I have miraculously hit the 39 week mark. That means that Piccadilly is "officially" due next Tuesday Nov 2. I had two awesome weeks in this whole pregnancy and those were weeks 36 to 38, no vomiting, no migraines etc. But this past week has been full of painful non-stop contractions. ...Nothing new for me right? Yes I have had contractions around the clock, ALL THE TIME, day in and day out, every hour for 6 months, but these ones have been different, much stronger, longer and painful. Every day we wonder is today THE day? Because of my history we opted not to rush to the hospital but to wait for other signs of labor...(obviously my contractions cannot be trusted.) I decided to hold out until my next doctors appointment which was yesterday (same day pic was taken). I was appalled and discouraged to find out that I have barely progressed since last week. I mean come on?!?!? What the goob are all these contractions for if they aren't going to do anything?!?!? My level of frustration is out the roof. I cried almost all day yesterday. I am so tired of being in this constant state of labor and getting nowhere. I have been in pain, all day, everyday, not sleeping for the past week. It is like Piccadilly and I are stuck. I am effaced, have begun to dilate, her head is low and in position for her grand entrance and ...tic toc...tic toc....nothing. How anticlimactic is this? Anyhow, the docs offered to induce me today but I declined. There is a 66% chance of ending up in a C-section when labor is induced. That is 2 in 3 births...how horrible are those statistics? I am hoping and praying that she comes before Halloween. My birthday is this Friday, I was born on my biological father's birthday, so how cool would it be if Piccadilly was born on our birthday too?
I guess she will come when she is ready...it is just that this state of painful limbo is extremely tiresome.
On to some good news. My docs are still amazed that we made it this far after all this drama. I completely attribute this miracle to all the prayers that have been sent our way, so thank you all so very much! In spite of all the complications I have been able to gain a total of 13 pounds and baby seems to be close to target for weight and size. I expect the next time you hear from me we will have come through the other side of this adventure with something to show for all this work.
XOXOXO ~ Hopefully for the next post we will have baby pictures.