saw the dr. again this morning. measuring my uturus, he guessed that the baby is around 6lbs. that sounds SO tiny to me! then he checked my cervix, and just as disappointment began filling me while i heard him say "still 2cm dilated and 70% effaced" he began doing something, i'm still not quite sure what, except that it sort of felt like what i've heard stripping membranes feels like. and then he said "okay, now after this you will most likely feel some cramping and experience light bleeding. the cramping may turn into painful contractions and you may very well go into labor tonight." he said this while giving me a conspiratorial smile. all i could say was "wow, THANK you!" he said he'll be working at the hospital on saturday, so he may just deliver my baby, and then said, "but there's a good chance you'll have him tomorrow." and then when i asked him how long he'd let me go past my due date before inducing labor, he told me, "well, we'd usually only let you go until 41 weeks, but don't worry, you won't go overdue."
this doctor is so freaking optimistic that it almost bothers me! i mean, what if i DON'T go into labor tonight? what if i DO go overdue? i'd be pretty upset because, i tell you, how can you not get your hopes up when an experienced obstetrician is feeding you all sorts of hope?
i called josh after the appointment and he said "oh GREAT! now i won't be able to sleep a wink tonight!"
so far i've definitely felt a lot of cramping. my contractions continue to feel very strong and quite long as well (some over 2 minutes), though not consistant nor terribly painful. it is my plan to stay off of my behind as much as possible for the rest of the day, as well as to do the most exercise i can do at this point, which is to go up and down the stairs on my bum.
and yes, of course i will continue to keep you posted :)