Had lots of good ctx this am, for about three hrs they were 6-12 min apart, then got to a regular 10 min for a last hour, then they went back to the normal every half hour... But, at least they aren't continuing with nothign happening, lol! And they hurt a bit more at the half hour now then they did before, so something has to be happening!
I cannot believe I am so short on patience with the pgcy when I am not even at my edd yet! :roll: I am over feeling sorry for myself for now at least though! Trying to stay positive...
Made up my gift baskets for my nurses today Just a sample of different teas and candy, nothing too special. This time though, I had the foresight to make TWO baskets! LAst time I went in with one and gave it to the nurses in the L&D who were fab, but wished I would have had one for my PP nurses who were really great too. So this time I do!
Kasey, I have forgotten to check in on you!!!
I took a nurse bribe to the hospital and they were JAZZED about it! DH said the nurse who took the treats was pregnant and looked so excited. Later on as we were pacing the halls they said, "You brought great stuff!"
Sounds like you've got the right idea: stay positive!
I'm thinking about you. Great idea with the baskets I never thought of that. I figured I'd bring them brownies or something.
Mmm brownies That sounds good- today is a good eating day for me
I owuld actually prefer to do somethign homemade, I love to bake, and I think it is more thoughtful, but once I am for sure in labor, we will be heading to the hospital fairly soon- so I don't want to chance not having time to make something like that! And I couldn't pack brownies in my bag and have them set there for a week either, lol!
I bet the nurses will LOVE you if you bring them brownies though!
Brownies sound sooo good
Glad you're doing ok Kasey. Are you still contracting like yesterday?
Now I want a brownie! LOL
I'm glad today is a good eating day for you. How else are you feeling?
I do gift baskets too & it's always been well received
Those pregnancy hormones can be mean, I'm always all over the place twoards the end. It sounds like your doing wonderful!
The ctx are just back to the same every half hour or so that they have been at for a couple of weeks now... But, they hurt a little more now than they did before all the ctx yday!
Feeling okay, have to take dd to her karate class tonight, and I am SO glad it is the last one until fall! And I am even more glad that dh will be back from work in time so that the boys can stay home with him. I don't mind taking them, but don't feel like it tonight. Having lots of cervical twinges, and I feel the pressure when I move a certain way, but besides that everything is normal.
Just checking in on you Kasey - it sounds like we're both gearing up. I hope things get kicked up a notch for both of us very soon!
Bought myself a fresh pineapple and started munching Going to bust into my RRL tea too, I figure I shouldn't be pg long enough for whatever is in it to build up too much in me and cause probs. Have to try to convince dh to dtd too I want to have a baby!
Dh's boss really needs him at work next week, b/c the other foreman is on vacation all week, and I don't want dh to be stressing over that, so having a baby in the next couple of days would be really convenient, lol. He actually asked dh the other day why I don't jsut go and get induced. :roll: Dh said he just looked at him and said- "Um, NO. And it is her [my] choice anyway." lol- I told dh that he could have his boss call me and I would give him an educational earful Dh said that he could have told him quite a few things himself, but he knew it would be ignored anyway. I think I have rubbed off on my dh quite a bit as far as birth goes
I am wondering if I want to get checked tomorrow... I am afraid if I go that far though, I am going to ask for a S&S while she is down there. I am ready to have this baby, but I really don't want to go against my non-interventionist feelings for convenience and just to ease my discomfort.
I tried to get to my cervix yday to check it, and I *think* I did, but not really sure. My cervix is always really posterior, so hard for someone else to reach, let alone myself! If I did reach it though, I would call myself about a fingertip dilated. I don't know what else I could have felt down there, but you never know, ykwim? It was something mushy and round-ish lol. I forgot to add that at my last appt my doc had mentioned me checking my own cervix in a very positive light- I love my doc, esp considering that most docs seem to think there is something bad about a woman checking herself for dilation.
I am T-I-R-E-D today. I don't want to do anything, it is five pm and Ihaven't even though atbout dinner yet. And my children who I love dearly have wanted to be all over me at all times today. This is the first time all day that someone hasn't been on my lap or up against me or right up in my space, and I am feeling touched-out right now. And at the same time I want to cuddle them lots, just in case labor does start, I will be away from my babes at the hospital for two whole days! Have to cuddle when I can!
