Today was the last “every two weeks” visit to the doctor.  It was basically just a regular visit, but this time they had to check for some sort of strep or something like that.  Fun stuff!

While we were there, Lori told her doctor that her Braxton Hicks contractions have been getting pretty noticeable lately.  Because of that, he decided to check to see if she has made any progress with regards to dilating.  Sure enough, she’s dilated 1 cm and 30% effaced.  I told my mom that today and she was like “effaced?  What is that?”  So I had to explain to her everything that I understood about what’s going on.  Needless to say, she was pretty impressed.  Amazing what the internet can do for one’s knowledge base.  If you’re reading this and you don’t know what effacement is, then take a quick trip to Google.

With this kind of progress, it’s really hard to say how soon or long the rest of the pregnancy will take.  However, with as strong as the contractions are getting, we think that it will definitely be sooner than later.  One of our neighbors just had a baby at the end of last month.  At 37 weeks, she was 2cm dilated.  She ended up carrying her baby full term – 2 days shy of her actual due date.  That could happen to us.  But, it could also be some time in the next couple weeks.  Who knows.  We’re just trying to get our stuff together in the event that it happens soon.

I think it’s finally starting to sink in a little bit that we might be parents fairly soon.  The odd paradox about the last trimester is that it seems like it goes by so freaking slow, but yet, before you know it, the light is at the end of the tunnel – and coming fast!  I think we’re as ready as we’ll ever be though.  I just want a healthy baby to be able to bring home with us.  God willing, that will happen.  We can’t wait!