It was my turn to go to the doctor today. Since hubby had last night off, he went with me. He’ll start going from now on, since we’re getting down to the wire.
My regular nurse (the doctor’s assistant) wasn’t there, and I did not care for the lady I had today – AT ALL. She took my weight (GASP! Up 7 pounds from 2 weeks ago!), I gave a urine sample, she took my temperature… Then, she took my pulse. OH.MY.GOSH. It takes Jessica (the regular nurse) 10 seconds to take my pulse. This woman stood there for the entire minute counting every.single.beat. She took my blood pressure, and then she left the room.
A few minutes later, the doctor came in. I told her that the contractions have started coming strong and steady. She said she wanted to check me, and I told her exactly what she would find: A very tightly closed cervix. She did all the other stuff first…. listened to the heartbeat (in the 140’s and just perfect), measured my uterus (right on track), and then she started poking my feet and my legs. I told her that the swelling was ridiculous, and that everything just hurt so badly. She agreed, and said that she could tell the 7 pounds I’d gained was all fluid. She left the room for a minute and then came back in to check my cervix. I told her that I could quote what she was going to say: My cervix is “closed, and still long and thick.” She said, “Well, it’s definitely closed, but it’s VERY soft.” Now, that could just be because this is baby #5, and things have been stretched out several times before, but she did say that there is a chance that I could go on my own before the induction date. I’m still not counting on it. I’ve never dilated past a 2.5 on my own before, even with constant contractions, so I don’t see it happening this time.
October 27th is officially the day, though, and I’m pretty sure… no, I’m positive that that will be Parker’s birthday. As much as I would LOVE to go all on my own, I honestly would not know what to do if I did! I called Gene at work on Monday night and told him that I was contracting like crazy. His response? “Well, if your water breaks, and it’s not just you peeing on yourself, call me.” See, we’ve btdt so many times, I get no sympathy from him at all.
We go back in 2 weeks (so that I’m over 36 weeks) and then it’ll be every week until the induction after that.