Congrats Carey & welcome little Giovanni! He sounds wonderful & I can't wait to hear more about him~ BTW, where are you Delivered May Mamas gonna hang out? Are you going to Life with A Babe? Can't wait to join you - heehee!
So my week on the birth ball has pd off I think, had my 38 wk appt & baby is ROA & further down! Last week the little bug was posterior & floating free. Go baby
! I guess my dear sister's million hr labor with a 10lb posterior baby & eventual C-sec has been in the back of my mind a little bcz I sure feel better about things now! Whew! I have been staying on the birth ball for all my computer & TV time, making sure I am never sleeping on my back (imposible anyway) and no reclining even a bit! My beautiful reclining glider is off limits until bfing starts:bf BTW I got my birth ball @ Kmart for 12.95 & boy has it been great, however I had to let it "outgas" in the back room for about a week before I could stand to be around it, my god it was vile.
So since we were doing my GBS retest swab today, I went ahead with my 2nd vag exam of the entire pregnancy. 3 weeks ago my cervix was very high & posterior, MW could barely get to it. Today, it was center & effacing @ the lower OS, still closed upper. So I am happy, yea progress! Now that the baby's head is engaging that should help efface the upper. Hope this isn't TMI, but it is so funny bcz with all my TTC'ing & charting before we got pregnant, I was cking my cervix almost daily, we were good buddies! Now, I've been totally "out of touch" for the last 9 months & it was strange to have my MW up there saying "feel that?" & me being all "what?" "um, I guess" & " oh yea, that"~ like I was rediscovering my elbow or something, IYKWIM. I wonder what it'll be like after I'm not pregnant anymore & going back to normal cycles, etc.
Glad everyone is hanging in there, we are trying to stay mellow, but I get totally emotionally stressed pretty easy. We found a little momma dog & her 2 4-5 wk old pups @ the end of our alley last Sat & I have been taking care of her. A rescue group is paying for the vet & getting them altered. She was just an absolute wreck, totally matted & her skin all infected, the vet was so good to her. She has to be spayed Tuesday bcz she has an infected uterus, so the pups will be on their own all day. They are about ready to wean really, very interested in what she eats & they are very cute, she had given them just everything she had to give. Such a good mama!! Now it is just too hot for their kennel to be on the back porch (even tho it is nice & shady), really it's not too hot for them, but it is for me to be sitting out there playing withthem for hrs a day~ suppposed to be 90 tommorrow! SO we have to bring them in the house tommorrow & I just got completely overwrought about the whole thing last nite, bcz I really don't have room & I felt like I am working so hard to have things just so for the HB, etc etc.
But what can I do? Animal control would have picked them up, but I just couldn't do that, esp in my condition. As soon as they do wean, there is another foster family for the mama & in less than 2 wks there is a puppy foster home opening up for the little ones, so they will all be gone soon. Anyway, it is wild how things happen sometimes, I think having them with us has been a crash course in natural mothering for me, she is so great!
Bloodrayne~ thanks for posting the GBS info, esp the douching tips! I have been using the Hibiclens, couldn't find the plain clhorhexidine, but was finding it very hard to "get it up there"!
XM~ We are also waiting for the big day to find out boy/girl & it sure has gotten harder to wait! My MW asked me today - any questins? & I said, yeah, how much does the baby weigh, does it have hair, how long is it, what sex, will it be here in the next 2 weeks? ... heehee, she knew I was just joking around! But I tell ya if they asked me to have a U/S now I sure would be trying to find out, & like BR said, they prolly would'nt be able to tell! On the "get the show on the road" topic, I have been taking an herbal supplement called 5W for the last 2 wks now, it is supposed to be toning my uterus & getting me ready & I suspect it's working! I'm not sure how you feel about herbs, but it's not really an inducement, just a supplement. It might be worth talking to your MW to see if she's heard of it. FWIW, I will never in my life take castor oil! Remember my DS's million hr labor? uh huh, castor oil!
I think you make a good point that you have only been off work a week & it is taking some time for your system to adjust. Think of it as a resting up period for the big work you have ahead of you in labor & post-partum. I have a really neat little card that has a 9 months pregnant lady sitting in a watermelon patch with all these ripening melons. She just has to sit there & wait & wait & when she is ripe, she will have her baby. I just think of it when I think of you, you don't have red hair do ya?
ok, now that I've written this book,
I'm gonna try going back to bed. haha