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It Begins | 40 Week Midwife Appointment


There is nothing like going in to something like a midwife appointment at this stage in the game and hearing just what you wanted to hear.

After all of my efforts this week- Acupuncture, Thai Curry for lunch yesterday, walking for an hour with Darryl and Alice, "Indian Hot" Vegetable Curry for dinner last night, and thinking wide cervical thoughts- it turns out that we are in fact getting somewhere. Not only have I had some intermittent contractions and a lot of tightness, but I am, in fact, 3 cm dilated! My cervix is about 1 cm thick and the baby is at -1 Station (which is pretty good). I think the baby was quite surprised to get poked in the head for the first time EVER. Imagine its confusion.

So, the only not great news is that my blood pressure has crept up a little bit further, but that turns into good news because give that my cervix is favourable, Darlene doesn't want to wait until next week and possibly jeopardize our home birth. Basically we're looking to have a baby tomorrow or Friday. To accomplish this I have to find some happy balance between walking, controlling my urge to clean the whole world, and getting plenty of rest and then take 2oz of Castor Oil tonight at 2200, and another 2 oz tomorrow morning at 0400.

Mom has been alerted. The Mother-in-law has been alerted. Stephen's boss(es) have been alerted. I'm officially done with work for a while (other than photography stuff which never really stops). The house could use a last once over, but other than that we're pretty much there. The plan is to spend the afternoon with Charlotte and allow myself to be pretty much distracted with things until Stephen gets done with work for today. The plan then is to hit the co-op and get the last minute food items we may need in the next few days... and other than that, the plan is to spend some time together with just the two of us.

It's odd to think it won't be just the two of us again... probably not ever, really. Our lives, our relationship, we are about to change permanently. It's even more odd to know that these changes, this huge life event and everything that entails is just staring us in the face. We are a family- now more than ever. That's a pretty amazing feeling.

This morning I was so uncomfortable and rather grumpy with being uncomfortable... now I'm more excited than I know what to do with. I'm standing on the edge of a cliff overlooking a vast ocean- the winds of change are blowing across my face and my toes are wrapped around the edge of the sheer rock. I have my arms out just waiting to jump... and hopefully fly. Then, from the beautiful sunset on the not so distant horizon, a little butterfly flutters up and lands on my nose.

What a crazy ride.

Watch this space.

Date: 2007-10-10 07:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] medusa.livejournal.com
Oh wow! How exciting! Good luck! :D

xx

Date: 2007-10-10 07:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ebonyraine.livejournal.com
Thank you! I'm sure we'll need it.

I don't think I've ever been looking forward to excruciating pain so much in my life!

Date: 2007-10-10 07:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] medusa.livejournal.com
Heh, I am sure you will be super fine. :)

I don't find that it hurts that much (on my personal pain level it hit a 4/5 whereas wisdom teeth pain hit maybe an 8) and will have my fingers crossed that you come out of it going: 'what the frick was all the fuss about?!' as well. ;)

I am so excited for you! :)

Date: 2007-10-10 07:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ebonyraine.livejournal.com
Well... hopefully I'll follow suit! Have out my wisdom teeth has so far been the most pain I've ever felt.

I'm still annoyed they took them, the narcotic loving bastards. *hrumph*

The midwife noted that I was very stretchy (which is an odd thing ... I won't go in to detail, but I'm sure you can imagine), so I'm hoping that's on my side. As long as I don't tear I'll be pretty well chuffed. Although I'm sure no matter what happens, having a brand new baby will trump it all!

Date: 2007-10-10 07:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] medusa.livejournal.com
Yes, teeth are MUCH worse!

I have been told by a couple of midwives that I um very stretchy as well, which may well be true as I have had three labours now and haven't torn or needed stitches yet so *fingers crossed*. :)

It is all worth it though. Definitely!

Date: 2007-10-10 09:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ebonyraine.livejournal.com
And I'll have the pictures to prove it! (of cuteness, that is)

Wow, I can't believe I'm going to have my very own newborn to cuddle in no time!

