What a great horoscope! I got a fortune from a fortune cookie back in June that read: "A small lucky package is on its way to you soon." It's in Michael's baby book.
My rlbf was at my son's birth, even though DH was there too (so was my mum for that matter... homebirth you can do whatever you like) and it was very special to have her there, and she has this unique bond with Samuel. Pretty cool.
It does sound like the cosmos is suggesting you pack your bag! Thinking of you and sending lots of ++ energy...
Welcome to your lodge!!
I LOVE the horoscope!! I'm going to have to start reading mine
It must be a challenge to be living back at home - but I'm glad that you have the support of family and friends around you. (BTW, I have to laugh at myself; when I read that your "real-life BF" was going to be with you at the birth, my dim brain was shocked that you had a BOYfriend hanging around!! No, no, I get it now, I'm just a little slow!! LOL)
ITA about the exercise ball - I lived on mine until my black lab mistook it for a giant tennis ball.... POP. I'll have to pick up a new one before long.
How have you felt lately? Any signs of impending labor?? Take care
DH's Pregnancy Lesson #139: Babies come when they want to. Not when you want them to.
The last time I saw DH in person was October when he was home on leave. While visiting, he had several heart-to-hearts with my belly. He asked the baby to come the 21st of November so that he could be home for Thanksgiving if his superiors decide to give him emergency leave when the baby comes. Well, the 21st has come and gone and baby is still happily nestled within. I know he's a little disappointed but figured, "Hey, it's worth a try."
I have my 38 week appointment with my OB tonight and I think he is planning on doing an internal to see what's going on down there. I've been having pelvic pressure, cervical/hoo-ha twinges and erratic contractions here and there but my prediction is that I'm still closed up tight. Last week I went over my birth plan with him and he was supportive of everything I had on it with the exception of my last request. I know that this part is up to the nurses but I had included in my plan that I wished for the vitamin K injection and the antibiotic eye ointment to be delayed until after I have some bonding time with my son/daughter and have the chance to nurse. He didn't think this was possible because there are laws regarding the administration of these. I explained that I understand that there are laws regarding this and that I'm not declining these, just asking that they be delayed so the baby and I can have some time together initially when s/he is alert and her/his eyes aren't all gunked up! Is there anyone who did a hospital birth that has any experience with this? I would appreciate your opinions!
I may venture out this afternoon to try to finish up DH's Christmas gifts package. Hoping I'm not crazy for venturing to the stores today. But I know I don't want to go anytime this weekend. Black Friday is not for me!
Megan- I am hoping that my best friend will help document the birth as much as she can. Also, depending on the time that the birth happens, I may try to get DH on the phone so he can be there and hear what's going on (and offer me support through his words). I would love for him to be able to hear "It's a _____" in "person", rather than hearing it through email or through a Red Cross bulletin.
Katie- I thought about it when writing BF, that maybe I should write out best friend because I know it can be used both ways. I don't think DH would appreciate it if I had a boyfriend there!
Hope you are all having a wonderful Wednesday!
About the vit K and eye stuff...check with your laws and make sure that these are required. I would be surprised to know that they are. Here in Idaho I had a choice as to whether or not they were administered. If I chose not to get them, I had to sign something to that effect. I don't think the law would have any say in what gets put in your baby's eyes. In the end I did choose to get them, but if I the choice not to, I would assume I could have them delayed a few hours.
Good luck, this is such an exciting time! Try to enjoy the last days of your pregnancy.
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Hey Jen --
You really need to check the law...I live in Florida, and our statue reads that all children will have eye treatment and vit K within 1 hour of being born.
I'm going to request that the nurses not give it until close to the 1 hour mark, instead of 2 minutes after being born, but there isn't much room for give in take. Just double check.
Wish your little one would have made an appearance for your DH...that would have been sweet. Let us know how your appointment goes...
Welcome to your lodge! Hope your appointment went well tonight. That sucks that dh is deployed
As for the vit K, we got that, but completely refused the eyedrops. I think I just signed something that said we were refusing them. When I talked it over with my doc beforehand, she thought that was fine, and I don't remember my nurse batting an eye either... ITA to check the laws in your state, if you tell the nurse she cannot administer the drops, she cannot- this is YOUR child after all! And as you said, you aren't even refusing altogether, you are jsut waiting a bit.
How was the appointment? I don't blame you at all for not wanting to shope this weekend, I won't be out either! As for the eye goop, I know that here we can ask for that to be delayed how long for I'm not really sure? You should at least put it in your birth plan, if they have to do it right away I'm sure they will ask if that's ok, otherwise they should honor your request. Oh, and welcome to your lodge!
Jen's Pregnancy lesson for the day: A mother's intuition isn't always right.
So I went to my appointment yesterday, got weighed (ugh- gained 5 lbs. in 1 week...I claim it's water!), urine checked (that was fine), BP 110/70, baby's heartrate good. Then the OB does the internal. OB's first comment, "Wow, this baby is really low. It's head is right there." OB's second comment as he helps me sit up, "Wow, you're really dilated. This is your first?" So I tell him that this is my first child and ask him how dilated I am. He says, "Well, your cervix is soft, anterior and 80% effaced and you're 3 to 4 cm dilated." I was in shock! Not only does this mean that this baby is really coming, but that's 3 to 4 cm that I don't have to work through once labor really kicks in! I have another appointment next week and the Dr. mentioned inducing me next Thursday if I was interested. I told him I wasn't ready to make a decision about that yet. While it's so tempting to know when you're going to give birth, I don't want all the interventions an induction implies to me (whether it be breaking my water or pitocin, etc.). I have faith that my body is doing what it needs and that it will bring this baby into the world on its own time. Now if I'm still this way at 41+ weeks, then I'll reconsider my options at that point.
So that was my excitement for the night. Going to the Dr. thinking nothing's going on and finding out the opposite! Since the internal, I've been having some bloody show, which I know is normal but it brings me back to my nervousness at the beginning of my pregnancy when I was spotting. I'm determined to keep this baby in at least for another day- I want my yummy Thanksgiving dinner! So no sitting on the exercise ball for me today.
Can't wait to share the news with DH when I (hopefully) chat with him later! To those that celebrate, I wish you a Happy Thanksgiving. To those who don't- Happy Thursday!
Such great news about your progress! Glad everything is going well. Sounds as if you're being very positive. Maybe we'll have another baby by this weekend!!