Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Due Date + 3

Three days past my due date :]

I had an appointment yesterday afternoon. I'm still about the same as last week, 2 1/2 cm and at least 50%. Really the next step in the process is actual labor.

The doctor has me schedule for an induction late Wednesday night/early Thursday morning. I'm supposed to call the maternity ward at the hospital 11:30pm Wednesday to make sure they have room available for me, then I'll go in and do a round or two of cervix-thinning medication, followed by the doctor breaking my water (if it hasn't broken on its own by then). Now an induction is not ideal for me, I'd love to go into active labor on my own, but I also don't want to go too far past my due date. This same situation happened with Owen, being overdue and scheduled for an induction, and I went into labor on my own the day before the induction with no intervention! I would love for that to be the case this time around as well. There's no guarantee though!

Pregnancy-wise, I feel pretty good. Actually better than I have the past few weeks. Because Austin has dropped, I feel like I can breathe better and I now seldom have heartburn. The hardest part is just waiting! Every evening after Ryan, Owen and I go on our walk I get consistent and strong Braxton Hicks, and I think to myself "this could be the real thing!" Then I go to bed expecting to be woken up by labor, but every morning I feel a bit disappointed.

I've found this song encouraging to me in this season. I find myself humming it often!

When darkness falls
Temptations call
And all around me seems undone
You hear my pleas
Supply my needs
And tell me of Your wondrous love

You are the joy in my morning
You’re my song of praise
Just like the new day dawning
Flooding my world with grace

Though trials come
And every one
Can take me further from Your truth
You calm my fears
Dry all my tears
And draw me closer, Lord, to You

In You there’s no shadow of turning
Constant in all Your ways
You’re growing my faith and I’m learning to lean
On You all of my days

-Joy in My Morning By Peter Gagnon

I'm grateful to know there's an end in sight that's only a few short days away. Actually, as Ryan reminds me, it's not an end, it's a new beginning! A beginning of a sweet new life that we are honored and blessed to be responsible for, love, and cultivate. We love Austin like crazy already!

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