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38.6 today... Dr. Appt this afternoon... Midwife gets back on Thursday...

My stupid dog woke me up whinning, but after a few contractions I couldn't go back to sleep... I'm not getting my hopes up...but I wish I could go back to sleep!
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I have a good update
brought to you by pregnant insomnia thoughts at 4am:
I decided I refuse to be induced. Its really really odd that this never occurred to me before, but yesterday my MW emailed me saying she isn't worried about pre-E but about my hypertension as its own issue and the risk of placenta abruption. So last night I'm laying in bed wide awake as usual, thoughts going a mile a minute, and I think, wait, isn't placenta abruption a risk of being on pit?! And google confirms to me that yes, yes it is. So this morning I have decided that even if she risks me out and transfers my care, I will refuse to be induced.

I mean, hopefully I can birth at home and avoid the whole situation, but its a very very good feeling to have decided that in case the situation arises.

So, today is a good day

tomorrow is the full moon isn't it? Or is it tonight? I wonder if we'll get some full moon babies on here! exciting!

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tomorrow is the full moon....10:30 am PDT.

I am so happy for you! Sounds like you have taken the reins back a bit!

Nothing to report today yet, just had breakfast and have been typing away for too long now. Will check back later. Hope everyone else is having a beautiful morning. Today is a new day filled with possibilities!
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I am in something resembling labor. MW is here. I have been up all night. Having a rough time. I need to either have a baby or stop this.

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38+1

started off today w/ a crying jag. lovely hormones! not really for any particular reason...just got a bit frustrated w/ a few things and decided the best course of action would be to just sit down and cry about it.

Have a MW appt today. will get some goods for the birth pool to fill it and pump it out.

need to buy a new pair of flip flops or sandals since the only pair I could wear broke last night on the way to DS2's soccer game, and my "fat" feet won't fit into any others. new flip flops are not in the budget at the mo'. but, I refuse to be barefoot and pregnant and/or squished into uncomfortable shoes.

epiphany this a.m.: w/ both previous pgs there was never a sign of labour until my "40 wk" appt. So, monitoring self for any sign of contraction, etc is likely what is making me feel crazy. At my 2 previous 40 wk appts, I have decided on a stretch and sweep, which has started symptoms of labour (prodromal and otherwise) by that evening. Maybe I will just settle in here w/ some treats and crafty projects and wait to do that.

Phoenix: I'm glad you are feeling at peace w/ at least one facet of this whole thing. I must say that I admire your tenacity. I have told several people about this great mama who is doing everything but standing on her head (or are you doing that, too?) to make sure her babe is given the v. best start. Liberty is one lucky little nugget!
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38+4

I think I might be sloooowly losing my mucus plug. Starting last Friday I had some "chunks" come out and then all yesterday evening and into this morning it's been continuing after a dry weekend. I can only hope! I've had very sporadic contractions, nothing to get excited about.
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I'm 39 weeks today. I just got back from my MW appointment. Currently 1 cm, 70% effaced, and -1 station. She offered to do a sweep, but we opted to wait until 40 weeks. Do any of you ladies know if a sweep even does anything?? I'm not in a huge rush, so I didn't mind waiting.

I feel pretty good still. I think that I may try to do another 4 mile walk today. Then, I was thinking I would do some baking. Any ideas for things to make? I was thinking of making a banana cream pie for my neighbors.

Any info on your experience with a sweep would be great!
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40+5 today
We did all of the things that we thought maybe the baby was waiting for yesterday, so now she has no excuse. I had a long talk with her last night and told her that any time she wanted to be born in the next week would be just fine, so to take her time and pick a good day.

My mom was up at 3 AM this morning having decided that I must be in labor (not) because she heard me sneeze after going to the bathroom - I think she's antsier than I am

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Do any of you ladies know if a sweep even does anything?? I'm not in a huge rush, so I didn't mind waiting.

Then, I was thinking I would do some baking. Any ideas for things to make? I was thinking of making a banana cream pie for my neighbors.
I get the impression that if your body was contemplating labor a sweep can kickstart things, and that usually if it's going to do anything it will do it within about 24 hours.

As for baking... how about a birthday cake! Banana cream pie sounds good too... but why share it? :

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I'm 39 weeks today. I just got back from my MW appointment. Currently 1 cm, 70% effaced, and -1 station. She offered to do a sweep, but we opted to wait until 40 weeks. Do any of you ladies know if a sweep even does anything?? I'm not in a huge rush, so I didn't mind waiting.

I feel pretty good still. I think that I may try to do another 4 mile walk today. Then, I was thinking I would do some baking. Any ideas for things to make? I was thinking of making a banana cream pie for my neighbors.

