Friday, February 3, 2012

Due Date

So, we have rounded 37 weeks!  At the doctor yesterday we found that I had "progressed" from 3 to 3.5 cm and am now 50% effaced.  I have been having a LOT of contractions but none are painful.  The good doctor tells me that contractions are much more common with each pregnancy so I am trying to keep my expectations in check.

With both pregnancies I was 3cm dilated at 35 weeks and past experience tells me that it means nothing.  With James, I didn't really understand what it meant and was half afraid that something would fall out.  like a baby. False.  It doesn't work that way.

It also doesn't mean that this baby is coming soon.  sad pants.   It does mean that when I do go into labor I need to get my ass to the hospital quickly as I am going to be at a 4 at the starting gate!

Do I have a birth plan?

Nope.  It helps that I have a lot of confidence in my husband who I know can be pretty vocal about advocating for my needs.  The bigger reason though is that I don't want to be disappointed.  Most friends I know who have had rigid birth plans were disappointed in how things turned out one way or the other.  

Here is what I am communicating:


  • Headphones and Ipod, you know. . . for my happy place
  • Whatever means it takes to allow this child to be born healthy (c-section, natural etc.  I am fine if it means a good outcome for my little one) 
  • Matt is on the head team (as in MY head) He has seen enough birth-y stuff to not have see my stuff.  
  • If I opt for a natural birth, I would like to be numbed if there are any stitches.  I know this is graphic for all you gentlemen readers. . . but let's think through this-- would you have stitches on your arm with out numbing it first?  Hell no.  Now let's think about the amount of nerves involved. . .  exactly. 
  • I would like to go into labor this time (was induced with James) and have some natural contractions. . .  but no promises after that. 
  • My mother in law is invited. . . but I would "prefer" her on the head team as well.  She was really excited about a mirror last time we talked and I feel pretty confident about not wanting a mirror.   I saw the videos. . . I am assuming that my stuff looks the same.  If she wants a peek, I can deal. . . for preservation of our intimate life, Matt is still on the head team. 
I think that's all.   We are getting pretty excited over here.  We are having a daughter!! :) 



2 comments:

  1. Best of luck! These will either be the longest couple of weeks or the quickest. And it'll probably change on an hourly basis.

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  2. You are so right! Thanks for the nice note Sarah!

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