Non Update

Still no baby. I think our parents are starting to think I might not actually be pregnant, and that this has all been an elaborate farce.

At my doctor’s appointment yesterday, they informed me that I’d made no progression since the appointment five days earlier (although the non-stress test did show that I was having somewhat more frequent and stronger contractions, even if I can’t really feel them).

And now I’m scheduled for an induction on Friday.

I haven’t wanted to get induced because your risks of c-section and other complications go up when you’re induced, but at this point, I’m getting more worried about this baby getting too big for my little body, not to mention the fact that I have a one-way plane ticket to Austin in two and a half weeks and I’d rather not go straight from the hospital to the plane, thank you very much.

Also, whatever your suggestions for inducing labor, well, I’ve almost certainly done it. I’m still walking close to three miles a day (and even ran a good portion of it on both Friday and Saturday), I’ve eaten spicy foods and pineapple, and done the stairs in my apartment (four stories) multiple times. This baby is not impressed.

I haven’t stooped to castor oil yet, though. On Easter Sunday, I watched Jamie drink it and I still haven’t recovered from just watching it.

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  • Reply Ashley and Dave July 21, 2010 at 12:36 pm

    Ha. I dont know why I find this funny 🙂 I guess I am just mean! and I remember what it is like waiting and waiting….and waiting. it stinks.
    I was induced with both my girls and I really liked my labors (well "like" is maybe not the right word but for as labors go, they were both pretty darn easy)…so good luck (this is me passing my easy labor vibes your way)
    You will have a baby before the weekend!! Even though I am sure you thought that last week. Maybe she is just shy?

  • Reply Shelly July 21, 2010 at 1:21 pm

    How cool! Hope everything goes well!

  • Reply Lady Susan July 21, 2010 at 1:26 pm

    Ugh. I disliked the waiting. During the last week before my due date I was taking a lot of walks and trying to encourage the little guy out. It ended up working. However, I was also concerned with my family history of having really big babies.

    At least now you know that by Friday you will have your baby. That's exciting! Good luck to you and Bart. I hope you will share the story with us. I love birth stories.

  • Reply Angela July 21, 2010 at 1:39 pm

    I’ve been induced twice, and I’m hoping with this pregnancy I can go into labor naturally… you know, so I can have more clout or something when birthing war stories are shared. Keeping my fingers crossed on that one.

    As for you, I’m wishing you easy labor vibes no matter what and I’ll even cross a few toes for you if you’d like.

  • Reply Jess July 21, 2010 at 1:48 pm

    Man, this baby really likes it in there, huh? I hope the induction goes smoothly! Baby Friday at the latest! Eee!

  • Reply Melinda July 21, 2010 at 2:05 pm

    Here's hoping sweet baby comes safely no matter what the method!
    I was induced twice and had wonderful experiences. Happy thoughts!!!

  • Reply Kristi July 21, 2010 at 2:20 pm

    To bring you comfort in two ways ; I had huge babies and induced babies and everything worked out great! We are so excited to hear the good news! For your sake I hope she comes today! Or tomorrow 🙂 can't wait to see pictures I bet she could be a month late and still be tiny!

  • Reply Life of a Doctor's Wife July 21, 2010 at 2:26 pm

    An elaborate farce – HA! Love it.

    I hope the induction goes very smoothly… Or that the baby decides to make a surprise appearance today or tomorrow.

    Thinking of you!

  • Reply Angella July 21, 2010 at 2:33 pm

    I was induced with both Nathan and Emily and…loved it. It was fast and there were no complications.
    I hope, that if you end up going that route, that the same experience happens for you.

    Good luck!

  • Reply Heather July 21, 2010 at 2:34 pm

    and you know the hubby's favorite way to get the baby to come – dare I say it on a public blog? Stimulation.

    I've done going into labor naturally, induced and emergency c, but I'd have to say induced was the easiest. Naturally was the best. C was the worst. Best of luck, I'll be praying for you.

  • Reply emandtrev July 21, 2010 at 2:51 pm

    I LOLed at the "elaborate farce" comment. Your sweet girl is just nice and comfortable right now!

    I don't have any sage words of wisdom (and know you weren't really asking for any either), but both of my pregnancies and deliveries went a tad bit different than I had planned. My first ended in an induction, which turned out to be a really positive experience. My second ended in a c-section after my water broke a couple weeks early and my baby was still breech.

