Friday, August 7, 2009

A real date while we wait

Yesterday I remembered what Jordan and I had done right before labor started with Suzi, and I superstitiously suggested that we go to a movie again. With Suzi, we went to a movie (either Shrek the 3rd or Spiderman 3) to get our minds off the waiting and I ended up having a couple of good contractions at the theater. Then I went into true labor within a day or two. We figured it couldn't hurt to have one more date anyway, so my parents kept Suzi and we went to see My Sister's Keeper.

I was surprised how much I liked it. The trailers portrayed it as a Law and Order type thing and it wasn't. To me, it wasn't about kidney donation or law. Those were minor themes and it was more focused on relationships, family and what it might feel like to be a young cancer survivor. In the first few minutes I thought I might regret having gone to it, because there were a couple of scenes depicting toddler-age girls being subjected to scary medical procedures, and all I can think of when I see that is Suzi. (I'm pregnant, so I can have a bawl-fest at home for free over something as simple as Bi-Lo running out of vanilla frozen yogurt.) Other than that, it was an amazing movie. Sad, of course, but amazing. I recommend it, but take lots of tissues.

We also saw our midwives yesterday, and they assured us that the baby was doing well and that most women, when left alone, will go to 41 weeks or more before having their babies. Of course, these days even a day over 40 is considered an anomaly because early inductions and scheduled c-sections are so commonplace and encouraged. We'd love to meet Ivey and discussed some options to get things rolling, but we agreed that we have another week or so before it will become advisable to start taking action. At that point we'd consider breast pumping, membrane stripping, things like that. I am not doing castor oil; I hear it's really nasty! Right now I don't want to do anything, even "natural" things. She's actually only a day late and it doesn't feel right at this point.

So I am continuing to clean and organize and wait. The house hasn't ever been this clean, so that's one good thing. Every night I wonder if this is the night!


Theresa said...

I kept expecting the widget baby to get big and fat and fill up the ball it's floating in!! I am so pleased with how you're handling being past your "due date" - whatever that is!! I wish they'd give women a two or three week span, instead of one solid date! Apparently these babies aren't paying attention, because they come when they come!

Barbara said...

This time last year I was in the same situation. Actually when I was a week "past my due date" I came in to Jenny G's to get some different pump parts (trying something "natural"). I remember there was another preg. lady there and she acted like I must be crazy because I had not been induced yet. I think it is crazy to go past by one day and then just think you have to intervene.
I know the waiting is hard because you are excited, but I think you are doing great!
All the best!

Rebecca said...

Have you read the book? The movie is supposed to be good, but I've been told that if you have read the book, the movie is a let down because it doesn't depict the same story. The book is by far one of the best I have ever read. If you have ever been a sibling or someone's mom, you can relate to the struggle these characters go through! If you haven't read it, I STRONGLY suggest it. It's one of my favorites of all time!!