Still not in labour.
My responses to the zillions of well meaning phone calls and emails coming in have become like a template.
"No, baby's not here yet."
"No, we're not in labour."
"Yes, I am hot/uncomfortable/anxious/ready to pop."
"Yes, baby girl does seem to be taking her time."
"Thank you for telling me the story of your cousin/friend/sister/mum/coworker who went three weeks overdue."
"Yes, you are on the list of people to call when the baby arrives."
Don't get me wrong, I'm not bitter. I know how blessed and lucky I am to be here. It's endearing how many people have come out of the woodwork to show they care. I really do appreciate it. It's just hard because I really don't have any significant news to share (unless they want to hear about my mucous plug ha ha).
Speaking of my mucous plug, I think maybe what I was describing was actually bloody show. I talked to a few of my girlfriends who have recently given birth and they tend to think that at least the first part of what came out was show, rather than plug. Interesting. Still doesn't mean that labour will be starting soon with any certainty. But it does mean that things are happening, albeit at their own pace.
I don't have too much of an update from yesterday. I went on several short walks that probably amounted to about 2km in total, so not bad. Had a few minor BH contractions during the day but nothing major. Interestingly, at night, I was awoken with some seriously incredible back pain that seemed to come in waves. It made me gasp it hurt so much. Weird that the pain was in my back, rather than my uterus, and it seemed to be on one side more than the other. It was pretty bad and for a while there I thought maybe it was finally the start of labour. But eventually I fell back asleep and so whatever it was, was relatively short-lived. I had these pains again toward the morning, but somehow I incorporated them into my dream and didn't wake up. But I know I was having them.
This morning I feel just fine and dandy. Great! Tomorrow is our official due date and even though I'm well aware that only 5% of women actually give birth on their due date, I sure wouldn't mind being one of them.