Seriously though, I don't want to be patient. I want to be holding my baby in my arms! I should have known when I "just had a feeling" that I would go into labor early... that was the devil! God has way too much fun teaching me patience through waiting! I had to wait to get pregnant with this baby and now I'm having to wait to finally meet her! It's hard to believe that 5+ weeks ago I was asking our church small group to pray that I would carry to 37 weeks so that I didn't have to deliver in the hospital! Ha! That was probably when all the heavenly laughter began...
Okay, so now for an update- what you've all been waiting for. The week of my due date I had all kinds of action, indicating that labor was imminent. I had contractions all weekend, BOYS COVER YOUR EARS- lost part of my mucus plug, and was mentally psyched that I was going to have this baby soon. I even told my mother in law, "I'm going to have this baby in the next two days. I just know." Open mouth, insert foot!
Since then, things have been pretty quiet. I stayed busy all last week, continuing to teach on the internet, going for walks, spending time with friends and family, window shopping, reading...expecting labor to get started at any minute, but not necessarily waiting around on it. That was last week... it came, and then it was gone. So, here we are- the next Friday. I definitely didn't think I would have another week pass by and still be pregnant! This week I've had more intense crampy-like contractions and some other signs that labor is close. I went in for a check-up on Tuesday. 1cm and 80% effaced. My midwife and I talked about natural induction methods, but I've been pretty leery of most of them; I'm eager, but still wanting everything to just start on its own. I went for a massage/acupressure on Wednesday, followed by a lengthy walk around Publix. That kick-started some good contractions, but they tapered off by about 7 or so that evening.
I went in today for a visit with the high risk specialist at Watson Clinic. He sees Labor of Love mamas once they are post due date- just as a precaution. He hooked me up to the fetal heart monitor for a bit, checked my amniotic fluid levels, measured baby, and checked my cervix (2cm now!). Everything checked out great, but he wants to see me back on Monday afternoon if labor still hasn't started. I would have never wished my baby to be born on Halloween, but at this point, I DON'T CARE! (We need something better to celebrate on that day anyway)! I'm going to try to relax this weekend, hoping that labor comes on its own. If labor hasn't started by Monday morning, I'll be meeting my midwife at the birthing center to try a few natural methods of induction.
In the meantime, I'm staking my claim as a very experienced pregnant woman. After all this time gestating, surely I'm considered a professional at this! (Hopefully, though, I won't be setting a world record). And in the spirit of trying to stay positive, here are a few things that I have been able to enjoy since the passing of my due date...
- lots of movie and dinner date nights with my hubby ("come on, this could be our last chance for a while!")
- good pasta dinners (never know which meal will be your pre-labor energy booster)
- Pioneer Days at Lake Wales
- read two novels
- watched 3 Gator football games- uninterrupted
- got a massage