Hooked up to be monitored to confirm labour

Family Photo

Our little girl

41 week belly!!!

Lawyer watching over

Going home from Hospital


I woke up this morning at 6:30am with a low strong period type cramp, didn’t think much of it because my hips were also aching from sleeping in the same position all night, and went back to sleep for a bit before Lawyer’s alarm went off for work.

7:30 I had another one, and then for the next 40 minutes while I listened to Lawyer go through her morning routine for work I had another 4. Just as she was about to start getting ready to dress for work I told her not to bother, call in to work with a wife in labour.

The contractions have been constant, crampy but irregular. I’ll get 4-5 at 10 minutes apart and then nothing for over half an hour.

We’ve gone for a walk around our neighbourhood, weeded the front garden, and currently I’m sitting on my exercise ball going through my MP3 collection for a variety of songs I might want to listen to in labour.

Just waiting for things to properly kick off, but it looks like things are starting to move slowly.

Well I made it to my due date and I also had a pants-off OB appointment. My first one since the IVF clinic stopped using dildo-cam :-S

She said that I am 1cm dilated and that my cervix is nice and soft. Yay!!! Labour should kick off naturally within the next 4-5 days. And if not then Emby has an eviction notice for the 31st of July, but she doesn’t expect to it come to that.

I’ve been having a few more slightly stronger crampy type Braxton-Hicks, but nothing that noticeable as a contraction. They make me pause and ask Lawyer ‘I think I’m having one, I’m not sure’ and she races off to find where she left the PDA with the contraction timing software. The only thing the software is telling us is that they are damned irregular, although they may be helping that 1cm move to 2cm without the need for painful contractions.

I’ve also noticed that the bum lump of Emby is suddenly a lot lower today and breathing is suddenly a lot more unrestricted. It probably explains why I’m suddenly hungry and able to eat a normal sized meal again.

Wow! This is actually happening. Pretty damned soon we’re going to have a real live baby!

I’ve been part of a group on Ravelry of women who are all due in July. We decided that before our babies arrive that we’ve have a gift swap around the value of $25 and my gift finally arrived in the mail this week. This is what I got.

Swap Gifts

There’s a baby book (Itsy Bitsy Spider), baby slippers, a Mario keychain that will fit in well with the Mario themed nursery, soap, sleep balm, lip balm, licorice sweets (from the world’s longest Candy counter I’ve been told), cat toys (there are 3 toys, but Frankie was playing with it when I took the photo), a skein of yarn and kool-aid for dyeing . I feel very spoilt and currently enjoying a licorice caramel.

We also gave a gift on behalf of Emby. Two years ago we signed up to to donate money through microloans in 3rd world countries. When we went through IVF and got our BFP we donated an extra $25 out to someone who is trying to make a difference with their medical skills because we are so fortunate with all the medical care we receive here. We’ve since got back most of that loan, and some from past Christmas loans, and put it towards this gentleman in Azerbaijan who wants to buy musical instruments so he can teach children:

Suspicions have been confirmed, Emby probably did turn back downwards again half an hour after our last scan and we’ve been stressing the last two weeks because the scan showed a bum down baby.

Thankfully all the sitting with my backside in the air has meant that Emby is now head down, bum up and ready to launch. Our OB doesn’t think there is enough room in there for any more aerobatics and turning around, so we’re both relieve as they were saying they will always go with a caesarean if the baby is breach and it’s the first birth.

I know I’ve been fairly slack with this blog. I’m now on maternity leave, which has been a godsend. I just don’t have the energy for a full day of work. Heck, I don’t even have the energy for a full day. Part of my day is spent lying on the couch watching TV and trying to find the energy to get up and do those little things around the house, like put my dishes into the dishwasher, or have a shower.

Slowly we’re able to cross more off our to do before the baby arrives list. We’ve got both cots now, and both have sheets and blankets. We still have to attach the co-sleeper to the bed, but I suspect that may be something we do just before going into hospital. I’m having enough trouble getting in and out of bed as it is!!! Lawyer installed the car-seat for us while I sat and watched. I’m not feeling very handy at the moment, even simple instruction booklets seem to baffle me. We’ve got all the baby clothes sorted into sizes and it’s my task this week to wash, dry and put them away. And the hospital bag is more or less packed. We’ve got a few things left to put in, but they won’t go in until we leave.

Of course now things are getting close to launch date I decided it would be a good idea to try and fix Lawyer’s laptop, which has been struggling the last few months. I can’t believe that a simple system restore broke it and now it won’t boot up. I’ve spent the weekend with the laptop in pieces, the hard drive on my desk trying to back it up with my sorry old computer, while trying to find the recover DVDs so I can rebuild it. Thankfully the backup should only take another half a day and I’m hoping that this afternoon I’ll be putting in the Windows DVD and starting with the task of trying to get the laptop back in working condition.

Other than that, still chugging along slowly and trying to catch up on all my blog reading.

The good news that came through was that sometime on Thursday our state Parliment passed a law that will allow Lawyer to be on Emby’s birth certificate. We are both legally, 100% going to be parents to this little baby!

The law still has to be signed off by the governor and then gets enacted, but another small step forward has been made for same-sex families. Woohoo!

Had our 34 week OB appointment today and Emby is turned again. Head up bum down 😦 There was a definite round head shape sitting up the top during the whole appointment, which moved back and forth a little bit, but didn’t seem to make any advances down.

Although as I write this I can feel two very round lumps either side of my belly. I’m hoping one side is head and one side is bum and yet again this stubborn baby is flipping around. But it looks like there is going to be a lot of hand-stand, or at least sitting with my bum in the air to try and get Emby to turn and stay.

The OB gave us details on what would happen should Emby decide to stay head up, starting with trying some manipulation around 36 weeks to get Emby to turn. Then if that doesn’t work and things get close and still no sign of movement then I’ll be having a caesarean preferably before labour starts. They really don’t want to attempt a vaginal breach birth for a first time birth, which I can sort of understand why. But given the chances of VBAC, I’m going to try everything to get this little one into launch position.

Spent the weekend buying a few more baby things. We now have a car-seat, more modern cloth nappies, our co-sleeper cot was collecting by a friend in Melbourne and we’re trying to figure out how to courier it to here and we picked up a second-hand stroller from free-cycle which we’ll probably take to Lawyer’s parents as a spare. After spending time re-learning how to use my sewing machine, I’ve also gone crazy buying material. I’ve got plans for cot sheets, burp clothes and nursing pads, and I’m eyeing off all our old small towels as something to cut up and use in these projects.

Potential good legal news just filtering in… but we’re waiting to hear exactly what laws did get changed and how it affects us.

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