Thanks for asking!<br>
I am hanging out, trying to be patient. Today is my official due date, so I'm just starting the painful waiting period! My last VBAC attempt was an induction at 42 weeks 1 day, so I know I can wait but it really gets you down those last few days!<br>
I'm still having periods of contractions, but nothing terribly painful and nothing closer than 5 minutes for an hour or so. Still hopeful that something's going on down there - I am tempted to ask my husband to check things out, but not sure if I really want to know. I haven't had any internal exams yet since I found them really discouraging last time around. My next appt. is 5/30, so we'll see. The worst part is fielding all the well-wishing phone calls... don't people know that I'll call if anything is happening??<br><br>
By the way, where in Vermont are you? I work in Brattleboro (though am currently out on leave!)<br>
Thanks again for checking in, it's so nice to have people thinking of you, especially when they're complete strangers!
You are welcome! I know how important this is, and the anxiety felt beforehand: the worry of it not happening. Especially for us mamas who have had multiple previous cesareans.<br>
Try not to dwell on your last experience: that is what helped me to succeed this time around. I had planned a VBAC for baby #2 and failed- I started pregnancy #3 planning to just do a c/s so that I would not have to go through that. Then I decided I would do it, and I would succeed, gosh darn it. I did not dwell on last time. And things went completely differently. I had gone overdue with my last VBAC attempt and wound up with a c/s because of hypertension (or so that is why the pushed it on me<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">: ). This time I went into labor at 39 weeks.<br>
Before true labor I had about a week and a half of contractions that were 5 min. apart but not painful. Then one day I had one huge one literally out of the blue and it all started from there.<br>
Also- I had a 32 hour looong labor- after 28 hours I was only at 6 cm. It was very discouraging and if I had not been 100% determined I may have wound up with a c/s due to that old "failure to progress" reason they like to give. But I was doing fine, and my baby was doing fine on the fetal monitor, so why do it? I kept going and in the last 4 hours I went from 6-10. Thank goodness I had kept going.<br>
I am telling you this so that if your labor does not seem to progress (they told me mine was "insufficient labor") don't give up. As long as you are both fine, be strong and keep going.<br>
Oh, and also: I did not call it a VBAC "attempt" or allowed anyone else to call it that. I said I was going to have a VBAC.<br>
Oh and one more thing: After having many BH contractions for weeks my cervix was relatively unchanged until real labor began. So if I were you, I wouldn't bother checking.<br>
You can do this!<br>
PS I live in North Hero. We are at complete opposite ends here!
I am thinking of you too. I have been keeping an eye out for your birth story, and keeping you in my thoughts. I know it is hard to wait at the end of a pregnancy for labor though, and so I didn't want to "pressure" you by asking if you were in labor yet. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br>
Good luck and I hope everything goes well.
Thank you both again!<br>
I called my mother today to see if she wanted to meet up for the Memorial Day parade, and she answered the phone out of breath with an "I'll be right over!!" I hated to tell her I wasn't in labor yet!<br>
Even my 3 year old is in on it now - "mama, you go to hospital today and get my new baby sister??" (she thinks the young one is a girl -we'll see). I think the waiting is almost worse this time because I had the c/s scheduled for 39 weeks, so it seems like I'm already a week overdue when I'm only a day.<br><br>
I am feeling really crappy today actually, so I'm taking that as a positive sign.<br>
A negative sign, however, would be the fact that my exercise/birthing ball imploded yesterday. Yeah, that makes you feel good.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> And, in case anyone wanted to know, duct tape did not work!<br><br>
I promise to post before I head out the door!<br><br>
PS North Hero is a haul from here, that's for sure! Beautiful area - my husband and I went camping on Grand Isle many years ago and had a great time.
That's so funny: I remember toward the end I was afraid to call anyone because I felt so badly about "disappointing" them!<br>
Darn it, I thought duct tape worked for everything!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br>
The waiting is tough but it'll happen all of a sudden. Besides the mystery of when baby is going to make her debut is more fun that knowing the exact day!<br>
Good labor vibes comeing your way: LVLVLVLVLVLV