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Sunday, 14 November 2010
Catching some zzzzzzzzzs

Not much going on, except for the fact that I am sleeping as much as possible and making sure I'm hydrating properly.  

I've gotten some new symptoms and am trying not to obsessively trawl the internet for possible answers (partially because there are a lot of online chats that are entirely garbage) or explanations.

Posted by Cynthia at 8:03 PM EST
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Saturday, 13 November 2010
Hospital literature humor

I was flicking through the literature the hospital gave us about labor and childbirth earlier and have realized that someone thought they had the green light to attempt humor.  Some highlights:

Second Stage of Labor: 'Your healthcareprovider may ask the laborpartner if they would like to cut the cord.  Don't worry!  The doctor will not let them cut off something that is not meant to be cut off!'

Transition - first stage, physical changes in mother: 'Hiccuping, belching and passing gas.  How lovely!  Thank goodness we do not remember much of this part!' 

The Pain of Labor: 'Do not let anyone tell you that labor does not burt if you breathe and relax properly.  You will want to hunt them down after having your baby!'

Yes, really.  They did put all this in print, and more.  I am not amused.  

Posted by Cynthia at 6:36 PM EST
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Friday, 12 November 2010
40 weeks
I have that feeling of anticipation that I associate with Christmas day as a kid.  You know something's up that day, but don't really know what to expect.  It would be nice to have something happen today, but at the same time, I suppose I can't rush Nature.  

Posted by Cynthia at 7:59 AM EST
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Thursday, 11 November 2010
Nothing, nada, zilch
No baby yet.  Granted, tomorrow is his estimated due date and baby has until next week before he is evicted... but really!  With all the contractions, one would think some progress would have been made. 

Posted by Cynthia at 3:55 PM EST
Updated: Friday, 12 November 2010 7:56 AM EST
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Wednesday, 10 November 2010
I have no interest in cleaning the kitchen floor; however, at three o'clock this morning when I couldn't sleep, I was online, looking at recipes.  My excuse is that I had a pumpkin to carve up before it goes off and needed a non-pumpkin-y (I don't like pumpkin, but didn't want the one we have to go to waste) recipe.  This morning, I got to work, mixing up a batter for a pumpkin bread.  Once that was done, I popped it into the oven and got started on some sourdough (I've got a starter that I started in the UK and managed to keep alive for the last couple years) that I'd been meaning to expand.  Next up is some chicken - I thought I'd make some paillards and do a lemon chicken so Geoff has something more interesting to eat than refried beans and hummous.  Is this nesting?  Who knows?  All I know is that there is a load of whites to be done. 

Posted by Cynthia at 1:35 PM EST
Updated: Wednesday, 10 November 2010 1:37 PM EST
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Tuesday, 9 November 2010
False labor

False labor is a bit of a pain because 1) they don't make it very well known that you can go into false labor and think you're in labor because the contractions feel 'right' according to all the different descriptions offered, 2) you think you're in labor so you spend a lot of time with the stopwatch, getting a bit excited, 3) even if you're changed positions, eaten something, rested, done all the things that supposedly make false labor contractions go away, they don't go away, making you think you're in labor for a few hours, 4) the contractions stop suddenly, making you think something's wrong... this all culminates in one becoming a nervous wreck.  Not cool.  Aren't I supposed to be serene, glowing and resting before I go into the mess that is a woman in labor?

Posted by Cynthia at 11:33 AM EST
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Monday, 8 November 2010
Still waiting
Waiting is no fun.  To pass the time, I've been trying to do work.  I did an experiment for one of my classes, tried to get work done for another, and found concentrating difficult, as I'd have a contraction every 8-10 minutes.  In the end, I started to clean things because I didn't have to have my brain on for that.

Posted by Cynthia at 7:03 PM EST
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Sunday, 7 November 2010
Ready or not...

I'm beginning to feel a bit impatient with this going into labor business.  It's almost like getting ready for a race, but not knowing what time the race goes off, so you just have to be ready.  How does one plan for that?

At any rate, we have our hospital bag packed and are ready to get in the car at a moment's notice.  It's just a bit frustrating to have to wait for things to happen. 

I've had more contractions over the last couple days, which is promising; however, with every group of contractions, we end up wondering, 'is this it?'

Posted by Cynthia at 7:06 PM EDT
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Saturday, 6 November 2010
Throughout my pregnancy, I haven't had any cravings, per se, but every once in a while I'd want something sour or sweet.  In the earlier months, I was all about salty and sour, and over the last couple months, I've made the transition to sweeter foods, which has been odd, for me.  I still prefer the sour/salty, but today was a mixed bag as all I wanted was cheese, then, I switched to cold liquids.  

Posted by Cynthia at 10:00 PM EDT
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Friday, 5 November 2010
39 weeks

After yesterday's fun with getting prodded from all angles, the baby seemed to spend the day trying to get comfy again.  Apparently, he was in an ideal position for birth (head-down with his back to my front) when they checked yesterday, but as of this morning, I think he's returned to that position for lack of a better plan. 

I'm getting a bit worried that he's going to turn out to be a HUGE baby, for all our talk of having small babies in the family.  Perhaps I shouldn't have eaten all those cookies!

I'm trying to stay somewhat active in these late days of pregnancy, but have to make a concerted effort to get out of the house.  My solution is to borrow books from the library so that I have to walk there to return them.

Posted by Cynthia at 11:26 AM EDT
Updated: Friday, 5 November 2010 11:27 AM EDT
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