Today I saw my patients, wrapped up paperwork, sent out 'see ya in September' emails, and set up my voicemail to direct people to the main office number. Don't call me because I WILL BE BUSY WITH MY BABY. Ahhhhhh, feels so good. I'm actually glad that I didn't have him earlier than today because it was much easier for me to tie up my own loose ends with patients/paperwork, instead of trying to do that once he arrived. (always a bright side!)
It's officially maternity leave time, people. September 29 seems like an eternity---12.5 weeks to be exact. And I'm so thankful and ridiculously excited to have this time away from work to focus on mister man.
All we need is said baby;)
Tomorrow morning I have my last OB appointment and I will be 39+2 days pregnant. I'm going to ask her to sweep my membranes and discuss if I should schedule another appointment for next week, or just talk about induction sometime after my due date. This is basically the exact same decision, with the exact same timing that I had with Cecelia's pregnancy.
Last time had my final day of work AND my final OB appointment at 39+2. Since I wasn't dilated she couldn't do a membrane sweep with the internal, but she did schedule an induction for me 2 days after my due date 'just in case'. I was worried about Nate using up an entire week of vacation that we always have to plan ahead of time, since he has patients booked out months in advance. I felt sort of bad for even scheduling an induction at all and hoped I wouldn't need it, but it did help to know that there was an end in sight. I bled a bit that night after the internal exam, then had nothing the following day at 39+3, and began labor on 39+4 with a baby girl in our arms early the next morning. So yeah, baby boy, no pressure or anything! I realize he is different than his sister but I can hope labor stuff is similar.
This time, I'm not really sure how I want to proceed, either. Nate is off next week Tuesday through Friday. My parents are flying in from Colorado on Friday (can't drive up from MO at the drop of a hat anymore!). So baby boy really really should listen to me when I say he needs to be out sooner versus later. I don't WANT to be induced but I also don't want to miss out on daddy and grandparent time with this child on the outside. I will obviously discuss all of this with my OB tomorrow, but last time she was very confident that my body handled an induction before and would do well again with it.
I know my crunchy friends out there will be anti-induction but I have to go with my gut on this one. I want all of the help I can get from Nate and my parents and of course my in-laws once baby comes out----so next week is ideal for an end-date! I'd definitely wait a few days after my due date to give him some extra time but I don't really think he needs 2-3 more weeks in there.
Plus, I think that if I schedule an induction I might not need it anyway....just like last time. We shall see. One day at a time, I suppose, and I definitely want my OB's input. I had approximately 8 people tell me that I'm going to have a Fourth of July baby. Totally fine by me! American baby boy---nothing wrong with that birthday at all. My OB wouldn't be there and I love her to pieces but I'd still happily embrace another holiday baby--Cecelia was born on Memorial Day.
Ah, the anticipation and the decisions and the waiting. So, so 'fun'.
The basement remodel is almost finished. We have carpeting!!! Big post to follow once it's totally done---should be soon!
Obsessed with double french braiding CC's hair. Did it tonight after a bath and having it wet really helps!
packages from my mom and my Aunt Dana are the best.
My nest of babies;)
Baby boy gifts!
GoGo sent crafts, duh.
And a sneak peek of the awesome quilt mom made for baby 3!
Love good mail days! And maternity leave!