Meks & Sila - I'm also end of the month. MW has my date at 11/30 (I think 12/03 is more accurate though). So I expect to be here with you until the end of the month. Nothing's going on with me yet, either, other than general uncomfortableness while sleeping and a bit of congestion.
November chat- were there !!!!! - Page 4
Yay congratulations ladies! Electirc that is a beautiful birth story. be proud of yourself for knowing that you did everything right for your baby (and for you). It's stories like that that should accompany more c-section births.
Sila I am 37+5. Abiyt 16 days left! I am feeling jealous of the mothers with earlier due dates. :) I have been having some "twinges" but they are probably imagined. I am going to the OB today, and may have him check me, just to settle down that imagination of mine.
I'm due the 27th, seems like a long way off too, but hey, it could be a little sooner, right?
I get to hear about all the others on these threads which I love while waiting my turn.
I decided not too. I figure when its time its time, and checking wouldn't help. I will probably chicken out of it next time too. And I am actually feeling pretty patient too. I have been surprisingly energetic and comfortable for the most part. And I still have one week of work, and wouldn't mind having a baby free week or two after that to relax and get ready.
Due dates-technically I have till the first week of Dec, but don't think will go past 40 wks. We'd really like a few weeks alone before family starts rolling in.
I'm getting more nervous, he could come any time. Some of the contraction pain is creeping in, mind wise, and I know that's not good. I need to let it go and relax, not get locked up. Also nervous about an even quicker labor and keeping a handle on it.
Just wanted to write to say there is life after a c-section! Of course you know that, but I am on the third full day of recovery and I am walking, eating, laughing, enjoying my husband, enjoying my family visiting the room... and most of all enjoying our little girl! She is peaceful and mellow. She sleeps so soundly and eats like a pro! She loves being swaddled (no crushing her hips together!) and loves it when people talk to her. =)
If you told me I had to do it all over again for this little girl, I would do it in a heartbeat.
Looking back, I no longer have negative feelings about it. I cried when I found out, and I'm glad I did... You have to let yourself feel your experiences. The idea of it before was scarier than what ended up happening.
I just want to strongly emphasize to mamas who end up being in a similar situation... Cry and be upset if you want to cry and are upset. It's okay. By the time you are getting that curtain hoisted, have your husband, SO, best friend, mother, father—whoever you trust the most in the world—with you. The moment you see your baby come over that curtain and lay beside you, you WILL forget that it happened. You will be so inspired by your sweet baby that you do what you need to do to get walking and healing quickly. If you plan on breastfeeding, you will see that little face work in tandem with you to pave the way for success... You won't be thinking of what happened.
At least, that is what happened to me.
I should go back and correct grammar/spelling of prior posts (I was and still am exhausted!)... But I want to thank you for the love. It means a lot to me.
I am rooting for you all!!!
Things I love:
- peri bottles
- motherlove nipple cream
- my feeding scarf/poncho
- a nice cropped tee
- my crocs!!!
- my hair dryer (after the shower!)
- big water bottles with a straw
- swaddle sleepers!!! (with room to keep hips open!)
- milk of magnesia!
- boppy pillow
These things are all making my life easier at the moment. =) What do you ladies like having on you post-baby, whether in the hospital, at home, or another place where you may choose to relax and recover?
Nov 27 th is my husbands birthday, so that would be cool. I had a dream a few days ago that a man who may have been my husband or grown son told me I'd be having the babe in 5 days . That would be Tuesday . My daughter said the babe told her through the belly that he'd come the 13 th. But really I'd be ok if I went into December - of course that's a real possibility. I was pleasantly surprised that the Ob I saw last week went on and on about how much better it is to go 40 weeks. I must've looked impatient . I just nodded and said ok, didn't want to say - duh....
Electric- you just go ahead and guru away . We're all experts on our own experiences and that's what this forum is for!
I did like the peri bottle a lot , frozen pads , hmmmm- someone to wait on me hand and foot so I could lay around like a kitty cat and nurse my baby all day.
Hippy and 100, I had a couple of shocking pains around my cervix this week using the restroom here and there and I was like holy shit I don't remember it being that bad; but there's a crescendo, right? It doesn't come on like that -it builds up really and depending on position of the babe, our own fatigue, how the stars lined up that day , who knows how good or how bad it can be. I just tell myself that I am big and the babe is small and no matter what's going on with my little world of sensation there's still a big beautiful universe spinning around us all. And moving is soooo helpful. That I'm not at it's mercy, I can move and stay on top of it.
