Happy baby, Braxton hicks

A quick update:

—yesterday my stomach felt like a basketball all day long. So tight! And then in the evening, I had my first experience of Braxton Hicks contractions. Lasted for about half an hour. Went for a walk and felt thankful.

—this morning’s NST monitoring showed a very happy baby, moving around, heart rate strong. But also: I was having contractions! I couldn’t feel them. I was actually having contractions 5 to 10 minutes apart. I could see the roller coaster line on the monitor but I couldn’t feel anything happening. How strange. I didn’t realize you could have contractions without feeling them. I think he has dropped a total of three times now, but it does seem like he might’ve inched back up during the past few days. I think this because I always have a strong sense of exactly where he is in relation to my bladder!

–baby’s head is still pretty high up, according to the OB, and my cervix hasn’t done much thinning since Monday. Hmph.

–recommendations I have received: semen and sex and sex and semen for the release of prostaglandins; primrose oil; pineapple; castor oil. Walk, walk, walk. And of course acupuncture and acupressure. Oh, and, from my yoga instructor: squat, squat, squat!

—could be nothing, but apparently I was a bit puffy-looking today. They’re watching me so closely! I have gained a few pounds. So I am to watch the salt.

—baby’s amniotic fluid still looks excellent. His tummy will be measured again on Wednesday to make sure it’s doing okay. But MFM and OB do not seem worried about this baby, as his NSTs and other indicators are excellent…but we are still on for dec 3rd induction as a precaution. That’s the finish line! But maybe he’s trying to come very soon…

—i’m feeling good and ready. I am talking to him constantly. I’m telling him I love him pretty much every hour. I feel so connected to him, my little buddy. We’ve been through so much together, so many colossal changes, growth spurts, emotional experiences. I have known him since he was a little speck, a pinprick of light on a screen in Atlanta, Georgia. How amazing is that.

—DH now signs off his texts and emails to me with “I love you guys.”

—getting so much better at hypnoanesthesia! With DH’s guidance. He’s no longer following a script, but freestylin it. We use it when we do perineal massage. I’m up to two fingers and he’s stretching that sucker waaaay out.

—I had the most amazing dream about our son. It was way back on Halloween night but have been thinking about it a lot.

—I went to that mound in the woods that I’ve been visiting for spiritual inspiration since the beginning of this pregnancy. You might recall that I’ve been bending down on my hands and knees and literally kissing the ground of that mound, thanking God and the universe for every bit of good news. I haven’t been there in ages because it is difficult for me to walk that far now. But the other day, I made the trek. Determined, I bent down and kissed ground of the mound. It wasn’t easy! I was laughing through the awkwardness of bending down like that, on an angle. I felt thankful for the changes in my body that made it awkward. I sat in the sun on the mound, letting earth’s energy course up through my body. I meditated, and when I opened my eyes, I chose two stones from the mound and put them in my pocket. When I got home I put the stones in sparkly little box made in India. I’ll be taking that box to my bedside in the hospital.

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  1. So glad that you are doing well! Any day now you get to meet your son!!!

  2. I love everything about this post. It sounds like you are in such a good place.

  3. I can’t wait to read your good news soon!

  4. Beautiful, beautiful post. I love the mound, and the stones you’re taking to the hospital. I love the idea of you awkwardly hunkering down to kiss the ground and feeling hyperaware of the changes since your first meditation there. Just love it! I hope for exciting news and movement when the baby’s ready to make his entrance! :) All the best to you, so excited for this new moment in your lives.

  5. Perineal massage…for some reason, M is all geared up for this. I didn’t even know it was a thing until I read it in one of my baby books! So weird, this childbirth process. Glad you’re feeling good!

  6. During labor, keep your hips moving. That is the best advice I have received. Belly dancing or just circles and side-to-side. I’m so happy for you. This is it. You are in the end of the homestretch.


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