Sunday, May 25, 2008

Visit Katie's hospital page

Katie's hospital page is up. Go visit it here. Feel free to post in her baby book.

Friday, May 23, 2008

Introducing Katherine Miriam C.

I'm gonna cheat and just copy and paste from a post I did elsewhere.

Heidi was induced just after noon on Friday May 23rd. Things progressed well and the baby was born at 5:10 PM. She was 8lbs 4oz, and 19 1/2 inches, right about the same size as her older sisters when they were born. Both mom and baby did great. Heidi did it all with no interventions at all besides the breaking of the water to get things started, no drugs, no needles, all natural.

More pictures can be seen here.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Eviction Notice is Given

Probably my last update before baby. I'm still not having very strong or very regular contractions....but, we need to get on with our lives (specifically, Chris can't keep calling in and getting days off work because "this *might* be it"). He has until Monday off...I'm dilating, completely effaced, baby is in perfect position, I'm having contractions....everything is just happening VERY slowly. So I go to the OB in a couple hours and we've decided that we will induce. My midwife said the most likely scenario is that, because of my progress, we can just break my water and send me for a walk and that should be enough to get it all going. I really don't feel it's medically necessary, but I see the need for us to do this even though intervention scares me to death. Please keep praying for us, as we will be having this baby tonight.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Betty has planned a celebration

I went in to the midwife today (that's right, still no baby). They did a non stress test and baby looks good and I'm having good contractions about every 7 min. She did an exam and says she would be surprised if I don't have this baby by tonight or tomorrow. I'm going to do what I can today to get these contractions going really well. So I relayed this information to my family and Betty informed us that we will have a celebration when the baby gets here. She even has it all planned. We will have a campfire and get "green sticks" for hot dogs and marshmallows, and have a picnic, and we will take their pictures, and make a cake, and have a toast. lol. We told her we'd have to see about all that, but it sure does sound like fun. I'll keep everyone updated as I have more to update on....let's hope there will be a new post or two today :)

Friday, May 16, 2008

Please send me Labor vibes!

Have any of you noticed that my baby ticker is now going up? I think all tickers should go to 41 weeks...Anyway, for those watching for updates...there are none. I'm still here. Baby is still not. We have our bags packed for the hospital, and everything else ready to go...just waiting...

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Why I am a Blogger Looser lately...

So, my blogging has been slow. And I have several phone calls I should return. I've been staying pretty quiet in general and thought maybe some of you might wonder why. Well, to be honest it's because I don't have a lot to say. Every time I get on to blog I feel all negative and like I just want to vent...and there is enough of that in the world with out me putting mine out there, too. This is really the biggest reason, but there is also the fact that yes, I am STILL pregnant. And I'm trying not to think about it. Now that my due date is actually here, though, I figure I owe my friends an update on things. Especially all of those who have called and left messages for me. I really feel blessed that I have people who care and want to know how I'm doing.

So, for the update on what you are all wondering about....

Today I am 40 weeks pregnant...for those who don't know these things, that means it is my "due date". Last week, I was in a weird, impatient place were I just wanted the baby OUT, and I talked to my midwife about induction. She checked and found that I was ready enough that we could do an induction with minimal drugs to get things going, then let my body take over so I could have as drug free of a birth as possible. I decided to think about it, but pulled all the stops on "natural" induction methods with herbs, walking, spicy curry, etc. On Thursday, I woke early to fairly regular contractions...they weren't intense, but they kept up for about 2 hours, so I had Chris call to notify my Sister in law, Miriam, who is one of my support people. She got her girls together to watch my kids for the day and they came over. About then, things slowed way down. I'd have a group of contractions then nothing...and I couldn't do anything to get them going again. Since then, I've had no signs of anything going on and I've swung back to this place where I'm all patient and she will come when she is ready....but I'm hoping it will be soon. I had an appointment today and we didn't even check if I had dilated more. Tomorrow I have an appointment with the chiropractor. I feel that she is not quite positioned correctly, or that I have alignment issues that is preventing birth from starting. The midwife thinks she is probably pretty close to position if she is out, but agrees that it is reasonable to think that If I get adjusted it will help her drop right into place and labor will start. So, maybe tomorrow night :)

I hope that helps you all be at ease for a bit. I will try to post here before we actually head in to the hospital. Or general protocol has been that we call our parents and let them spread the news to everyone else. So I will do my best to update here for everyone who would not be on my parent's call list.