Electric-I'm glad you shared your experience and how you feel. A csec can be good, along with recovery, and your birth story proves it. That's a super long labor, it's amazing you hung in there that long. We can't predict what will happen, just try to be okay with what does.
I love the peri bottle. Going to try cloth wipes this time for the first week or two, I saw that they feel nicer. Um, big bottle of water near by, book to read while nursing, night light, sling/wrap. It would be sooooo nice to be waited on, but that's just not reality, though I'm going to rest as much as possible in bed or on the couch this time.
Had a couple of hard contractions yesterday and today, not frequent, and a few painful cervix twinges. Nothing else. Bub not moving much, but sort of shifting and pushing hard. Realized just today that I have very little to wear after delivery, maybe 1-2 pair of pants that will fit, and pretty much not one nursing friendly top. It was summer during the in-between size, not fall/winter. Yeek. Think I'll be living in yoga pants or pj bottoms unless I have to go out :)
November 17th is the next full moon!!! Wonder how many of us will go into labor around then? 18-20th are my ovulation due dates :)
I forgot about the 11,12, 13 thing.
100%-what's important about Thursday? I keep thinking baby will come before Thursday too, but? It's our anniversary. Dh jokes that he won't be able to forget-if that's the case, neither will I :)
Tiffa-hope the last week of work goes good. Those twinges are probably braxton hicks. Do you feel ready?
Afm-not sleeping well at all. Before it was getting up to pee. The past few days, I just wake up randomly, sometimes with a contraction. It's so hard to fall back asleep. Been laying down in the afternoon, in hopes of a nap with no luck. This baby really needs to get here!
Oh, here's the internal exam link, has some other interesting stuff-http://prepforlabor.tripod.com/id12.html I don't think I could check myself during labor, I feel like it would be too painful.
Sunnie - I was sick right away too. Before a positive test. But I was also on progesterone so I think that might have been making me feel sicker. I'm secretly trying to keep this babe in until Dec ;)
I'm sorry you guys are feeling like your babies will never come! They will, they can't stay in forever :)
Hippy - I take my cal-mag before bed, and have been listening to my birth affirmations and that puts me to sleep instantly. If I have trouble falling back to sleep after peeing I go over some affirmations in my head and it helps me relax and fall back asleep. At least you are laying down in the afternoon even if you haven't been able to sleep just resting is important!
Can't wait to see if there will be any 11-12-13 or full moon babies!
AFM - I slept great last night! We've had a super busy weekend and the rest was awesome. Wedding reception party on Fri night, DS's birthday party yesterday (I'm proud that I made it pretty easy and small!), then another birthday party last night, and I'm taking DS to a birthday party this afternoon too. I'm 2.5 weeks from my EDD. With DS I had early labor stuff for 2 weeks before he was born, and I've really had nothing yet. Soooo I don't feel like she is coming any time soon. It will be interesting to see what my body does this time!
SunnieP - Thank you. I do usually feel really good about following my instincts, and have so far never been sorry for it.
Electric - I have loved reading about your experience and your positive attitude. Should I end up in a similar situation I know your words would be comforting.
Hippy - Thank you for the article. I pretty much already know that there is no point to vaginal exams, unless you are in labor. And even then sparingly. At the begininning I swore I wouldn't have any until 39 weeks. I was just letting curiosity get the best of me. I have never had a baby before, so everything is new, and I am getting excited wondering about everything. I have had Braxton Hicks for the past month or so, and this past week my tummy has been hard almost constantly.
I think my twinges may be more like ligaments stretching and baby slowly moving a little lower. I don't think I have felt him "drop" but I do think he's a bit lower now. And I have had a lot of sharp cervical pains quite a bit lately. Some of them are kind of intense. What is that? Baby's head? Or my cervix changing? Or maybe just friction? It's strange. I keep on analyzing every tiny feeling out loud and my poor husband is getting anxious. Haha! I should probably keep it to myself.
I do feel ready. At the same time I am content to wait.
And I think I will have to head to the thrift store to get me by for a while, because I have nothing to wear after delivery either!
Sila - What's your reason for wanting to keep baby in until December? For a while I just thought a December baby would be fun. I would have to go one week over.