The IPs just landed in Portland and I am so excited to meet them. I haven't been able to relax all day and as you might have figured, the contractions stopped (almost) when I went to bed. I had a great night's sleep and not much activity to speak of. I already know that when I am anxious, things don't happen toward birth........................so, here's to a nice dinner with a couple who I am so intimately connected to but have been world apart.
Tonight is the eve of the arrival of the parents. My body has been pre-laboring for 2.5 weeks. I'm wondering if it is just girls that do this as I went through this also with my girls, but not my boys.
As I soaked in the tub tonight, I was filled with awe and wonder of how our first meeting will go? Will it be at home, or hospital? Will it be with babe in my belly or arms? The parents, being so busy to get out the door for such a long and important trip only text me today and didn't call. They have no idea how eager my body seems to be to give them their gift!
It's 6 PM now and the parents will be here around 5 PM tomorrow. We're hanging on to see if things stop again, or progress..........more updates to follow.......
So, on Sunday afternoon, I began having contractions that were averaging 5 min apart. I'm never one to have a typical labor and I was just waiting for something to tell me that it is or isn't the real thing.
Don and I went to dinner as I was craving fajitas and NOTHING else. As Don saw the frequency and concentration on my face, he got nervous in a very cute and lovable way. After a warm bath, things quieted down and we felt pretty sure that this would not be the night.
And it wasn't...............so on to waiting and wondering.............
I typically go through 2-3 weeks of pre labor. Some call prodromal labor. Some call false labor. I call it exhausting, but is the cause of my very easy labor and births, so I will strive to be greatful. Until then, it is restless nights, contractions, back discomfort and more........time to rest again.
My friend, Carol who is a midwife of 30 years stopped by for a visit and when I shared with her how I am feeling, she offered to check my hemoglobin. The result is I am anemic. She asked to see what supplements I am taking and then offered advice on what to take to balance myself out and feel better. Amazing the wisdom and care of a midwife vs a DR.
I am married to my best friend and the love of my life. I am first and foremost a home-schooling mother of four children (one in college). Together with my husband, we own a wellness center and yoga studio. I am a certified yoga teacher and in my spare time, I am an author. :-)