Glad you are enjoying a relaxing time and resting up because soon you will have that baby and sleep will be something you remember in your distant past. (Well, I hope not, but better to know in advance that there's lots of waking up in the beginning.)
The massage sounds heavenly.
You sound great!
I had some acupuncture done as part of trying to turn Miriam, then again as part of trying to unwind my body after surgery. I liked it; it didn't turn the baby (tried too late) but it helped my other aches & pains quite a lot.
Thinking about you!
Oof. Still here. Today was a little frustrating; I was really feeling impatient with waiting for my body to get in gear. I think I just had too much time on my hands and not enough to do.
Actually, I was really hoping that the full moon would help me along... My menstrual cycle was often aligned with the lunar cycle, and I thought just maybe..... Well, my sister says the full moon is really tomorrow night, so we'll see!
My doula emailed me this morning; she's so great. Just checking in to see how things are going, and suggested some accupuncturists if nothing happens by friday.
I hope that I feel a bit more cheery tomorrow. The most frustrating thing is all the calls I get from (well-meaning) family. Every call from my sister starts with "are you still pregnant?" Arggh. Also, something my OB said last Thursday has stuck in my head and won't get out. She said that because it's my first birth, my body just "doesn't know what to do". I get the theory, but man, hearing that totally undermines my confidence in myself. I'm trying to focus on the idea that Lily will come when she's good and ready, but now I have this little voice that says I got the one female body that doesn't know 'how' to give birth! Ack!
Sorry for the rant - I really appreciate the open forum here and just needed to get that off my chest. I have to remember that I've always expected Lily to come late... somehow the 4th had been in my head earlier in the pregnancy. My grandmother's birthday was the 9th, so that would be kind of cool too!
Love to all, and to all mamas who were late - I admire your grace and patience!!!!
Katie, you are being really patient. Good for you.
Your body absolutely does know what to do. It may just take a little bit slower time in ramping up the first time.
Warning, I am going to give advice. Probably I shouldn't, but here goes. Make sure your partner knows exactly what you want during birth and is willing to stand up for it because that ob comment is not one that supports natural birth so much. I hope it's just an offhand comment out of context.
FWIW, I always gave birth with the waning moon.
Hang in there!
Hang in there Katie! I am sure Jennie is right that your body is just in a slower process of "ramping up." Trust what you feel is right for you, not just what your OB thinks is right for your body.
You are doing awesome!
Hi there, Katie! Don't listen to your doctor on this one. Your body will know what to do with giving birth. Baby Lily just needs some more time with her mama before she's ready to meet the world.
Hang in there sweetie! Just think, it's so possible that your body is making loads of progress and you don't even know it. You'll be one of those blessed women who walks in at 7 cm!!!
Sorry to just be joining you now on this journey, but I wanted to chime in and say that as I was reading your lodge I was commenting to myself on how upbeat you sounded, so don't get down on yourself because you are being extremely patient and cheery. If I'm overdue I know I won't be handling it as well as you. I've been on bedrest for 3 wks and that alone is making me Mrs. Grouch!! I believe in you and Mother Nature will take her course soon. Maybe tonight with the full moon!!!
Hang in there Katie ~ and TRY NOT TO let that offhand comment get in your head ~ Your body has known exactly how to create and carry this little blessing for 40 weeks now and there is no reason to believe that it does not know EXACTLY how and when to birth Lily as well! I hope that you can manage to enjoy some of this time, rest up, and have some good alone time with your DH before she arrives! Thinking of you!
Katie: you hang in there - Your body TOTALLY knows what to do and don;t let anyone convince you otherwise! Your baby is still in there because you have had good nutrition, you have a healthy baby, a healthy placenta and your baby has no need to come yet. he will comes when the enviroment out here outweighs the enviroment inside and right now your womb is the perfect palce for her! Babies come on their time. I agree with jennie: that's not a naturally minded comment on the part of your OB and it shows how OB's/people undermine the process of birth. You CAN and WILL do this. Your body knows EXACTLY what it is doing. I have a card along the chair rail in my birthing space that says "Let your mind go and your spirit will dance" That is my wish for you tonight.
Thanks everybody!! You guys always know just what to say... :stillhug:
Yesterday went so much better. John and I drove up to the hills and went for a nice hike, and it felt so good to get out in nature! I thought I'd post a few photos - sorry if it makes for a long download for some of you!
Today, my NST went fine. I had a couple of contractions while I was hooked up, and I have to admit it was kinda neat to see them register on the paper. But believe me, I will not be so happy if they try to keep me on the moniter during labor!! Anyway, they said that all is well and didn't push me to take any action.
