INDUCTION DATE: APRIL 21ST
I am so excited to see this little guy! I have my LAST doctors appointment this wednesday morning, and then if I don't magically go into labor on my own in the next week, I will be getting induced on wednesday the 21st! HALLELUJAH! The end is near.
At my last appointment (a week ago) I was dilated to a 2 and 50% effaced. I was hopeful that a spicy meal and some exercise (aka intense shopping) would work in my favor... but alas, here I am. Still with child. And contracting 24 hours a day.
I weigh right now, as much as I did the day I delivered Brigitte. I am fearful that this child is HUGE! He gains about an ounce a day...and I gain about 2 more pounds a week! My cankles are starting to make a reappearance and its amazing to me that no matter how big I think I am, the next day I am somehow bigger! The human body is amazing. I still can't believe that Im PEOPLE right now. Not person - but people. And I am definitely running out of room to house this extra little body!
I never felt a contraction with Brigitte and I never felt the post-partum baby buzz/euphoria that people describe. (In fact all I felt was the black hole of misery and a broken tailbone-like sensation!) I have a theory that in order to feel the relief of the epidural you need to feel the pain of the contractions! So I have a goal to labor this time. I want to see how far I can go before demanding medication. Im not opposed to natural childbirth and Im not opposed to epidurals. I dont have any preconceived birth plan dreams....Im just going to see what happens and how bad it gets :)
I have to do antibiotics and pitocin (most likely) which makes contractions hideous... but the rumor is second babies come faster, so maybe it will be quick and dirty with lots of screaming. But dont be surprised if you read my birth story and come to learn that after dilating to a 4 that I demanded demerol, an epidural, and a tubal ligation :)
Here's to prayers that the boy doesn't weigh 12 pounds :) Send me all your good delivery advice!!! And Id love to hear from anyone who actually made it without meds. Was your recovery better? Did you avoid the dreaded stitches? Or was it just a painful road to the same outcome??? Im so curious!