Hmmm, well it sounds like I'm the only one who isn't overdue yet :LOL. I'll be 40 weeks this Friday (based on when I ovulated, and also u/s). At 40 weeks the clock will start ticking, however ... my OB will induce after 42 weeks, and I'm terrified of an induction. We all know they tend to be more painful, and with my back surgery, and the uncertainty as to whether an epidural would work or not, it scares the pants off me to consider going that route.
You guys will hang around and keep me company if I go to August, right??? :LOL
My monitrice has a bunch of tricks up her sleeve, though, including homeopathic versions of blue/black cohash, and we also talked about using acupuncture. She has never had a client that did this, but is really interested in it, and there's an acupuncturist who belongs to the local Birth Network and practices fairly close to me. So if I go much over 40 weeks, we will probably start looking at that stuff. Here's hoping it won't come to that (hmmm, I can never find the fingers crossed emoticon, lol).
I'm using EPO (vaginally), but not religiously. I'm already 50% effaced, so I don't know how necessary it is, but figure it can't hurt. If I feel like putting it in at night, I do. If I don't, I don't. I figure there's a reason I feel one way or the other about it, and should listen to myself.
Other than that, I'm still hanging in there. During the day, I feel pretty good, although some of my swelling has come back (it disappeared for a week or 2). I've started drinking more of the pg tea (had slacked when the swelling went away), so hopefully that will help. Nights aren't great, but haven't gotten any worse. And I decided to try to work on the sleep apnea on my own. Obviously, my throat is big enough for me to breath (I mean, I'm not dead! :LOL ), so I'm physically doing something while I sleep to constrict it. I notice that when I consciously think about relaxing my throat, it feels like it opens up a lot. So during the day, and also before I go to sleep or whenever I wake up during the night, I make a conscious effort to relax my throat. It seems to be helping, and I haven't woken up mid-snort/snore or with a tight feeling since I've been doing this. And I don't seem to be waking up over and over and over. Admittedly, many people with sleep apnea don't wake to full consciousness, so maybe it's still plaguing me ...
I at least feel better about it, and like there has been some improvement, and I'm not feeling as tired.
DH's brother is in town from Hawaii for a wedding, and will be here until 8/7, so I'm really hoping babe makes an appearance before then. If not, it's hard to say when he'll have the chance to meet her next, since I don't anticipate traveling to Hawaii any time in the near future (does not sound like fun with a newborn or toddler!), and this is the first time he's been back here in 3 years. My brother is doing some traveling this week and next, so has put in very specific "requests" as to when she should be born :LOL . I told him if I had any control over it, I'd be more than happy to exert it, but he's outta luck I think!
Still enjoying being off work and having time to myself. And still nervous about how drastically my life is going to change in the very near future, lol. But also anxious to meet my little girl and start this new phase of our lives. And intensely curious about what labor and birth are going to be like ...
Time to go lean on the birth ball. She'll usually swing anterior if I do that, although she goes back to posterior during the night (in the recliner). So I'm trying to get on the ball earlier in the day, so she spends more time in the anterior position, and hopefully gets comfy there!