    Whatever happens with you, I hope it will all go smoothly and be very positive for you. Good luck and I hope you will share your "baby story" with us!

  • Reply amber waves of grain July 21, 2010 at 2:57 pm

    I laughed also, especially at the "she is not impressed" line. Hoping for a smooth and easy delivery for you!

  • Reply ellen July 21, 2010 at 3:04 pm

    "Marital relations" got you pregnant, and I hear that can help get labor going. 🙂 I'm sad you're moving to Austin but glad that Little Miss Everyday Reading will be born in Boston! Good luck!

  • Reply Carly July 21, 2010 at 3:23 pm

    I'm so sorry. I must agree that a "too big" baby (oh and the plane ticket to Austin in 2 and half weeks) is a good reason to be induced. Big babies run in my family (I pray for babies under 9lbs… Raymond made it by 2 ounces) and I have that fear too. I hope she's still as little as you are and that everything works out with the induction. I'll keep my fingers crossed there's no C-section.

    (note: just about everyone I know (it seems like) gets induced and non of them have had a c-section. Not that that's all that comforting compared to the hard statistics. But don't give up hope!)

  • Reply Lisa July 21, 2010 at 3:42 pm

    The Pirate was not scheduled but I did have pit to get things going (water broke, but contractions did not follow) and it wasn't bad at all. The Bug did it all on his own and it was so fast. My dr confirmed today that she thinks I'll be 3-4 weeks early this time too. That's… not very long. I think I'd rather be induced than have a giant baby, esp if I were tiny like you.

  • Reply The well rounded mom July 21, 2010 at 4:04 pm

    Maybe you need to take a trip to Worcester for the Labor inducing cream cheese?
    Good Luck for a safe and easy delivery!

  • Reply Angela in Tx July 21, 2010 at 4:07 pm

    Just wanted to leave you another "happy ending" induction comment. Both my babies were induced and I had short, very uneventful labors.

    Wishing you well!

  • Reply Mary July 21, 2010 at 4:23 pm

    Well, I'll just add my story to the several others on here but I was induced with both of my kids and had each of them naturally, no c-section, with no complications. My first was a week overdue so they induced me to be cautious. My second I chose to be induced six days early because I could and he weighed 9 lbs. 10 oz. How much would he have weighed if I'd waited?! So, you'll do great, your baby will be fine, and you've got a whole blogging world rooting for you!

  • Reply Angiegirl July 21, 2010 at 4:27 pm

    LOL. I ate my weight in pineapple trying to get Piper to come. Didn't really believe it would help but at that point you feel like you having to be doing something!

    Hope she decides to venture forth soon!

  • Reply Laurie July 21, 2010 at 5:08 pm

    Just have sex. The prostaglandins in semen help ripen the cervix. I'm sure someone has already said this. But I'm a nurse, so if that helps…there you go. I get to throw around words like "prostaglandins". Good luck!

  • Reply Sheyenne July 21, 2010 at 5:37 pm

    I've been induced once, and my only advice to you is not to let them break your water early if your cervix is not open a ways. Painful. Just say no! Other than that, my induction went swimmingly. You'll be fine, and however that baby gets here will be irrelevant once you hold her in your arms.

  • Reply Heather July 21, 2010 at 5:38 pm

    I was also induced b/c he was just too happy and didn't want to come out! My body also didn't progress past 4cm, so I had a C-Section. Looking back it wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be.

    Please email if you have questions!

    At least she will be here on Friday!

  • Reply Bethany July 21, 2010 at 5:48 pm

    Friday! Ahh yay! Good luck! You'll do great, I'm so excited for you. I hope it goes perfectly. Enjoy every second of labor/delivery, as crazy as it is, it's really just so magical! I can't wait to hear about it. Send me a text, I'd love to bring you some treats in the hospital if you feel up to it! Sending positive vibes your way. 🙂

  • Reply chelon:) July 21, 2010 at 6:06 pm

    i was induced with all five of mine. i would do it again in a heartbeat! you will do great 🙂

  • Reply Packrat July 21, 2010 at 6:22 pm

    If you are induced and have to have a c-section, it isn't the end of the world. Remember that there are times when it is safer for you and the baby. I'm praying that you will go into labor before Friday and that your body works perfectly.

