This Runner's Trials

The final pregnancy update: Week 37

Guess where I am?


And I almost called it!


I'm in shock that I'm going to have a baby so soon. I never would have guessed I'd go into labor today, but it's happening.

Things I've learned in the past 24 hours:

  • "Nesting" may not mean you clean and organize. Instead, it may present as an intense urge to bake a chocolate chip cake late one Monday night.
  • Not all first time moms go past their due dates.
  • When your water breaks, it may be bloody instead of clear.
  • Labor won't necessarily start on its own if your water breaks.
  • If you need to be induced, the start of labor will be really boring. I know I'll miss this part in a few hours!
  • You may pull your first all-nighter at the age of 29… and be looking forward to it. :)

See you on the other side!

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  1. Good luck Jen! I can’t wait to see your son!

  2. Oh yay!! Sending easy labor vibes your way!!!

  3. Yay!! Can’t wait to meet him! :) Praying for you and hope you have a good experience!! :)

  4. How exciting!!! Best wishes to You soon to be mama!

  5. Hurray! I hope everything goes wonderfully, and you have your baby in your arms soon!

  6. I have been stalking your twitter feed since you tweeted Omg!! I can’t wait for your baby to arrive :) Good luck!!

  7. If your baby is born after 12 am we’re going to share a birthday!!! GOOD LUCK :D

  8. Ahh! Exciting! I’m crossing my fingers that it’s smooth sailing!*

  9. You are positively glowing! Good luck, mama!

  10. Ahhhh! Can’t wait to meet him! You’re going to do great! So happy for you!!

  11. You’re going to do great! Welcome to the best day of your life – seeing that sweet boy for the first time will change you forever. It’s so, so awesome!

  12. Yay!!!! Congrats and good luck!!! This will certainly put the thankful in Thanksgiving!!!!

  13. So exciting!!! Will be thinking about you!!!

  14. I am so excited for you!! Keep your eyes open when you deliver. I know it sounds crazy but I didn’t and wish I had. You’re going to meet your sweet baby boy so soon!!

  15. Why am I crying? Tears of joy my friend. I could NOT be happier for you. Sending so much love!!


  16. so exciting!!!!!!!!!!! good luck!

  17. Love love LOVE your face in this pic! So excited to meet your boy!

  18. AAHHH so excited! praying for you!! wwweeeee!!!!

  19. Sooooo exciting!!!

  20. So exciting! Will be thinking of you tonight! Hope everything goes great for you.

  21. Woo-hoo! Good luck!!! Pitocin sucks but just remember it’s SOOOOOOO worth it! Can’t wait to hear the exciting news :)

  22. Good luck, Jen! I hope everything goes well and you’re snuggling your boy in no time!

  23. hooray!!! praying for a quick & safe labor + delivery!

    also, when i read that tweet yesterday, i thought to myself that you anti-jinxed yourself by sending the tweet and that you’d end up being late! i was WRONG!

  24. JEN!!!!! i’m so excited and happy for you! i can’t wait to hear all about it and to meet your beautiful baby boy! will be thinking of you tonight!!

  25. Good luck Jen!! You are the prettiest woman in labor I’ve seen :)

  26. Congrats and good luck! I’m sure you will do great!

  27. YAYYYYY!!!!! You look beautiful in your hospital finest :). Wishing you a healthy labor!!! :)

  28. I had tears in my eyes when you announced your pregnancy and here I am blurry-eyed again. I don’t even know you and I am so beyond happy and excited for you! Through all the infertility I kept hoping that you would get a miracle and it’s just so wonderful to see one actually happen. Best of luck with your labor!

  29. OMG good luck! What a great thanksgiving this will be!

  30. Best wishes for an easy delivery! What a great Thanksgiving for you and your family!

  31. Sending lots of good thoughts and positive vibes your way!

  32. Yay yay yay! I’m so excited for you! I hope everything goes smoothly and I can’t wait for you to get to meet your little man! :)

  33. Good Luck and Congratulations!

  34. I am so excited for you! Please keep us updated as much as you can! I need something to look forward to during my middle of the night feeding! Oh, and welcome to the club!!!!!!!!

