You can do it!! It is a very intense experience, just remember to take the contractions one at a time, and that each one that's over is that much closer to holding your baby. I believe you are on to something when you say you've kept your self from going into labor. With DS2 I was SURE he's be several days late, but I had been wanting my big kids bedroom clean before he was born soooo the night of my due date I stayed up much later then I normaly would have and cleaned their entire room. I went to bed saying I was ready for him and guess what woke me up I bet your close, and I'm so excited to see your baby!!
Thanks for the encouraging words.
My doula was going to come over and hang out today, but I just got a call that she's not feeling so hot. No big deal unless I go into labor, and then I'm without a doula. Oh well, at least DH seems well prepared.
Since DH and I don't have family nearby, my biggest fear is that DH would get sick and not be allowed in the hospital. I can do it without a doula, but not so sure I could without DH. Luckily he's been good and healthy this whole time.
Errands to run today. I have a couple things to pick up, that would be helpful for the birth. Also I need to get a baby book, so we have it for the footprints.
No contractions last night.
I got bored...so I came over here!!
So exciting, reading your lodge, I kind of wish I could do it again! LOL
My husband felt the same way about us having a doula...but honestly, he was SO thankful she was there. If anything, she'll be able to take over while he pees! LOL The other thing our doula did was teach HIM how to calm me down...and he dd the actual work!
I LOL'd about you embracing that it will be a painful experience! You're in a better place then I was the first time around. I was in TOTAL denial! Luckily for me, my labours really weren't painful, per se! Intense, YES...but not painful!
But giving birth is an AWESOME experience...and I know you can do it!!!!
Thanks Kally! Yeah DH has really softened to the idea of a doula and all that comes with natural birth, except a home birth. We'll see how this goes and maybe next time, if we can afford it (my insurance won't pay for the HB midwife) I'll broach the subject.
My birth is free out of pocket. I pay $5 a visit for dr visits, and all the hospital is included. No deductible, no copay. If ever admitted to the hospital for any reason it's the same thing. It's hard to beat "free". I only pay $40/month pretax to my work toward the benefits too, the rest they cover.
Eileen- Don't freak out if they tell yo nothing has changed. I know that is easier said than done. Like I am sure you have heard a million times things can change over night! That is what happened to me the first time. Your baby will come when she is ready and it will probably be very soon!! Hang in there!! Most first timers do go overdue so you ae part of the majority. Try and relax as much as possible and think only positive thoughts! You are almost there and are going to do great!!! I can't wait to hear your birth story!
DS Ethan 1/29/08,
DD Lola 2/2/10
DS2 Weston 2/18/12