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November 30, 2008

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If any of you all are interested in thinking positive thoughts for me then please think of induction by ARM rather than prostin, a birth on induction day as opposed to the day after induction day and a successful start to breastfeeding.

Well, the collective brought me two of the three.  Induction was by prostin but I got the others.

My wishes for myself, for breastfeeding, was a baby with a big mouth, a decent suck & without a recessed chin.  D was reluctant to open his mouth, had a recessed chin & had the worst suck ever!  J has a recessed chin but it has made no difference, he has a big gob & a fantastic suck.  It has made such a difference to getting nursing started.

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Restorative effect November 28, 2008

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While I hold no ill feelings about D’s birth (it was not the birthing experience that I wanted but the end result was exactly what I wanted) I can completely understand the desire to “fix” your birthing experience on a subsequent baby. I spent a lot of the hour after he was born saying “and I did it myself”. I didn’t realise it would mean so much to me to have an unmedicated birth (ignoring the induction part of course) but I am so glad I did it. It is very likely that I will never have another child so if this is the final chapter of the birthing book I am glad it has ended the way it did.

Interestingly it has also “cured” M. A large part of his unvocalised fear of late pregnancy was the long over night that I had on D and the prospect of having it on J too. When I was tucked up in bed with J inside my shirt he asked me if I would do it again. I said that I would but maybe not in the morning, to which he replied “Maybe a third wouldn’t be so bad if you could get it out like that” This is the first time M has expressed a desire to have more than one child (even though we have just had our second). I am happy for the effect that this experience has had on him.

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There’s a kind of hush November 23, 2008

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It is Induction Eve

The AndBehold household has an air of aprehension.  A sense of unknowing to the general mood.  It is completely understandable.  In the last 18 years there has been 3 births in the AndBehold house.  One was 17.5 years ago in less than ideal circumstances, one was 3.5 years ago but happened 6000 miles away with full family involvement and the other, D, was 3.5 years ago, 50 miles away, and had NO family involvement.

The idea of an elective induction is odd to the family.  My mother had 6 spontaneous labours, my sisters both had spontaneous labours and D was an “it’s about time the baby got out” induction at 11 days post “term”.

My bag is packed (except for shampoo, soap & toothbrush/paste, all of which I need tonight or tomorrow morning) and the Baby Safe Sleeper is in the car.

Positive (short) induction stories are filling me with hope.  Tonight the idea that TIO could be in arms in less than 24 hours fills me with equal amounts of awe, glee, anticipation and dread 🙂

If Induction Day was Saturday November 22, 2008

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would people read my blog on the weekend?

I forgot about Denzo’s poll earlier.

I had an unfavourable induction on D (unfavourable because while he was head down his head wasn’t fully engaged and there were no cervical changes) which required one Prostin gel and ARM (artificial rupture of membranes) 7 hours later.  17 hours after that (and 3 epidurals) I was 10cm dilated and was told to “sit on it” for an hour (essentially to rest) before I started pushing.  D was born 90 minutes after that.  So he was born 19.5 hours after my waters were broken.

In spontaneous labour/birthing there would be an expectation that subsequent labour/birthings would be quicker and the Ob thinks that things will be faster but I am not holding my breath.  His estimation of Induction Day is “gel in at 8 before he goes into theater, ARM at about 1pm & have the baby in the afternoon”.  Obviousy I would love for ID to go that way but I am not holding my breath.

And all of that brings us to the poll.  How long will it be between ARM & birth?  There is no point polling gel to birth because there is a small chance that I won’t need gel at all.

The End November 22, 2008

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Well, near it at least.  I feel huge today.  I have had a pain in my back all day but that is nothing new and carrying a 3.5 year old because he wanted a carry-cuddle didn’t help!

Needless to day I didn’t get my bags checked today but I will do them tomorrow when M is around to entertain D for a while.

There are many aspects of TIO being out that I am looking forward to (a huge one being that my bladder will return to its normal capacity!) but one of the main ones is being able to know by looking at TIO that it is still alive rather than sitting here waiting for it to move and having too many heart stopping minutes where I am scared that we have come this far only for it to end like this.

I am thinking calm thoughts, I promise.  OK, I am trying to think calm thoughts.  Roll on Induction Day

I am not well November 21, 2008

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D has very kindly given me his cold.  I have a cloudy head, toxic snot, sore ears, a sore throat and a manky cough.  There is little that I can take to allievate the symptoms.

So I need to shift it before Induction Day (I nearly gave away when that is 🙂 )

With one week to go November 20, 2008

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It’s time to guess the weight 🙂

A little background.  I was scanned on D at 39w and his estimated weight at that point was 9lbs4oz.  I was scanned 2 weeks later and the estimated weight was 9lbs10oz (plus or minus a pound).  He was born 2 days later weighing 10lbs10.5oz (after I was on a drip all night which can cause a false inflation of birth weight).

So, after a little trip to Ex.cel he was 10.7% over the weight estimation 2 days before he was born.

TIO had an estimated weight at 37w5d of 8lbs3oz with an “average” weight gain of 1 – 1.5oz a day for the rest of the growing time.  So by the scan estimation we are looking at 9 – 9.5lbs.  But bearing in mind that D was more than 10% over that we could be looking at 9.5 – 10.25lbs.

So what is your guess?

Collective thoughts November 19, 2008

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I went visiting with some former colleagues today and everyone asked when I am due.  It was SO cool to say “Tomorrow week”.

Everyone commented on how neat I am and that they couldn’t believe that I have nearly 9lbs of baby in there.  I really should take a photo before TIO comes out.  I have come to the conclusion that “you are so neat” is actually polite talk for “WOW you haven’t gained lots of weight”

If any of you all are interested in thinking positive thoughts for me then please think of induction by ARM rather than prostin, a birth on induction day as opposed to the day after induction day and a successful start to breastfeeding.

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