Date: 2007-10-10 09:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] medusa.livejournal.com
It is going to be amazing and seriously, holding your baby for the first time is a bazillion times better than you could ever imagine before it actually happens. I am so thrilled for you! :)

Date: 2007-10-10 07:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sparklielizard.livejournal.com
I just spent a small fortune on getting my hair done which is my usual reaction to something seriously unpleasant in my life - so I'm feeling pretty damned cheerful! :-)) Also, we're off on holiday in 48 hours (please have baby before then as we probably won't have Internet access!! ;p)

Somebody mentioned to me the other day that they did most of their grieving when they found out the news and I think maybe that's what I've done in bits and pieces over the last month, and it's why I'm not as much of a mess as I feel I should be at this point.

Also, Bethan has a large bit of courgette on her head after she flicked it there whilst eating her dinner. How can babies not make you happy? Somehow, they make everything alright, you'll see very, very soon :-)

Date: 2007-10-10 07:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ebonyraine.livejournal.com
I will endeavour to meet your scheduling needs madam! (I'm amazed at how many scheduling requests we've had!)

I understand completely about the hair. I've been wanting to run out and get mine done so that I'd feel like a pretty mum or something... or just not a mess in general. (I haven't had a cut since March! It's scandalous!)

Alas... I think it shall not happen- but I'm pushing for one soon.

Did you get anything special done? Or just the spa day out treatment?

Date: 2007-10-10 08:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sparklielizard.livejournal.com
We had quite a few requests too! A very good friend had her wedding when I should've been 39 weeks - I'd envisaged waddling along but instead I had Bethan in a sling at ten days old! Her first wedding - I had to wait until I was 26 until I went to my first ;-)

I figured that if I can't be pregnant, then at least I should make the most of it. Which means dying my hair! And in such a way so that I don't need to do it again for ages should I get pregnant again. I will post a picture when I manage to get around to sorting it out. I'm going to make the most of (mostly) having my body as my own for a bit before the rules all come back down again!

Date: 2007-10-10 09:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ebonyraine.livejournal.com
That is an excellent bit of logic! Enjoy... and yes- PEEKTCHURES!

Maika'i Pomaika'i

Date: 2007-10-10 08:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] konakaikuahine.livejournal.com
I'm thinking of you and I hope everything turns wonderful.

Re: Maika'i Pomaika'i

Date: 2007-10-10 09:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ebonyraine.livejournal.com
Thank you, it is much appreciated. I hope things are going well with your family and with your mom.

You're in my thoughts.

Date: 2007-10-10 09:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] edduhduh.livejournal.com
I'm so excited for you right now.

Re: You're in my thoughts.

Date: 2007-10-10 09:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ebonyraine.livejournal.com
And thanks to you all I can think about is gay pr0n!

Gah.

Thank you, though. :) I'm excited too!

Re: You're in my thoughts.

Date: 2007-10-10 10:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] edduhduh.livejournal.com
Maybe that's how I became gay. Maybe my mother was thinking about gay pron just before I was born.

Re: You're in my thoughts.

Date: 2007-10-10 10:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ebonyraine.livejournal.com
lol... somehow I would not have thought it worked that way- but maybe there is hope! I would love to have a little boy who liked to play with eye liner and sing songs with me...
but I guess we'll just have to wait and see!

I definitely think there is feminine energy! I don't know that Stephen would know what to do with a little gayling, though.
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Date: 2007-10-11 12:07 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ebonyraine.livejournal.com
o_O

That was a very good laugh, thanks for that!

I'll keep that name in mind in case it's a boy or looks too much like you.

I'm the soda machine. But I thought I was a towel!

Date: 2007-10-11 01:56 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] blackfaerie.livejournal.com
so exited so exited so exited!

i got goosebumps when i read your entry. can't wait for the mystery soda... wait, what?! haha

Date: 2007-10-11 04:18 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ebonyraine.livejournal.com
I too am excited... and have orders to go to bed after I take my Castor oil at 10pm. Having some trouble with that- I have laundry and last minute cleaning to do!

Oh well... looking forward to folding all the snuggly baby stuff! YEA!

So excited for snuggly baby and BABY PHOTOS. :) Soon, soon, soon.

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