My due date for Baby Deer was October 15th. With Little Deer I waited until I was 40 weeks and 6 days along before taking castor oil to help get things going. That worked quite well and she was born the following day at 41 weeks. I was hoping that Baby Deer might come a bit earlier, but sure enough, my due date came and went. I know it’s just as normal to deliver between 38-40 weeks as it is 40-42 weeks, but you can’t help but think of your due date as the end point sometimes. Remembering how tough the newborn days are did help take the edge off though. A few more days of getting to sleep in my cozy bed all night was alright with me, even as uncomfortable and pregnant as I was, I knew Baby Deer would be here soon.
The night of my due date I went to bed and woke up to LD crying around 2:30 AM. I checked the monitor and saw her rolling around trying to get comfy. She was laying on her book rather than her pillow, that silly girl. After a few seconds of fussing she quickly fell back asleep. Since I was already awake I got up to pee really quick then crawled right back into bed. I noticed I was having a contraction that was a bit stronger than the normal Braxton Hicks (which I’d been having a ton of for weeks). but I didn’t think too much of it. After a few minutes of laying there trying to fall back asleep, another contraction came. For the fun of it I decided to time them. By 3:15 AM I had recorded a steady pattern of contractions coming about every 6 minutes or so. Mr. Deer was sleeping out on the couch (being very sweet to give me the bed in hopes that I might sleep better), so I went out to the living room to wake him up and tell him that I thought it might be go-time.