Thanks to everyone for your encouragement for Bee. She did have some pain when she woke up this morning, and we let her stay home from school. She has what appears to be a large canker sore on her gums, where the tissue was removed (owie!), but after some salt water rinses and Motrin, she’s feeling much better.
I saw the doctor again today, and I’m making progress, albeit very slowly. Today I was still 3 cm dilated, but 70% effaced, and the baby was at -2, so the doctor offered to induce labor, because she feels my cervix is favorable. I told her that I would rather wait until after DJ’s due date (Friday), and she was OK with that, but she scheduled the induction for February 2nd at 7:30 AM. She has been adamant all along that I shouldn’t go past my due date, so I was grateful for the extra 3 days.
As I was telling my husband, some doctors really know how to talk to a pregnant woman who has been sick and in pain for 6 weeks. She said (and I’m quoting here), “When you come in, the nurses will tuck you in, and then they’ll break your water, and get your Pitocin started. You can have any kind of pain relief you want, and we’ll get this baby out!”
I mean…does that not sound appealing? It gives you that warm, fuzzy feeling like when your mommy is taking care of you when you’re sick. The problem is, even if that’s not the kind of birth you wanted or planned for, it can easily sway you from your original plan, because you’re exhausted and vulnerable, and in my case, in pain, and it all sounds so easy. I’m standing my ground though. Even if I have to have the Pitocin, which I don’t want, I’m going to try my hardest to avoid the breaking of waters, and the epidural, and all that, even if the doctor and nurses don’t like it.
The girls are so funny right now, because we have DJ’s due date marked on the fridge calendar, and they’ve been chattering excitedly all week about how “Daniel is coming on Friday!” as if he’s going to just walk up and ring the doorbell.
If only it were that easy.[print-me/]