So many babies have been born! It is so much fun to see the pictures and read your birth stories. I love it.
Things are getting quieter here now that so many of us have newborns to snuggle and care for (not to mention adjusting to new family dynamics), but there are still plenty of us waiting.
So, what does everyone have on their agenda this week? I would like to pencil in "having a baby" on one of these 20-something days, but at this point, I have no inkling as to when he will arrive.
On my agenda TONIGHT is to have this baby! At nearly 43 wks, Im finally stressed and starting to worry. Im lucky to have had a wonderful pregnancy and emotional state of mind thus far. But after everything Ive tried to jumpstart labor Im to my breaking point and cried for the 1st time tonight.
Yogini, I have tried the cohoshes and am still taking them, its bringing on more intense rushes but Im still just puttering along. Ive come to terms with the fact that my body may need some extra help getting things going. And on top of everything else Ive tried Im saving the yuckiest for last....the dreaded castor oil! Good thing is that if my body is ready it will work and I cant see how my body isnt ready! We asked my partners mom to take our son for the evening to see if I can get things going and have a little 1 on 1 time with the honey. If things pick up Ill have her bring him home to see the birth of his new sibling. Im even having my beloved blow up the birth tub now so all we will have to do is fill it when the time comes. I suppose its time I go have my oj and castor oil cocktail!
Good luck, Irielyn!!! I'm thinking of you!
Irielyn I'm really thinking about you and hoping for all the best! I can't imagine getting to 43 weeks. I only went 9 days past my due date but each day was emotional torture...I cried multiple times per day! You are amazing to only start crying now at 43 weeks.
Thinking of you, Irielyn!
How are all you mama's-in-waiting doing? You're all in my thoughts! I hope you all get the births you want, very soon! Hang in there ladies! xo
Irielyn do you have a baby on the outside now??? I hope it worked!!
AGHGHGH i am so sick of being pregnant. I can't imagine 43 weeks. I'm at 38+6 today.... and tomorrow marks the start of making myself walk 4 miles a day, EPO by mouth and up the yoni, sex when I can tolerate my husband, and spicy food (for lunch only... dinner = heartburn city and nausea!!, and hanging out in squats, and visualizing, and meditating.... I REALLY WANT HER HERE NOW!!!!!
another thing- should I ask my midwife about this or is this normal- my uterus feels kind of tender, like it's bruised/being really stretched. It could also be my abdominal muscles stretching that feels tender. I am trying not to dr. google it because I've scared myself way too much doing that.
oh and another lovely side effect that began a couple days ago is mega water retention and swollen face, hands, feet, calves, arms, boobs, thighs-- just about everything. My weight is up to +25 pounds since the beginning- gained 4 just in the last 2-3 days- I really think it's the full moon/water retention though because I'm eating the same amount and exercising the same amount and I track it in my fitness app... grr...
Also on the agenda for this week is getting the birth pool situation dialed, and the carseat installed. My husband insists on putting his stupid mountain bike in the back of the SUV rather than just getting a bike rack and putting it on the outside, but he's going to have to now because we only have one car (mine decided to DIE 3 weeks ago... transmission) and I am not going to have him installing and uninstalling the infant seat just so he can put the seats down and put his stupid bike inside the car. so the point is-- on the agenda is installing the carseat and getting a bike rack. The birth pool situation is frustrating too, my midwife has a spa in a box she was going to lend to us for free, but then the people who had it before us broke the heater that costs 600 to repair (it costs like 1200 new) so we have the blow up birth pool in a box eco in our living room right now but it has no heater and is way bigger than the spa n a box- we have a small apartment and the thing takes up the whole living room. I'm hoping the company sends the heater back repaired in time for us to use the spa in a box instead of the birth pool in a box.. so hopefully tomorrow I'll get the good news that they have fixed it and it's being shipped out and we'll get it tuesday!! thinking positive.
Update-So the castor oil worked, in a sense, I gave birth to a 2lb. pile of poop...but no baby. I took it before bed, woke around 3 am with strong rushes, I couldnt sleep thru them and thought to myself "Its finally time!" I got out of bed and drank some RRL tea, took my uterine tonic and starting doing circular motions on the birthing ball which made them come on stronger. Suddenly I felt the urge to poop and did just that, wasnt nearly as bad as Ive heard it would be, actually felt some what good to clear out all that and felt way lighter on my feet afterwards. Got back on the ball and didnt feel another rush after that, not a one...so I went back to bed. So after discussing it with the midwives, we think my dates may be off and we are scheduling my 1st ultrasound this pregnancy for hopefully tomorrow to find out if I can just stop worrying and get on with my pregnancy. Hoping for the best!