still at home

Last night I had three or four contractions that were strong enough to wake me up, but nothing since about 4 am this morning.

I have a doctor’s appointment this morning, so we’ll see what she says. Today’s Greg’s birthday so I’m hoping I can hold off until tomorrow. So far, that doesn’t seem to be too difficult an achievement!

still pregnant

Had my ultrasound this morning (which means I did not go into labour last night). Fluid volume appears fine, baby appears to be doing fine. I didn’t ask how big they thought the baby was. I’m just not going to go there.

Plan of attack…wait.

why i should not read information on the internet

Apparently I can drink castor oil with little problem. I just drank the prescribed two ounces with two ounces of orange juice. It was oily, but it just tasted like oj.

Then I stupidly did some internet reading (I did this last night too…I’m a glutton for punishment). Here are some quotes:

“Diarrhea, nausea and vomiting are common in castor oil inductions and are not only uncomfortable during labor but can cause the mother to become dehydrated.”

“Castor oil does cross the placenta, causing severe problems!”

“You can go into false labour, have horrible runs, and just get sick. You should make sure you are willing to deal with this if it doesn’t promote labour.”

Admittedly these quotes are from lay people — the professionals say otherwise — but I think I’ll stop reading now.

sounds like fun

Tomorrow is my official due date, but I think it’s actually today because I don’t think the wheely thing they use takes into account a leap year.

Anyway, I had a doctor’s appointment this afternoon and she thinks my fluid volume is low again. This isn’t what I wanted to hear, as this was the reason I was induced with Elliot and I do not want to be induced again.

My doctor would also prefer to get things going a bit more naturally, so she suggested taking some castor oil tomorrow morning. Apparently the act of purging my bowels may induce labour a bit more naturally. Sounds lovely.

If nothing’s happening by Friday then I’ll get an ultrasound and a non-stress test, and if my doctor is right about the fluid volume then it’s induction time for me. I’m trying not to think about it too much. The one plus with an induction is we can plan our Elliot care a bit more easily.

I also need to try to keep my mind on the fact that regardless of how my labour goes, the end result will be the same. Greg and I will have a new baby boy or girl, and Elliot will have a younger sibling. That’s the important part.

all my bags are packed…

…but I’m not ready to go. I’m officially on maternity leave now, but I’ve got a list of stuff I’d like to get done before Beet arrives, not to mention I’d like to have a few days on my own before we become a family of four. I’ve actually crossed quite a few items off the list in the last three days, but I keep adding more.

And to be honest, my bag isn’t really packed yet either. It’s hard to pack it when you use half of the stuff on a daily basis (toothpaste, toothbrush, pj’s, etc.) Last night I went to bed and started to have what I thought was some cramping, and I freaked out a bit…I really would like a bit more time. But I think it was just Beet moving around in some weird positions.

So this afternoon I packed part of my bag, and I’ve got a list ready should I need to pack it quickly. Plus I went through Elliot’s 0-3 months clothes and took out a bunch. So that made me feel a bit better. I also got a good walk in for Yoshi and a nap for me. I’ve got today, tomorrow and Wednesday without Elliot (he’s in daycare), so I’m trying to make the most of it.

sleep, glorious sleep

I’ve been feeling much better lately, and my feelings of anxiety have mostly gone away, but sleep has continued to elude me. It’s a combination of having to pee all the time, being uncomfortable and having really dry eyes. It takes me a while to fall asleep, and I wake up frequently.

Two nights ago I decided to turn my clock off so I wouldn’t know how little sleep I was getting. I’m a real clock-watcher, so I was very much aware of the fact that I was awake almost every hour. Wednesday night I still had a pretty crappy sleep, but since I couldn’t see my clock, I didn’t know how crappy, and it did feel better. Ignorance is bliss.

Then last night was heaven. I got up once to pee, then again when Greg got up, and then I slept in until 8:30! (Which meant Elliot also slept in until 8:30, or at least was quiet until then.) It was wonderful.

I know my nights of sleep are numbered, so I’ll take what I can get over the next couple of weeks.

i can’t be the only person looking for this

My next million, after the pregpenders, will be fat free yogurt that’s sweetened with fruit and or fruit juice. Not Splenda. Not Aspartame. Not honey. Not sugar. FRUIT.

I know I could mix it up myself, but I like my yogurt pureed (no fruit chunks) and it’s hard to get that.

Hmmm…just did a bit of research. I guess I missed the boat. Cascade Fresh apparently already makes what I want. Now I just need to be able to get it at a local grocery store.