Any info on your experience with a sweep would be great!
my girlfriend had one and had cramps the next day all day and went into labor that afternoon with a good l&d at 38 wks. I was considering one just for pain and discomfort and impatience last week. my mw said it is a way to start labor, but its not w/out risks: it could start powerful ctx, it could break your water well before labor is going to start/before baby is down, and of course infection..... as soon as i heard the risks i decided not to- but i was only 38 wks and had no medical reason-except maybe my babe is geting big, but the other mws at the practice aren't concerned, bragging about an 11lb babe they just delivered.

as far as my 6-17 update, clean white tp, no bh ctx, just alot of bladder/pelvic pain, and not alot of energy......
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38 wks + ? days...dunno how many exactly.

Dragged myself out of bed to pee and write this update. I feel a teeny bit better. DH is home from work today also feeling sick, but he's margianlly better than me, so he gets to be my nursemaid. Hopefully i feel better for my doctor's appointment on Thursday; if i don't, I'm not dragging my sorry butt through the montreal subway system to have the doc just check my bp, weight, fundal height and tell me that everything is going great. No signs of impending labor so nothing to worry about.

i'm getting increasingly impatient with DSS and it makes me feel so guilty. i find myself wishing saturday would come so he could get on the train to toronto and be gone for the summer. i'm a terrible stepmom; I know

Because i had suggested that DSS might not be respecting some ofthe rules we laid out for him, yesterday, DH decided to go wait for him when he got off the school bus and caught him jaywalking across the incredibly busy street with live on, when he was specifically told to go cross at the lights. it takes an extra 5 to 10 minutes but it's worth it, safety wise. the police here have been giving people jaywalking tickets left right and center AND the drivers on our street are completely careless, so we always make a point of crossing at the lights for safety's sake. what's worse about this is that DSS made a point of walking over to an area of the street where i can't see him from our balcony, to make me believe that he was in fact crossing at the lights. i just *hate* being lied to, and DSS is doing it more and more these days. i know he's approaching the teen years (he's 11) and that it's all part of testing boundaries, but i'm running out of fingers to count how many times in the past month that he's tried to lie to us or manipulate us into doing what he wants. and of course because i'm preggo and super emotional, it really hurts my feelings and i either cry or rage.

sorry i didn't mean for this to be a rant/vent post
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Good luck balancedmama - sending *the real thing* vibes your way!
Yay Phoenix, that's awesome! I'm glad you have found peace - no matter WHAT choice you made...

39+2 today.
Not much to say.
My DH is acting like a child and he actually had a hissy fit last night when I said I didn't want him to go to a friends' house (after golfing all afternoon with this same friend) after he has been gone every single night for *almost* 2m straight. He kept asking why... like I hadn't already e-mailed it to him, talked to him about it and yelled about it all in a matter of the last few weeks. Whatever... he was just trying to frustrated me enough that I'd tell him to just go. But I didn't. He should be able to be here on the evenings/nights like the rest of us... he can hang out with friends at lunch that he always buys and choose a few evenings a week to go out... but every night. Naaaah, that's just pretending like you're single. (Not to mention he's a jerk when he doesn't get his way AND when he's tired/exhausted).

But anyways...
I'm going to go out and treat myself to Tiramisu tonight at the best italian restaurant in town. They make THE BEST Tiramisu and I swore I'd eat the whole thing before the baby came - I decided tonight is the night. I'm going desert eatin'! Can't wait actually... it's honestly like heaven in your mouth.

Nothing going on baby wise... just the norm. This is just the weirdest pg ever...

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41 weeks today and it's my turn to have a baby

Was up from 2-5am last night, good contractions for the first hr, then kind of putzy ones until I finally got back to sleep. Still feeling kind of leaky, so I called the MWs in this morning. Doesn't look like my water is really broken. I'm 3-4 cm, 75% effaced, and contracting regularly, so we are encouraging this to happen today!
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38+ I am feeling pretty much the same. I keep thinking if I just submit to when the baby is ready I'll be so much better and maybe then my baby will come. . .then I know really in my heart I'm just trying to "trick" my body into believing that I am patient I know the mental games is just crazy. I have never ever been so impatient for my birth before. I just really have felt preggo for much to long and I just Know this baby is a big one. So that said it's hard to wait it out. I just love that we all have each other to feel this way with though

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41 weeks today and it's my turn to have a baby

Was up from 2-5am last night, good contractions for the first hr, then kind of putzy ones until I finally got back to sleep. Still feeling kind of leaky, so I called the MWs in this morning. Doesn't look like my water is really broken. I'm 3-4 cm, 75% effaced, and contracting regularly, so we are encouraging this to happen today!
Ooh I hope you have your baby soon because that means it's my turn next!!! GOOD LUCK!

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BalancedMama & MamaJava - ELV to both of you!!

BirthFree - sorry that your dh is being annoying... hopefully, he'll get it out of his system before your new babe gets here. My dh always seems to pick the 2nd tri to be a pain-in-the-tush... which is just awful, 'cause that's when I'm the most tired and dragging. Enjoy your tiramisu!!