Ah stress...just what you need right now (not). I hope baby cooperates on timing for you and dh. Sending some labor vibes to you to kick in after cuddle time is over
Leaving for my doc appt in 15 min or so. I *am* going to get checked. And- I may request a sweep- I really am not too sure how I really feel about it- but I don't want my idea of my *ideal* labor to get in the way of what I may need to do... I hardly slept at all, from general discomfort, ctx, and just laid around feeling like I was going to get sick all night. (I was seriously wondering at that point why I hadn't done more to encourage this baby out! So easy to feel that way when you feel like crap!) I can't do much more of that. So I don't think it is completely necessary by any means, but I don't feel it is completely unnecessary either. I think for me, mentally and physically, it would be better to go into labor sooner rather than later- and if I do get a sweep and it doesn't work, at least I will know that I did what I could to help, and that baby is obviously not ready. I'll feel a little less helpless.
Thankfully the weather is crappy so dh has the day off so I can chill, and if I do get a sweep, and I do eventually go into labor, he will be around.
I hope the sweep is successful and you get to hold your LO soon.
How did the appt go? Hope you're feeling a little better today and are able to get some rest.
Went to my appt. 1-2 cm dilated- she was able to stretch it to 2-3 cm (probably won't stay there of course) and was very posterior, thick. Incredibly uncomfortable. Using deep breathing and low moans, lol. Got some practice at least!
So that is that. Hoping somethign will happen, but okay if it doesn't- I tried, and that is what I wanted to do.
I am so behind with lodges and just read yours through. You are a strong woman to have gone through (and still going through) so much this pregnancy, I am in awe.
I hope the S&S gets things rolling for you!
Hope the sweep gets things moving for you.
I hope the sweep helped!
Well, things have picked up, not as much as I would like them too but they have picked up a bit at least! Now instead of ctx always being 30 min apart, sometimes they are as close as 10 min- they are just sporadic, never know when it is going to happen. But that is okay- I feel like I ahve done waht I could, and now I can jsut wait and see.
So at least the pain was for something! Not sure how much of something...
Going to clean my house today as well as I can, and try not to over do it. Getting really frustrated with the people who should know better telling me to walk for miles or clean like crazy or whatever. I understand it from people who don't really know what has been going on, but my family have been telling me these things- like I really want to make myself sick and dope myself up so that I am stuck on the couch with my kids planted in front of the tv, all in an effort to make the baby come? Grr... Okay just had to get that little thing out :oops:
Allison, my 5yo has been getting things ready for the baby, lol. She told me that if the baby was going to come out, to let her know, and she would make a place for me to go and lay down that was comfy. Then she took my yoga mat and laid it out on the love seat to make my spot! She really wants me to have a homebirth!
My dryer is busted though!!! I am hoping it is somethign simple and that dh can get it fixed though, b/c I love having laundry done, though with a family this size, it is only done for about half an hour before there is more! I just need to hope that the weather stays nice so I can just hang my dipes out to dry (that is what I usually do, but it is nice to have the dryer as back-up) b/c I am not buying sposies for new baby after I went and got all the cloth already!
Sooo, gonna clean, eat some pineapple, drink some rrl tea, and let things happen when they will. And really hope hope hope that baby wants to come out soon!
Allison, what a sweetheart! Wishing you lots of labor vibes!
I hope things pick up for you so you don't have to stress about next week. Jeez the dryer is busted? I hope hope hope that can be fixed easily and cheaply. And I'm lol at the fresh pineapple - that must be as hard to find where you are as it is here in Iowa
Got the house straightened up, now it is nice and messy again :roll:
Took the kids to the park with my mom, and walked .62 mile on the walking path. And pushed 2yo on the swing. Moved the carseats in the van around so I could install new baby car seat. Got pizza for dinner- the ladies there asked when I was due, and when I told them today, they were all like, you're due today? What are you doing getting pizza? lol, guess I should have gotten Mexican or somethign instead
I think somethign might actually be happening I hope so at least... Been having ctx since my sweep yday, anywhere from the standard 30 min apart to 7 min apart- very sporadic, but have been more often since early this afternoon. I would say I am fairly uncomfortable and quite happy about it, lol. Though, I know this could stop anytime now- so I am trying not to get way excited.
Dh is at the store, but when he comes home I am going to lay down and try to get some rest for an hour or two, see if I can sleep. I think I may be able too, b/c I am so freaking whooped from a long day! I sure hope that if this is just prodromal that I can sleep through it, that is for sure!
Sounds like things are happening!
hope things are moving along for you...happy due date btw (if it's still the 6th where you are). get some rest, enjoy the pizza and eat some more pineapple!
