My Due Date

Posted on July 22, 2007

Today was my due date and no, I didn’t have the baby…

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Pass The Watermelon

Posted on July 16, 2007

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?

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Water Birth Video

Posted on July 13, 2007

You have to watch this amazing video… Water birth is so beautiful.

(Warning: It’s graphic!)

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So Uncomfortable…

Posted on July 11, 2007

Oh to just be comfortable.

The days just drag by.

I just want this baby out of me!

I know why God makes the last few weeks of pregnancy so unbearable. It’s so labor doesn’t seem so bad afterall. I have a better idea though… Make the last few weeks of pregnancy be fantastic and have labor not hurt. Why didn’t God think of that scenario?

That proves that God is not female.

Between the pre-labor and all the aches and pains, I want to curl up and sleep for the next few weeks. I am so sick of being aware of “down there” like it’s a ticking time bomb, waiting to blow. Every little twinge of pain, every muscle cramp, and every sharp shooting pain sends me into the “Is it time yet?” thought process. This is agonizing.

Swimming brings temporary relief, but the trade off is a sunburn… That feels lovely on my shoulders now. Yes, I am aware there is such a thing as sunblock. No, I didn’t use any. Yes, I forgot…

It’s called “Pre-labor Brain Loss”. You tend to forget very important, common sense type things when all you can think about is going into labor.

Going into labor…

It can’t happen soon enough.

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Beach Ball Indeed…

Posted on July 09, 2007

Week 38

Baby’s Length: 14 to 21 in.

Baby’s Weight: 6.75 lbs.

Baby’s Size: Beach Ball

I was not planning on having to make a Week 38 post! This is a little disappointing…

Saturday was exciting. I started having mild contractions around noon time… They were about 15-16 minutes apart. I didn’t know whether it was real labor or not, but I decided going for a walk would help things along. And it did!

After going for two walks, doing dishes, cleaning my whole house, sorting the laundry, and making a fancy dinner, I was having pretty good contractions that were not comfortable and about 7-9 minutes apart.

By midnight they were only 4 minutes apart, so I decided to call my midwife. Actually Dan made me call her… I still wasn’t convinced that I was really in labor. I mean, I had dilated 1 centimeter (brining me to 3 centimeters) and the contractions were really uncomfortable and they hurt, but I knew they should hurt a lot more. So I called her and told her what was happening.

After 15 minutes on the phone, she told me I should just go to bed and see if I could sleep through the contractions.

I slept through them for the most part… They woke me up 4 or 5 times, but I fell right back to sleep each time. They had spaced out a lot.

Sunday morning, the contractions started again as soon as I woke up and were about 45 minutes apart. I had a lot of cramping and muscle tightness in my lower abdomen and back. My lower back was killing me for hours after I woke up, but got better in the afternoon when I went to my brother’s house to go swimming in his in-ground pool.

My contractions never ended up getting closer together. They just came and went as they pleased with no rhyme or reason. However, I did lose the rest of my mucous plug… Probably from the 1 centimeter of dilation the day before.

After eating dinner at my mom’s house, Dan and I drove back home and watched TV for the rest of the night.

So, as of right now, I’m dilated 3 centimeters and 90-100% effaced. I am getting really impatient. I just want this baby to come OUT!

No 7/7/07 baby… I was disappointed. At least the day was really exciting though!

As of this morning, I’m still getting contractions, though not regular. I’m pretty much just waiting for the contractions to be intense and regular or for my water to break. I’m getting really impatient… I just want this baby out of me!!

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Things to Avoid Saying to a Very Pregnant Woman

Posted on July 03, 2007

Just found this on someone’s blog:

Things to Avoid Saying to a Very Pregnant Woman

1. Are you still pregnant? Umm. Yes. And thanks for the reminder. Of course, if the answer is no, but I still LOOK pregnant, well, is that really a conversational corner you want to back yourself into?

2. You’re huge. What is it about pregnancy that seems to eliminate personal conversational boundaries? If you don’t want me to say any variation on “You’re fat,” don’t say it to me.

