Thursday, July 30, 2009

Induction Set

The induction is set for Sunday night at 8, and I am having my membranes stripped (again) tomorrow. I really really hope this little guy comes on his own!! I'd rather not be strapped to Pitocin for hours while i have intense contractions... plus induction has its risks. I wouldn't be doing it at all if I didn't have low fluid.

Either way, in less than a week I will be a mom! (Presumably... there are a few cases of induction not working...) Exciting to think about...

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Yet More Contractions

All day yesterday I had contractions that would intensify and then fizzle out. Finally they fizzled out "for good" in the evening and I ate the aforementioned ice cream to placate myself. However they came back for a vengence in the night, and I ended up staying up until 4 in the morning before they, too, fizzled out. Now it's 10:16 AM and I am contracting AGAIN, although the contractions are not very strong.

I am not a fan of false labor. I'd rather have real labor and not have to constantly wonder about it. However, I've been told that this is a good sign, and I should expect stuff to progress in the next day or 2 or 3. Until then, I hope I don't get as much sleep as I got last night because by the time real labor comes around, I will be burnt out!

Monday, July 27, 2009

Eating Ice Cream Makes It All Better

So I had a bunch of contractions today. And then they all of a sudden stopped. So now I'm really disappointed that I won't be having my baby today, especially since I went to the Dr. and I have borderline low amniotic fluid, so they will need to induce me on Monday if he does not come on his own by then. :(

I really want to go into labor naturally... even more so, I want to have my baby! I can't believe I'm so eager to experience the pains of childbirth, but I really am. I really want to give birth, soon. I can't help but be impatient, eager, and nervous. Finding my center is becoming ever harder to accomplish, and remaining tranquil and accepting is no easy task.

BTW, I am 40 weeks and 2 days.

So I just ate some ice cream with banana and chocolate... it's slightly soothing.

Friday, July 24, 2009

My Other Blog

This blog is more of a general update/humor/everyday life blog.

My other blog is more in-depth and includes more musings and philosophy, etc...

If you want to check it out...

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Have A Nice Baby

Yesterday I went on a walk to try and move things along, as it were. I passed a house where 2 neighbor girls, age about 5 or 6, were playing outside. One knew who I was, the other didn't, and the one who knew called out "Hi!" as I passed. I called out "Hi" back, and the other girl asked the first one who I was. She said "that's Crysta, and she's pregnant." The other little girl said "oh," and then called out after me, "have a nice baby!" :)

Kids are so unpredictable.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Cervical Dilation part 2

So I had my check up today. The results were not so dramatic. I'm a "finger's worth" dilated (as opposed to a "finger tip"), although my cervix is "favorable" which means that if they induced me, I would likely have no problems going into labor. Yay me? So I guess I'll keep having sex and taking my Evening Primrose Oil and see if it helps... any... or not. The baby is also still not engaged, although he's in a good position for delivery.

Basically, what it sounded like, is that my body and the baby are ready for delivery, but there are no signs that labor is iminent. (wahhhhh) My Dr. suggested writing baby an eviction notice. I think I will.

Dear Baby,
You are of course loved and cherished... However, you're really fucking big. I think it's safe to say you're speedily outgrowing your current lodgings. I know you're uncomfortable as well because you keep ramming your head into my cervix and trying to kick my bladder out of my body. It's not going to get any less crowded in there, so I suggest you come out. Trust me, there's much more room out here, plus it's more interesting. I'd like to look in the eye the person responsible for my many months of panic, discomfort, eager anticipation, and increasing impatience. My Dr. will want to induce me a week after my due date, and I'd rather avoid that if at all possible. Basically, you have until your due date to GET OUT OF ME, otherwise I will have to take measures into my own hands. Thank you for your cooperation.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Cervical Dilation

