Friday, February 15, 2013
Very long latent phase
Rachel baked another cake today (Tuesday) as every day they are hoping that baby will finally decide to come.
Contractions picked up again in the afternoon but were very much on and off. It's been an emotional time - hoping that things would finally get going and then they don't. God has been so very faithful though and I am so thankful for His peace.
Wednesday saw us off to town for a scan to check on baby. Only a day short of 42 weeks at this stage - so it was good to get confirmation again that the placenta and cord are working really well and that baby is growing well and not compromised at all with staying in for these extra weeks. A friend watched the children for us in the afternoon so that it could just be Brendon and I for the trip in. That in itself was a nice break. We got Chinese food for dinner which friends joined us for - and we had a lovely time together. Laughing and enjoying the children. So although a very busy day it was really good to get peace of mind about baby and enjoy lovely Christian fellowship.
Wednesday night was absolutely exhausting though. We had thought we would head off to bed but as the contractions had started to come quiet regularly I just wanted to stay up. At this stage it was about trying to do whatever would keep the contractions going in the hopes that we would finally get to established labour. Contractions came through the night every 10 minutes. At two different times we tried to get some sleep and they slowed to perhaps every 20 minutes. They were too uncomfortable for me to stay in bed though - so we were up again. Brendon probably only got around 2 hours of sleep so we were both completely exhausted on Thursday. I slept most of Thursday - only being up for about 2 hours through the day. I took a total break from all the medication and treatments and just rested. A friend was again a blessing to us and had all of the children over at her house in the afternoon so that Brendon could get some sleep too.
Thankfully by the evening he was feeling refreshed. I was feeling much better but still emotionally quite drained. For the first time in the week I was actually hoping nothing happened over night. The Lord was gracious and it was a very quiet night (which meant contractions every hour but I could sleep well between them). When I woke on Friday morning I felt totally refreshed. Physically and emotionally. God has shown Himself so faithful through this very hard week and I am so very thankful that I have Him to hold onto and to turn to when things are hard. It is such a blessing to be His child.
We also had to book the induction at the hospital for Monday (now officially over 42 weeks). So after that I felt better about really giving everything a good go - one last time. I got started on the homoeopathic medication after lunch and Sandy came at 4 to do another stretch and sweep. I felt really relaxed about this plan. For one last day we will do all we can to help stimulate my body in as natural a way as possible to get labour going. My feeling was that if things did not happen overnight - then I would have Saturday and Sunday to rest before the induction on Monday.
It was also good for me to be upright for a while after the acupuncture. The "new" labour point is the same one on the small toe that can be used to turn a breech baby - and I did not want to give this baby the slightest chance to flip around. At this late stage (even after 38 weeks) it is normally only used for stimulating labour (it's normally too late to use to turn a baby after 38 weeks) but I wanted to make sure as this baby does move a lot.
The visit with Sandy was really good. We chatted a lot about what to expect if we have to go into hospital on Monday for the induction. It was a real blessing to know that she would push for things to be as natural as possible. The first step would be for them to break waters and she would insist on giving me a couple of hours to see if that would be enough. If we can avoid the drip then I could still have a water birth (and this is what she would push for). It's wonderful to know I have this amazing support of someone who knows me so well. God has been so good in giving me a wonderful peace about it all and I praise and thank Him.
It was also an encouragement to know that baby was nice and low with cervix really soft and already over 3cm dilated. It was good to feel that if labour did finally get started tonight that my body was really ready and I just feel so much more mentally prepared. God has taught me so much through the last few weeks about trusting Him that I feel I am going into this labour far more prepared mentally than with any of the others. This whole week I have been listening to a number of scriptures to song that I had chosen and they have really helped me to keep my focus on God, His provision, His care, His sovereignty and His love. What an awesome God I serve.