07-15-2010, 02:18 PM
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I haven't had a chance to respond to threads lately but I've been reading! My emotions have been all over the place the past few weeks and it's making me more anti-social than usual, lol! I'm 39+3 and have been 4 cm and 50% for the past 3 weeks or so. Our little guy is still floating around and just doesn't seem ready but I'm kind of happy about that. Money has been tight the past couple months so we still need some things and I'm hoping to get them all Friday (pay day). We haven't bought any cloth diapers yet (this will be our 1st cd'd babe) but I was planning on using 7th Generation disposables for the first couple weeks anyway. On top of that our washer and dryer died and we have to wait for my dh's bonus at the end of the month to get our new ones so that's worked out the way it was supposed to I guess.
I could use some calming vibes sent my way! My last 2 labors were only 2-4 hours at most and both times we arrived at the hospital 25 minutes away and the baby was crowning by the time we got in the room. Both went beautifully and I was thrilled with them. Well this time for some reason I'm a nervous wreck about not making it in time. Sometimes I'm ok with it but I tested GBS+ so then I think of that it stresses me out. I know it shouldn't. I was GBS+ with my oldest but she was induced 6 weeks early due to pre-e and I had the full doses of abx. My other stress factor is that contractions for me are not very painful at all until baby is almost here. They just feel like menstrual cramps and it's not always easy for me to tell that I'm in labor until we are VERY close which is why we arrived to the hospital just barely in time with our last two kids. I'm so excited for this little guy but these worries are making my excitement die down
My ob-gyn is great and very respectful of all my wishes. She hasn't pushed induction once bc she knows I'm against them and said she'll wait til 42 weeks if the babe decides to hang on that long. She said at my very first appt for this baby that she is a bit nervous about me making it in time. She wasn't even able to make it for our youngest and we had the doc on call (who was great, thank goddess). She didn't say much about the abx except that our ped might be mad at her if I don't get the full 4 hour dose of them but she didn't seemed terribly concerned. She just said I need to come in right away this time and not wait like I did before. It's not really that I waited...I just wasn't totally convinced it was real labor, lol.
On a happier note.........CONGRATULATIONS to all our new mamas that I haven't had a chance to reply to! I'm so happy for all of you and hope the babymoons are going well and you've got happy, little milk drunk babes and plenty of rest!!
Sky, mama to dd 10/00, dd 3/02, ds 7/04, dd 3/07, ds 7/10, 11/12 & married 11 yrs
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Hello APGoddess, nice to get an update from you!
I hear you on the nerves of not making it on time. I wonder if your previous crampy labours had some regularity to them, so even if they were not strong and obvious contractions, they had some sort of regular rhythm that might serve as a clue?
Given how fast your births are, you can't help it if you don't arrive in time to have 4 hrs of abx.
Can your hcp give you an IV to insert at home and wear on the way to the hospital when you're in labour? Just wondering.
I see you're homeschooling and think you must not have a lot of time to yourself in this past while as your emotions are all over the place. Do you have little chance to cocoon and turn within or pamper yourself some?
I hope you get a chance to have a moment's peace and center yourself a little bit, Mama.
Me + Dh = Dd1(9 yrs) + Dd2(6 yrs) and Ds(3.5 yrs)