*Mama Moose* - I'm glad you've found a centered, peaceful place... I know I've said it before, but I'm truly inspired by how wonderful a job you're doing at handling the stress and issues of this pregnancy. SO well done!

Halfasianmama - I'm sorry you're not feeling well! Hope this passes quickly for you!
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38+5. Knitting away on a market bag for my mom (using up some godawful yellow cotton yarn she gifted me... love a direct regift!! Esp. since she *knows* I hate yellow/orange. She only buys those colors when she wants to get back whatever I make with them ).

Hoping to keep babe inside for today. After midnight, it's all systems go for whenever babe feels like making an appearance!

I can't wait to see if we have a baby boom with the full moon tomorrow!

Belly rubs all around!
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ELV to BalancedMama and MamaJava!

39 +2. I decided I want a solstice baby (June 20.) Is that too much to ask?
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kristin, of course it's not


eh, just plodding along here. had some good regular contrax this morning and just got up from an hour long nap (bliss!) and things are quiet. breaking out the labor tincture.
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Any info on your experience with a sweep would be great!
I've had stretch and sweeps w/ both prev. pgs (I think I even incl this as part of today's update? totally cannot remember what day that was...holy moly, I'm losing it)

W/ DS1 the MW even had to move my cervix forward a bit to do it (ouch), but I was still in labour by 8 p.m. that evening. I was exactly 40 wks. W/ DS2 I was 39w5d and had one, was already 2 cm and 50%, contractions that night that were on/off for a day or two, then a v. quick L&D right on my due date. I'm thinking I will have one this time, too, but am also waiting to closer to 40 wks (I think my appt is 39w3d?). FWIW I also was using EPO orally starting at 36w, w/ full dose reached by 37w w/ an application vaginally at night.

HTH. It truly is a personal decision. As a PP said, it is an intervention of sorts, and so not w/o risks. What tipped me into it was a) an obsessive desire not to be overdue in the summer where I am...ugh. and b) that my pgs so far are rather normal, w/o sig. intervention anyway other than this.
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Thanks so much for all the great advice ladies. I think that I'll allow her to try the sweep at my 40 week appointment, if I get that far.

One more question. I know that no one can ever really tell... but I'm 1 cm, 70% effaced, and -1 station. Do you think that's close? More importantly, does that sound 'ready enough' for a sweep?

Thanks again!
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It's too hard to know... it being just #s. I've gone into full boar labor being 1cm (maaaaaybe 1.5cm) and about that otherwise. And I've stayed pg another week being 3cm and 80%... so like I said - that's really just hard to know. Sorry!!

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VTnurse - like BF said, it's just numbers. I walked around 3 cm w/baby #1 for 2 wks. Vag exams can be totally misleading. There's not much point in them. I've only had one during birthing and I'll never do it again. The mw told me I was a 6 and, while she was encouraged, I thought "That's bullsh!t." I'll never do it again, lol.

So many mamas doing so well. That's great! ELV to those who are so close or are at their limit I'm glad you're in a peaceful place Phoenix.

I feel you H.A.M. My ds is turning 10 this summer and while he's not big on lying, we have other issues. He's completely argumentative about EVERYTHING!! He told me today at the pool (when I'd rather been at home) if I loved him I should show it

BF - I wish I could go dessert eating w/you. Dessert is all that sounds good these days. Dh used to work at a restaurant w/the best dessert. It was a chocolate cake w/pink mousse between layers that had chipped up Red Hots in it. It was my favorite. It sounds kind of trashy, lol, but I swear it was great and very popular at this little fine dining restaurant.

As for my update, I'm just blah. I'm tired, I feel distracted, my ankles are swollen (never had this in 3 other pregnancies, I don't feel like eating, I could go on. My little helper babysitter is gone until next week so I kind of hope the baby comes before she gets back but I'm not expecting anything until after the weekend frankly. I'll be past 40 by then. That would be fine w/me. I'm not tired of being pregnant except for being tired and the heartburn. He's still posterior I think but when he spins I'm sure I feel ready.

Off to do some "work" - if I can get motivated.
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VTNurse - yeah, the numbers don't really mean anything... I've walked around at 6cm for a solid week and I have a friend IRL who went from closed tight to babe in a matter of a few hours.

However, that can be a really hopeful thing... no matter what you're measuring, you might only be a couple hours from meeting your new darling!
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elfinbaby, I've got a posterior one too and I'm also thinking I'll be after this weekend (and we are due the same time)... wish you could eat Tiramisu too... I'll save you a bite.

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leaking lots of fluid...
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MamaJava - Wahoo!!! ELV to you!!
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WOooooooHOoooooo!!!

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yeah, now i just need some contractions to go along with my puddle

doing some labor tincture for a few hours this evening - if that doesn't work i'm just going to pad up and go to bed. kids are sleeping...this feels like it might *really* be a homebirth! last time meconium made us transfer - this time fluid is clear as could be
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