In the last two days I’ve received two promotional emails (in case anyone is interested one from pampers and one from Bounty – the uk baby brand not the chocolate!) congratulating me on the arrival of my newborn. Except he isn’t here yet and therefore I don’t appreciate receiving them!
Baby B is clearly far too comfortable in there, and now a week overdue. I’ve had 3 acupuncture sessions in the last week to try to get things moving. In the first my acupuncturist said baby was more than ready, my body just wasn’t ready to let go yet. Maybe because for so long through pregnancy you just want to keep your little one safe and well inside you, and you pray that this time there will be no miscarriage, so your body is conditioned to keep them in? Saying that I’ve felt more than ready for him to be born for a long time now.. I just want to meet my son in person! February just seems to have dragged along, it is the strangest feeling just waiting and wondering each morning “is today the day?!” It’s like life is on hold. Anyway, by the third session yesterday the acupuncturist said my body was gearing up now – and about time too, as if it doesn’t hurry up on its own, tomorrow is induction day!
The acupuncture was a funny experience as these times she attached like mini car jump leads to some of the needles and passed a current through them, just to give some extra oomph to try to get things going!
Tuesday I saw a midwife.. I can’t say “my” midwife as I still haven’t seen the same lady twice through this process! Although there is hope the one I saw on Tuesday will be the one to visit me at home once little one is here, which would be good as she seemed really nice. Anyway she gave me a membrane sweep which was absolutely fine and not as uncomfortable as a smear..or maybe it’s just having gone through IVF I’m more de-sensitised now to such invasive things! She said I was 2cm dilated, which is something I guess, and shows at least things are going in the right direction.
Yesterday I really thought might be THE day. I had slept badly as I just couldn’t get comfortable, as well as being up zillions of times for the loo, and I just felt groggy and “off”. I was getting some different twinges and sensations in my belly, and a few more braxton hicks type tightenings than usual. I spent the afternoon bouncing on my Pilates ball whilst finishing knitting a vintage style cardigan that my sister wants, and watching a Little House on the Prairie movie*. Once that was done I really didn’t know what to do with myself, I honestly thought things were about to kick off and we’d be on our way to hospital by late evening. Alas no, and for want of anything else to do I was tucked up in bed by 9:30!
I slept much better last night, and was wide awake by 6:30 this morning (which is always amazing as being wide awake any morning, at any time, does not come naturally to me!). The sun is shining (yesterday it was grey and raining), and it would be a great day for my boy to be born! However so far today I have no feeling whatsoever that labour is impending…
At least it is some comfort to know if he doesn’t arrive today then the process of evicting him begins tomorrow. I’d rather things went as naturally as possible, which they still might if they can break my waters tomorrow and the contractions start on their own. But to be honest if it turns out I need a bit more help, well so be it. It’s time, and my OH and I have had enough of this seemingly endless waiting and are just ready to get on with the new challenge of parenthood. So the next time I blog I will be a real life proud mummy with a gorgeous little son! I can’t wait!
* Years back, for my 30th, someone got me the box set of the entire Little House on the Prairie series. It was the best gift ever as it’s just kept on giving as I’ve been gradually watching them all over the years, and only now am I about to finish it. I do love a bit of old fashioned nostalgia, a good wholesome drama, always with some little moral thrown in. I fancy I would have loved to have lived back then, in such a place as Walnut Grove, with a simpler life, and friends and family in the local community. Of course life had a lot of hardships then too, which the series is never shy to show either.