To Carlin and hyde -- I have no idea why, but that made me giddy (because... honestly... at this point, anything anybody says that might include somehow wishing/hoping to go into labor soon is seen as a good thing). ;) (hm... guess it didn't quote Carlin's original quote here, but... it can be looked up at I guess!)
Monkey, Carlin, Judy, Maman - yes yes and yes! People are obsessed with due dates and weeks gestation, and generally everything else pregnancy wise. When people ask me when I'm due I say "soon" and it drives them nuts. Having to fight for privacy is silly. My favorite thing is when people find out that both my others were post dates and they inevitably follow with "They LET you go past 40 weeks?!"
Thanks for the affirmations, always great to have many of those on hand!
After having a white sage smudge stick staring me in the face for over 3 months, I finally got around to smudging my house on Friday afternoon. It was glorious. DS (2.5) helped.
I've never done anything like this, but I'm considering having my MW do a sweep at 40 weeks... only because the babe keeps flipping around. And I'm having a lot of crampy cervical twinges - which is new. Also noticed that suddenly my libido has returned, HELLO. DH is thrilled.
So glad you liked the affirmations too! I always figure more can be better. It's easy to lose sight of the goal sometimes during labor because everything else can take over,... but having a focus can be so helpful... "keeping your eyes on the prize" so to speak! ... And, I can see why you might consider a sweep at 40 weeks. If I knew baby was flipping so much, it would make me quite nervous and I might consider it as well. Good luck with whatever you decide!
Maman, I totally get it. It's hard for me to picture this pregnancy having an end, and actually going into labor and actually holding a real baby seem like a crazy dream. I feel like I'm going to be pregnant another year. This is so, so different from my last pregnancy where at 39 weeks I remember thinking "I'd like to go into labor now" and woke up a few hours later in spontaneous labor with a good contraction pattern (well not a great baby position, but hey, it was my first labor and all). I feel like this time the baby is like a giant tree frog, holding on to the sides of my uterus with huge suction cups. "I'm never coming out..."
I have the same cut off as you, but actually a day earlier, 41+6 because my MW is going on vacation. She never thought I'd go that long so she didn't think if would be an issue, so now I'm panicky a bit what if, what if....
So I am thinking gentle nudging along, not a full out natural induction (IE: No castor oil or anything) but maybe some acupuncture and homeopathy. That said, I feel that probably there is a reason the baby doesn't want to come out yet, so I also don't want to force an eviction. It's a hard thing to try to decide for me.
I struggle with the forced eviction as well. I have a deadline of 42 weeks to deliver with my midwife. After that, I'd have to go to a hospital, and like MamanFrancaise, I absolutely Will. Not. Do. It. (well, if there was some dire medical need, yes, I would.... but otherwise, no). I'm just 40 weeks today, so we'll see. I do hate the pressure of time though. I feel like a ticking timebomb and the stress of worrying about whether I'll spontaneously go into labor probably isn't so great either.
Maybe MissE is! but, WCM just posted a belly pic... so it looks like she's still around ;) Drat, right? I love birth stories and sweet newborn photos!!
AFM, I made myself a refried bean and cheese quesedilla (um.... gosh... it was DELICIOUS), but for whatever reason I feel like it's not settling well in my stomach :/ And, just to go with all the pregnancy mind games and the "maybe it's a sign of labor!", in addition to random contractions (nothing patterned ... and quite spaced out) I've had to use the bathroom for some bowel-emptying, which has been the opposite of what's been going on with my GI lately. I'd love to see it as a "sign".. but.. meh... I just don't know what to think! Guess time will tell. But.. if it IS the real deal, it better make things quite known (like, glaring, flashing, neon sign kind of obvious) because in about 20 minutes dh's co-worker will be leaving three hours early, leaving dh alone (he works in a youth corrections facility on a dorm as a supervisor... one of the other guys under him just had a baby four days ago and it on paternity leave already). I asked him last night who he would call if I happened to think I needed him home IMMEDIATELY while he was single-covered and he had no clue. Yikes. Not that I think I need him right at this moment, but it's a bit unnerving anyway. Plus, my midwife lives three hours away. I need some warning to let her know to get on down here!