Oh Jen, how exciting! What did your DH have to say?
DH Bill ~ 10/9/1999
DS Benjamin Joseph ~ 7/17/2003 "All of my sunshine..."
DS Evan William ~ 11/20/2006 "...and all of my joy"
You lucky duck!! That's great that your body is already gearing up. I can't wait to hear what your DH has to say.
Great news on the progress - clearly your body does know what to do, LOL! It sounds like you're not going to have to face the induction decision anyway. Yay!
Collette~mom to Grace (2/28/05) and Libby (07/08/06)
Well I haven't updated here in awhile because nothing has been going on with my body since my appointment last Wednesday. I don't know why things have stalled, but I really haven't had any contractions or any of the pains I was having last week. It's kind of frustrating me that I was blissfully ignorant about my progress before my internal last week and then once I knew what was going on, things have come to a screeching halt.
Telling DH the news about my dilation went well, I guess. I only get to talk to him through email or MSN messenger, and it's hard to gauge anyone's reaction or emotions through words on a screen. It probably didn't help that he was sleep deprived when I talked to him too. I think he was excited and I know that him and his superiors are on the look-out for a Red Cross notification for him.
I told the in-laws about my progress when I called to wish them a Happy Turkey Day . They are excited and ready to come down here as soon as the baby is born. Then later in the weekend, I got a call from a friend who lives in the same town as the in-laws and apparently someone bumped into one of DH's parents and then saw her and to make a long story short, my friend was under the distinct impression that I am in labor already! Wow- it started and I didn't even know it! So I'm not sure where the miscommunication happened on that one. Hopefully my IL's are not sitting by the phone, wondering why I haven't called them yet!
I finished more of the baby's room this weekend by hanging up some framed posters and placing a carpet I had ordered. It's definitely coming together and I can't wait for the crib- it's coming tomorrow!
So, that's where I stand. Just waiting and seeing what my body is doing.
(((HUGS))) Jen, sorry your body isn't doing what you hoped it would by now. I know the feeling - right down to the waiting ILs! I hope you are able to relax and accept though, to find peace - it will ultimately help you conserve energy. Take care hon!
I have a question for BTDT mommas- how did you feel emotionally before you went into labor? The reason I ask is that lately I've felt pretty raw emotionally. Generally I am an emotional person, but feel like this pregnancy has sort of "leveled" me. I've been able to deal with things much better than I would before I was pregnant. However, I can tell a difference these past few days. I feel myself slipping into sort of a funk and getting upset over things. I wonder if this means my hormones are shifting once again and I'm preparing for labor?
I think DH knew that I've been having a hard time lately. He sent me some flowers today, just because. Even several thousand miles away, the man knows how to make me smile.
I had a check-up yesterday with my OB. He was with me for not even 5 minutes. Makes me feel like I'm not worth the time, KWIM? Didn't gain any weight (surprising since I enjoyed Thanksgiving), BP fine, baby's heartrate good, I'm 80-90 % effaced, baby at -1/0 station and I'm a full 4 cm dilated. So not much change since my last appointment, which I expected. He offered to induce me tomorrow (Friday) and I turned it down since I'm not at full term yet and there's still time for my body to do it on its own. When I got home and told my Mom about my appointment, she asked why the Dr. wanted to induce me. I said "Convenience", since he didn't give me any reasons why and she was like "It wasn't anything medical?" I said that I didn't think he would let me turn down the induction if there truly was a medical need for it. She's like "I hope not". So now she has me doubting myself and my choice a little bit. *sigh* Oh well.
On a happier note-
The crib is now set up in the baby's room and it's amazing what a difference it makes in making the room seem finished. I just need to put on the bedding and it will be all set!
Hope everyone is having a good week. It's Thursday , which means I can get my fix of Grey's Anatomy!
(((HUGS))) Jen! It would not surprise me if your body was gearing up. Here is what happened to me emotionally with both my babies:
DS1 - The week before labor started, I woke up one morning and felt eerily calm. I simply didn't care whether I finished my outstanding deadlines - figured if I did, great, if not, no big deal. Other loose ends I very much wanted to tie up (emails, etc.) That lasted the whole week and went in conjunction with my physical symptoms (loose stools, desire to rest, etc.)
DS2 - You know from my lodge how anxious both the pre-labor and the early labor made me! I just didn't know what was going on with my body and it did take a lot out of me. I do think hormones made that harder to handle. By Friday afternoon I had accepted that this was the way I would labor and was at peace with it - though DH's opposite attitude still had me stressed out. Sunday was a very peaceful day and I do think it was my body's way of shifting gear once again.
Don't think about your mother - they come from an era when childbirth was still more medicalized than it is now! I know, easier said than done - just don't forget these are your *instincts* we're talking about, not some random decision you made! I also was offered induction (in the form of breaking water) and even though I was frustrated, I still didn't like the idea and wouldn't have gone with it. I think you made the right decision! (((HUGS)))
I was induced the first time around, and would never choose that again. I shouldn't say never, but certainly not ever just for convenience reasons. I'm sure your little one will be with you very soon, don't dout your self you know what's best for you.