I am suppose to be leaving now for my induction but we got 13" of snow and have a do not travel advisory. What the heck!
Weekly Chat ~ Apr 29 - May 5 - Page 2
Bailey - that's exactly what we woke up to yesterday! Crazy! Oh man, I hope this means that baby just needs to cook a little bit longer and the universe is doing its part to protect her.
jaq - hope things go one way or the other for you, you have not had an easy pregnancy at all and deserve a break!
Katie - glad you are home and nursing is getting better. How is Sydney doing with all of this?
TJ - with my first I had a huge burst of nesting the week I went into labor, a few days before and up to the day it started - I hope this is it for you!
Thanks everyone who commented on the anxiety thing, good ideas too. I don't really feel like its too big of an issue for me, just one in the back of my mind that pops up when I am exhausted. But I don't want it to hinder my labor at all, so want to engage it now.
I seem to have BH's constantly, I feel like I won't even know if they start to get regular. I guess that's not so bad as long as I am close to home.
Pastormama-I could not imagine sitting for two hours getting my hair done. That must have been torture!! At least it was free!
BaileyB-I am so sorry that it snowed so much. It seems like your baby wants to stay in a little longer. So maybe this is a good thing! Can't believe how much it snowed though. It's odd that we are having warm temperatures here in Canada and it seems like other places that wouldn't have snow by now are getting it. Weird!
Jaq- so sorry that you are so uncomfortable and that you are having back spasms. Those are the worst! I really hope those contractions turn into something soon!!
Okay, guys. I still have two days before my EDD and I can already feel myself starting to go slowly insane. When I saw my midwife on Monday, she suggested I stop going to work (my plan was to work until I went into labor), not necessarily because of anything major but just because I think she could tell I needed some time to just rest and prepare. It was really great to have someone tell me that it's okay to slow down a bit, and it's been helpful to have these last couple of days to get the last few things in order, but now what? How are you guys not completely losing your minds? Eeeeeeeeeeeee!
epp - keep yourself busy (in between relaxing) and make plans. I still have 2 wks of work planned and am glad for it, to keep me distracted! But I am definitely taking it easy with work, not doing super long days and mostly from home, which is nice. I would be like an animal in a cage if I was just sitting around with nothing to do.
I've been cleaning, cooking, napping, getting acupuncture every day, taking the dog to the park a lot. Got my hair cut. Trying to enjoy going out to eat and all that since it gets hard with a newborn.
I've done NFP in the past, so I'm quite familiar with feeling my cervix. However, I haven't checked it at all in pregnancy. I've tried the past 3 days, and it is so high I can't reach it, even when bearing down. It's never been that high before. Pre-pregnancy I was always able to feel it.
Sorry if I don't do so well on personals, my head has been a bit foggy by the time to sit down and respond.
This final stretch is always interesting! It's fun to see the babies and birth stories.
TJ, Mine high too but I don't really know that it means anything. Everyone just progresses differently. Some women walk around low and dilated for a month and some are shut tight until they go into labor.
I had a little panic this morning. There was a major decrease in baby's movement last night and this morning. I had an appt today anyway but called and went in early for some monitoring. Everything was fine but I am glad I went in. I had tried having some juice and resting but it didn't really change much.
I am feeling pretty ready/prepared to have this baby but also like I just want to spend next week just doing some fun low-key things with the kids. DH got the vanity installed today so we are getting closer to the bathroom being done. Now I can pee and wash my hands which makes me pretty happy! It also means there is room for me to set up the bassinet in our room now (the vanity was in our room)! I'm not having real contractions or anything but feeling like my body is edging closer. Sort of feeling like if I committed to daily sex and long walks I could bring labor but it sounds like so much work! ha! We'll see.
Got some BH's going, which is wonderful :) They just started today. I also checked my cervix last night, and it is SO SO soft.
Feeling pretty good. Think baby is going to come early, and if not, my body will be nice and ready when she does come :)
Getting lots done- but petering out around two or so each day- and finding that if I'm not home, hopefully resting, with a nice protein snack, by 2-4 pm, I get very cranky.
Just have to put the co sleeper together, install the car seat, finish the birth plan (in case of emergency transfer), and pack a few more things in the birth bag.
Have my 36 week appointment on Tuesday- they'll be doing the check for Group B Strep then.
OM, I know what you mean about running out of energy in the afternoon! I have all these lovely ideas of things to do to prepare and only get through about 3. Hope your GBS goes well.
