Yes, these are big boy underpants, but don't let that fool you into thinking progress is being made because it's not. Sometimes a boy just isn't ready to be potty trained! And that is ok.
Now that some of those evil steroids have worked their way out of Elijah's body, he is acting much more like the sweet, calm Elijah that we know. We certainly still have our 3-year-old moments, but Dan and I have stopped pulling the hair out of our heads.
I had an appointment with my doctor yesterday and everything went well. The baby has dropped in his percentile for size a bit (he is up to 2 lb, 9 oz!), which isn't a huge surprise since I can't see myself ever having a huge baby. He went from being in the 50th percentile four weeks ago to the 40th percentile. The doctor likes to keep a close eye on any baby lower than the 50th percentile, so I will continue to get ultrasounds every few weeks. The 40th percentile still sounds HUGE to Dan and me. I don't think Elijah was ever once above the 10th percentile for size.
Everything else looks great with me and with the baby. My cervix is still long (3.9 cm) and my fetal fiber-nectin test came back negative. I am currently at the same point in my pregnancy with Elijah where I tested positive for the fetal fiber-nectin test. When a person tests positive for that, it means there is a very good chance labor will start within 2-3 weeks. That is why I still thank God for the miracle that allowed Elijah to stay in my belly for SEVEN weeks beyond that positive test. I breathed a huge sigh of relief when I heard that I still haven't tested positive for FFN in this pregnancy. This is a very, very good sign.
My contractions continue to bewilder me. I have great days and bad days and there still appears to be no pattern. They are nowhere near as bad as they were when I was this far along with Elijah. I am at the same point that I was when I went to the hospital for the first time with him because I was having contractions every three to six minutes. Yikes! Thank goodness I haven't experienced anything close to that yet. I'm still holding out hope for a 39-week baby!