DD1 was born 40+1, dd2 was 38 weeks and dd3 was 40+2. The worst thing about dd2 being early was expecting that dd3 would be early too, and being crushingly disappointed when the 38 week mark came and went! I saw my consultant on the Wednesday, he booked me in for induction the following Monday an and she came naturally on the Friday ... Try not to dwell on it too much as it really does make the time drag by and you find yourself getting impatient about being "kept waiting". DD3 is my last dc and I wish I'd enjoyed my pregnancy more in those last few weeks Good luck when things do start happening though
Third labours can be very different from your first two. Lots of MNetters warned me about this and I wasn't sure but they were def right - even my MWs kept saying the same thing throughout the labour <cue me looking rather fed up saying 'yes, I've heard' through gritted teeth >. Apparently it is common for a lot of false starts to occur third time round - certainly true for me and a few others I knew who were pg with No3 at the same time.
One minute after Tee hee, sorry not much help really. I think each pregnancy is different and basically you should expect the unexpected. I think the dates thing is such a quesstimate anyway, even with dating scans (my DH, DD and DS all have short legs and long bodies although all are quite tall overall) DD & DS looked small for dates as one of the measures they use is thigh bone length.