happy due date to me! pregnancy: week 40

from thevisualmd.com

Well, it appears that babycenter.com automatically moves you over from the weekly pregnancy information to the newborn information when you hit your due date. Ummm… still pregnant over here, thankyouverymuch.

Ya know, I hated saying what my due date was. When people asked, I always said “mid-February.” Why? Because due dates are stupid. They’re guesses. Less than 10% of women actually give birth on their due date and the date can be off by about 2 weeks in either direction.

And now that I’m 40 weeks and still pregnant? It’s my due date, BABY WHERE ARE YOU?! lol.

But seriously.

Ryan was 9 days late, but when the consistent and uncomfortable contractions started, they never stopped. Sure it was loooong and slow–we stayed at home with those contractions for over 24 hours before heading to the hospital… but they never stopped.

This time? I’ve had those consistent and uncomfortably strong contractions twice now–meaning they’ve lasted for hours and hours (all night long), but then they just stop. It’s not only physically exhausting, it’s mentally exhausting. I get myself all psyched up for it and then… nothing.

I know, I know, I knowwww, baby will come when she’s good and ready. I know. But that thought doesn’t help this prodromal labor.

compare to week 40 from my last pregnancy!

On Wednesday I think I lost some of my mucus plug. I had those consistent contractions allllll night that night and was SURE baby was coming soon–some contractions in the middle of the night were spreading across my back. Nope. But the good part about that? Steve went crazy cleaning the house… I mean, he did an awesome job. Does nesting happen to dads? lol.

So, okay, I should be enjoying my last days with only one child and I should be doing things I enjoy, taking my mind off waiting for labor, yada yada blah blah. I’m tired and I’m cranky.

According to the poll I posted last week, ~13% of you are already wrong… she’s not coming early, lol. 30% of you guessed today or tomorrow (“on time”)–let’s hope!!! 51% of you voted for next week (“late”) and an evil ~6% of you voted for the following week lol (which would have been when Ryan came).

Answers to your questions:
Yes, I’m still pregnant.
No, the baby isn’t here yet.
How do you think I’m feeling?
No, I won’t be induced.
I have no idea when the baby is coming.

I met with the midwife on Tuesday…
weight: 145 lb (up 2 lb from last week and up about 38 lb total)
blood pressure: 122/70 (on the high end for me…)
baby’s heart: 152 bpm (I think)
baby’s position: ROA (right occiput anterior)–that’s good!
looking forward to: A BABY

 

Paperless coupons now go food shopping

The Record (Bergen County, NJ) January 13, 2008 | DAN SEWELL, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS DAN SEWELL, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The Record (Bergen County, NJ) 01-13-2008 Paperless coupons now go food shopping — Chains offer online discounts to load onto store loyalty cards By DAN SEWELL, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Date: 01-13-2008, Sunday Section: BUSINESS Edtion: All Editions CINCINNATI — Some coupon users are clicking instead of clipping these days to get their grocery discounts.

Supermarket chains are trying out paperless, or digital, coupons, to help the thrifty-minded save time while saving money. Shoppers load the online discounts onto their store loyalty cards, receiving the credit at the checkout. freecouponsforgroceriesnow.com free coupons for groceries

Grocers see the innovation as a way to build customer loyalty, drawing consumers who are increasingly spending time online to their Web sites and ultimately, their stores. The move could increase coupon use by attracting shoppers who don’t bother with paper coupons. It offers convenience for the companies in reducing handling, tallying and shipping of coupons, as well as cutting paper use.

Kroger Co., the nation’s largest traditional grocery chain, and Procter & Gamble Co., the largest consumer products company, are partners in a digital coupon trial that began last month. Other supermarket companies around the country have been trying ways to offer digital discounts in addition to the traditional clip-outs from newspapers and mailings.

Although online coupons for ordering everything from DVDs to laptops on the Internet have been around for several years, couponing, especially for groceries, is still dominated by paper. Digital use by companies with the combined reach of Cincinnati-based P&G and Kroger could help transform habits.

Some early users like the convenience of paperless coupons.

“You don’t have to waste your time going through all those little pieces of paper in your purse,” said Carol Hoffman, a Covington, Ky., woman who’s been using digital coupons on her Kroger card.

“It’s really nice, because I always forget to bring my coupons along … and I don’t have to organize them,” said Therese Sangermano, a Cincinnati mother of three who’s been using the paperless coupons to save on P&G products such as Pampers diapers and Dawn dishwashing liquid.

The digital coupons, which are posted on the grocers’ Web sites, can’t be doubled, but expiration dates still apply. Selections are limited during the initial trials but companies expect to expand digital offerings soon.

Giant Eagle, a Pittsburgh-based regional chain, in November launched “E-offers,” allowing customers to load coupons for 20-plus products, including national brands such as Minute Maid orange juice and Kellogg’s cereal, to their loyalty cards. Giant Eagle spokesman Dan Donovan said it plans to expand paperless coupons as customers become familiar with the program.

Coupons for groceries date to the late 19th century, and industry experts say the majority of American households still regularly use them. Combing through Sunday newspaper coupons is still a ritual in some homes. A scene in the “The Sopranos” TV series found Paulie “Walnuts” Gualtieri clipping coupons, showing that even fictional mobsters used to flashing wads of $100 bills like to get their 50-cent discounts.

Annual savings is estimated nationally at about $3 billion, but that’s only a small percentage of potential savings from unused coupons, according to industry estimates of redemption rates as low as 1 percent.

“It’s great to see the innovation and I’m happy to see two big players taking a lead in that,” Peter Meyers, vice president of the Toronto-based marketing firm ICOM Information & Communications LP, said of the Kroger-P&G trial. But he said it might take awhile for digital coupons to take off among grocery shoppers. “If you’re very computer savvy, this is probably a plus. But if you’re more of a traditionalist, paper is familiar and this is not.” Meyers said the early grocery efforts have room for improvement. Shoppers still have to invest time looking through the online coupons to pick the ones they want. site free coupons for groceries

Ken Fenyo, Kroger’s vice president for corporate loyalty, said Kroger means to complement traditional paper coupons, but expects to expand its current pilot program as part of its recently overhauled Web site.

“We really are just trying to provide more options, not take things away,” he said. “We know many of our customers are online heavily anyway. I believe over time, more and more customers will want to use the online option.” Illustrations/Photos: ***

DAN SEWELL, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

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