Friday, November 5, 2010

Vagina Monologues

Baby O 38 weeks big!

Hey, your little one isn't so little anymore, weighing close to seven pounds and measuring 20 inches long.  Fetal development is nearly complete as your baby tends to a few last-minute details like shedding the skin-protecting vernix and lanugo. He's also producing more surfactant, a substance that prevents the air sacs in his lungs from sticking to one another once he starts to breathe. Most of the changes this week are small but important: He’s continuing to add fat (so he can take advantage of all those photo ops by sporting a round, cute baby look!) and fine-tuning his brain and nervous system (so he can deal with all the stimulation that awaits him once he makes his entrance into the world).

Personal run down
I went to the doctor yesterday and was still only dilated to a 2!!  I have to admit that even though I know it doesn't mean anything I was a little disappointed.  I have had so many contractions that I really thought I'd at least be a little further than last week!  Rationally, I know that it can go from 0 to full blown labor or sit at 4 for a month but I guess I just got my hopes up!  I do feel a little guilty that I am sort of rushing this baby out.  I also know that while it's inside it is MUCH easier to take care of.  The way (s)he is sitting is just miserable!  I have the worst fire burning nerve pinching sensation that I am really looking forward to being over.  Soooo here is my dilemma....  I really, really have always wanted to go into labor on my own.  I have been induced with both of my kids thus far.  I was going to be induced a week before my due date this time but the date it falls on doesn't work so they can only do it 2 days before my due date.  The drive for a week early is that Sawyer was 8.7 lbs with a 14.5" head.  A week probably doesn't save me much in size, but the hope is that it saves a little :)  I don't think I need to remind you what kind of damage Sawyer did.  So here I am, scheduled to be induced 2 days before my due date or tough it out and hope it happens not too far after my due date.  I sort of feel like the fact that they couldn't do it when I wanted is maybe sign that I should just let it happen.  

Thoughts??  Opinions??


Krista said...

Oh that is frustrating! I'm sorry. The last big of pregnancy is a nightmare. I went in to labor naturally once and a scheduled c once.

You will know what is right for you. Many hugs!!!


linda @ CraftaholicsAnonymous said...

That stinks they can't induce you sooner. You sound very uncomfy. :( Come out and play baby O!!

Dani said...

When is your actual due date?