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Daily Check-in - January 6th

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Didn't see a thread yet, so I figured I'd start it today.  TGIF!  How's everyone doing?  Any big plans for the weekend?

 

I'm 40+4, exhausted and ready to have this baby already!  My midwife stripped my membranes for the second time in a week yesterday, got blood this time, then we ate a spicy lunch, walked for hours, had a spicy dinner, but only a random contraction here and there; nothing regular or super hard.  I'm admittedly very frustrated, and we're considering breaking out the castor oil tomorrow.  (Not something I'm looking forward to, but having already tried sex, black and blue cohosh has been going on for over a week, nipple stimulation, pineapple, EPO, RRL tea, two rounds of membrane stripping, walking, birthing ball bouncing...I'm just over this!  I've only ever had medical inductions, one for a postdate baby, and I was SO looking forward to a homebirth this time around, so if castor oil is what it takes, then that's what it takes.)

 

ETA:  Within half an hour of posting this, I lost my mucous plug.  Hopefully a sign of more action to come!


Edited by redbirdlady - 1/6/12 at 6:35am
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The big plan for the weekend is to hopefully have a baby. winky.gif My due date is on the 15th, but I've been leaking amniotic fluid for 2.5 days. I've also been having on and off mild cramping and lower back pain, but not a single contraction yet.

 

My son had already been born by this point, so it really feels like forever to wait. I'm so eager to meet our new little one, and she's being stubborn. orngtongue.gif

 

I haven't done anything to move labor along. I thought the fact that I'm leaking means my body wants to do it soon? Surely, it's not good to leak for too long?

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Today is a non-event day for me.  Grocery store, handing with the little man, hemming some curtains, etc.  If I was actually a motivated woman I'd have it all done before naptime, but I'll likely still be scrambling before my husband gets home from work!

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If I don't have this baby soon, I'm literally going to go crazy.  In fact, I may have already. nut.gif

 

I'm just in so much pain at night!  And I have no idea what exactly is causing it.  The baby moves all throughout the day (never slowed down in that department), but at night, it starts moving its little hands, shoulders, and head...and it literally feels like it's trying to head-butt its way out of my cervix.  The pressure in the lower segment of my uterus, on my bladder, and on my cervix is literally unbearable...but only when the baby does these weird movements.  So I'll be sitting there, just eating my dinner or whatnot, and then I'll let out a scream out of nowhere because it hurts so bad...then it goes away, then the baby does it again and I scream again.  It's the weirdest, most unpredictable, uncomfortable feeling EVER.  And after almost three full years of midwifery school, I've never heard of this and have no idea what it is!!!  Any thoughts?

 

I haven't slept in about a month now.  People keep warning me to get some sleep now because there won't be any after the baby comes...and I have to cover my mouth to keep from laughing at them.  I would do ANYTHING for a 1-2 hour stretch of sleep at this point.  I can't WAIT to have the baby, sleep for 1-2 hours, wake up to feed him/her, and then sleep for another 1-2 hours.  It's going to be BLISS.

 

I'm so grumpy all the time and my moods change in the drop of a hat.  One minute I'm so happy and excited, the next minute I'm sobbing in frustration and desperation.  My poor husband.  He just sighs and makes me more food and rubs my feet, and I just stare at him angrily because I'm not in labor. lol.gif

 

DONE.  I am done, ladies.  As a midwifery student, doula, and childbirth educator, I never thought I'd say that out loud.  I thought I'd be the patient one who sets a good example for pregnant women everywhere.  And now, all I want to do is punch everyone who is not pregnant, shake my husband and tell him that he JUST DOESN'T UNDERSTAND, and hide in a hole (and hibernate) until this baby is born.  OMG.  I'm a mess! bawling.gif

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I'm officially 40 weeks today. This little girl is happy just where she is. Clearly, she's more of her father than I'd like her to be. If she was like me she'd be here by now (; 

 

Feeling better today, swapped my flu for a nasty cold and congestion instead. Whacky sleep but had some cinnamon toast crunch for breakfast (yum), will brave taking a shower today and take the dog for a walk, and hopefully fix some stupid financial things that are going on unnecessarily (shocking). 

