The pressure waves have begun! Not active labor, though. Just more than BH's, I think. Plus they started in early afternoon and haven't stopped. Whether I am just sitting or walking around. I went to the grocery store and had them all through the store. And still, now, so it's been about 10 hours or so. I think these are the kind of pressure waves that sent me packing to the hospital with my 3rd, since I knew I was at 3-4 cm already. Of course they sent me home when things did not progress. They would say "We'll see you in the morning!" But, no, these pressure waves could last another 2 weeks, I know.
It does make me want to have my mom fly out, though, but I know I should be patient.
Of course, I charged my camera and ipod and I should probably pack a little hospital bag.
In any case, I am happy to feel something new happening!
Oh I hope it doesn't last another 2 weeks - those can be exhausting. Sounds like things are happening though and your body is ramping up which is exciting!
Well back to the normal BH's...and life continues on...although I am not sure I have enough to keep me busy this week. I will be calling my midwife today to ask about the doula thing, my son has a check-up, then otherwise just the routine stuff. My DH's birthday is Wednesday but he's on call this week so he won't be around much. Maybe I can get some of those little organizing projects done...like the junk drawer in the kitchen.
I will have to live vicariously through someone else having their baby this week...
C'mon ladies!!!!! (You know who you are)
That is a great idea about asking your mw to be your doula! I hope she is able to do it.
~Joy~ DS1-8/5/05, DS2-10/18/10 (VBAC#1), DS3- 4/11/12 (VBAC#2!)
Oh not long now!!!
Christy birth doula, Hypnobabies instructor, small business owner & most importantly MOMMY.
Yeah, I'm at that point that I am just waiting. I cleaned for 8 hours yesterday. I went crazy in the bathrooms and also cleaned heating vents and air returns. I also baked cookies for my dd to take to her activity. I could hardly move by the time I got into bed. I thought I would sleep like a rock. But no. I was worried about DH sleeping late (which he never does) but he had something important at work today and I kept waking up about every 1/2 hour after 4 am.
Well, I feel fine today. Nothing going on body-wise. I will keep up the housework. I baked two pans of Hello Dollies for dh's work for his birthday but I missed the window to take them in when my son wouldn't fall asleep in the car. Now I just have to stay home.
I asked my mom if she might be able to fly out here a little sooner than the 16th, because I am really worried about my 2 yr old being upset in the care of someone else. Especially if its at night. Plus, I just don't want to have to call a friend in the middle of the night, even though people tell me I can, you know? She thought she could come next week. She doesn't have a ticket yet.
I am going to post a thread about post-partum...
Hope she can come out soon. I know I felt better after my mom arrived. I hear you on the pressure waves that come and go, those are fun. Hope you can find enough to keep you busy. Do you sew or knit or something so you could work on something for the baby?
I used to sew, before I had this many kids! I have enough to keep me busy, though. It's just a motivational thing.
Well I got into the car after my mw appt this morning and fought back tears...she cannot be my doula. After she had mentioned that she did that for a couple recently, I had been imagining having her there at the birth and how wonderful it would be. She is so supportive and experienced in NCB, I just really started leaning on her in my mind. And when I asked her, she said that she was honored that I would ask her, but it didn't work out very well for the clinic when she doula'd that last time. Which I completely understand. She was hired there to be there and see patients so the OB could be at the hospital. i understand that. And I guess that was in the back of my mind, wondering how that would work. And I think she would have really liked to be my doula if she could, in fact I know she misses not being at the births because she said that. She also said she could not recommend any doulas in my area. But that's ok because i really just wanted HER. I can't believe I didn't cry in her office. It took ALL of my willpower to hold it together. She reassured me that I would do great and I mentioned how excited I was to birth in the tub. She is going to loan me a video about a waterbirth from a couple in Mexico where the father made cobalt blue tiles for the tub area, or something like that.
I don't know. I am just going to have to get over my little birthing fantasy and gear myself up to be my own support person. Again, it's not like DH isn't supportive of me, he's just skeptical and medical. It doesn't help that he sees the tragedies day in and day out. It doesn't help me, either, because I know about it. But I won't dwell.
I have been reading all the birth stories on Waterbirth international and I am going to read some more today. I did make it to Target and bought a tank top and swimsuit bottoms. I am also convinced, especially after reading Mara's birth story, that being in the tub if at all possible (If I don't get too hot, like she did, which could happen), will help me keep some privacy and hands off. And therefore, help me keep my hypnosis and my focus.
I love feeling the contractions I have been getting lately, and when they come, i picture my cervix dilating and I hope that that kind of visualization will help. That's what helped me the most the past two births, the visualization. In fact, I think it comes very naturally to me because that's also what I do when I want to become pg...I visualize the sperm swimming up and fertilizing the egg. I guess it's my active imagination. So now I need to concentrate on visualizing birthing without my mw and still doing great, baby doing great, DH doing great, nurses being great, etc, etc!