I'm 38 weeks pregnant and I'm SO ready to see my little boy. At my 37 week checkup he wasn't even engaged in my pelvis yet though. :(
I've been doing certain things to sort of "move things along" as you will. My opinion of natural induction techniques is that they won't work unless your body is ready to have the baby anyway, so there's no real harm in trying. (Just don't expect a ton of results.)
That said, there's no real way to single-handedly prove my theory, I've just come to that conclusion based on a bazillion testimonies from other women (mostly via internet forums but some I've actually known in real life.) :P I didn't have a cervical check at 37 weeks, but at 36 weeks I was slightly effaced (thinned out) and a fingertip dilated. (For you non-preggo speak people, that means my cervix, which is normally thick and closed, is thinning and opening ever so slightly.)
Since week 36 I have taken Evening Primrose Oil (which is supposed to help dilate the cervix) once per day. At 37 weeks I took it one to two times per day, and now at 38 weeks I'm taking it 4 times per day. I've also been extremely horny and having sex regularly since the middle of last week. (Sex is also supposed to dilate the cervix.) Since my last check up, I've also been doing squats and other "position" techniques to try and move the baby lower in my pelvis.
My next appointment is on Wednesday, so we'll see what, if any, progress has been made.

Friday, July 10, 2009

My Dirty Diaper Bag

Well today is a really, really hot day so I am spending it inside. Or, at least, what I can of it inside. I made a bag today from an old sheet. I didn't know what I was doing at all, but it honestly wasn't that hard. All I did was cut an old sheet in half, cut off a corner, fold it in half, sew up the side, sew a seam along the top, and put a string through the seam to make a drawstring. voila! I will hopefully take pictures next time and post them on here, although I'm using a borrowed computer so unfortunately there can be no pictures at the moment. :( *sniff*

This bag will be used by me to keep dirty cloth diapers in. I bought a trash can with a flip-up lid to store my dirty cloth diapers, and I just made this bag to line the trash can. I'll make another one, so that I can wash one with the diapers and in the meantime use the other. I have no idea what other people are doing to store their used cloth diapers in, because I have yet to see a "diaper pail" that is actually made for cloth diapers. At any rate, the trash can only cost like $8 and I got the old sheet from my parents. (Which makes 2 free dirty diaper bags! YAY!) The end result looks very rough, but who really cares, since it's only going to line my diaper can anyway??

As a kid I remember having similar bags to store laundry in. The bags would line the "hamper." (Ha, silly word, hamper) Maybe, as the (soon to be) kid grows, I will also make some laundry bags using this method. For right now, it's just me and Chris, so a regular ol' laundry basket is all we need.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

The First Experiment- This Blog

This blog is going to be about experiments- mainly, experiments that I undergo because I am just a curious sort of person. :) If you ever wondered what it would be like to go without shampoo for a month, or eat a diet consisting of nothing but ice cream, or let your dog loose in a bouncy-house full of kittens (hehe, hilarious), then you've come to the right place.

Most people experiment in their daily lives without giving it a second thought. Well, not only am I going to think about my own experiments, but I'm going to write about them, most likely in journal form, and record my results for posterity. (More specifically, for the amusement of said posterity.) Depending on the nature of my experiments, they will either be conducted in a semi-scientific way, or just cobbled together to see if anything interesting happens. Obviously I'll take some more seriously than others.

As of now, no one is reading this blog, and that's OK because I haven't actually written anything of interest yet. However, when/if people DO start reading it, I'm inviting you to propose experiments to me- stuff you've always wondered about, but not enough to try yourself. Of course, I reserve the right to refuse any proposed experiment. (Especially the illegal ones or the ones with an over $100 budget.) I'll only screw with my life to a certain extent. :P

Oh, and that's another thing. Despite the scientific (har har har) nature of this blog, I'll probably throw in a couple cuss words here and there, and the subject matter might be entirely TMI. You read at your own risk.

For the Future: I'll probably start with the shampoo experiment, because I've always wondered. :) And no, before you ask, I'm not going to let my dog loose in a bouncy house full of kittens, as fun as that may be to watch.