*This post got a little forgotten in the editing stage and – surprise – baby came before I was able to get it published! Keep an eye out for the full birth story coming soon!
I’ve been catching up on sleep and laundry this week and boy, it’s been amazing. Every day I wake up I keep wondering if today is the day! But so far, I’ve just had back pains, Braxton Hicks, and some pains here and there but nothing monumental.
Last week, my goal was to make it to my nail appointment. This week, our goal was for Austyn to make it to an important work meeting on the 13th. We made both our goals so now we are totally READY!
We made it to our due date (and some change, as of writing this) and had an appointment that day as well. I opted for a membrane sweep which was no where near as painful as I was led to believe. I’m also 3 cm dilated and 70% effaced so I’d say things are moving along perfectly since my appointment the week before! I mentioned in one of my last posts that I was avoiding choosing a date for induction and I finally chose one at this appointment. I asked my doctor the longest she will let me go before I have to be induced. So we scheduled for the 29th of November, but she was very confident that we wouldn’t make it until then. Fingers crossed she is completely right.
I forgot to mention during week 39 that we finally finished the baby’s room! Talk about something I didn’t think we would accomplish before their arrival! It’s not Pinterest perfect, but literally no part of my house is Pinterest perfect because that ain’t me, so I’m pretty pleased with how it turned out. All the bumps in the road with getting the right furniture, getting things decorated, and organizing all the things we were gifted were smoothed out and we now have the cutest little room for our tiny person.
My family has not stopped checking in on me since I left work. Every day I get at least 10 texts between everyone asking, “how are you? How’s baby?” Etc etc. I get a morning round of texts and an evening round of texts from my immediate family every single day. It’s the sweetest annoyance I’ve ever had in my life. Everyone is SO ready to meet this baby! At our baby shower we played a game where everyone who attended had to guess the date the baby would arrive and we are dwindling down to the finals contestants! I’m anxious to see who guessed right! (There was one of our friends there who was winning literally ALL the games we played, and he guessed December 2nd so I’m really really hoping he lost this one…)
Since leaving work I’ve been walking almost every day to try and get this baby out, bouncing on my yoga ball, trying all sorts of recipes that claim to induce labor, and doing a few of the unmentionables to try and get this show on the road. Some of them work to bring on a few contractions here and there but nothing permanent or very strong. I’ve had a few “strong” contractions, but they’ve been little more than what my mild period cramps are like so I really don’t know what to expect when it comes to labor pains. Maybe my horrendous period pains I’ve experienced my whole life have been a gift in disguise because nothing so far has hurt as bad as those!
I also bought some castor oil, but I’m super nervous to use it. I know it will do something for me, but i would rather not show up to labor and delivery puking and diarrheaing all over the place when my goal was just to get some contractions flowing. So I’m still not sure if I will use the castor oil or just keep it on hand as my security blanket “kill switch” so to speak.
I’m getting kind of bored now that I don’t have work to occupy my days while Austyn is still working. Thankfully he has been able to work from home a lot since I’ve been off, but I’m still just bored. I love my job and the people I work with, so it’s been a challenge to be away from work without a baby. Even more so because I had told my boss that I only wanted 3 months away from my position and by the time this baby finally comes, I have a feeling I won’t be ready to return because they will be so small and still needing to eat every few hours. But that’s a whole lot of stress I don’t need to worry about right now, so I’ll cross that bridge once I actually get there. I’m too determined to go back to work anyway, who knows what the February version of myself will feel like at that time.