Well, I got to sleep for about an hour, then I woke up from a good ctx. Then most of the ones after I could have slept through, bet when I woke up I was way too nauseated. So, I am up still. I ate and took my zofran so I am feeling better, but now I can't get to sleep. I will have a good ctx that catches me off gaurd, then I will have a several that are just slightly uncomfortable, then another good one. So, I am thinking nothing is happening right away. But that is quite alright, b/c maybe I can get some sleep, and then it'll happen in the morning instead We shall see...
I hope you were able to get some rest if indeed tomorrow is the big day!!
Still here, yday was the beginning of the prodromal fun I think. (woohoo :roll: ) Never fails for me! Oh well... Ctx have slowed again, sometimes even farther than every 1/2 hr, but the ones I ahve are stronger too. So, wait and see, wait and see...
Feeling decent this am. Grumpy, but that is b/c I am tired, not from being pg. I am okay with still being pg, baby will come when baby comes.
HEre is a due date belly pic from yday:
I'm right there with you!
Hopefully we'll both have these contractions pick up and get into a good pattern tonight!!!
I was hoping they would, and they did, but have slowed again... *sigh* Dh and I were watching a movie (new Diane Lane thriller, can't remember the name) and I was having ctx like crazy, 3-13 min apart for about two hrs... and just recently they have slowed again.
The well meaning calls have kicked up a notch now that I have reached and passed my edd... It is only one day, and I had four people call me and one text msg...
Is tomorrow fathers day, or is that next Sunday? I guess I can google it and find out! Maybe dh will have a FD baby... assuming it is tomorrow and not next Sunday! (Well, that could still happen, but not as likely as tomorrow.)
I *think* fd's is next sunday...hmmm...yes next sunday the 15th. Hope the, 'are you still pregnant' calls slow! sorry for the come and go ctx, but it sounds like you have a good attitude about, hope you find some time to rest!
Wow. you have been through so much! You family is beautiful. I am just catching up on lodges (my computer is broke)-i hope your in labour right now :bighug:
Lost my mp this am... With my first and third I lost it while in early labor, and had the baby within 12 hrs. But with #2, I lost it after getting my membranes stripped and still nothing. So, I know that it may just be from the s&s the other day, but there was some pink/red in there too, so I know that at least *some* is due to the ctx, so they are accomplishing something inside there!
Hooray for a MP!!! LOL. I hope this means something for you. I'm stalking you
Hey, Kasey! Are you still pregnant? j/k
Father's Day is *next* Sunday. I freaked when all the commercials for Father's Day sales were on, but calendar says the 15th so we both have some time!
It's going to happen soon for you!! I'm stalking you for updates!
Anyone know if weather can influence labor? We are having tons of T-storms around here, and it seems like when the storming is at its worst, so are my ctx... Just noticed that, as it is the third day in a row that this has happened.
Was having good ctx this am, then they jsut went away *poof* Well, not completely away, but not like they were. They are coming back right now in the midst of the storm, but I am actually hoping that it isn't going to amount too much, b/c it will be hard for people to drive in this to come watch the kdis, and for us to get to the hospital. (An excuse to stay home? lol )
The thing is (and this will sound funny since it is my fourth) I am unsure about when this is *real* labor after all this prodromal stuff. With my first and third I had back labor, and that is easy for me to recognize, for obvoius reasons... But with my second, I wasn't even in any real pain when I got my epi at 5/6 cm still talking through my ctx and everything- and that was just "normal" belly labor- I didn't hurt until the epi wore off 15 min later and ds was born maybe 5 or ten minutes after I started feeling. The only reason I was sure I was in labor with him was b/c I had drank the castor oil and that is when things got kicked in to regualr ctx.
And I do NOT want too wait to long to go in. I would be okay with having the baby at home, but I really do not want to deliver in the car! Esp in a storm.
Right now, my ctx are mostly in front, I feel a little in my back, but jsut a touch- and not every ctx either. When I feel them only in front, I have to make sure I am actually having one, b/c I am waiting to feel it in my back, and to me it feels like when the baby stretches really hard and pushes outward on your belly- though when I touch it I realize that it is a ctx b/c the whole thing is rock hard.
So I am weird in that I really don't mind if I have some back labor- then I'll know for sure what is going on, lol!
