No baby today. No baby tomorrow. Probably no baby this week. All these stupid Braxton-Hicks contractions have done absolutely nothing to get labor started. I’m not dilated or effaced. My doctor said if there’s still no progress at my next appointment we can start talking about induction. As tired as I am of being pregnant, I really really really don’t want to resort to medical intervention before I’m even in labor. The rates of c-section go up dramatically with induction and I’ve heard Pitocin induced contractions hurt even more than regular contractions. The longest my OB will let me go is a week past my due date so I’ve got until the 7th to find a self-induction method that actually works.

The good news is tomorrow I am going to NYC to see Heather Armstrong a.k.a. Dooce, visit my awesome friend Sara and check out the children’s floor at The Strand. E thinks I am totally, completely insane and is convinced I’m going to go into labor on the Amtrak. I figure it’s only a 2 1/2 hour train ride so even if my water breaks I’ve got plenty of time to make it to my hospital. This is probably my last chance to go anywhere by myself for the next 5 10 18+ years so I am taking advantage of having a bebeh that is still in his easiest and most portable state. A car seat is just not as easy to carry as a belly.

7 Responses to “ZERO”

  1. natwinkie says:

    Have fun!

    I was induced with both of my pregnancies mainly because the babies were so big and the doctor decided the likelyhood of c-section was higher if we waited for them to come on their own than if he induced. I was so scared the first time for the same reasons you are, but it wasn’t bad at all. I delivered really quickly with both of them and the contractions were not any worse than what I imagined they would have been (though, since I didn’t go into labor “naturally”, I can’t say that to a 100% certainty. After the drugs it was a moot point anyway.

    Best of luck to you and enjoy your trip!!

  2. h_a_l says:

    Well, if it makes you feel any better, my friend Kari was past her due date and it got to the point where they gave her the date they would induce, and she went into labor the day before.

    Eat a spicy curry (when you’re back home from your NYC trip)!!

    And Yay NYC visit!!

  3. sarrible says:

    There will be absolutely no Sarah Palin–style shenanigans on this trip, madam! Roommate and I have designated our apartment a no-amniotic-fluid zone. But I am excited to see you and the belly together for (probably) the last time. Feel like I should be selling farewell tour tickets or something.

  4. lalaland13 says:

    Aww, I was thinking of you today, hoping we were nearing Baby Hour. But yay for NYC! You need to get a picture of Dooce wagging her finger at E, ordering him out. Or maybe that would just be weird.

    But it sounds like you will definitely have a kiddo by your birthday, so yay for that! And wine, of course.

  5. SarahMC says:

    Are you meeting up w/ Dooce or going to see her talk or something?

  6. sarrible says:

    It was a book signing! And it was great.

  7. J.D.Regent says:

    so glad you are getting out there having non-mommy fun while you still can. you’re not even due for another week right? patience luv!

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