Hmm. I think I might be in labor.
For the first few hours, I thought it might be constipation, but who ever heard of constipation cramps surging every three minutes? (And I checked on Dr. Google to see if others had ever mistaken labor for constipation.) I started timing them on a whim. They're not too intense, though. I could still make dinner and eat without having to breathe through anything.
Kiddo was active earlier today, but I haven't felt any kicks since the contractions became obvious. I'm off to do the two glass of water, lie on my side to see if they go away.
Yes, have you ever seen an episode of "I Didn't Know I Was Pregnant"? lol About 90% of those women think they're constipated end up pushing out a baby instead. lol
I'm feeling better now that I've had some down time over the weekend. Yesterday DH and I were at an anniversary party and actually did a little dancing and it was so fun. It was totally worth not being able to walk by late afternoon. I've got clean sheets on the bed too. I love that!
And I was remembering that when I went to a La Leche League meeting awhile back they were talking about breastfeeding troubles and wanting to quit - one women's DH just told her to make it through one day and then re-evaluate. If I can take this uncomfortableness one day at a time rather than thinking how far away the birth may be it's not so overwhelming. Plus I really do need to buckle down and get everything at work settled for me being away.
DH and I are dragging our feet on packing a hospital bag. The baby's coming home stuff is packed and car seat is in, but we haven't really gotten our things together. Maybe we're not quite as ready mentally as we'd like to think.
I think I was so caught up in my swollen self that I forgot to share my funny car seat installation story. I really wanted to get the car seat in the middle, but I have a Rav4 and the seat belt configuration is bizarre. We struggled with it for far too long and then gave up. So last week I went to the car seat check that the health department set up. These two very nice firemen decided to tackle my seat together. I asked if we could try it in the middle, but acknowledged that it may need to be put on the side. Well, since I had asked for the middle the firemen were determined to put the seat in the middle. The two of them struggled for almost an hour to get a good, tight fit. It was hilarious to watch them try to both climb on the seat together. A nursing student came over to try and help. All to no avail. Finally they asked the health department car seat expert to come try. And of course, she was able to get the seat in snugly on one try. The firemen decided to call it quits for the day after that. :) And there was no end to the jokes about how I was going to deliver the baby right there in the street while they still struggled with the car seat.
On tap for this week: as many yoga classes as I can fit in, being diligent about putting my feet up, tying up loose ends at work, LLL meeting on Wednesday, MW on Friday, hoping for a pedi on Friday, wedding on Saturday, convinced BIL to host Mother's Day bbq for DH's family on Sunday.
Have a great week everyone!
That's how I got through the bad contractions. I think someone here compared it to running, just make it to next light pole. I just kept thinking that with each contraction I was closer to meeting Layla! I must have helped, because I never got to the point where I thought, "I can't do this!" like I did with DD.
Anyone heard from onemore? Seems I've not seen a post from her in a while...
I'm 38 and 4, and not feeling like baby is coming anytime soon. But, like lhm, my last was 41 and 5, so I'm not getting too excited. I will say, though, I am feeling like this labor is going to be really fast. I am working very hard to get myself in a mental place to be able to handle a long labor, but it's hard when everything "feels" like it's going to be 30 min to an hour. Who knows, lol. Soso...you might know. All that work alread done! Wow!
I also feel like maybe I could get into the mindset to have a baby if people would just get out of my house. The house sold, but it's still thing after thing. Like, over the weekend, we had to keep the doors and windows shut for the radon test in the basement. This morning, at 8, they were all in the backyard discussing something about the septic tank. Then, at 8:45, they had to come in to flush all the toliets. (Last night I was told no one needed to come in the house.) Hello. I'm not cleaning bathrooms right now. But I will. For you. Because I have nothing else to do. Blech. (And, actually, dh cleans the bathrooms because it makes me want to, well...blech). And when they were done, they stood around in my (filthy) kitchen talking about the new dishwasher. We are debating about where we want to live when we move, and if we want to rent again. I do NOT. EVER. want to deal with this whole realtor stuff again. Ever. If it were MY house, I could lay a few ground rules, but right now we are just stuck in the middle. The reason that we usually rent is because we know we won't be in one place for long, and the market isn't good to resell a house. We'd rather not get stuck with one. Humph.
I think I'm just extra grumpy because it was a long/short night. And my 19m is being especially difficult today. I'm not sure if it's her teeth, or she didn't sleep well, or if it's because she hung out with dh most of the weekend. She seems to get attached to one or the other of us, and doesn't transition well.
Sounds like everyone is kind of having a rough time...hives (awful!), puffiness, tired, and grumpy. Are you sure you want us all in the same room, rozzie? :)
I can't believe they keep coming into your house for things like that. I've never heard of people doing that before, have you said anything to your realtor?
AFM, we're doing well. My mom is going to be here any minute. My milk came in last night. We're still working on latch issues. :( My nipples (the actual nipple, not even counting the areola) are huge and it's really difficult to get nipple and areola in her mouth. :( She's eating well, it's just painful. I'm not really sure what to do about that. I'm going to go see what I can find out in the Breastfeeding forum though.