Ugh. 4. Days. Overdue.
Now, I know that statistically, most first time moms go past their due date. But I really hoped I wasn't going to be one of them. These last 4 days have seemed like 2 months as I (figuratively) sit around and wait and hope and pray that today will be the day.
There is obviously some progress - I've been having contractions off and on since Thursday night. At my appointment Friday morning I was dilated about 3 cm (sorry if that's too much info for anyone). Friday night I dragged Davis out to The Forum to walk around and had contractions the whole time. Since nothing transpired of that, we went out to the Norcross Art Fest yesterday morning to do some more walking (and early Christmas shopping). After about an hour and a half, the contractions and heat had done me in, so we headed home where I continued to have contractions all day. However, the contractions were very irregular and lasting quite a long time: 1-2 minutes long. (If anyone has any insight into what that may mean, I'm all ears!) Since 4 this morning I've had some contractions that actually woke me up, again very irregular.
Once Davis wakes up (I don't know how he can sleep through these contractions!), I'm going to make him go walking with me again. And tonight, we're going to have a date night at Scalini's, whose eggplant parmesan is known for supposedly helping induce labor. Now, I've never had eggplant parmesan, and there's a chance I won't like it, but at this point I'm willing to try anything to coax Ellis into this world sooner rather than later.
My next appointment is Wednesday, and I'm really hoping I don't make it that far. However, if I do, then we'll be making a decision on whether or not to induce. As much as I'd rather let this happen naturally, it can get riskier for the baby as time goes on past the due date since amniotic fluid decreases over time.
Prayers are much appreciated that Ellis will be born healthy and that everything goes well with delivery. Also, if anyone has insight into those irregular contractions that lasted a long time, I'd love to hear them!