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post #221 of 393
Hang in there- youre doing great! Show them what a determined, natural birthing mama looks like!

Do you want me to sneak in some contraband heating pads or tylenol?

Hopefully, "your" midwife can be on call for you- and I'm so glad you made it far enough that they will "let" the midwives catch the baby!
post #222 of 393
Julie - haven't seen an update from you today. Hope you & lo are doing good & still hanging in there
post #223 of 393
Just popping in to check on you again! Hope you are ok and baby's still hanging out inside since I haven't seen a post from you today.
post #224 of 393
thinking of you, Julie!
post #225 of 393
Thread Starter 
She's still on the inside, but I don't know for how long! :
I've alternated between stringy, bloody show and pretty strong contractions (albeit short ones) Usually having one or the other for a number of hours... Seems for the last 12 hrs. or so, it's been BOTH. When I mentioned it to the ob on duty yesterday, the first thing she wanted me to do was go to L&D to be "monitored for a couple of hours". Which, of course, I declined...
I told her I'd let them know when it was time to go to L&D.

The hot shower sure feels good on my lower back. I got sleep last night (between vitals checks, potty breaks and contractions ) and plenty of food as of recent, but I can sure see how this pre-labor stuff could get to ya after a few days. : It's a brand new deal for me. I'm guessing that she needs the "extra time" and maybe the "extra pre-labor" is natures way of getting her EXTRA ready to breathe, eat and stay warm on her own. I'm feeling pretty confident that she's nice and big for 34.5 weeks, and most likely pretty close to not needing any help at this point. Still... she comes on her time and terms.
As far as ME... I'm ready and stoked.
post #226 of 393
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Stacymom View Post
Do you want me to sneak in some contraband heating pads or tylenol?
hahaha i have a drawer full of tylenol that i have yet to touch... i think i might as well wait at this point, I think I'll let my own endorphins build and work... but i'm getting really close to asking for a heating pad... dh couldn't find ours on his last trip home... however when he's here, i got the counterpressure and heat from his hands... that sure is helpful.

oh and you'll get a kick outta this: Dr. Silver was the attending this a.m., I nearly lost it when he come thru the door. First thing I said to him was, "now that I'm past 34 weeks, I'll be attended by the midwives."
Him: "oh, ok... any questions?"
Me: "NOPE."
post #227 of 393
Wow, so glad to hear you and the baby inside are both doing well! You are an inspiration--you have handled a tough situation with so much grace and courage. Sending happy labor vibes!
post #228 of 393
I'm so glad that things are looking good! It's amazing what a couple weeks of growth does for these babies, isn't it?

And you've been a lot stronger than I would have been! You need to pat yourself on the back for a job well done.
post #229 of 393
Thread Starter 
heh... yeah, thanks mamas... my guess is, this will go down in the next 24-48 hrs...
I've never had pre labor before.... OR pre-term labor before... I know it's supposed to be "different" but I don't know HOW different.
I feel great, not in labor land by any means, but my body is DEFINITELY working a little. She's settling into position, I'm ramping up... I just keep moving and wondering WHEN it will REALLY be time. The staff has no idea just how into this I am... I just keep saying when they ask: "yeah, a few random contractions and yeah, still some little strings of blood" Kind of brushing it off as no big deal... and maybe it isn't much of a big deal yet. I wouldn't know. However, the contractions are pretty intense, albeit not extremely regular, and there is quite a bit of pressure in my pelvic region. The bloody show is much more obvious and regular and more copius , although it's still mucusy strings of it.
I just don't really want to deliver in the hallway on my way to L&D. I can't see that happening... but what do I know? I had full term, reasonably sized babies before... I don't know what a pre-term labor or delivery will be like. There is OBVIOUSLY something going down... but it just doesn't seem like delivery is immenent. I guess I'm waiting for something MUCH more intense to occur.
post #230 of 393
I've been lurking on your thread. GL!
post #231 of 393
GL mama! Keep us posted!
post #232 of 393
yay good luck! You have done such an amazing job of advocating for yourself and your baby - i hope and pray that she is big and screaming and gets to go straight to mama and spend no time with those yucky doctors and bright lights!

Keep us posted (like i have to ask!)

-Erin
post #233 of 393
So happy to read you are still holding your own I am looking forward to reading more of you journey.
post #234 of 393
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Originally Posted by salt_phoenix View Post
hahaha i have a drawer full of tylenol that i have yet to touch... i think i might as well wait at this point, I think I'll let my own endorphins build and work... but i'm getting really close to asking for a heating pad... dh couldn't find ours on his last trip home... however when he's here, i got the counterpressure and heat from his hands... that sure is helpful.
Julie I sent you one on Saturday before I had a chance to read the thread and see that they were not allowed. So you have a flax heat pack coming your way.
post #235 of 393
*crosses fingers!*
post #236 of 393
Trying not to get ahead of myself (or really, you and the babe), but with the bloody show and that backache, I'm anticipating a wonderful birth announcement any time here!
post #237 of 393

Caught your thread...

Not in your DDC, but wanted to say Good Luck! Your little one is lucky to have such a strong Mama. I'm sure your cooking him/her really good in there, and everything is going to work out great.

Keep up those positive thoughts!
post #238 of 393
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by AllisonK View Post
Julie I sent you one on Saturday before I had a chance to read the thread and see that they were not allowed. So you have a flax heat pack coming your way.
oh my goodness!!! there is NO WAY i'm going to turn that down!!!! THANK YOU!!!! Sounds delightful!!!! I can't WAIT!!!
I griped and asked for one again last night about 9pm. They finally brought me one about midnight. It's not like any I've ever seen. It's attached to a tank and runs heated water through it from a tube. Pretty high speed. I guess it keeps from people electrocuting themselves in bed?
Either way, just about the time I settled back in to try to sleep, the tube came undone and next thing I knew, I was in a giant puddle of water, my entire bed soaked. : THEN I had to get up and let them change the bed and get it all put back together.
Wow, I didn't think I was ever going to get any sleep last night. The heat REALLY does feel good on my lower back/sacrum/hips though. I mean REALLY good.
I slept as much as I could.
Baby girl is still sounding great and feeling great and overall, I feel really good. Just that on again, off again latent stuff... Again, I can see how it would exhaust you after, what has it been, 3 days now? 4? At least there are SOME hours here and there that I get in a little sleep.
SOOO different than my other labors/births... SO different.
post #239 of 393
Sounds like you're getting close- hang in there. It's well worth the wait- of course you know that and it sounds like they're not giving you TOO much grief about your choices.
post #240 of 393
Hi there -

I just wanted to say that I don't "know" you in any sense of the word, but I've been following your story for awhile now and you are truly an inspiration. I've never known such strength, and I consider the hospital you're in lucky to have you there - hopefully some of the things you're doing/requesting will stick, or at least give them reason for pause in the future.

Anyway, just wanted to cheer you on as well, can't wait to "meet" your new little one!
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