Wow, quite a story! Seems like you're pretty good so far at "planning" on going into labor on a certain day, hopefully that continues since you have such a busy month ahead of you! Your second birth sounds amazing, I almost hope mine is that quick so there's no time for interventions!
I am glad you and your DH worked through the tough times of crazy schedules, and I'm so sorry you had to deal with a loss during all of that.
I feel you on the no sleep thing, I think sleep is a luxury that the last month or so of pregnancy simply does not allow!
Great intro!! How fun for you guys to be getting a new home. It sounds like you've been through a lot in the last couple of years. I'm excited to follow along with you as you guys go through so HUGE things in the next few weeks. I hope your visualization works this time and your able to have the baby when you want to. How early was your DD? I can only seem to manage haveing babes late so I don't even bother imagaineing anthing different I hope you get a nap in today, that is a huge drag.
Thanks ladies. You are sweet! I am impressed that you got through my whole intro. Thanks for taking the time to read about me and my family.
DS was 6 days early and DD was 8 days early. So I have early babies anyway. I hope I can get a nap in today. I really need one.
DH and a bunch of neighbors just helped move all of our big furniture out over the last few hours...so now we have nowhere to sit or eat. Haha! At least we got it done though.
The kids are eating their lunch on little plastic chairs and their little wooden desk. DH and I will have to eat everything in our laps until we move out next week. We still have a long way to go, but at least we got the big stuff out.
I have been having so many BH contrax over the last day and a half. Yesterday in the mornig was the first time they were really painful. We will see if that happens again. Today so far they have just been the usual tightening.
Hope you got some rest, and that moveing is smooth for you tomorrow!
I love your intro! I am so glad that your offer was accepted on the house. I hope you are able to sleep better in these next few days/weeks. It is so exhausting to go into labor low on sleep.
I can't wait to get the text that you are having her!
Thanks Vanessa. I slept pretty well even though we had quite a few interruptions.
We didn't get home from a get together at my sisters house until almost 11:30pm. So the kids went to bed super late which wasn't too good. Then DS woke up in the night and woke me up saying he wet the bed. I really think he is responding in that way because we are going through so many changes and he doesn't know what is going on or how to act.
Then DD woke up crying out for me two different times. Sigh. So I guess besides those interruptions, I slept pretty well in between...even though we didn't get much sleep.
My legs are the usual achy and numb this morning. DH was so kind to rub my legs for me again.
Thanks Beth! I can't wait to be able to let you know what is going on also. I am so excited for that day when it is finally real labor but I am also getting nervous.
We got word that the buyers for our home want to close this coming Thursday the 17th, which is perfect for us. It is 5 days earlier than planned. This gives us the opportunity to finish this sooner and move into our neighbors sooner, so we can be a little more ready for when the baby comes. As long as we are moved before she gets here, that will be a lot less stressful for us. So we are officially moving ourselves our this Thursday. This is going to be another busy week for us packing up our remaining stuff.
*Note to self*...Don't move again for a very long time...especially when you are pregnant!
I can't imagine being 37 weeks pregnant and moving. Don't do too much!
Of course, I was always told that moving furniture was a good way to get baby here. Not sure I'd try it otherwise, but if you are moving anyway...
I'm curious what made you decide to go natural with your first two births (if you don't mind sharing). Was it just your instincts or did you have friends/family that encouraged you? Did you do a lot of research?
As far as deciding to go natural with my first two...my mother had all of us kids at home completely natural. So that was one example for me. I also am scared of the thought of a needle in my spine so that helped me decide. I just wanted to see if I could do it. I felt like if my mom could do it and one of my older sisters could do it, that I could do it. I think I wanted to prove it to myself that I could do it without pain killers. When it got to the point with DS where the pain was so awful, I realized...wow...this is harder than I thought.
But I don't think with either of my previous births that it ever occured to me to get an epidural. I just never wanted to have it done. I felt like I could handle it.
Another big factor for me was just that I was afraid of the possible long lasting side effects of an epidural and I also wanted to be able to "feel" the miracle of giving birth to my baby if that makes sense. I wanted to experience it to the fullest. I also felt that an epidural may make the baby a little less alert or coherent at first, and I wanted the baby to be alert and without any effects of anything on them. I hope that makes sense.
Those are just my reasons. I know that everyone is very different and that is fine. I didn't do tons of research. Just talked to my mom and sister who had done it before, tried to mentally prepare for it, read some things, etc. I know that when I am in the throes of pain I will think to myself again, why do I put myself through this pain when I don't necessarily have to?...but once the baby is out and in my arms, I forget it for the most part and I am happy I was once again strong enough to do it and that I didn't need or have to do it any other way.
So I just got back from walking around the fair all day. Wow. I am probably going to be even more sore tomorrow. I hope that all the walking and BH helps me dilate a little more. It didn't put me into labor though, which is fine. I just wish I didn't have to get up first thing tomorrow and keep on packing. I will be glad when the moving is over. I also have my 37 week appointment tomorrow morning. I hope that goes well.
Hope your appointment goes well! You and Rachel both going to the fair makes me want to go too!
I totally understand about wanting the baby to be totally coherent and alert, my Mom's one epidural experience (out of 7 births) did nothing for the pain and my baby brother was VERY groggy afterward, so knowing that is a big factor for me wanting a natural birth as well.