3. Hey, Mom. I am not your mother. I am more than my ability to gestate. In fact, I have an identity and a name that I have been using quite happily for over 30 years. How about referring to me by that.

4. Is it twins? This is basically a variation on “You’re huge” and you might be amazed how many total strangers feel free to ask it. It’s not so bad if the answer is “Yes,” but if the answer is “No,” look out.

5. How did you conceive twins? We did it twice in one night.

6. Do twins run in your family? Why not just come out and ask whether we used drugs? Do you share your medical information with everybody? Then don’t ask me to share mine.

7. What’s the gender(s)? This one comes up a lot in grocery stores for some reason. Do I know you? Why are you asking me questions about my life at all? Just bag the groceries. Of course, if I say “One of each” that inevitably brings on “Do twins run in your family” so I try to avoid answering. Note, if someone does answer “one of each,” don’t then ask: “Are they identical or fraternal?” because it makes you look like a moron.

8. Are you planning a natural birth? No, I was going for one of those artificial births.

9. Are you planning to breastfeed? Planning on asking for a taste?

10. Do NOT immitate the waddle. A woman at work did this and remains lucky to this day that I am not very fast any more.

Visit her website >>

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Naturally Inducing Labor

Posted on July 03, 2007

After much research, I compiled a list of the most natural ways to induce labor just in case anyone else wants to know!

1. Enemas: this causes the bowels to contract and could cause the uterus to contract, which will open and efface the cervix.

2. Exercise: Walking, swinging in a swing and general exercise contracts the uterus.

3. Fasting and Dehydration: If pre-term labor occurs, a big percentage of the time, dehydration is the cause. This is a dangerous mode of induction and should be used with the utmost in caution.

4. Herbs: Black and Blue cohosh, borage oil, castor oil, evening primrose oil, goldenseal, mugwort, and yarrow are uterine stimulants. Evening primrose oil placed directly on the cervix will aid in dilation and effacement.

5. Intercourse: Having sex helps to induce labor because semen contains prostaglandins which helps to dilate and efface the cervix. Orgasm also causes the uterus to contract.

6. Nipple Stimulation: This causes the uterus to contract much the same way an IV Pitocin drip would. Stimulating the nipples causes the release of oxytocin which contracts the uterus. This can be done by someone sucking on the nipple much the way a baby would while nursing or by placing the nipple between the thumb and forefinger and “rolling” it for 10 to 20 minutes at a time every couple of hours.

7. Spicy food: Some people swear that it was that extra-hot enchilada from their favorite Mexican restaurant that brought them face to face with their new baby. Unfortunately, the statistics are out on this one. You could try it, but if you have a full stomach when you are in labor, you might vomit and see that enchilada again–in less-than-appetizing circumstances. Pineapple, cumin tea, and eggplant parmesan – are other methods you can try.

8. Acupuncture and Reflexology: Some acupuncture and reflexology points bring on overdue labour. It’s difficult to write about where they are but any acupuncturist or reflexologist would know. It is actually best to tailor the treatment to the individual patient.

9. Meditation: In private meditation or with someone helping you do guided visualization, go deep within and listen, asking your baby why s/he has not yet decided to go through the birth process. It is the baby who initiates labor. Unlimited answers are possible and might include: fear of the birth process (yours or the baby’s); aversion to one or more participants or location planned for the birth; or your feelings of lack of readiness for parenthood. (It may seem as if the answer is coming from your imagination, but your imagination is an important part of your mind.) Then listen for any possible solutions that may be offered.

10. Accupressure: Accupressure may be helpful in inducing labor. Some pressure points you can try are the roof of your mouth, the webbing of your fingers between your pointer finger and thumb, and above the ankle about four fingerspaces above is a pressure point.

11. Stripping the membranes: This can only be done by a health care provider. Your doctor or midwife will seperate the bag of waters from your cervix and this is thought to help encourage labor to start.

12. Raspberry Leaf Tea: Raspberry leaf tea is not actually known for it’s labor inducing properties, but it is believed to be helpful in toning the uterus and helping with labor.

