolice

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    After our walk, I busted out some work while snacking on a bunch of dark chocolate chunks + almonds, which apparently is the snack of the week. #love

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    Dinner was quick and easy: ham and cheddar lettuce wraps with mustard. Mal and I broke out all of the ingredients and just made them while watching TV. Easy-peasy.

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    Question of the Day

    When do you think Baby H. will get here? Any guesses? 

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    { 38 comments… read them below or add one }

    Rachel @ Marathon Running Medic June 4, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    Water breaking tonight, deliver Friday morning – sorry, your first kid usually takes his sweet time! Good luck – you and Mal will be great parents! 🙂


    Lindsay@LifeAfterDairy June 4, 2014 at 1:36 pm

    Well, I was completely sure he’d come over this past weekend … whomp whomp. But I feel like it’s safe to say he’ll come sometime … before … July! Haha.


    Tina June 4, 2014 at 1:42 pm

    Haha! He better!


    Jessica June 4, 2014 at 1:42 pm

    My first came at 41 weeks, 3 days after being induced. I hope Hippity comes sooner than that for yoU!!!


    Jennifer June 4, 2014 at 1:48 pm

    My nephew was born without my sister even having an epidural and within 1 hour of her water breaking – crazy!! 🙂


    Annette@FitnessPerks June 4, 2014 at 2:09 pm

    HAHA that meme of the college dorm. I laughed hard out loud! 😉

    As I’ve mentioned before, my baby came super late (freaking 15 days late) so I am hoping baby H comes really soon for your sake!! My guess is Saturday night 🙂

    By the way, have you thought about having the doc strip your membranes? It hurts a bit, but the 2nd time he did it seemed to help move things along for me–just a thought!


    Laura June 4, 2014 at 2:10 pm

    You’re seriously so close… keep reminding yourself that he’ll be an easy/healthy baby since he got to bake so long 🙂 One question (and this is NOT to judge — I’m 18 weeks pregnant and honestly curious!) — is ham different than other lunch meats from a “safe to eat” perspective, or do you just eat it sparingly when its of high quality, etc.? Thanks! And good luck!


    Jen @ Chase the Red Grape June 4, 2014 at 2:20 pm

    Tina, you are looking beautiful! And so is Murphy, but he knows it! 😛

    Fingers crossed for some action soon!!


    Colleen June 4, 2014 at 2:27 pm

    I would say by Friday or Saturday.


    Kerry June 4, 2014 at 2:35 pm

    He is coming on Friday. Go to the movies tonight and tomorrow as you won’t go again for five years. 🙂


    Jess June 4, 2014 at 2:37 pm

    If he comes tomorrow, we’ll share a birthday! Fingers crossed!


    Elisabeth June 4, 2014 at 2:42 pm

    I’m going to guess Thursday/early Friday!


    Erin H June 4, 2014 at 2:47 pm

    I’m going with active labor starting Thursday with Baby H here by late Friday/early Saturday. Each extra day he gets to bake is an extra day for his brain and lungs to strengthen, but I hope he comes soon on his own!


    Alyssa June 4, 2014 at 3:04 pm

    I think he’ll come either the day you discuss induction or the day you are scheduled to be induced 🙂 babies don’t like being told what to do 😉


    Lindsay June 4, 2014 at 3:10 pm

    My bet is June 7th, around 5pm. I’m just shooting in the dark here really;) I’m so excited for Baby H though, how wonderful, and thank you for letting us all be a part of this journey!


    angie June 4, 2014 at 3:11 pm

    I am betting on Thursday, hopefully labor goes quickly. Rub your belly tonight and tell little H, tomorrow is his day. Worked for us! Well make sure Mal tells him the samething my husband said – you can come tomorrow just after 6 am please 🙂 Best wishes!


    Silvia @skinny jeans food June 4, 2014 at 3:19 pm

    Haha, I was also pretty sure you’d deliver the baby over the weekend. But now?

    I guess, any day now 😉

    Will you have a twitter handle? like #Hipperty ?