 

My certification exam is in 4 days now so I suppose I should review up at some point soon (: 

 

Had some major cramping and I believe lost some more mucous plug yesterday and today after the cervical check..watch her come on the day of my exam. I'll be so upset lol. It's already paid for and I can't retake it until April!

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Oh no, Kaitlyn!!  I hope you get to take your exam!!
 

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Originally Posted by Kaitlyn811 View Post..watch her come on the day of my exam. I'll be so upset lol. It's already paid for and I can't retake it until April!


 

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Wombjuice - your entire post sounds like transition!  Seriously.  The mood swings, the pain from the uncontrollable feelings to the uterus, the lashing out at the husband.  If you weren't sitting here posting I would have assumed you're halfway there.  Don't worry, it will get *so* much better when the kid is here.  And sleep is way easier as your body will just adjust to falling asleep at the drop of a hat.  You can do this, girl!  And if you feel the need to kick people that tell you to sleep now...well, the rest of us will just look away while you do it.  And do it HARD!

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i'm very sorry for everyone who isn't feeling well.  i think we all reach a special kind of crazy down towards the end- i know i do.  it doesn't always sound the same for each person, but i think there's this nervous, animal (sometimes unbearably painful!) response to impending labor that makes everything in life feel really fierce.  i'm sure saying this doesn't make it any better, though.

 

i'm sorry, ladies.  this chapter WILL be over soon.  and all of this pain and frustration is purposeful- it has an end, and ultimately, gives you a baby.

 

things here are fine.  i learned at my MW appt yesterday that one of the 2 MWs is leaving the practice.  that's kind of a bummer.

 

i have a lot to do here- hoping to check off a good chunk of the to-do list in the next couple of days.

 

looking for a few new birth affirmations to fall asleep to at night.  i know there's a bazillion of them out there, but i thought maybe i'd ask here first- it'd be nice to know what's meaningful for you guys.  anyone have a favorite affirmation to share?

 

have a good day, everyone.  to those of you losing plugs, congrats!  that's hopeful progress!

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LMBO! wombjuice we posted at just about the same time..it really does sound like you're in transition and I'm so very sorry you're feeling like this. I'm just about there. I've had to deal with government agencies and you can tell the workers try really hard not to make me upset because I'm enormous and it's easy to make a heavily pregnant woman cry! No one wants to be 'that jerk' and a lot of people will hold and open doors for me..that part is fun. Everything else? Yeah. It's torture. Sleep is something that is soo joyful yet so uncomfortable. Repeat..it will all be over soon. (yeah right)

 

I HOPE I can take my exam. I'll sit there while in labor if I have to. This little one's future and mine depend on it. She's too much like her father..crap. 

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thinking of you, pilar! you've grown so quiet lately- i hope all is well with you guys.  did your husband finish that loft project he was working on?  are you feeling ok these days?  looking forward to your next update!

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Hardcoremom..... I think "surrender" is a great birth mantra..  :)

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Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaawwwooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!! This is me howling at the moon...

 

Feeling slightly insane. What I imagine having PMS and menopause symptoms at the same time would be like. Having gastrointestinal disturbances, insomnia, mood swings, and lots of pelvic pressure/pain. Oh, and NO appetite. Hoping something comes of this soon. With DS I was like this for 5-6 days before labor kicked off.

 

Thinking happy thoughts and trying to occupy DS.

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Happy Friday everyone!  I'm doing absolutely nothing of consequence today-- enjoying pretending to be a lady of leisure for a little bit.  My 2 year old will be in FT preschool until the 16th when he drops down to two days a week;  we forgot to fill out the paperwork to change him sooner so I got a sort of little bonus vacation here.  It is so so weird to be home without him here for any length of time.  Basically everything I needed to get done at home (other than putting the waterproof sheet on the bed) is done already so I'm just knitting and going for walks and enjoying this brief quiet time...

