Wow, I take a day off, and a lot has happened.
Welcome Katelyn! I was so hoping you were off having a baby, Sherri! Now the rest of us who are "fully cooked" need to have ours!
Renae, I'm sorry about the membrane stripping, the annoyance, the confusion, etc. It's really good that you were able to have a release and cry about it. Say whatever you need to say to your ob. I think it's totally reasonable to let them know that they're not to do things without permission!
Annika, our "hospital bag" is currently several bags of stuff in the spare room (with the suitcase and a list of last minute stuff sitting beside)... what gets thrown in depends on how things happen (eg, I don't want "labor aid" stuff packed away if things are slow and we're at home for several hours, but if we need to go quickly, I wanted it all collected). The labor aid bag has stuff like the non-perishable snacks, a massage tool and some oil, flax seed pillows (to heat or chill), my Birth Partner book, photocopies of labor acupressure techniques, dh's swimsuit ('cause I know he'll forget it--for the tub/shower at hospital, if nec.) etc. The bag with clothes for me and the baby has a couple of outfits each (the weather has been so screwy, but I think it's warming up and that I need to look at what I have in there now). There's a toiletry bag with the basics (plus my special needs--Tucks, my favorite pads, some simethicone gel tabs, etc). My favorite CDs are all sorted out. Stuff on the list includes our toothbrushes, the camera, the cell phone, power cords, etc.
Yesterday was my due date. Obviously, I didn't have a baby.
I'm finally starting to feel better (from the cold), but I'm starting to feel like the clock is ticking, which is ridiculous. I talked to dh this morning, and I told him (as nicely as I could) that it's not my job to make everyone feel better because I haven't had the baby yet (I think he's a little down about it, and even my doula seems a little down about it). I spent yesterday with my mom, and she was *SO* great. She's very good at just letting me "be", so she listened very nicely while I complained
and generally was just very supportive and said a lot of "the right things." (She also told me a couple of funny things about when she had me and my brother which I didn't know earlier, like having a lot of black pepper on food, going into a sneezing fit, and having her water break unexpectedly....)
"Signs of labor" still seem to be less than before, though more than when I was at my sickest. Dh says it feels like I've effaced more. I've felt a lot of downward pressure (and some weird baby mvmt on the right side). I have another acupuncture appt this afternoon, and I'm hoping it will help. I had one on Wed., too, when I was at my very sickest, and it's the only time I've ever had acupuncture with *no* accompanying contractions.
Have a great weekend, everyone. What are y'all doing for Mother's Day?