ETA: I am glad that it isn't FD- I am not prepared at all for it to be!
stalking you sweetie... xoxo
HEading in. Ctx were btwn 5-15 min for awhile, then all of a sudden 3 in apart for 40 min, lost a bunch more plug (tmi: didn't think there could be any more gelatinous goo up there, but apparently there was, lol) So I took a hot shower, which of course slowed things to 5-6 min. I am not really hurting, more just annoyed, but they are all in the front and dh is sure that if we wait too long I will have this baby in the car (I didn't even mention my fear of that to him!) So, erring on the side of caution we are going to head in!
If you don't hear from me for a day or two I had the baby! But I will call someone, and I am sure it will be posted here if I do.
Woohoo!!! Sounds like the real thing! Good luck hon!
eeeek! thinking of you!!!!
Thinking of you Kaseye!! Can't wait to see an update ~~ELV~~~
ELV Kaseye!!! Can't wait for an update!!
Wow, I just got a chance to read you lodge. You are beyond strong and I can't wait for an update!
I hope you're holding you LO by now! Can't wait to see pics and hear the whole story!
Good luck!!! Lots of ELV's!
What a night... *sigh* I went in, having ctx every 4/5 min when I got there. My doc who I had paged, had beat us there, and had them set a room up for us and everything, so we skipped triage and went straight ot our room. I was checked @ 11p and was at 3cm, 80% effaced, -2 station, and very anterior (on Thurs I was 1 cm, thick, way high, very posterior) so this was a huge change. Also- I have never been that far at the hosp without being in labor. So, Iw as admitted, started walking the halls.
Ctx picked up to every three min and were enough to make me stop and sway in the hall, at 12:20 I had to go back to my room so the nurse could listen tothe baby with the doppler. Baby sounded great, but I was beat, so I thought I would lay for a bit and try to just rest btwn ctx. I got out of bed around 1:30 when they came to listen to baby again, I felt like things were slowing, and I couldn't sleep w/ the ctx anyway, so I thought I would walk again.
I walked until 2, but things just seemed to be really slowing, so I asked the nurse to check me, and I wanted to be able to see a clock so I could see what my ctx were- they weere about 5 min apart then, and she checked me and said I was about a 4, same effacement & station.
I was starting to feel really nauseated, so I figured I might as well try to rest if things were slowing, and lay around. I couldn't sleep, I would start to fall asleep right as a ctx would hit. Things jsut got slower and slower. My nurse asked if I wanted her to put the moniters on so that I wouldn't ahve to look at the clock (making me sick to open my eyes) and I thought that was a good idea so I could jsut lay. She was very kind and saying it was only a suggestion, and she didn't want to go against my wishes at all, she just thought this may let me chill, and it did.
My ctx were now 8-12 min apart... She took the moniter off after about 45 min, and I tried to just lay for awhile. At five when she came in to listen tobaby, I asked for a check, and something for nausea. I knew I ahd stalled and I couldn't sleep, b/c ctx weren't far enough apart for that. I was stilla t 4, same everything. I had some phenergan through my hep-lock, and after awhile it finally kicked in full force, and I slept. My doc came in at 7 to check me, and I was SO ill. She asked if I wanted some fluids (I was really dry by then- had been drinking gatorade, but couldn't any more after I started feeling too sick) and I said yes.
Around 9, I was done with my second bag of fluids, and awake, and still at the same dilation & everything. So I was d/c'd. Stalled labor
I came home and slept for a couple of hours. Now I am here, feeling exhausted and annoyed, and SO disappointed. SO sad that things were picking up and then just.... stopped. I have never been at 4 cm and not been in active labor and dh is FREAKING out. He is very worried that if he goes to work tomorrow and labor starts again, I am going to deliver at home. (With all the other 3, I have gone from 6-10 cm in 15 min or so) and be all alone with the kids, or that he will get home and I will deliver on the side of the road on the way to the hospital.
I am fine with him going back to work, really. I figure it is nothing like the other three already, so I am not planning on a crazy fast transition. I just don't know what to do... To try to help things along, or just wait for it to happen.
Thanks for reading if you made it this far...
:bighug: Kasey I am so sorry. I hope everything will just pick back up today or sometime this eveing for you. Lots of labor vibes. Hang in there, girl!!
((HUGS)) I hope you can get some much needed rest today. I wish I could come help with the kids so you can sleep as much as the contractions would let you.
Sounds like you have WONDERFUL care providers who actually read your birth plan and respect your wishes.
Oh Kaseye ((HUGS)). I can't even begin to imagine the frustration you must feel right now. Soon...it must be soon. ((HUGS))
Just wanted to send hugs and let you know I'm thinking of you. Hopefullly this birth will differ from your others and transition won't be too crazy for you!