13. Cinnamon stick tea: Take cinnamon sticks and boil them into a tea and drink. It actually tastes good so even if it doesn’t bring on labor it may help you to relax.

14. Evening primrose oil: Evening primrose oil comes in small capsules similar to vitamin E. It is believed to help soften and ripen the cervix.

15. Glass of wine: although there is no evidence that wine stimulates contractions, it can help an anxious mom relax. Bear in mind that any alcohol affects your baby and can be dehydrating. Be sure to take only one glass with dinner and check with your provider before considering this way to start labor.

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Basketball is “Ok”

Posted on July 02, 2007

Week 37

Baby’s Length: 14 to 21 in.

Baby’s Weight: 6.5 lbs.

Baby’s Size: Basketball

“This is my sister Sarah… and no, she’s not smuggling a basketball under her shirt!” is how my brother has been introducing me to his friends lately. How flattering, eh? lol

It’s a little hard to believe that I’m already 37 weeks along… Then on the other hand I keep saying, “When will this be OVER?!?!” I am so tired of being pregnant. It has lost all of it’s novelty. Did I mention that last week? I just can’t stand being this uncomfortable any longer. I have a real big problem with not being able to escape my own misery…

If God were a woman, things wouldn’t be like this, I’m sure!!!!!!!!

Friday night, I thought I went into labor, but when the contractions didn’t get closer together, I just went to bed. When I woke up, they were gone. I was a little disappointed.

According to my midwife, (AND ME!) I am going to go very soon… It’s just taking too long to get there! I’m taking long walks every day, having tons of sex, eating spicy food, and going for bumpy car rides. What more can I do to get this child to come out?!

One of the midwife’s in training said to me last week, “Oh it’s great to go the full 40 weeks with the baby because then they have all the little fat rolls on their legs and arms and they are so much cuter!”

Say what? Is she kidding me?

Now if she had said something about the last few weeks being important for lung function or this immune system, or something important I would be ok with that. But FAT ROLLS?! She wants me to be uncomfortable and miserable for 3 more weeks for FAT ROLLS??!!??!! I think not.

At the risk of sounding like an inexperienced newbie, I must express that I can’t tolerate being pregnant any longer and I will do just about anything to pop this baby out of me this week!!!

Any suggestions on how to accomplish that???

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Tennis Is Fun

Posted on June 25, 2007

Week 36

Baby’s Length: 13.5 to 20.5 in.

Baby’s Weight: 6 lbs.

Baby’s Size: Tennis Racket

At my 35 week checkup with my midwife, she informed me that I am going to go into labor within the next two weeks. She’s also said that the baby is right on track and growing great. She was a little small 2 weeks ago, but grew dramatically in the past week or so. I have to go see my midwife once a week until I give birth now. Hopefully that will be soon! I’m still hoping for July 7th… (7/7/2007)

My baby shower was on Saturday and it went fantastic! I got almost everything off of my baby registries and then some. And thankfully, most of it I like too!

Dan took a hundred pictures so I’ll show you a few…

There were almost 40 people at my baby shower. There were so many people there, that I hadn’t seen in years. It was almost like a reunion! I was so happy that so many people were able to come.

My mom went all out with the decorations. Of course it was a “Winnie The Pooh” themed shower… she also accented with sunflowers. To the right is a picture of the beautiful diaper cake she made.

There was so much FOOD! Jalapeño pinwheels, fruit & pineapple dip tray, cheese, olives, grapes, pickles, & cracker platter, cucumber tea sandwiches, spinach dip with bread, hamburger dip with tortilla chips, veggie platters, and so much more… And you wouldn’t believe all the deserts! I made sunflower cupcakes, and mom made a Classic Pooh cake. We also had apple spice cake, strawberry shortcake, brownies, chocolate cookies, chocolate fondue and fresh strawberries, and more.

