Well, I came here to look for some advice, and boy did I find some!
I am 42 weeks today. I have been "done" for 4 weeks!! This is my fourth baby. I've gone to almost 42 weeks with each of them. My first was a castor oil induction that worked GREAT (and by the way, I don't believe that castor oil is absorbed into the body and I don't believe it can affect babies like some people do, to each her own of course). But we did it just shy of 42 weeks (2 days) - for the "law". Ya know.. I had a midwife, and I was more naive and whatnot. Anyway.....I have been doing everything I can this time to sort of try to get myself over the edge, but nothing is happening. I am having TONS of contractions. Good strong ones sometimes even, but nothing is going on really, more than that. I've tried stripping myself, and so has dh, but my cervix is just so high (because baby is so high, which is normal!) that we can barely get a fingertip into the cervix.
I finally broke down today, and bought two bottles of castor oil. The stuff is truly horrible. I made this concoction, which I've had before - and sat down at the kitchen table, and well, just sat. And sat. And dh sat with me. And I fretted....because I have a touchy gag reflex. And the stuff is disgusting. Finally, I plugged my nose, and gobbled. One gulp. And could barely swallow it. And then choked some up. Now, I've DONE this before. So I KNOW I can get it down, but the stuff is just horribly nasty, and I guess I couldn't get into the mind over matter thing, because I sat there staring at it for five minutes before getting up and dumping the rest out. Couldn't do it, just couldn't. I guess I'm not as sick of being pregnant as I thought I was.
The worst thing for me is - people - . They're annoying to me. I mean, BIG TIME. "Are you STILL here???" "When is that baby comign out??" "Doesn't that baby know it's supposed to be here already..??" "You're still pregnant??".
To the last one I've begun to say "what? Noooo. I'm not PREGNANT. How rude!". LOL.
It's hard....for me, going to church each week and having these women make these comments. The biggest mistake I made was saying I was due "at the end of February". I know I go over...I should have said "middle of March". People accept it way more if you have your baby early rather than if you have your baby late! Even people at my husbands workplace make comments to HIM. "Why haven't they induced her yet??" They don't know we're doing it solo of course. No one would really fathom that (he works in a hospital!).
So anyway, here I am. Still drinking my very strong RRL tea, and walking, and squatting with contractions, and waiting....but I am really ready........really....ready...to be done. To see my baby and hold my baby and nurse my baby, and be done. I love labor and birth. I love the process of labor, the challenge of it. And I just want it to begin. So I'm right there with you....have tons of empathy for how you feel, and what you are going through. This being my first UC (all three others were homebirths, but not UC), I am a little anxious, and I wonder if that is holding things back, but I just pray and think positively - because that is all I can do. Please let us know when the baby comes.