**See UPDATE at bottom of post**
**Post written by Travis and dictated by Laurie**
So I’m really not all that grumpy. Exhausted would be a better word. Last night was SO LONG, and yet a 3rd night of PAINFUL contractions and no sleep has yielded no delivery yet. I can’t even believe it. We joked about it last night - how crazy would it be if we actually had to go to our midwife office appt. Monday morning at 10am!? Well, we’re getting ready for our appointment now. I’m still contracting. They were pretty well sustained last night, every 5-6 minutes, but it seems they still did not progress past that. This morning, I’m back to really intense, painful contractions every 7-8 minutes. I spoke to our doula a couple hours ago and she basically gave 2 reasons why my labor might be protracted like this. First, the baby might still not be in the right position. Second, it might be related to stress on my part. I have noticed I’ve been fighting labor on some level, but I’m making a conscious effort to relax during my contractions and welcome this baby. We’ll try and post an update this afternoon after we see the midwife.
OK, this is Travis without dictation (think Darth Vader when he kills the Emperor). Laurie is doing incredibly well considering she hasn’t really slept in 3 days. She is dealing with the pain and staying positive. The baby is still kicking like crazy so everything seems fine with he / she. With all this contracting, we’re thinking this baby is going to have quite the cone head when he or she finally enters the world. Anyway, we really appreciate all the positive comments. Hopefully today will be the day. Stay tuned.
Just got back from our appointment with our midwife, who happens to be awesome, and she gave us the good news that Laurie is 5cm dilated and 80% effaced, meaning everything is progressing, albeit on a longer timeline than we expected. The baby’s heart rate is fine and the midwife said she would be shocked if we don’t deliver today. She gave us the choice of going to the hospital now or waiting it out at home a little longer. We chose home so we’re trying to relax, eat, and drink a little before we go in later this afternoon or this evening. More silver lining, Laurie has lost 6 pounds since Friday.