We went for a nice walk. It was freezing and it felt just right to me. I walked as far as Jake would let me walk, he didn't want to risk my water breaking too far from the house so he eventually had me walk back.

When we got there, everyone was looking so tired, I told them I was going to take a nap and encouraged them to do the same, that the baby wasn't coming right this minute, and we had time to rest and conserve our strength.

I laid down on the couch with my head against Jake's chest. I slept through most of the contractions.. an occasional one would wake me up, but my dreams sort of incorporated them into my sleep... so i'd be asleep, but my dream me would deal with them instead of me waking all the way up to deal with them.

I woke up feeling starved, so Jake's making me a snack and i'm sitting here rocking, just enjoying the waves of contractions.

They are intense. Some make me feel like I need to say "ow" and I tend to kind of make noise through them... but they aren't awful.

They are interesting. I can feel it get tight... the ones I don't like are the ones in my back. I really don't like back labor, but the contractions themselves I can cope with for the most part.

The midwife will be back at 6ish to check me and do another 8 hour dose of antibiotics and continue to let me labor....

It makes me appreciate not being in the hospital. I've been in labor since thursday, but it didn't go active till sunday, and it's taking its sweet time.

not only would they have forced me to augment with pitocin to "speed things up" they probably would have wanted to break my water and do all sorts of other stuff...

But at home, it's so refreshing to just go with nature and at my own pace... I may have her in the morning, or in the afternoon, or hell, in the middle of tomorrow night, who knows how i'm going to progress.

Right now, i'm content to just ride the waves, dose inbetween contractions, snack, and enjoy the process of what I'm experiencing.

I don't feel like i'm rushed, or on a time clock to get this baby out. She's having fun, she's had the hiccups and wiggles and her heart rate was great during a couple of the contractions when we checked her earlier.

She's doing amazing. She's happy and wiggling..

my body kind of naturally realizes what I need, if I start getting tired, they space out a bit and let me get some rest, and once i'm awake and moving around again they pick up in intensity and frequency.

Its so different than a hospital setting would be, or a pitocin induced labor.

I appreciate getting to experience this, and it really make's me appreciate Jake for supporting this.

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kjben...
Nov. 22, 2010 at 7:13 AM

Yay!  I'm glad things are going so smooth for you!

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Marcs...
Nov. 22, 2010 at 9:42 AM

I'm glad everythings moving along for you and I bet you are so much more relaxed just being able to go with the flow of things. Good luck to you and hopefully its not too much longer before Abbie makes her appearance!

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Lb128f
Nov. 22, 2010 at 9:45 AM

congratulationsHoping all goes well. It will be soon...maybe you have her already? :-) Good Luck!! Can't wait to see pics!! :-)

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gramm...
Nov. 22, 2010 at 10:30 AM

i am so happy to see a mom looking at labor as a wonderful thing and not a evil horrible frighting ordeal i am sure god has blessed u tremendisly please stop in to my gruop and allow myself and my members to befreind u and help u in any way as we are experienced moms who would love to should u need us congrats my freind do come see us were at the tiki lounge im gramma carol see u soon

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