 

I think I've begun ever so slowly losing my mucus plug.  Nothing dramatic, just little shreds/strings of mucus here and there.  Last pregnancy, losing my mucus plug was pretty spectacular (happened over the course of a day or so following a membrane sweep) and it was still like a week and a half before I went into labor, so I'm not getting too too excited about this.  Still, I'm happy to see my body doing SOMETHING to get ready!

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HCM - So sweet of you to think of me!  Yeah, I'm pretty much in a foul mood 24/7 these days and don't want to spread the misery around.  My mom is here and is cleaning up a storm, which is lovely but I still feel like I have to do something so I end up exhausted by the end of the day.  Everyone is asking if the baby is here yet.  "It's CLEARLY NOT, so leave me alone" is what I want to reply... *sigh*  

 

I'll be back to read and comment on what everyone else is up to, but now we're off to Goodwill and to buy some stuff to keep organizing the house.  I'm glad we're doing this now, but I just want to go to a movie by myself or crawl into bed...

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I'm just in so much pain at night!  And I have no idea what exactly is causing it.  The baby moves all throughout the day (never slowed down in that department), but at night, it starts moving its little hands, shoulders, and head...and it literally feels like it's trying to head-butt its way out of my cervix.  The pressure in the lower segment of my uterus, on my bladder, and on my cervix is literally unbearable...but only when the baby does these weird movements.  So I'll be sitting there, just eating my dinner or whatnot, and then I'll let out a scream out of nowhere because it hurts so bad...then it goes away, then the baby does it again and I scream again.  It's the weirdest, most unpredictable, uncomfortable feeling EVER.  And after almost three full years of midwifery school, I've never heard of this and have no idea what it is!!!  Any thoughts?

 

 

 

I get these random movements from LO that sound like that...and make me jump and let out a little scream.  My 4 year old finds it amusing...haha.

 

I'm with you, so done.  Ready for baby to be here...and I am only just past 36 weeks :o(

 

Also, I am horribly paranoid that baby has moved BACK to a breech position.  I have an NST tonight and I am going to have them check positioning to ease my mind.

 

Good luck ladies!  hope to read about some babies arrivals tonight!

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I'm so glad I'm not the only crazy one. I could have written most of your post, Wombjuice, except for the fact you are in midwifery school... There is something about the lower ligaments or something and the uterus-sharing baby and I are doing here that has me moaning and yelping all day. I cry randomly and hard. I have stopped leaving the house because I'm so sick of people saying "Oh! You're still pregnant!" and looking like a total bag in my four remaining items of clothing. And if one more person tells me to try to get some sleep before the baby comes I'm really going to stick it them.

 

Baby's due in 4 days and I feel basically NOTHING. There's a little increase in cervical fluids, some kinda thickish white-ish stuff coming out in teeny amounts, but little else. My bh ctx have been with me the whole pregnancy so I don't really consider them 'progress'.

 

I've felt totally frantic and DONE for weeks now, it's starting to get really, really depressing. The carpal tunnel syndrome continues too. My CTS-affected fingers are completely numb on the palms and I can make a claw, but not a fist, which means I need two hands to hold a fork. Don't even get me started about not knitting.

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I hope you ladies who are feeling miserable find some comfort soon! Hugs!

 

No baby today, which I'm totally fine with (I'm actually hoping she's a week late!). Been watching lots of birth documentaries and childcare films--happy to have stepped up to childcare films (I have been researching a lot about pregnancy and just recently delved into the world of learning how to take care of a newborn--making it even more "real" that she's gonna be here soon!). Watched "The Happiest Baby on the Block" last night and got some good tips on calming baby when she's out. The "jiggly head" bit is slightly disturbing, but I'm down for trying everything else!

 

I've been having pangs of guilt since I've stopped working a couple weeks ago. Since I tutor reading and writing, I'm constantly reading out loud with my students, but I'm generally not a very talkative kind of person outside of work. I loved tutoring while being pregnant because I feel like it helped baby to get acquainted with my voice and reading, but now that I'm not working, my talking has dropped tremendously. I try to talk to her as much as I can, but honestly, sometimes I just feel silly doing what seems to be talking to myself. I know how important it is for baby to be familiar with mama's voice, so I feel like I really need to up my talking--do some reading out loud or something.

