Your lodge makes me miss being pregnant! Love the belly shots. Congrats on being GBS negative. I wouldn't worry too much about BP, I was in the exact same situation... I had perfect BP up until about 37 weeks at which point it started creeping upwards. I still got the birth I wanted and it went straight back to normal as soon as the baby was born.
I'm looking forward to stalking your lodge over the next little while.
Desana 12/22/07, Freya 01/21/10
I was just stopping in to check on you. Hope your weekend is relaxing as you enter this final stretch.
I actually had a baby shower yesterday and I have another one next Saturday. I know, it's against better judgement to have them close to your due date, but this was the only way it worked out. The one yesterday was at my SIL's appartment for my friends who live close by me (next week's is for friends of DH's family at my MIL's friend's house). I've been to a lot of baby showers, especially for people from church, because the LDS ward we used to go to (before DH got an assignment to be in the bishopric of a single student ward) was a married student ward, and a lot of married students are having their first babies. I invited all the people who's showers I've been to who still live here, plus a few other friends, and it was about 28 invites. About 10 people showed up (not including my MIL and 5 SILs who were there) I was telling DH and he was surprised at the low turn out, "well, maybe the people who didn't come had other plans already or something" and DH said he would be mad in that situation and thought I deserved better than that after all the baby shower gifts I had bought in the last 2 years. He's funny. Anyway, it was a fun shower, my MIL provided the food, what she called a "light lunch" (chicken salad sandwiches on crossants, salad, pasta salad, meatballs, chips, and a chocolate fondue foutain--she got that for Christmas--with a selection of items to dip) and one of my friends said it was probably the most food she'd ever seen at a baby shower. I think she's planning on something bigger at next week's event. Polynesians know how to throw a party. I got some great gifts, including one of those fancy nursing covers, a box of nursing pads (a faboulously practical gift) this thing that's like a hooded jacket on the top, but a sack on the bottom that has a hole for the carseat strap to come up through, a diaper bag (with diapers, baby shampoo, and wipes in a box inside), a bunch of baby hangers, which I really needed after all the clothes I got at my baby shower in Tennessee that I had when we were there for Thanksgiving, some cute washcloths, an extra basinet sheet, a few cute outfits and onesies, a few blankets (including the one that matches the ladybug crib bedding set I registered for at Babies R Us which is adorable and I don't have any of the other stuff that goes with it, but it's so cute), and a baby book--I already have one that I got at my first shower that I've already started to write in, so I guess I can regift it or use it if we have another girl. It came up in conversation that I want to do unmedicated birth and that I'm with midwives now and a few of my friends chimed in with a few comments on their experiences (did it without meds for X amount of hours, then got the epidural, etc.), but they didn't try to tell me they didn't think I could do it, so that was nice.
I'm so glad they didn't try to discourage you, just were honest about their experiences about trying ncb. Personally i would rather that be the "norm"... attempt ncb and then resort to drugs after other means of pain relief have been exhausted.... but I think i may be a birth extremist (irl i would use a more derogatory term for myself.)... At least that is how i feel i get viewed.. i think its because i lack tact when i post.. anyways.. i hope you had a pleasant day.
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I am so glad they did not push their experience on you and that your shower was GREAT! You are so not kidding when you say Polynesians know how to throw a party! Their parties are always the best! And the food is even BETTER!!!! WooHoo for a great time! Can't wait to see pics!
So, this morning I think some contractions, accompanied by a sort of achy feeling in my lower belly just above my pubic bone woke me up. I usually don't feel BH contractions lying down. They're not very strong and I'm trying to log them and figure out if they're coming at regular intervals. I have my MW appointment in about an hour and a half, maybe going to that will help me know if I'm in labor or not. Unfortuneatly, the MW on call today is one I haven't met. After I meet the one I'm meeting today, she'll be the only one I haven't met. The one I'm meeting today is on call tomorow, though, so we'll see. I did not expect to have this baby come this early. I'm not really ready, logistically. I didn't get around to doing the hospital tour or pre-registering at the hosptial my MWs attend births at (I was pre-registered at the other hospital before I switched, but that doesn't do me any good--my SIL is a registrar there, and she put me in the computer--I asked her to switch me to the other hospital, because she can do that, but I don't know if she ever did because she didnt have the info about the MWs) I don't have a bag packed yet either.
I ended up delivering with the only OB I hadn't met yet. Well, I had an appt with her on Friday and delivered on Sunday, LOL. And I didn't have a bag packed yet either. If you have a chance, do that now while you can...my DH wasn't that great at helping me get the important things packed while I was in labor. Hope you have a great appt today!
As I was driving to my appointment, I figured that what I had been feeling was just frequent BH contractions. When I got there, I went ahead and asked for an internal exam, just in case, and the MW said "you're close, but no dialation yet." I'm glad I know so I'm not wondering about the contrax, but man, the exam was so uncomfortable! I was expecting it to be like a pelvic exam for a yearly GYN appointment, which for me have always been okay. Even the one I had at 10 weeks preg. was not bad. I'm not asking for another one of those for as long as I can help it.
My BP was a little higher this time (140/88 ), but I attribute that to stress. Weight was 128.8. The same MW who did my appointment last weeek actually did my check up because they were running behind, but I got to meet the one I was scheduled to see and she seemed really nice. She asked me if she had been unsure if the baby was head-down last week, and I told her she had been, and had decided she was posterior (she said she thinks she was feeing the baby's face and arm). She said she was questioning if it was for sure head down again this time, so she did a quick u/s to make sure, and she was head down. I measured 37 cm. Everyone tells me I look soooooo small, but that measurement is pretty much normal, all my measurements have been.