Well, here's DH and me (and our dog Josie) in the hills above Santa Cruz:
Katie, you look so lovely!
You look so awesome!!! Sometimes it jsut feels great to get out. I am trying to not stop living life jsut b/c a baby is "due" Life doesn;t stop to give birth it jsut keeps evolving! I'm glad your NST went well!
You look fantastic!
Glad the NST went well - that baby just knows a comfy spot LOL
Thinking of you and sending lots of warm fuzzies. Hang in there hon!
I haven't posted until now, but I wanted to comment on the pictures and your hike! I'm so jazzed that you were able to get out and get your mind off things and just enjoy nature, and each other. So few are able to do that. You look fan-friggin-tastic!
I feel so lazy today! I slept in, took a little walk to the post office this morning, and since then - Nothing! Well, DH and I did play scrabble this evening (aren't we domestic..) and then out to dinner at an Indian buffet. Buffets are death to a pregnant woman - I just couldn't stop going back! I feel like I'm going to pop.
Well, since nothing much is happening, I made an acupuncture appointment for monday at 4, and another on wednesday if I'm still around. Hopefully I won't make either one, but it's good to have them available!
Hope everyone has a great weekend...
You are the cutest preggo!!! DH got a little freaked out when I commented on it and said "I can't wait to be pregnant again . . ."!!
Your LO is going to come soon when it's time . . . I'm glad you're so happy and comfortable waiting 'til that time.
You sound good Katie! I know through the whole pregnancy we tell ourselves "the dates don;t matter" but when we get to 40 and keep going society and that "little part of our minds" starts to talk. I am so impressed you can eat of a buffet. I am forcing myself to eat over 120 grams of protein still (not quite as high as it used to be). I still eat quite a bit - but dang I couldn;t go near a buffet - let alone an indian one! Hvaing the accupuncture appointment is a good idea!!! Here's hoping you'll never get there! :vibes:
Well, a quick update It's been a pretty great day today... Woke up with some light contractions about 4 AM this morning. Nothing strong, but certainly more frequent than they've been. John packed a picnic and we went to a local lake for some walking. It was a really beautiful day here - clear and windy, kind of cold but with a piercing blue sky.
I've been bouncing on my yoga ball all evening, feeling like things are slowly changing in my body. I am feeling a bit crampy and my back is bothering me (I've been blessed with no backache this whole 10 months!) We watched Amelie tonight, and that was a fun distraction. I don't know if I've mentioned it earlier, but tomorrow (1/7) was my grandmother's birthday. She was a really wonderful woman who I see so strongly in my mother, and more and more I hear her in myself too; it would be pretty cool if my daughter got to share a birthday with her! Regardless, it's been nice thinking of her these past few days.
I think I'll go to yoga tomorrow morning, see if I can get some last minute meditation in.. I'll post if anything picks up tonight or tomorrow!!
Your adorable Katie!!! It looks so nice and pretty and WARM there lol
It sounds like your so close, for being 41wks 3dys you sound so balanced & calm, I really admire that.
I hope your Yoga class tomorrow goes well.
That sounds like a lovely day!!! My grandmother's b/d was at 39 weeks with Olivia and I enjoyed those thoughts as well. Grandma's can be the best! You're sounding centered right now. I hope things pick up for you.
Sounds like things are picking up, Katie! Hope you'll get to hold your little girl very-very soon! *Pacing around nervously, waiting for an update*
You look so fabulous! I hope this continue to progress and that you will have a little baby soon!!
Hmmm . . . no Katie for a couple days . . . ? Sounds like baby vibes could be in the air!
ooooh, wouldn't that be great? It certainly is her turn. Hoping to hear good news Katie!
Thinking of you Katie - I know I've missed out on most of your lodge but am sending you good thoughts right now. (Your preggo picutres look awesome BTW!)
Do we know if she made it to the yoga? Or what happened there?
Katie, I'm sending you good thoughts.
Check in when you can!
I hope you're doing well, Katie. Any more indications of labor? Did the acupuncture help?
Katie, hope you're cuddling little Lily right now! KUP when you have time :giveflower:
I hope no news means she's having or had the baby!! KUP when you can :bighug:
Just checking in on you too!
Sorry for the suspense, but no baby here I took a day or so off the computer... I love hearing about all my fellow January mamas giving birth, but sometimes it gets pretty frustrating on my end.
Actually, yesterday was super busy. DH and I were running all over town doing errands and appointments. By the end of the day, John realized that he no longer had his wallet (doh!), and so we scrambled to retrace our steps.. No luck so far, so we've had to cancel all our cards and today we're going to the DMV for a new license.
