My due date is August 30th by LMP. My birthday (I'll be 37!!!) is August 9th and my sweet little Bears 8th birthday is Sept. 10th. He was due August 28th, so......
I've never gone into labor earlier than my due dates...I'm usually a bit "late" and have nice big round happy babies (Take THAT midwife!!!) But...I'm having a girl this time, which defies all the norms of life, so...who knows??? I'm trying to be prepared for the unexpected as my nervous system isn't so hot with having the expected change. When we had our little Bear, I was S H O C K E D that my water broke. My water "never" breaks before crowning. or...at least, it never had before. So, I was shocked to have labor begin with my water breaking....I practically expected him to burst out in 5 minutes....But, it was more like 4 hours. 4 intense hours. I would have liked to be less shocked so that I could compose myself before the whirlwind that was his birth...so this time, I am expecting everything that IS a possibility within the realm of POSITIVE outcomes! (Trying very hard not to expect the negative...working against this fear mind is a constant effort...)
So, my water is allowed to break. I'm allowed to go into labor two weeks early or late. I'm allowed to have a long labor, or a short one. It can be easy or painful. I'm allowed to have a water birth, or an unexpected home birth, or a car birth...or a walking at night in a field birth...whatever! I'm allowed to have it! I am NOT allowed to have a trauma birth, a too much bleeding birth, a medicalized birth, an interfered with birth, an anxious birth, a loss of control birth...and especially not a stillbirth. Especially NOT an anything wrong with me or my baby girl birth. And...frankly...me not dying is high on that list too. I've already had my share of near death experiences. I'd be happy to pass up another no matter how amazing they are. humpf!
So....August 30th, or anywhere near there, HERE WE COME!!!!!