Congratulations greaseball! You can really be proud of yourself. Some friends of mine said it wasn't until their third and fourth kids that they believed in women who have "easy" births.
We finally had our home visit. It was lovely and lots of laughing and warm friendliness. My midwife and husband had not met yet, so it was a relief to have it done, too, and go so well. Our doors and halls are also wide enough for her wheelchair so that was a relief too. The little things to have checked off, you know?
While I advise my doula clients to avoid internal exams because they don't really tell you anything, I have had two now!
But I trust the midwives and it's true, it's different when everyone is on the same page. No one would base decisions on "progress" or lack thereof, etc. Her thinking is because I had a fast labor with my daughter it would be good to know if I was starting labor at 2 or 6. I also had no internal exams with my daughter so it is interesting. I am 90% effaced, still posterior, at least 2, but the assistant's fingers were too short to reach due to the posterior position. But moving right along. Also the babies head is "at least" plus-one! So they kind of expect the baby just to fall out when I dilate.
And I know I am not crazy; those electric pains on the inside of my pelvic bones that feel like a skull grinding on my inner pelvis are due to a skull, grinding on my inner pelvis. Pretty cool. But I am now past the point at which I had my daughter! I expected to be worried about this one coming *too* early, and now I am only 38 weeks and yet already thinking, hey, where is it? shouldn't it have started by now?