As I sit here working, my feet are propped up under my table. It's the only way I can keep the swelling down. There is a pillow behind my back and snacks on either side of the computer. There is also a coffee cup, three fourths of the way full with cold coffee. I need caffeine desperately, but now it smells a little weird and it also gives me outrageous heartburn.
I'm four days past my due date and I would be lying if I said I'm not miserable. I know all of the things about how it is just an estimated date, how it's not an exact science and how my baby will come when he is ready. Still, every day since my due date has felt like another nine months.
Let's face it, carrying past your due date is a cruel and unusual form of torture. It's only made more difficult when you've got two toddlers to keep entertained and it's 90 degrees outside. If you have been here, you know just how hard it is to stay positive during those final days of pregnancy. In fact, you've probably experienced these 14 things every overdue mama knows all too well.
You spend most of your day overanalyzing every twitch or pain in your abdomen ...
Only to realize you were just sitting funny.
You are pretty certain your water just broke ...
Only to you realize you just peed your pants. Again.
And of course, there's this.
When a totally innocent and well-meaning family member texts, "Is the baby here yet?" at just the wrong time:
And you can't forget about the times people start offering you unsolicited advice about naturally inducing labor ...
Like having sex with your husband or scrubbing your kitchen floors.
You find yourself desperately Googling their suggestions a few days later.
You accidentally wait more than two hours between meals.
You realize your maternity clothes no longer fit you.
The act of bending over to pick up something off of the floor is way more than you can handle.
You go to bed with contractions and wake up still pregnant.
After a few hours of skeptically timing your contractions, you realize you are finally in labor and you will get to meet your baby soon.