38 weeks - 10/19
I made it! Dan went to his brother's wedding and I did not go into labor. What a relief! I was so stressed out all week about it but it all turned out great. I had a nice relaxing weekend at work and Dan had a good time at the wedding. I've seen the pictures and it looked like a beautiful event and of course I wish I could have been there to see it and visit with all the family. At my OB appt I had dialated to 3cm, 90% effaced. My OB said to me "If you're still pregnant I'll see you next Monday, but I doubt you'll make it that far (then adding no promises)". I was pretty excited to hear this and told a lot of people that I would probably have the baby this week!
39 weeks - 10/26
So much for the prediction! I did not have the baby last week, not even close! At todays appt I was 3.5 cm dialated same amount effaced and the baby was at about zero station, plenty low and head down. Once again my OB said I was likely to go into labor very soon but if not we would schedule an induction for either Monday or Tuesday next week. After the appointment I went to work and while there I was having contractions about every 5 minutes. They were pretty uncomfortable and regular so I thought that this might be it! I called Dan and told him to get stuff together and call the friend of ours who could come over and check on our animals in case I was in labor a long time. I had about 3-4 contractions on the way to the hospital and I was pretty sure this was it! We got checked in to LDR triage and they hooked me up to the fetal heart rate and contraction monitors. I was still contracting pretty regularly and they brought a resident in to check how dialated I was. He reaches in and checks and says "I'm having a hard time finding the cervix....baby's head is really low.....I'm going to say about 8cm?" What?!! I thought I might be 4-5 cm, but 8?! He had the nurse in the room with us check and she said pretty much the same thing. I thought for sure I'd be in more pain than that so I was a bit perplexed. Then the nurse who usually works in triage came in and checked me and after a fair amount of a very painful "human puppet show" routine she said "she's about 3.5 maybe 4cm". Well that made more sense! I guess the baby's head was so low it pushed my cervix into some hard to reach place (oh goody) and she had to pull it out a bit to check (yes, this was painful!). They called my OB and told him what was up. Since I hadn't made too much progress since my appt that morning he told them to keep an eye on me and see if I progressed any. While I was there they brought a lady in who was SCREAMING. This got me thinking.....I don't think I'm in enough pain yet, uncomfortable, yes, in pain? not quite. Anyway so they let me sit and contract for about an hour and brought in a new doctor to play "find Kathy's cervix". He did a better job than the last guy and I was still the same. They didn't want to send me home just to have me come back so they wanted to monitor me one more hour. My contractions started to get a bit weaker during this wait and less consistant. At this point I had pretty much resigned myself to the fact that I was not in labor :-( They checked me one more time (no progress) and sent me home around 3:30 am. I drove us home because Dan was pretty much asleep and my contractions weren't too bad anymore. I was just so disappointed and felt stupid for not knowing that I wasn't actually in labor. What do I know? It's not like I've ever done this before!
Anyway, after the stress at work of worrying that I could go into labor at any time, I decided to take my maternity leave early. I was originally scheduled for the rest of the week which was kinda dumb looking back on it but what did I know? I felt kind of bad for leaving work in a bit of a lurch but I couldn't do it anymore.
So I've spent the rest of the week being uncomfortable, tying up loose ends around the house, contracting every so often and basically not going into labor. My due date was yesterday so now I'm officially overdue. Seems silly how stressed out I was a couple weeks ago that I would have the baby early. Now it looks like I'll be induced!
My induction is scheduled for Nov 2nd. I have to check in to the hospital at 5:30am - which is kind of rediculous to me...I sometimes go to bed at that time! I'm sure I won't get any sleep the night before between my inabiltity to go to bed before midnight and my excitment/anxiety. At least this time in the words of my OB nurse, I "won't leave the hospital without a baby". I'm excited....it's not going to be too much longer!
As a bonus and since I can't have a post without pictures, here's my Halloween Costume/ 40 week belly picture:Oh yeah, and I put the valences up in the nursery! JC Penny said I won't get my shades until Nov 20th (bastards) so I got some cheap $8 rollar shades from Walmart and put them up. At least it's something!