Wednesday, December 29, 2010

oh the wait...

So it's 8:10 p.m. on December 29th.
If you would've asked me about dinner time yesterday, I might've been convinced I'd have a baby in my arms by now.
If you would've asked me at 4 a.m. this morning, I would've told you I would definitely have a baby in my arms by tonight.
If you would've spoken to me at 7 a.m. when my contractions had stopped and I was mad at the world, I might've bitten your head off.
If you would've asked me mid-day today, I probably would've said we'd at least be at the hospital by now.

But here I sit. At home. On my couch.
bah humbug.

(If you're male, you may want to skip this paragraph. You've been warned.)
My appointment yesterday proved that my body is indeed preparing for birth. I was over 2 cm. dilated and 50% effaced, (I was a fingertip the week prior), and my cervix had moved from posterior position to anterior, ready to drop this baby out. The doctor stripped my membranes and I went mall walking (also known as shopping to those not pregnant) and I had lots of cramping and spotting the remainder of the day. I woke up at 4 a.m. to contractions 5 minutes apart and dreaming of the little one that would soon be in my arms. I woke back up furious at 7:30 and incredibly uncomfortable from the UTI that suddenly is back attacking my insides. I laid miserable most of the day, unsure of what was pregnancy and what was uti, but keeping hope that it meant I'd soon be delivering. There were a few other things that can indicate that labor is imminent taking place, but I'll spare you the details. We just finished dinner at Bob Evans and the kids are in Cville with my in-laws... and here I sit, barely having contractions to speak of.

Boo and hiss. That's about all I've got to offer.
I don't mind the waiting so much as I mind the constantly thinking I'm in labor only for it to be nothing. My body  is doing things today that it's only done previously in labor, but regular contractions just aren't happening. I've been in too much pain to walk or bounce or anything else that may help because of the UTI (that seems to be moving yet again to my kidney). It would be as ideal as it could get for me to go into labor tonight, with the kids gone for the evening and everyone still off of work. But, well... I certainly won't be holding my breath.

Aren't I just overflowing with optimism tonight??!
I hope the next time I post it will be to introduce our little one. 

Any guesses on boy or girl? Size? Arrival date?

Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas!!
And I hope to be updating SOON!


  1. Kristen, with my third baby, I went to the hospital FIVE times thinking I was in active labor each time. It got to be pretty embarrassing, really--especially for a woman who had given birth twice before! Anyway, by the time I actually did go into labor, I didn't really believe I was in labor...and my labor was a total of 45 minutes!! Praying for a safe, speedy delivery for you and baby #3! All in God's perfect timing, of course:)

  2. Kairi was a little like this for me! I know the agony of being 2cm and 75% effaced for a week! I pray that doesn't happen for you! I didn't have my membranes striped so hopefully that helps for you! Whatever is in there will make its debut before too long!

    As far as guess go for the fun of it, I think it's a girl, and I think around 7 lbs 6 oz 21 inches long
    At the hospital tomorrow afternoon, a babe in your arms Friday morning around 11 am!

  3. OK so I wanna play the guessing guess is a baby boy (whom you will miraculously have the perfect name for when you see him if you are still unsure right now with the boy names) born late Friday night, but not quite a new years like maybe 9:33 p.m. :o) I will keep you in my prayers the next few days!

  4. I guess baby girl. 12/31/10 @ 3:35 am. 7 lbs. 10 oz. 20 1/2 inches


  5. I'll guess: Boy at 1:11 am on 1/1/11 ~ just cuz it would be a super cool birth date :)

  6. I think it's a girl! And I'm SO sorry you have another UTI, that stinks so bad! I sure hope it's feeling better by now. And if it helps, think of yourself as in labor but just a long one. You body is clearly working towards getting this baby out, just taking breaks in between! I hope he/she comes today!


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