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Heather's Pregnancy Journal

Week 41 ~ April 30, 2004
~ Still No Baby!

Ok, I am officially WAY overdue! I had my 41-week checkup today, and there is still no change. I am still only 1 cm dilated and 50% effaced. I asked the midwife to strip my membranes, and she said that I just wasn't dilated enough to "get in there." I also had a non-stress test, which the baby passed, so now we just have to do more waiting.

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How come it is that the first 40 or so weeks flew by, and now the days just drag! I am too afraid to plan anything like visiting my sister in Denver (1 hour from here), but there are only so many days that I can go to my mom and dad's and watch TV (we don't have TV at our house)!

The midwife called the hospital to schedule an induction, and the first appointment they had available next week was Friday, May 7th. So unless I miraculously have the baby by midnight tonight, I will be getting an emerald necklace rather than a diamond one (Steve will buy me a piece of jewelry with the baby's birthstone - he got me beautiful peridot earrings when Ethan was born)!

I am questioning the way that the midwives induce. The first thing they try is cytotec, which I have read some nasty things on the internet about. The next thing they do, if the baby is low enough, is to break my water (which I am totally fine with). The third thing would be to do pitocin (which I had with Ethan and I really don't want again!). So I am going to do some research before next Friday to see what we can do.

The midwife also gave me some information on Dandy-Walker Syndrome, which is one of the things that could be potentially wrong with the baby. The perinatologist in Denver said that there was hardly enough evidence to suggest a diagnosis, but she did say that it could be a possibility. Of course, the information is all worst-case scenario, which freaks me out, but there really is no point in worrying until the baby is born.

Someone last week asked what I am waiting for - I guess the only answer I have is "God's timing!"

It looks like my birth story will be the next entry . . . hopefully!

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