We had a great time at the water park! It's really just a public park with a splash pad but the kids call it the water park and that's what I've gotten used to calling it too. There is a regular park there too for kids who want to stay dry. Jordan's hubby came and picked us up...it's 1.02 miles between our houses and I just wasn't up for it yesterday.
A couple pics...first is Leo doing his 'smile' for the camera. He thinks he's smiling, he truly does...and this is the only face he will make when he sees camera pointed in his direction. LOL! The second is my beautiful daughter.
I forgot to mention another aspect of the conversation I had with my midwife yesterday. I mentioned how worried I am about my bottom (sorry, I'm gonna talk about my a$$ again). The longer it takes before delivery, the more time to have any of those unwanteds flare up and thrombose again. And the more pressure from baby's head. She said that they would be OK stripping my membranes at 38 weeks, if I wanted, because baby seems to be a good size and I'm already dilating (per my own exam, not mw). It's something I'm seriously considering but will not decide upon until my 38 week appt (which is actually 38week5days). I want to make sure that baby is LOA, that things are favourable and whatnot. Also, if my bottom seems to be better then I won't either. But it's good to know there are options.
I've also started contracting. I love my prodromal labours! Every 15-20 minutes I get a contrax that pushes baby's head into my pubic bone. They speed up in the evenings to every 5-8 min. They don't hurt at all and this is exactly what I've done with my other three pregnancies (just read through Leo's lodge last night!).
Woot! So those are today's thoughts. I'm excited to have sushi for dinner with Ariana and her husband tonight! And I'm also putting together my birth music.
I just had to say "Amen". Turning 30 didn't bother me but I've felt so old this year at 33 going on 34. I think I've aged like 10 years in the last 2. Your comment just hit home with me and how I've been feeling...had to comment.
Sorry you are dealing with the hemi trouble too. I've never had any *knock-on-wood* but imagine it's awful. I hope your little guy comes at the optimal moment to be easy on your bottom.
Yay for progress on contracting!!
That sounds like a fun park. There's nothing like seeing kids playing in the water in the summer (except for maybe listening to them giggle as they play - that's the best!)
Mallory is gorgeous! And love Leo's "smile".
~ Karrie ~
Logan - 8
Joey - 6
Mikayla - 3
Ethan - 2
Em, how can you tell the difference between strong braxton hicks and contractions?
The timing of them? Do they come in a pattern? Or is there a distinct difference for you between the two?
Otherwise they all feel the same to me. Tightening...sometimes through my back, sometimes into my pelvis, sometimes through my thighs but where I feel them depends on the position of the baby I find.
ETA: If you had the choice, knowing the extent of the bottom issues I'm having, would you prefer an icy compress or a hot compress for your bottom during delivery? I will likely have another 4-5 minute pushing phase and want to be prepared. Midwife things icy is better to prevent thrombosis but I wonder if hot is better for stretchy skin?
Have both hot and cold available and test them out to see which you like better?
Your skin will stretch regardless. I think preventing thrombosis is your better option...I'd go for cool compresses, not necessarily icy. You could douse them in olive oil and chill them. That way the olive oil will soften the skin at the same time. Just my idea.
Well, I agree with Al.
Are we talking about compresses directly on the hemmies, or for perineal support to prevent tearing? If it's for the hemmies, then I agree with the midwife on this one. The cold should prevent the hemmies from swelling any further, plus cold is natural analgesic. Heat will relax tight tissue, but it also increases blood flow to the area, which could make hemmies swell more.
Or course I don't have any personal experience with this, so I think taking into account your personal preferences and what relieves the symptoms for you is important. What have you been doing up till now?
eta: Jord and I posted at the same time. I also agree with her. The olive oil is a great idea!
Boy, I'm just feeling so agreeable today!
PS Sushi is ordered! Can't wait! mmmmmm