Tuesday, July 17, 2007

The Waiting Game



I fear I'm not so good at this game, but we're playing it anyway! Today's visit to the midwife was frustrating because it took forever. Why don't doctor's offices pay their clients the courtesy of explaining reasons behind long waits in the office? The 45 minutes I waited for my NST (non-stress test) would have been much less painful had I known that only one of their machines was working, and thus the reason behind my long wait. Anyway, I ended up being there for 2 hours for something that should have taken an hour or less. The NST showed that the baby is doing just fine. My check with the midwife did show some progress - yay!!! She was very encouraging and told me I had made "good progress" since my visit last Thursday. I was dilated a little bit more and more importantly I am about 70% effaced. Sooooo...I left feeling a little more positive. I have to go again on Friday to do the same things all over again and if I make it to that appointment =) they will go ahead and schedule my induction for Monday the 23rd. One additional bit of "good news" is that my midwife won't necessarily begin my induction, if it comes to that, with pitocin. She said she thought I was probably at the point where simply breaking my water and doing lots of walking would get the contractions going. I was very pleased to hear that and I would be much happier to be induced in that way.
So there is my update for those of you who were wondering!

40 weeks

11 comments:

Kathy said...

I've forgotten what "effaced" means. Or maybe I shouldn't ask...

Amy said...

Thinning of said area...I remember all the terminology all too well! Keep up your spirits Jen! It won't be long now.

Ldani said...

I hope the waiting is easier with the induction date set. At least, it gives you something to count down to. We're all looking forward to hearing of the safe delivery of little Lauren.

Elizabeth said...

You can do it!!!! (in that annoying little Mexican accent)

I'm so glad that you have made some progress. Your body is getting ready.

Stephanie said...

Whoohoo! Not much longer either way! What is a few more days anyway, eh?=) We'll be praying for a safe delivery! I can't wait to celebrate with you!

Renee said...

I agree completely with Stephanie! At least you have a date set, and it won't be much longer. :)

Patrick & Rachel said...

How weird!!! Before having Luke, I also went in for an NST on Tues. and a repeat one on Fri. I, however, had not progressed to 70% effaced, but was still at 50%. I ended up going into labor sometime in the very early hours of Sat.:) My induction date was also set for Mon. The waiting game is hard, but surely it will be any day now and you will never make it to Mon. Sending you ELVs and praying that delivery goes well and SOON!!!!

JM said...

I really feel for you. I remember thinking "I just want this baby to come before its due date" many times. The thing that kept me somewhat calm in the waiting time was praying that God would have her (we didn't know she was a "her" at the time) come when she would be most healthy and my labor would be easiest. She was healthy and my labor went about as well as I could have expected, so I am greatful for the timing!

Imee Elizabeth said...

Hey Jen, it seems like we may be there just in time to witness the little miracle. Maybe we can even be of some help. See ya soon.

JM said...

How did your appointment go today?

Beth said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog. When I visited Liz's and saw pics of Lydia with Kate, I thought I better stop by yours to see if Lauren had arrived. You are still waiting, I see! I'm sure you are looking forward to having her out of your body and into your arms! Trust that you will have a safe delivery and won't have too wait too much longer.