Well, here we are….40+ weeks! I am feeling really good considering I am huge! The baby has definitely dropped so I finally have some breathing room and the acid reflux has let up a bit as well. I went to the doctor yesterday and baby’s head is engaged now. I am 4 centimeters, so active labor is next. All we are waiting on is my water to break or contractions to start. So far, nothing.
S & A are heading this way tomorrow evening and will get here on Friday. I have another appointment on Saturday morning to see if I am making anymore progress. My doctor is planning on breaking my water on Tuesday if the baby hasn’t made his debut by then. At the rate I’m going, we will probably have to wait until Tuesday to meet the little guy. I feel like I’m constantly on pins and needles waiting for any indication of labor. S & A are about at the end of their rope waiting to meet their little boy. I can’t begin to imagine the tension they are feeling as we wait these last few days. They were thinking they would likely miss the birth, but it sounds like they may be here after all.
I had an amazing surprise this past week when my sister showed up unannounced. She has been a tremendous help with my kids this past week. Their summer break starts tomorrow, so it’ll be nice to have her here to entertain them (entertaining is her area of expertise!) She met S & A a few months ago, so we are all looking forward to spending time together when baby arrives.
I will update as soon as I have news to share either from my appointment on Saturday or on Sunday for another belly picture. Hopefully baby comes before then and I will have the best news to share. If you feel so inclined, please pray for a safe, easy, and quick delivery.
39 weeks….somehow I didn’t think that I’d make it this long. I don’t know why, because I’ve gone as long as 43 weeks before, but I just thought this little guy might be a tad bit early for some reason. It can’t be too much longer now. S & A are so anxious to meet their little guy, and I am ready to “pass the baton” to them anytime. I don’t feel horrible, but I am pretty uncomfortable. I want to be back to normal. I want them to start their journey of parenting that they’ve dreamed of for so many years. It’s time for this shift to happen and anyday now would be great! I thought the full moon last night might work in my favor…wrong. Nothing.
And, on another note, white is very unbecoming on a 39 week pregnant belly. I only wore this shirt to take this photo, thank goodness. Just glad I didn’t wear it out in public. It makes me look like I am 55 months pregnant! Today was 91 degrees and I hate that kind of weather when I’m NOT pregnant, let alone when I AM! Thank God for air conditioning…..it was my only saving grace today!
I go back to the doctor on Thursday if baby isn’t here by then. When I went this past week, I was 3 centimeters, nearly 1/3 of the way there! Hoping there is some more dilation happening between now and Thursday. I’ll keep you posted!
How could I forget to post the weekly belly picture?! Probably because right now, I’m preoccupied with thoughts of having this baby any day now! I’ve had some low pelvic pressure off and on, but obviously nothing productive or promising. I always get so ready to have my babies and get back to normal, however, when I really start thinking about it, I have my reservations. I’ve had awesome labors and deliveries (except the twins), but the reality is is that it still hurts and I know what I’m facing. Luckily I tend to have super quick labors and easy deliveries, so that part eases the tension a bit.
Since I’ve had so many different birthing situations (unmedicated hospital birth, 3 homebirths attended by a midwife, 1 accidentally unattended homebirth, and an emergency c-section with a spinal block), I’m trying to decide how to proceed with this birth. We are planning a VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarian, another birthing scenario to add to my collection) hospital birth, but as far as the epidural goes, I’m totally undecided. I feel like I’ve made it through 5 births with no pain meds, and that it would be ridiculous to try an epidural now. I feel like I need to prove to myself that I can do it again, especially since this will be my first VBAC. My hubby insists that after all of my unmedicated births, that I don’t need to prove anything to anyone at this point. Part of me wants to have the epidural just to see what birth with one is like, but deep down I feel like that is cheating myself out of the pride of giving birth the way it was meant to be. When I’m birthing, I fully count on my body to tell me what to do, when to do it, and how to do it. It’s never let me down, so why start now? My biggest fear with the epidural is being stuck in the spinal column with a dang needle. The spinal block with the twins was horrific. It took the doctor 4 times to get it in, meanwhile, the first twin was making his breech debut while the dr was sticking a large needle in my back. Anyone who says getting a spinal is like a bee sting is surely full of you-know-what. It more likely resembled being kicked in the jaw by a mule. A very large, mean, and ugly mule at that. I guess I will make the decision on what to do when the time comes.
My next doctor appointment is on Thursday morning, so I will have an update then. I’m really hoping that one of my next updates will be a “baby M is here” headline. With the way I usually go past my due date, I’m not putting much stock in an early birth at this point, however, if you would be so kind as to say a little prayer that it happens soon, it would be much, much appreciated. Truth be known, I’m ready to be done!