My grandmother bought me a beautiful dress and matching shoes to wear for the occasion. Dan didn’t get any good pictures of me though…

Here’s a list of what I got off my registry:

Baby Papasan Infant Seat

Long Distance Monitor

Tummy Play Pad

Inclined to Sleep – Sleep Positioner

Umbrella Stroller – Khaki

Safer Bather

Safe Lift Deluxe Crib Wedge

Shopping Cart Cover – Toile

Winnie the Pooh Nursery Projector

Play Yard – 3 Little Bears

Classic Pooh Fleece Blanket – Sage

Classic Pooh Lamp with Shade

Classic Pooh Night-Light with Cover

I also got a ton of clothes. I actually liked most of them. Some were really ugly though! Luckily, most people included a receipt in their card, so that makes me life a little easier.

I have a bunch of Thank You cards to fill out tomorrow, plus I have a chiropractic appointment today.

I thought that having my mom do the baby shower would be a disaster, but she actually did an amazing job and had no problem letting me have things my way. I was afraid she was just going to totally take over the whole operation and not let me have a say, but she’s actually a lot less controlling then she used to be… Maybe I’m just seeing things from a different perspective now…

So I had a fantastic time and everything was beautiful. I am so thankful for everything and I’m really relieved that I have everything I need now. All I have left to do is sit back and wait for my water to break…

That’s the hardest part!

Dan is in LA for the next 3 days and he told me I have to sit in bed till he gets back. He’s so nervous that I am going to go into labor while he is away. It would take him at least 5 hours to get back, if not more. So he’s freaking out a little bit… Poor guy. I told him I had no control over it, but that I would “try my hardest” not go into labor while he’s gone. After he comes back from this trip, he doesn’t have to fly again until August. Thank God!

I still have to put all these baby shower gifts away somewhere… I ought to go do that.

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I Don’t Like Baseball

Posted on June 18, 2007

Week 35

Baby’s Length: 13.25 to 20.25 in.

Baby’s Weight: 5.5 lbs.

Baby’s Size: Baseball Cap

…although it is better than football.

Each passing day, my body tells me that my pregnancy is coming to it’s end. I really don’t think I’m going to make it another 3 weeks, never mind 5 weeks to my due date. I just feel it in my bones. It’s really hard to explain gut instincts. Sometimes, you just… know.

Just like every other pregnancy symptom, I am once again 4 weeks ahead of where I should technically be. I still swear I am 4 weeks further along then the ultrasound or my calculations seem to indicate.

Caution: too much information and details below…

Two weeks ago at 33 weeks pregnant, I lost my mucous plug. From what I’ve read, this generally this happens around week 37 for most women.

I hadn’t read much about the mucous plug, so I did some research on it the next day. I found out that losing the mucous plug generally signals that the cervix is effacing and dilating. Upon inspection, it was established the my cervix was quite effaced and dilated about thumb width.

Then a few days later, the baby dropped. The baby feels so much heavier now and it’s uncomfortable to walk around. It feels like something is in the way when I’m walking. Ever since she dropped, she has been resting on the left side of my belly. She doesn’t move quite as much anymore, mostly because she has a lot less room. She’s getting so big!

A few days after that, at around 34 weeks and 2 days, I noticed a big increase in Braxton Hicks contractions. Before, I felt them once in while… maybe 3-5 times a week. They weren’t that noticeable. But now, I have them about once every hour or two during the day and they are actually painful now. I have to stop and sit down and wait for about 30-60 seconds before I can get up and move again. If I am out shopping, energetic, or moving around a lot, I get them even closer together. I had 4 contractions in one hour yesterday…

In short, the only thing left to happen is for my water to break. I’m in the 35th week of my pregnancy and wondering how much longer this baby is going to stay inside of me. I’ve become increasingly aware of the lack of time I have left and have been anxiously trying to do last minute things. Cleaning the house, washing the rest of the baby clothes, collecting diapers, diaper covers, cloth wipes, etc and more. My labor bag is all packed and at the door.

I think I’ll make it to the first week of July. I highly doubt at this point, I will make it much further than that though… I rest easy knowing that the baby is considered full term at week 35.

I don’t know if I’m ready emotionally, but I know everything else in life is ready to go.

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