I never made it to my doctor’s appointment on Tuesday morning because our little boy decided it was finally time to enter the world. I went to the hospital around 930 on Monday night, and he arrived at 4:28 on Tuesday morning weighing in at a whopping 9 pounds, 6 ounces! His birth was everything I wanted and more (I’ll post the full story soon) – I am so very blessed!
What a night! I was having regular contractions for a good part of the day, which of course made me very excited. Around 7:30, my contractions got very regular (between 4-6 mins) and started to intensify. Around 9:30 or so I called my doula and our doctor to let them know, and was told if the length between then shortened and stayed regular and/or they continued to intensify then to go to the hospital for observation. At around 10:30 or so, my contractions started to come every 2-3 minutes, so we headed to our hospital for observation.
When we arrived, the nurse took my vitals and hooked me up to a monitor. Sure enough I was having very regular contractions, but after a couple hours, they weren’t progressing. Our doctor examined me, and I was 3cm dilated, so she offered to speed things up with pitocin or send us home to wait for labor to progress. I decided that going home and waiting was the best option. Tomorrow, we have another doctor’s appointment to discuss next steps. I am would definitely prefer to avoid induction, but also want to make sure we do what is best for Baby W.
More news to come tomorrow 🙂
Hugs and baby dust!
I decided to stay busy yesterday to keep my mind off of labor. Just like a watched pot never boils, maybe my body just needs me to not think about labor. My BF came into town on Friday, and she has been helping do so some last-minute baby prep. She put the pack and play together as well as the baby swing. She also cooked some and accompanied me to the grocery store – definitely a big help!! I also got some cleaning and organizing done, so our house is ready for our little guy. I spent a lot of time on my feet, bouncing on my exercise ball, and walking on my treadmill… I think it may have worked 🙂
Labor is definitely getting closer. My body is showing more signs, so I know it’s only a matter of time. I was having stronger and more consistent contractions yesterday (6-7 mins apart). Even more exciting, I lost my mucous plug late last night, which is a good sign that my cervix is fully effaced and starting to dilate more. Yay! I got a good night’s sleep (and hubby made a very yummy breakfast) and am feeling crampy this morning, which is also a sign of impending labor. Today, I am trying to relax so I have plenty of energy for labor. I am going to bounce on my exercise ball and walk some on the treadmill, but the goal today is rest.
Hugs and baby dust!
I am officially past my due date, and trying to patiently wait for our little boy to make his appearance. I will admit patience isn’t my strength — I am used to having some control, and at this point, the only one in control is Baby W. I guess I should just get used to giving up control since I hear that it’s not always possible in motherhood :).
We had a good appointment on Wednesday, and I am definitely progressing. My cervix is still 2cm dilated, but it’s gone from 50 to 80% effaced, which means that we are getting closer and closer to D-day. Effacement is basically how thin my cervix is — it has to be 100% effaced for dilation to really get going — so the doctor was happy with our progress. I am also having more consistent contractions — they are still pretty mild, but they have gotten as close as 7-8 minutes apart! I am thrilled that my contractions are getting closer together, but it’s a bit of tease since every night that I go to sleep, I am convinced that I’ll wake up in a few hours ready in “real” labor.
Thank you for all the prayers, happy thoughts, comments, and emails — I appreciate them! I look forward to sharing some baby pictures very soon!
Hugs and Baby Dust to all!
We had our 40-week appointment today, and all is well in baby land! I am still 2cm dilated and about 80% effaced (compared to 50% last week), which means my body is making progress and labor is near. Of course, at this point, it has to be near… hahaha! My doctor also stripped my membranes again to try to help encourage my body to start more active labor — we’ll just have to wait and see if it works :).
I am feeling pretty good, but am definitely ready to meet our little boy. As you all know, I am a bit of a control freak, so it’s weird to have so little control over when he will come into the world. More importantly, I don’t want to be induced. Induction reduces your chances of a vaginal delivery, and tends to make labor more painful and longer — two things I would like to avoid!
Here’s hoping for more contractions!
Baby dust to all 🙂
39+ weeks pregnant and waiting for our little boy to make his appearance into the world :). On one hand, I want him hear right now — not because I’m uncomfortable, but because I really want to meet him — but on the other hand, I want him to come when he’s ready. After all, he probably knows best :). With all the medical advances made, I would think that doctors would be able to accurately predict when labor will begin, but in the end, it’s up to the baby to get things started when he’s ready.
Other than waiting for Baby W, I am doing everything I can to stay healthy. As you all probably know, the flu is spreading like wildfire and there is also a yucky stomach virus making the rounds. I got my flu shot (and so did hubby), and thankfully, I work from home, so am not around people (or their germs) very often. When I go out and am around people, I wash my hands frequently and use hand sanitizer to protect myself from the yuckies. I also clean our house with bleach and do my best to eat healthy and get plenty of rest. So far, it’s working!
I am thankful that so far my stay-healthy-obsession has worked for me, but unfortunately I can’t say the same for everyone around me. My dad is sick — he started to feel sick on Friday, and has pretty much been out of commission since then. He’s not sure if it’s the flu because he won’t go to the doctor, but I certainly hope it’s only a cold that will pass quickly. My doula is also sick. I spoke to her yesterday and she didn’t sound great, and then she called me today and sounded awful. She also thinks she may have the flu :(. She went to the doctor yesterday for lab work and started Tamiflu just in case. At this point, it will be at least 4-5 days before she’ll be able to join us at the hospital.
I am not stressing since there is nothing we can do about our doula being sick. We are very well-prepared for this journey, and will get through it with or without her. Hubby and I have gone to plenty of classes and had a couple of meetings with our doula to review what to do to control pain naturally. We will just have to rely on this training to get us through labor and delivery :). I know we can do it!
Stay healthy everyone!