  35. Squeeeeeee!!! It’s finally time!! You’re going to do great!!

  36. Good luck! Congrats!
    (and I’ve never pulled an all-nighter either… but baby seems totally worth it!) :-)

  37. And I just talked to you today! This is craziness!!! Go Jen GO!!! I’m so excited for you!!! Can’t wait to hear every detail!!! xoxoxoxoxo Good luck!

  38. Ahh so exciting!! Good luck!

  39. Love you! Thinking of you!

  40. SO exciting!!! Good luck!! Can’t wait to hear all about the birth!!

  41. I trust that things will go very well. Congratulations!

  42. How EXCITING!!

  43. AAAHHHH! So exciting!!! I keep stalking twitter for updates. Best of luck and tons of happy, healthy wishes, mama! Praying for you and your family! :) <3

  44. So excited for you to meet your little nugget!! Can’t wait to hear all about it :)

  45. Thinking of you, Jen! Power through. Can’t wait to see your newborn.

  46. Yay! Praying all is going well!

    Mary, new runner and mom to 10 (2 of whom are making me a grandma next year!)

  47. Yay! Congratulations!
    It has been a joy to follow your journey through pregnancy. Always interesting to read someone else’s experience and see how they approach the task of growing a human :) And so wonderful to see you in that bed smiling and looking so amped – I’m sure that look of glee vanished when it got more exciting! ;)
    Can’t wait to read all the glorious details (and see pictures). Enjoy your new little man!

  48. Fabulous news…congratulations!! Can’t wait to “meet” him and hear that wonderful new name :)

  49. Good luck! I have been through childbirth three times, and each time it was a different journey, but the same wonderful ending. There is nothing like holding your child in your arms for the first time. You’ll be fantastic!

  50. What a great post to read as I sit here nursing my 4 wk old son at 4 am. The time flies by so do your best to soak it all in. They grow way too fast!

    Enjoy the best day of your life:)

  51. Congratulations Jen…what an amazing blessing this Thanksgiving! Hope you get to come home Thursday and don’t have to eat hospital food on Turkey Day :) After all you had to go through to get to this point, I don’t think his birthday could have been on a better day…to have him actually here for Thanksgiving is so symbolic of your journey!

  52. Good luck and Congratulations! This sure will be a Thanksgiving to remember for you all!

  53. Congrats and good luck! Can’t wait to see pictures of your little man!

  54. Good luck and hope for a quick, easy labor. Hopefully by now you have met and are cuddling your little guy :-)

  55. OMG! So excited for you. It seems like you JUST announced you were pregnant!!! Cant wait to see pictures of this sweet angel. Enjoy him. He will have been worth the wait!

  56. OH my Gosh!!!! So excited for you! A little Thanksgiving baby! Can’t wait for your next post!!!! Enjoy the best day of your life :)

  57. WOW! So exciting! So happy for you and your hubby! And both your families! Hope it all goes well!

  58. So happy for you and your new little man. CONGRATS!

  59. Congrats!! What a wonderful Thanksgiving gift :)

  60. O-VER-JOYED for you Jen!!!

  61. Hi Jen! Congrats!! I stumbled upon your blog via Caitlin. I am really really happy for you esp after reading your struggles with getting pregnant. My husband just got diagnosed with this scientific term that means his sperm count and motility is very very low. At this point our only option is IVF or ICSI… I’m very scared. I was wondering how did you cope with your emotions besides blogging. My husband requested that I not share this info with ppl we know, only our parents will be informed. It’s the first day after hearing the news and not sure how to handle this… Thank you and thank you for sharing good baby news!!!

  62. So exciting! Can’t wait to hear how it went! CONGRATS!

  63. Congrats to you and your family!

  64. I have been lurking around your blog a while now and just wanted to tell you how happy I am for you! Congrats! Hoping you will be holding that baby boy in your arms soon :)

  65. Congratulations! Can’t wait to see pictures of the new baby!

  66. AHHHH CONGRATS! I am sooo excited for you. I will be praying for all of you.

  67. CONGRATS!!! I just saw this post…maybe the little guy is here already? Hope you were able to tough it out thru the pitocin if you needed it (sounds like you might have since your water broke like me). Happy Happy delivery thoughts and CONGRATS again mama!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  68. I’ve been following along with your blog before your pregnancy journey began and I’m so thrilled for you on this exciting day! I wish you a very happy Thanksgiving and hope your little man arrives quickly and safely! :)

  69. I am so very happy and excited for you and your family at this super special time!!!!! :)

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