    Hope you don't get two comments from me. Error message the first time…

  • Reply Jen - devourer of books July 21, 2010 at 6:50 pm

    If it makes you feel better, I went into active labor about 24ish hours before my scheduled induction and had my sweet little boy 12 or more hours before. Hopefully the same will happen to you!

  • Reply Anonymous July 21, 2010 at 7:05 pm

    Now that she's threatened with eviction she may get a move on. Time to get our of those cramped quarters, girl! Chris

  • Reply Bart July 21, 2010 at 7:59 pm

    The cream cheese is a new one. Maybe we should take a little trip to Worcester! 🙂

  • Reply craftyashley July 21, 2010 at 8:34 pm

    To calm your fears- c sections are not that bad. I have a bad reaction to the drugs, but I would have had the same problem with an epidural.
    Anyway- the recovery from my first c section was no problemo! I think my second was harder because I had to deal with two three year olds and a new baby at the same time. I do not recommend that one.
    Good luck with whatever happens! You'll be in my thoughts!

  • Reply Stacy July 21, 2010 at 11:23 pm

    I too didn't want to be induced…but my second was once again five days over due and I was worried about her health (plus she ended up being 9 1/2 lbs – who knows what she would have weighed had I waited). The doctor recommended an induction and I agreed and it was a very pleasant experience, I must say. Labor and delivery was much easier than with my first.

    Good luck!

  • Reply Stacy July 21, 2010 at 11:27 pm

    Err… I meant to say that both my first and second were five days overdue – though I did go into labor with my first eventually…for 36 hours….not so much with Ms. Pants. She was just taking her sweet sweet time.

  • Reply megan July 22, 2010 at 1:17 am

    Maybe she'll be like T. I was scheduled for induction in the morning at 6:00, but he decided it would be fun to be born at 3:30am instead. He also decided 1:30 would be a good time to start labor. I recommend dragging it out longer than 2 hours… pass that along to the baby, ok?

    When I was induced with J, it was totally awesome. The doc broke my water, started the petocin (sp?), and I watched movies and slept until he came 9 hours later. They say if your body is at a certain point, the risks aren't really any greater than a normal birth.

    I'm betting on a thurs birth for you anyway. Best, whenever it might be.

  • Reply Lindzie July 22, 2010 at 1:43 am

    I was induced as well and lucky for me I started having labor pains before they even started the pitocin. So…maybe that will happen for you?? I wish you the best. I know it's nerve racking to wait though. Good luck!

  • Reply Jenny July 22, 2010 at 2:15 am

    Don't know about your castor oil friend, but it did work for me… glass full of ice, 3/4 full of orange juice, and three TBSP of c.o. STIR, STIR, STIR! and then use a straw. I didn't even taste it (but it went down pretty fast)… within three hours I was in labor. Either way, GOOD LUCK!!

  • Reply Kay July 22, 2010 at 2:54 am

    Sweet Janssen – I had one the normal labor way and one induced (Edward will tell you – he was warm, being carried around, and just fat & happy!!!!) and either way is just fine! I loved Labor and Delivery both times – and would do that part a dozen times! Enjoy the process and soak in every moment!!!! Good Luck! My prayers are with you and Bart and Miss Baby Everyday Reading! xoxo

  • Reply Amy Sorensen July 22, 2010 at 3:42 am

    Find a lawn to mow. That's my suggestion for inducing labor!

    I didn't want to be induced with my babies, either, but it still happened with most of them. You will still have an awesome labor and delivery and in the end, all that matters is the baby in your arms anyway! I will be sending GOOD vibes your way!

  • Reply Melissa July 22, 2010 at 1:13 pm

    I'm sure you've heard it before…everyone's body is different. I was having contractions and dialating for 6 weeks and at exactly 39 weeks I went into active labor. My best friend on the other hand had nothing nothing nothing her whole pregnancy at at exactly 39 weeks she went into active labor.

  • Reply Megan (Best of Fates) July 22, 2010 at 8:35 pm

    That sounds SO frustrating – good luck with the induction! Or hopefully going into full labor on your own beforehand!

  • Reply Amber July 22, 2010 at 9:11 pm

    🙂 It is because she wants to be like me and come on July 23rd! maybe around 4pm? ah ah? Funny story I was born a day early because the doctor wanted to play golf…

    In all seriousness I hope everything goes smoothly!!

  • Reply Rachel July 23, 2010 at 2:14 am

    note: no lifting for 2 weeks after c-section. no stairs. seriously. you can mess yourself up.

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