    Hilary June 4, 2014 at 3:22 pm

    I can’t even imagine how antsy you are waiting for the baby! Just keep having faith I am sure you will have Baby H in no time!


    Shel@PeachyPalate June 4, 2014 at 3:28 pm

    Friday…only cuz nearly all the women in my family were always 2-3 days over their due date. My mum was two days over with me and my brother! Fingers crossed for you!!! I still haven’t tried the two ingredient pancake! I’ve been making my grain free coconut flour buns like theirs no tomorrow but I need to switch up snack time!


    Nicole June 4, 2014 at 3:50 pm

    I have a feeling he will come on Sunday, the 8th. I have a few friends with that birthday, so it may be a popular day!

    (And! He’d have a cool birthdate: 6/8/14….6+8=14!)
    (And #2: I am a geek! Haha!)


    Emily @ Fit as a Mother... June 4, 2014 at 4:35 pm

    Not gonna lie – that pancake looks like a mess… I bet it tasted good though!


    jen June 4, 2014 at 4:46 pm

    I will say the 7th because that’s my BFF’s little guy’s 1st birthday! My other friend went a month earlier with her 1st and 2 weeks over with her 2nd she was a mess and it was during an end of july early aug heat wave so who could blame her. Her boyfriends mom told them to get a little frisky because its known to bring on labor and sure enough it worked 3am the magic started, and baby was here by 7am, likely girl has fast births 🙂


    Chase June 4, 2014 at 4:58 pm

    My guess is June 6! Let’s go Baby H!!


    CaraH June 4, 2014 at 6:02 pm

    SERIOUSLY, go out to dinner and a movie! @Kerry is right; those grown up excisions will be few and far between for a while.
    My guess is Sunday. Good luck!


    Amy June 4, 2014 at 6:03 pm

    Yeah let’s go with June 6th so you can watch the whole new season of Orange is the New Black during labor…


    Tina June 4, 2014 at 6:14 pm

    Haha! 😄


    CaraH June 4, 2014 at 6:04 pm

    I meant EXCURSIONS ha!


    Ellen Renee June 4, 2014 at 6:20 pm

    Plan something….anything…kids love to interrupt plans!


    Tina June 4, 2014 at 6:25 pm



    Ellen Renee June 4, 2014 at 8:18 pm

    I am back…I just read Iowa Girls Friday faves and came across one that I think you need to read…just so you can be prepared. I will link it but if you don’t like to follow links it a list for 10 boy mom musts….so funny. http://www.fightingfrumpy.com/2014/05/ten-boy-mom-musts.html


    Erika B June 4, 2014 at 8:56 pm

    Friday @ 1:22 am 😉


    Amanda June 4, 2014 at 9:15 pm

    Your skin looks great in the coffee photo! Also, do you get your deli cold cuts at WF too?


    Annie June 4, 2014 at 10:33 pm

    S E X!


    Cori @ She's Going the Distance June 4, 2014 at 11:36 pm

    I feel like baby H will be out in the world sometime on June 12th. that seems like a good day. Plus baby H is probably just doing extra squats and stuff so you and Mal will be proud 🙂


    Kayla June 5, 2014 at 12:08 am

    HAAHAHAHA that baby picture is hilarious! I was at the same point as you but lost my mucus plug at 40 weeks 1 day. Then I had Quinn the next day! It’s so crazy, but you are in for a ride pretty soon! So amazing!


    Lisa @ Exercise eat repeat June 5, 2014 at 4:33 am

    My guess it Friday.
    The dark chocolate and almonds look so good. love the combination.
    Such an exciting time for you both. 🙂


    Amelia @Eating Made Easy June 6, 2014 at 12:41 am

    My baby boy still moves up a storm too – it’s like having a roller coaster in the abdomen! Sending best wishes for the day Baby H decides to appear! xoxo


    The Healthy Apple June 7, 2014 at 11:19 pm

    YOU look beautiful. So excited for you! oxox Hugs!!


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