As requested by Rory, here's a brief baby update. Warning: medical/anatomical jargon to follow, possibly TMI for some readers.
Went to the doc this morning and I am "a good 3 cm" dilated and the cervix is "softening up really nicely" to at least 60% effaced. I even had a contraction while being measured, but I've been having them off and on for a while. All this confirms that my body is indeed getting ready and making progress week by week, but by no means does this mean Sydney's arrival is imminent. However, the doctor does think she'll come before the proposed induction day of July 7 or 8. She said I should have my hospital bag packed. The bad news is baby is facing the wrong way. Head is down (not breech), but she is facing up, which is what happened with Carson. This increases my back pain now and really increases it during labor. Last time the doctor basically had to physically reach in and turn him while I was pushing. FUN! So, I'm supposed to spend some time on my hands and knees and hope gravity helps. I figured Carson will love that game. That's all I got for now! I'll try to post any updates. Thanks for your prayers!