It’s Show Time!!

I am in labor now! This is the day I’ve been waiting so long for!!

Please keep Dan and I in your thoughts and prayers as we embark on this amazing journey.

I started having irregular contractions at about 6:00pm. Around 3:00am, it turned into real, full blown labor! It’s currently 5:24 and my contractions are currently 1 minute long and 2 minutes apart and I am completely effaced and about 7 cm dilated.

I have Dan’s laptop here at the birthing center with me… I will post again when the baby is born!!

No, It’s not time yet…

I’ve got you all on pins and needles, and then I don’t post for a few days… stupid me!

No, I haven’t had the baby yet. I’ve been on a non stop marathon to get this baby out and I haven’t been able to think of anything else or function. I have definitely lost my mind.

No, it’s not (just) because I am a control freak and want to be done with this pregnancy. I have lots of other concerns too, most of which I don’t want to discuss… Evenso, the baby is not getting any smaller, so the sooner she comes out, the better in my opinion. I’m not getting an episiotomy, so these are things I need to think about!

Okay, so I left you thinking I was going to start taking the Black and Blue Cohosh to induce labor and that it was actually going to WORK. Hmmm… Well, it didn’t.

Here’s the juicy details of the last couple days… (Beware TMI)

I started taking the Black and Blue Cohosh tincture Tuesday morning at 6:30am. I took about a half of a dropper full at 6:30, 8:30, and 10:30. I didn’t get any contractions at all, so I decided to take it once an hour. By noon time, I started having some intense contractions but they weren’t regular. Around 5:00 they seemed to be getting more regular so I decided to time them. They were about 8 minutes apart and lasting 60-90 secs. I continued to take the B&B for a couple more hours. Around 8:00 though, the contractions went away completely. So I decided to stop taking the B&B and get some rest.

Around midnight, my husband and I had sex (sorry TMI) and that started the contractions going again. I went to bed and tried to get some sleep. The contractions became really painful and woke me up about a dozen times during the night, but I was able to go back to sleep each time, because of the space between the contractions.

By 7:00am Wednesday morning, I couldn’t sleep through them anymore. They were much more painful and much more intense than anything I experienced before. I thought that I might be in labor, but wasn’t convinced. I waited an hour and decided to time the contractions and see if they were regular. They were about 15 mins apart at that time.

I figured okay, that’s good, well I’ll try to get some more sleep to save up energy. I was able to go back to sleep and sleep until 10:00, at which point I woke up and realized I wasn’t having contractions anymore.

I waited till noon time, with no contractions and decided to try the B&B again. I took half a dropper full, once an hour, for 6 hours. I had probably 6 contractions during that time, but none that hurt. By 6:00pm I decided to stop taking it because apparently my body was not in the mood to go into labor!! I didn’t want to waste it…

I haven’t taken any today yet. Instead, I am going to go to the birthing center and get my membranes stripped again. Then she wants me to go home, eat spicy food for dinner, and then have wild sex. :w00t:

She said “What we are doing here is what I would do with a natural induction but a little gentler- when you induce someone, you don’t just involve the cervix, the uterus, or the hormones- you do it all at the same time as that is what the body wants to naturally do. So, the cervix gets stimulated by stimulating the membranes, the uterus gets stimulated by the herbs, and the hormones get stimulated by the sex… and the intestines help give the uterus the idea that it wants to contract by the spicy food.”

And if that doesn’t work, at least I will have had a good meal and a little fun.

SO………. needless to say I am frustrated beyond words at this point, which is why I didn’t bother posting. I’ve had a million things to do as well. I have been getting 4-5 packages in the mail every day of product samples that I have to post about on my fashion blog and that is very time consuming. I have to review and write about so many different products right now, that I can’t even keep track of them. Plus I am getting dozens of emails asking if I received the product samples yet and did I like them and hell… I don’t even know what I did with them half the time.

This baby wants to get out of me as much as I want her to leave and neither of us are succeeding. I can tell that she’s uncomfortable and doesn’t have any room to move around. I wouldn’t want to be upside down for this long either… Plus the hiccups… The poor kid. I think both of us have enjoyed this bonding time together, but we’re both ready to move on and become our own person (again). I think we will both feel great triumph when we finally look into each others eyes.

Belly – Week 40

I went to see my midwife tonight at 6:30pm. She finally understood how badly I wanted to be done with pregnancy, so she offered to strip my membranes. I jumped at the offer! “Yes please! Anything would be great.”

It didn’t hurt as bad as I thought it would. And to my surprise, she said “Wow, you seem to be tolerating this really well.” I just shrugged my shoulders like “Eh…” and she said, “You are going to be great in labor!” *beams* I knew I had a high pain tolerance, but that pretty much confirmed it for me. I don’t feel nervous anymore.

Before I left, she also gave me a tincture of Black and Blue Cohosh and told me that it was strong, potent stuff and I would probably go into labor tomorrow afternoon if I started taking it once an hour as soon as I woke up. YAY!!!!

Finally… I can’t wait for tomorrow morning to come.

So, in anticipation and hopes that I will have the baby tomorrow, I had my hubby take some Week 40 belly pictures. Here they are:

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!