I'm feeling a bit conflicted in my mind. My section is scheduled for the 15th. For the most part I am feeling peaceful that it will be when this babe is born and just wanting to soak up this next week with the girls and DH. Picnic with friends, finger painting, glitter, books, snuggles, popsicles on the back step. The other part of me feels like I need to do things to encourage labor. While I've mostly made peace with having a scheduled c-section I think I am having a hard time with feeling like he's not getting to come when he is ready. I think that I am feeling like I need to labor first for it to seem like it's the right time, even if it's because I did things to encourage the labor. I think the other part of it is that since I am scheduled for 39 weeks my perception of how far along I am in skewed. In my mind I am 38.5 weeks because I am having him in a week and a half when in reality I am only 37.5 weeks. I'm not really going wild or anything and I suppose there is no harm in having sex, going on walks (which really aren't that long) and eating pineapple. It's just odd to feel like I NEED this time with my family yet feel like I NEED to get things going. Oh well. I suppose it will be what it is and I just need to let go. Sorry, just needed to air some thoughts.
Edited by CoBabyMaker - 5/5/13 at 11:41am
I am so glad to hear I am not the only one going a little crazy. 38.5 weeks and the bouts of labor are no fun. I never ever thought I would go much beyond 37 weeks. At least most of the back spasms have stopped but the contractions come in bouts every day, and now multiple bouts in the same day. My doula says this is normal for a 2nd and later pregnancy for some women. Ugh! What a waste of discomfort and pain if they are unproductive! Last night they went from 930 pm until about 4 am. I was able to sleep the first half, but at 1 am they got to be more intense although non-productive. This afternoon I went for a nap at 5 and the abdominal contractions started again and continue. I think this is the first day I have had them twice in the same 24 hour period. I have also noticed that my indigestion/reflux had resolved on it's own about 2-3 weeks ago. Yesterday, it came back with a vengeance and now every single time I eat, I get reflux of the burning variety. Ugh. Not much alleviates it either.
DH is being very helpful by trying to find ways to distract me. We went on a short hike Saturday and today we went to a museum. This is fun with our mothers that are from out of town.
About the cervix TJ, yeah I hadn't checked mine either until about 2 days ago and it was super high. It does vary a lot from woman to woman and pregnancy to pregnancy. Mine was supper high and I checked again this morning and it was considerably lower, and I could touch it easily. I am assuming this is progress, at least, i really hope so.
Thanks for all the well wishes and thoughts
Hi all, sorry I've been MIA all week so I am very behind!
Jac, I hope that all the pre-labor is not a waste of time and babe comes fast!
Co, I know how you feel about feeling the need to get things going but needing the time for family. I felt the same way before Sander was born, needing time for my family and myself but just ready to have baby here too! I thought I had at least another few days...surprise! (oh, and if you want to get things going, apparently grilled pinapple with chocolate sauce is the way to go, at least it was for both Kate and for me!!)
OM - hope the GBS is negative for you!
TJ, I was trying to check my cervix at the end because I was a bit concerned at not losing my mucus plug or having any signs that my body was getting ready, but my cervix was too high for me to feel it, and I guess it didn't matter much because Sander came a few days before my EDD and he came FAST.
Everyone else, I've read but I am not able to keep up! Hope everyone is doing well with the countdown on!
AFM - Sander is such a joy! I will write up his birth story soon, but I can just say that his birth was very different from DS's in many ways. It was a surprise that he came when he did, and his birth was short and intense. It was wonderful to have delivered him at home. The past week has flown by and we are growing in love as a family. DS1 loves his little brother and is so dotting on him, givng him lots of kisses, wanting to watch his diaper changes, asking where he is... He has adjusted so much better than I could have hoped. Nursing is going well, but nights have still been (as can be expected) tough, as Sander seems to be "awake" from about 11pm-4am and then sleeps all day. Hopefully he'll make the switch and be on track with days and nights soon. He is nursing well, and my milk came in very quickly, by the end of his 2nd day, as it had with DS. He was born at 8lbs4oz and was back up to 8lbs2oz by day 5, so that's great. Otherwise, just adjusting to having a newborn again. I feel pretty good, but tired and my core feels weak. DH is back at work tomorrow, DS will be in dayhome for the rest of May, so I will try to be better at keeping up with everyone!
Edited by nstewart - 5/5/13 at 8:54pm