The good news is that all is well with our little one. We had an U/S yesterday to check on size and fluid levels, and everything checks out great. They estimated that she weighs 7lbs 10oz (I can totally do this!). We'll see how accurate that turns out to be.. After that appointment, I had an acupuncture session. WILD! I had never done that before, and it really blew me away. She hooked the needles in my hands up to an electrical current and cranked it way up while I listened to a Hypnobirthing cd. After I got used to the sensation, she turned it up even further - as far as I would let her anyway! It was really intense, and I just meditated for about an hour there. By the time it was over, I was in a really deep relaxed state. I even forgot to pay her before I left! So far no labor, but we have another appt tomorrow if I need.
It does get hard to stay positive, but it helps to stay busy and distracted. I think I'd go nuts if John wasn't here to hang out with! Well, we're off to the DMV and to figure out how to access our $$ without credit or debit cards!
Well, I'll drop in for a quick update... Yesterday was pretty rough emotionally. All the frustrations and impatience came to a head with DH and I, as we worked through some of this stuff. (I don't think I'll go into it here, but you all know how it can get!) By the end of the day, I do feel like we did a lot of growth and all damage was mended, but it took a hell of a journey to get there. We've come to the decision that if nothing kicks in spontaneously by tomorrow morning, we will go in for the pit drip. Not what either one of us was expecting, but then I don't suppose any birth is. I realize that this is going to challenge us to minimize any further interventions, but I have faith that it can be done.
That said, I have my 2nd acupuncture appt this afternoon, and I still believe that we can have a spontaneous labor. If Lily takes after her mom at all, then this is just the kind of drama that she would pull! I suppose it's all part of the larger story.
Oh, and guess what? Some kids found DH's wallet in the park and returned it to the ranger (minus $10), so that was a huge relief! DH was convinced he would never see it again, but I had felt sure that it would show up.
Good luck, Katie! Sounds like a hard decision you are having to make...hopefully, Lily will decide to show up before you get the drip, but if not, then hopefully things will go smoothy. People still have drug free births with Pitocin...just depends on how it affects you. One of my friends didn't have any issue after her Pitocin (despite the more common horror stories).
Enjoy your acupuncture.
I remember all too well that frustration you're feeling. My first was more than 2 weeks overdue. Hang in there.. I think you're doing wonderful.
The acupuncture sounds fabulous! I wish we could do it
Just wanted to offer you some reassurance. I had lots of pit with my first and was still able to do it naturally. It was much harder than I anticipated and I nearly didn't make it "naturally"-- but was able to persevere. YOU CAN DO IT!
I'll be thinking of you and praying that Miss Lily arrives safely and quickly.
Hang in there, Katie! Sending lots of positive vibes and natural labor vibes your way. Lily will be in your arms very soon!
Ooo! I've been having some bloody show all morning and mild contractions Here's hoping they stick around!!
DH and I are going for a walk to help pick things up.. I'll keep you posted
oh Katie! I hope this is it! ((((ELV))))
Sending a big hug your way. I hope everything is progressing well for you!!
Yahoo for progress! I hope things have sped up for you today. How about you and DH have some make-up SEX to speed things up?
I'll be praying for you tonight. I hope to hear good news tomorrow.
Hey sweetie thinking about you - all fingers & toes crossed!
Lots of ELV's!!!!!!!!!
This is definitely it! Slowly but surely progressing... right now (about 1:30 am) I'm having ctxs every 7 min that last for 45-60 secs. They've gotten pretty intense by now, but I'm so relieved that they are here, I'm loving every minute! I don't think I'll be sleeping any tonight...
I'm a lurker!
But just wanted to say Woohoo!!!! Good luck!!!
Can't wait to hear your updates!
So far so good! It's almost 4:30, and I'm having minute long ctx every 5 minutes. DH is taking a nap on the couch (he's been a great trooper, but I need him rested for what's to come!) and I'm thinking of calling my doula, probably around 5. Honestly, if she had been here earlier, I would have felt like I needed to entertain her like a guest... This way, she'll be here when I really need the support.
Well, this message took like 10 minutes to write, because I rocked through 2 ctxs, but I just wanted to fill you all in! I am SO happy and relieved that there will be no induction, and I have a ton of faith that we can manage this birth med free! I probably won't be able to update for a while, but I'll send word once we are back settled in at home. Thanks for all the prayers and good thoughts!
ELV and can't wait to hear about Lily's entrance into the world. Good Luck!!!
Oh Katie I am thrilled for you ~ I am thinking of you and know that you can do this, I cant wait to hear that little Lily is resting peacefully in your arms!
I hope that your birth is everything that you have hoped and planned for ~ You deserve it!