 

I hope to hear of some more healthy births and babies soon!

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HCM - So sweet of you to think of me!  Yeah, I'm pretty much in a foul mood 24/7 these days and don't want to spread the misery around.  My mom is here and is cleaning up a storm, which is lovely but I still feel like I have to do something so I end up exhausted by the end of the day.  Everyone is asking if the baby is here yet.  "It's CLEARLY NOT, so leave me alone" is what I want to reply... *sigh*  

 

I'll be back to read and comment on what everyone else is up to, but now we're off to Goodwill and to buy some stuff to keep organizing the house.  I'm glad we're doing this now, but I just want to go to a movie by myself or crawl into bed...



This. Absolutely. I've stopped going to most places because they know me and say that and it's irritating me now. And my family and close friends call or text every DAY to ask if she's here yet. I enjoy people caring and all but my GOODNESS I will let you all know when it actually HAPPENS! Apparently they think they'll be left out and clueless? Like really?

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I'm so glad I'm not the only crazy one. I could have written most of your post, Wombjuice, except for the fact you are in midwifery school... There is something about the lower ligaments or something and the uterus-sharing baby and I are doing here that has me moaning and yelping all day. I cry randomly and hard. I have stopped leaving the house because I'm so sick of people saying "Oh! You're still pregnant!" and looking like a total bag in my four remaining items of clothing. And if one more person tells me to try to get some sleep before the baby comes I'm really going to stick it them.


Yes-- I get this too.  I haven't felt particularly hormonal or mood swingy this whole pregnancy until the last couple of days... when I can't stop bouncing back and forth.  Yesterday was a cry all day about nothing day.

 

The clothing thing made me laugh and wince in sympathy.  This little guy has dropped down even further in the past few days, so all of a suddenly, my belly is poking out from under the bottom of all of my shirts.  I think I have 2 right now that cover all of me and if we have a lot more growth... they're not gonna.  

 

Sorry to hear about the CTS.  I had it really badly in my last pregnancy and remember how horrible it was to not be able to feel any of my fingers, grasp anything, etc.  I hope yours passes really quickly after you give birth!

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I had to totally laugh at Wombjuice, I have been saying the same thing, that I cant wait for the baby to get here so I can SLEEP!! I much prefer that to being up fro 3-4 hrs during the night then not being able to sleep during the day because I have 3 other kids under 7. People think that is crazy but I would much rather be woken up multiple times a night, pull a boob out, latch baby on and go back to sleep. The last two nights I was actually able to sleep for the most part and am still super tired today and dont feel like doing anything. BLAH!!! People always say "sleep when the baby sleeps" which I found to be a joke because that is when you get to do everything you cant do when the baby is awake. I am 37 weeks today and couldnt be more excited, I have had a preemie before and my others were born at 38 weeks and to be able to birth in the water I had to be 37weeks.

 

Kind of irritated though, I had the MW check me at 34.5 weeks and I was at 1 (she felt 2 ctx when she was checking heartbeat, etc so she asked if I wanted to be checked plus I had a past premature birth).  The next week I saw the student MW who told me that I was at 3 and 50%. I was freaking out as I was only 35.5 weeks and this meant that my ideal birth wasnt going to happen. At 36.5 weeks I saw the regular MW again and the night before I had ctx for hrs that were 8 min apart, 1 min duration but in the past, I NEVER had any ctx's until the day I delivered. They went away though and havent been back. But then the regular MW said that no, I  was NOT at 3, it was still more like a 1. WTF. She said if she forced it, she could probably get a 3 but she didnt want to do that and stir things up.    In the past I have been at 3 for weeks before I actually delivered so now if I am only at 1 at 37 weeks, that is a bit strange for me. Who knows, after all this PTL fuss I will probably go to 42 weeks!!

 

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