Moose Crossing

Week 40

Baby’s Length: 18.0 to 23.0 in.

Baby’s Weight: 7.5 – 8 lbs.

Baby’s Size: Moose

Okay, so the baby isn’t actually the size of a moose… In fact, I’m the one who feels like the moose. Or maybe a hippo… Or perhaps a small elephant. Either way, this baby is not the only one who is gigantic.

My due date was yesterday… It came and went with barely any contractions to speak of. I had lots on Saturday though… Enough to make me dilate another 1/2 cm. I’m up to 4-5 cm dilated and 90-100% effaced. I mean for cripe sakes, I should be in active labor by now!

WARNING: TMI below!

Saturday, I tried relaxing and naturally inducing labor with sex, nipple stimulation, walking, and a homeopathic Labor Balm that my midwife gave me on Thursday. It has wonderful things in it like Black and Blue Cohosh and Primrose Oil. She said that it was very effective in causing contractions and if I used it, would hopefully go into labor by Sunday.

Well Sunday came and went with no baby. I decided to try other ways in induce labor… I went swimming for several hours, went for a long walk, a bumpy car ride, and had hot peppers on my sandwich for lunch. Then we went grocery shopping and that was a lot of walking too. All the while, keeping my belly lubricated with this special “Labor Balm”.

And here I am. Monday morning. The day after my due date. And I’m still pregnant.

I’m trying to decide how desperate I really am… I haven’t tried Castor Oil, enemas, or the unrecommended route of fasting and dehydration. None of those really sound like much fun. I’ve heard very conflicting reports on Castor Oil, but have had several women tell me it worked for them.

Then again, my friend brought on her labor by having sex. Seriously, who is that lucky? She went at 38 weeks too.

That’s just not fair.

My midwife said that I am too anxious and I need to relax. She even recommended that I have a half of a glass of wine. So Saturday night, I had a half of a glass of wine and then snuggled into bed with my hubby and chatted with him for over an hour. That always helps me relax.

Doesn’t bring on labor though.

I have another appointment with the other midwife today… (She’s not my favorite.) Hopefully she will be able to give me a little hope though. I am getting quite discouraged, really uncomfortable, and hugely frustrated.

Will let you know if she says anything useful… And if nothing else, I will be posting some more belly pics soon!

Pray for me!! I need to have this baby NOW!

Belly – Week 39

Yes, I’m still pregnant… I don’t feel like my belly has gotten any bigger, but it definitely feels like the baby has gotten a lot bigger. I can feel her head pressed down as far as it can go, and her big bum is pushing on my ribs. She is really long…

Dan and I are both small people and come from families made of people mostly under 5’7″. I was pretty petite before I got pregnant and I have a short torso. That being said, you can imagine how uncomfortable I am at this point!

It is pretty clear that we are going to have a big girl and I have a feeling she’s going to end up taller than both of us! And she just keeps getting bigger and bigger every day. I don’t know how I am ever going to fit this baby out of me…

Pass The Watermelon

Week 39

Baby’s Length: 14.5 to 21.5 in.

Baby’s Weight: 7 lbs.

Baby’s Size: Watermelon

** If you are pregnant for the first time
and less than 39 weeks along,
do yourself a favor and
don’t read this post! **

You didn’t expect to see a week 39 post from me, did ya? Well let me tell you… I wasn’t planning on having to make one.

So… 7 more days left till my EDD. This is sooooo not amusing.

My midwife said last Thursday that the baby weighs about 7 1/2 lbs… Again, not amusing. She was small for her age before… and now she’s bigger than average. Just what every woman wants to hear before she has to blow the baby out her bottom…

I can’t sleep, I am uncomfortable every moment I am alive, except when I’m swimming in a pool, I have absolutely no bladder control whatsoever, I have heartburn, acid indigestion, and diarrhea (No, I don’t need Pepto Bismol), my stomach muscles feel like I pulled and/or strained them, but I didn’t, and I’m quite convinced that the baby hates my pelvis and wants to see it suffer.

Last night, she was grinding her head into my public bone and cervix so hard, I thought I was being raped from the inside out. At least when I’m in labor, that pain will have a purpose. This pain was definitely not needed and not accomplishing anything, making it absolutely impossible for me to tolerate it. I tried to grit my teeth and deal with it, as she squirmed about, but I just couldn’t do it. I burst out crying, much to my husband’s dismay, and continued to sob for over an hour. I was trembling and shivering (hormones? emotions? insanity?) so much, that today I feel like I was hit by a trailer truck.

I’m tellin’ you… natural ways of inducing labor just don’t work. I tried everything on that list to get this baby out. Well… everything but Castor Oil. I even took measures into my own hands and jumped on a trampoline for over half an hour yesterday. Even that didn’t work! If anything, the baby seemed to enjoy it… This child is nuts!

And what is up with everyone telling me to have sex? It’s like suddenly, when you become 37 or more weeks pregnant, intercourse is no longer a taboo subject. You even have strangers telling you “Oh have sex with your husband! That will help make the baby come out!”

Telling a hugely uncomfortable pregnant woman who has never felt less sexy in her whole life to hop into bed and do “the naughty”, is almost cruel! I feel like I need a fork lift to even get in and out of the bed, not to mention the gigantic “baby bump” that is conveniently located in the worst spot imaginable. It really makes engaging in that sport, uncomfortable, very not sexy, and quite difficult, if not almost impossible.

It would be nice if what made the baby go in, also made the baby come out… However, after 4 weeks of doing it once a day, I have come to the conclusion that sex isn’t working.

All but ONE of my “Due Date Buddies” have had their babies already. Two of them delivered on 7/7/07 and not by c-section!

People say, “Oh the baby will come out when she’s ready! Babies can’t be rushed!”

Do they think that saying that is helpful or in any way encouraging? Maybe if I was a dumb, happy blonde on Valium it might be.

Okay, I do have some positive things to report…

At my 38 Week appointment with my midwife, she told me (once again) that I am having an incredibly healthy normal pregnancy and she is so impressed with me. She says the baby is gaining weight perfectly and I am gaining just the “right amount” of weight too. She even brought in 2 different “midwives in training”, to let them prod my belly to show them what a “perfect baby” felt like and the “perfect amount of amniotic fluid” felt like.

My midwife says to the other girl, “Feel her belly,” and puts her hands on my stomach. “Feel how she has a lot of amniotic fluid and the baby is laying to the left? That’s because she’s eating really healthy. Remember the woman that came in right before her? She had almost no amniotic fluid at all and that’s because she isn’t eating properly or exercising enough.”

I beamed. I’m eating healthy and I’m a model pregnant woman!

See, now how can I complain about how uncomfortable I am when I know that I am growing a healthy, happy baby in there?