Weekly Chat - October 8th to October 14th - Our "due month" is in full swing! - Page 3
rainydaycraft - I'm sending you my strongest go-into-labor-naturally-before-Friday-night vibes. Hopefully you will get the spontaneous delivery you wanted, but if not, try to remain hopeful that even with pitocin induction, you may very well go on to have a natural, vaginal birth. It certainly happens, and it can certainly happen to you, with the right support around you. Do you have access to rent a TENS machine? or buy one? It definitely relieves pain, although not with the typical magic wand effect of a spinal or epidural. Gas and air can really help you to relax and feel some relief during the contractions as well, if you are able to breathe calmly and suck in air very deeply (I was not, I was panting and panicked, so I didn't get almost anything from the mask).
Warm water immersion? Do they have that where you'll be? Or at least a access to a warm shower? That can help your muscles relax and take the edge off your contractions.
You will have your baby this weekend! That's something to focus on, just pet those baby clothes and imagine holding a new, squirmy, healthy baby in your arms, and in the end, that's all that matters.
She is so beautiful, slammerkin! Thank you for updating us and for sharing the photo. I love all that pink!
I'm sorry that you had such a rough time post-delivery, but it sounds like they were very good to you, and I'm thankful that you're recovering well.
Can't wait to hear all the details!
slammerkin - congratulations! Such a beautiful girl, and I'm hoping for your speedy recovery. :)
Serafina - Thank you. You're so supportive. :) I really appreciate it.
Okay. I had my few epic crying fests yesterday, I pouted, I whined, I railed against the injustices. I mourned what I can't have, and now I'm just focusing on what I can have - one way or another, this kid is for all intents and purposes healthy as a horse and by Monday, I will hopefully be home with my new little family! My husband has been able to see the perks in being induced, which I can now see as well now that I'm not so focused on the rest. He feels prepared and confident, and that may make all the difference to me, because when my husband is confident, he's a very strong individual and he becomes my best and most supportive ally. I'm not doing this alone. Everyone we've told so far is very excited for us, no one has been questioning me or criticizing me for accepting the induction, and that support helps as well. Being induced does NOT mean I have to get stuck with narcotics or an epidural unless I CHOOSE to do it. I am reminding myself constantly of that fact, that while I can let go of what I can't control, there are still a few things that I can.
Getting my baby this weekend! :)
I love hearing you say that! You can do this!
my midwife just left. it's confirmed that i am still pregnant. she thinks it will happen fast when it happens. i'm trying to decide about having my cousin come stay with us. it's a 3-4 hour drive & i would rather have her here before it starts--but i don't want to make her hang out forever. i am 41 weeks & 2 days. clementine (my only natural birth) was 42 weeks & 1 day. i can't go longer than that--can i ?????? the longest pregnancy on record is 375 days.... my midwife was right about the irritable uterus. now it's settled down again & nothing is going on. my oldest turns 8 on the 19th--his 40 week due date was the 5th of october. i kind of think i should have my cousin make the drive & spend the weekend...but what if nothing happens?? oy! where is my crystal ball--or at least a magic 8 ball i could use????
meanwhile i am grumpy grumpy grumpy...my uterus isn't the only one who is irritable....
Hahaha that's how I feel every time I leave the doctor, or talk to anyone. The conversation usually goes, "sooo, how are you feeeeeling??" , and I say "well, still pregnant.". Har har. I'm riding the grumpy train with you!
Rainy, I'm sorry your induction got moved up. Though I know you're unhappy about it, it sounds like you have a good attitude which is wonderful! Also wonderful is the support you're getting from your husband! I'm still hoping labour will kick in for you before your induction!
Em and dahlia, here's hoping your babies come asap.
I'm doing better than the other day. I don't know exactly why I had my little freak out, but, while I am still afraid it's going to hurt, I'm less panicky about it. I'm starting to get excited about meeting my daughter, which is something I hadn't been thinking much about. I know DH is very excited, which is sweet...it's usually hard to tell when he's excited.
Rainy - Another mama rooting for you to go into labor naturally before your induction. Good luck!
Yogini - So glad to see you have found a better head space since your last update!
slammerkin - Congrats on your beautiful baby! I look forward to a more comprehensive birth story. I wish you a swift recovery!
AFM: Anyone else feel like the further they get into the pregnancy the less real the whole having a newborn thing very soon becomes? I felt kind of panicky at 36 weeks when I didn't have everything ready for the birth and the baby, but now at 39w1d, the reality that this baby will come very soon feels much more abstract. My husband will go to the doctor tomorrow and hopefully his arm will have healed enough that he no longer needs a cast and will return to work on Monday. I really anticipate it, since I like to plan, and I'll know what kind of support I will have during the birth and postpartum a lot better after his appointment.