I hope you feel better soon! Based on your history of going post-dates (every time, right?) you probably have enough time to heal before this baby comes.
Does this pregnancy feel different/harder on your body? Did you always have similar BH previously? I'm only a 2TM but I don't remember feeling many (or any) BH last time. This time, it seems like my uterus is up to something around the clock...
Will you get checked anytime or just wait until labor?
I was sitting on my son's bed with him on my leg and when I stood up I felt my mucus plug release and a gush. Part of me is still thinking it may be urine, but that could be denial I guess because the gushes keep coming and are uncontrollable. This baby was supposed to wait until May!!! I have never gone before my due date!!! Oh, man..... do I really want to do this again? I feel tightening but so far no contractions.
Pool is filled, family is anxiously waiting for something to happen. I have had a few good contractions but they are still inconsistent. Still gushing.
OK, apparently this kid has played by his own rules since day one. We were so surprised to be pregnant with him so soon after his sister which was a first, and then to have the gall to go before his due date! We are going to have to watch out for this one.
I had gone out to get Chinese food for myself as I was starving at about 9:00 pm. I hadn't eaten since noon. I got home and DH and I were settling in to watch a movie when my 8 year old needed attention. I went in and sat on his bed to comfort him and when I stood up I felt my mucus plug release and a gush. My first thought was that of "you have to be kidding me, we have at least another two weeks!!! The fluid kept coming and it was becoming apparent that it was not me peeing.
Based on my last birth we went into high gear. Unfortunately the children were not asleep yet and were "trying" to help. We got the bathroom and bedroom tarped and filled the pool, I finally sat down and finished dinner. At midnight there was still not much going on. I was in the bedroom waiting for something, anything....... and the others were in the den watching DH play poker on the xbox. I finally convinced him to put the little one to sleep and the boys fell asleep shortly thereafter. About 12:30 the contractions were coming regularly. We called the midwives and friends a little after 1:00. My friend christina arrived first and we just spent the time chatting. By this time I was standing and rocking back and forth during contractions leaning my head on DH's chest. The midwife and student midwife arrived next and started getting out their equipment. My best friend Emily and friend Carrie arrived shortly later. Then all of a sudden labor stalled and I was so frustrated! It had never happened before, I am not use to breaks. I was complaining saying that we really needed to get this thing going and over with.
I would have about ten good regular contractions and then a ten-fifteen minute break that I should have been enjoying but instead was complaining about saying that things were going way too slow. I was dyeing to get in the tub but was so afraid of stalling. Finally, I got in anyway and after about ten contractions sure enough we stalled again. Got back out and was hanging over the half wall that isolates our toilet from the rest of the bathroom.
Around now one of the student MW decided it might help if everyone left and it was just Matt and I. Sure enough things picked up once again and we were back in the tub. I was facing the tub wall and leaning over it with my hands touching the floor and my legs as far apart as they would go. during contractions I really wanted DH splashing my back with the warm water. He was behind me. by now I was keeping track of the contractions saying that after 10 more I would surely be done. Around five they got easier and I could feel him descending with each of them. Someone went to wake up the boys since they both wanted to be there. My oldest came to the side of the tub and was holding my hand.
The contractions then got harder once again and I was pushing but not too forcefully. The MW tried to reach and get a progress report. She couldn't feel any cervix towards the back but couldn't reach the front because of the position I was in so she asked me to turn over.
This was when hell began. Man, I hate pushing!!!! She said there was still some more cervix that needed to go but it was thin and stretching. I think I remember them telling me it was not time to push, but I told them to hell with that I was going to push right through. I think my feet were braced on either side of my husbands chest and when pushing I would push against him, arch my back in the air until I was literally almost out of the tub. Hubby said I would elongate the tub out a good foot each time.
I was screaming with every push, "God help me", I can't do this", "I am so done", "no,no,no, no". I think both student MW were trying to be encouraging and saying "let's say open instead of no", here is a break, you need to take it"..... and such..... and all I could think was to hell with that get this kid out!!!!!!
I thought I felt the head come out but the next contraction was still hard to push through, so I yelled at my husband to "pull it out now!!!" "Just grab it and pull !!!"
The MW kept replying that i knew they couldn't do that and it was almost over, but you probably guessed my reaction. to hell with what you can't do! Hunny, pull it out!!! The moment he came out it all disappeared and it was such a sweet relief!!! I was so glad to be done with it.
Here's the stats
21 and a half inches long
born at 4:35 am
April 16 2008 (I am so glad he was not born on tax day!)
As far as the poll for the perfect length of labor I change my answer from 6 hrs to 4hrs. I had the breaks, although I was to stupid to enjoy them, the contractions were gradual in intensity, and there is no way I could have lasted any longer!!!!!
I will post pics as soon as I get the disk from my friend.