Midwife stripped my membranes again, and I am now at 3 cm. Ive gotten to 3 without having to breathe through a single contraction. That's pretty cool. happened that way with my second child, also.
Im all done effacing, and there is no adhesive quality left to the cervix. There was no pain at all when she stripped my membranes this time, and there was very little pain when she stripped them on Friday. She said I wont see any more bloody show till Im in labor, if its like my other labors. I tend to show around 4-6 cm. About half hour into my second labor, and about a half hour into my third labor. She was able to take her finger all the way around his head up to her index finger knuckle, so about 2 inches. He is not aligned perfectly, he is still low, around +1 station, but his butt is jutting out over my pelvis!
We bound my belly with an ace bandage to sort of force him in to trajectory, putting my belly more up and inward so it could not sag outward with his butt jutting out.
So we wait on dilation. With me at 3 cm, I am going to go walking at the mall this afternoon, and around outside tonight. Im drinking superstrength red raspberry leaf tea (1 oz tea to 8 oz water) to try and move things along. I will also be doing some exercises and working with the birthing ball. If I am at 4 tomorrow and havent had the baby, my midwife may augment with blue and black cohosh tincture under my tongue/in a tea and/or break my water. I had a 1 hr 15 minute labor with Flis, and I was 1 cm and 50% effaced. She has already said shes not comfortable leaving me if I am 4 cm, because I could go in half an hour, if I go fast like I have.
Im feeling really good and optimistic right now. Gonna work, but not overdo it, to get him out. I am not distraught or in pain or desperate, but he seems really comfy in there, and I have a feeling that he would stay till we kicked him out whether this week or next. 41 weeks is sorta my comfort level limit, but Im willing to give it a few more days with a bit of help just to see. Ive never been this pregnant. My three previous births have happened at 37, 39, and 39 1/2, so I am 10 days more pregnant than I have ever been, and this baby is right at 10 pounds by palpation, and when compared to previous births, that's about right, as my longest preg was 39 1/2 weeks and baby was 9 lbs 4 and 21 3/4 inches.
I know many women go late. I never have, it is unusual for me. Im taking this day by day, hour by hour sometimes, determining how well I am dealing emotionally with being overdue. Things are progressing, and right now, that makes me happy and gives me hope. When my uterus goes back into radio silence, that's when I get uptight and start panicking.
I have only given birth on Tues or Thursday, always in the dark, and always on a day that ends in a 6. Tomorrow is Tuesday, October 16th. SO.. come on baby!