Friday, June 20, 2008

The beginning of interesting times?

I think I am in early labor. I woke up this morning with stronger than usual Braxton Hicks (BR) contractions and after a short walk through a nearby field with Ender (our dog), I think I lost my mucus plug. I have been having what feels like one long BR (my uterus stays hard, but not painful) punctuated by brief, more painful contractions. They happen every few minutes, but only last a few seconds.

I know this is the time to practice being in the moment. If I notice every contraction now or get too excited about the possibility of having that real, live baby I have longed for for so long; it is going to be a really long day or possibly long several days. It is hard though. I have called Brad, Stacey, Cathy (midwife) and Dr. Wonderful (OB). Brad is on the way home. Stacey reminded me to start practicing calm thoughts now and is ready to come over as soon as I say the word. Cathy told me to go shopping, walks, whatever sounds good and distracting. I just let Dr. W. know so that he is in the loop if things don't go as well as we hoped.

I am about to put on some music and dance. I think if anything will calm my mind and distract me from the pain it will be that. Before I go to the calm place though, I wanted to share my current emotional state. I seem to go somewhat randomly from a calm state of mind to some fear that the pain will get the best of me (usually during a contraction) to so unbelievable excited and hopeful that I start crying and feeling like I just might lose my mind. Then I laugh at the absurdity of my bouncing emotions.

My plan is to continue to update this post as things progress - or not if I don't feel like it. I have asked Stacey and Brad to put in any updates they feel like too. We will see how things go.

I am off to dance.

10:34 The contractions have gotten stronger although perhaps not longer. They have been mostly in my back. I finally put together what Dr. Wonderful said about the baby's position on the u/s yesterday. He could see the face really well. The baby is posterior. Ouch! We are going to try to turn the baby by getting on all fours with my hiney in the air. We are also going to use some tuning forks on my pinky toes - it is supposed to help. Let's hope!

One Day Later...

Kami & a healthy baby are recovering at the hospital where Dr. W resides. Quite the story to tell. She will start as soon as I can get my laptop to her.

41 comments:

Freyja said...

I have tears in my eyes right now. Dance, dance, dance!!!

Lisa said...

Well, in case this is the last post you get to read comments from before having that baby, GOOD LUCK!!!!!

RJ said...

So excited for you Kami!!! Go dance. And, I recommend SINGING (well, it might ~sound~ like moaning) xoxooxox

Fertilized said...

Kami - oh how wonderful. Dance, and wishing you a great experience

Amber said...

Yes! I hope things start to happen now because the waiting has got to be hard. Trust yourself. The best thing my doula told me (When I started yelping in a high-pitched tone) she said I could yell even scream if I had to but to do it in a lower the pitch of my voice. That helped me to deal with the pain so much better...although I sounded like man. Turn baby turn...you'll come out much easier if you'll just turn!

tickintime said...

I'm excited for you! Dance girl, DANCE!

MrsSpock said...

J was posterior and all my labor was in my back- but totally doable as long as I had my Ipod. I'm excited for you!

Flo said...

Oh, wow Kami, how exciting! You're very very nearly meeting your baby! Can't wait to hear your update. Good luck!!

stacyb said...

wow!!!! how wonderful kami!!

Michell said...

I hope that things are moving along and that LB will soon be here.

Leah said...

I am anxiously awaiting the arrival of LB. I'll be hoping, wishing and praying for an uneventful labor that is in keeping with your wishes. How exciting, good luck!

midlife mommy said...

This is so exciting! I hope that you have an easy and uneventful labor.

Laurie said...

Yay! I'm so excited for you and I can't wait to read the updates and hear the good news! Keep dancing and singing and moaning and whatever it takes. I did a ton of moaning during my labor. I'm so excited for you!!!

Lori said...

Godspeed, my friend, on this next part of your journey.

Meg said...

thanks for the comment on my blog - dad is doing better. Dance!!!

singletracey said...

I have tears and chills and am SOOOO excited for you right now! I wish I could take my computer to class so I could stalk you all day!!

Kami... I can't tell you how much joy I feel for you right now!! I am here dancing with you.....

Kay said...

hoping for an update soon! Hope you are holding LB right now!! Dancing here too!!! Go Kami!!!

Jill said...

ooh I just saw this!! I'm so excited for you! I wonder if your little one is already here?

Working Girl said...

Yikes...I have been holding my breath waiting for the next update. I am so excited!

daisy said...

Oh Kami!! We are right there with you, holding on to you! Big cyberhug! Daisy

Kay said...

WELCOME EARTHSIDE LB!!!
Congratulations Kami and Brad!!!!
Can I get a Woot Woot!!
Dancing in Cyberspace with great joy!!

RJ said...

Oodles and Doodles of love coming up your way!!!

familyoftwo98 said...

OMG...I had a feeling I needed to check the blog today! ACK...I can't wait for an update...pictures...the story!

Bad Brad for not letting us know what baby is!!!

I am SO HAPPY FOR YOU GUYS!!!!

Michell said...

Welcome LB. Congratulations Kami and Brad. Take care.

Laurie said...

Congratulations Kami and Brad!! I can't wait to find out the gender and name!! I'm doing a happy dance for you here -- all the way across the country. Yay!

Rebecca said...

Congratulations Kami and Brad! Welcome to the world LB!

luna said...

congratulations kami! hope you are all well and getting some rest. and of course, enjoying each other!

Geohde said...

Oh my gppdness Kami, I leave the internet for one day and you get all clever and have LB!!!

So happy for you, congratulations a million times,

xx

J

Panamahat said...

Congratulations Kami and Brad!!! Just can't wait to hear LB's birth story. Whooo HOOO, you DID it!!!

B said...

Wooooooohooooo

Welcome to the world little B. I am so happy that you have made it here safely.

Congratulations mum and dad. I hope you are feeling OK.

All my love thoughts and prayers

Barb

waitingforbabyk said...

Congratulations!!! I am so excited for you both that LB is here!!! Can't wait to hear the rest of the story!

niobe said...

I am so, so happy for you. And looking foward to the story....

Leah said...

CONGRATULATIONS! I'm glad to hear the baby is here, safe and sound. I'm very interested in hearing the story, seeing as how she is now in the hospital. Please give Kami a giant hug from me and ask her to give you one in return. Welcome to the world, LB!

Sue said...

Congratulations - hope you and LB are doing well. I can't wait to read your story.

MrsSpock said...

Whoo Hoo! Congrats! I can't wait to hear your birth story...

DE Mommy said...

Hooray!!

katedaphne said...

Happy tears!!! I hope you are well enough to post more infor soon.

Welcome dear Little Butterfly!!!!!

stacyb said...

yippee!!!

Jen said...

I can't wait to hear the birth story!

Freyja said...

Woot woot! Congrats!

simple said...

Yeah! Congrats to you mommy!