I’m sure every woman does this at this point in pregnancy – look for anything that could possibly be a sign of labor! It’s amusing, but it’s also because I really want to know what is going on. Here’s where we’re at.
Yesterday Rize (younger cat) was freaking out about my belly because the energy is now even more narrow and concentrated along my centerline. We don’t know if it can get any narrower or if this is all of the energetic preparation that happens. It’s not like I know many people who can see energy and who have watched a woman constantly as the third trimester wears down. Since I’m still only getting the nice, not painful, braxton-hicks, there isn’t much else to go on.
Then, today started weird. I normally wake up hungry and am starving at lunch. Today I wasn’t at all. I’ve been slightly nauseous all day (but not sick nauseous, more like morning sickness or that it’s been too long since I last ate nausea). I made myself eat a very bland breakfast burrito at 10, and then didn’t get hungry again. I finally made myself get a veggie sub around 3:30. I could eat it, but the nausea is still kind of there. Right now I’m finishing up my fruit from this morning as well. I decided to google this and there is a subset of the population who noticed a lack of appetite the day before labor started. Is that what this is? I don’t know. Maybe it’s a reaction to my energy concentrating, leaving less energy for digestion so my body is responding in kind.
At the midwife appointment this morning I had lost 3 pounds from last week. I’m retaining less water, so some of it is that. I also ate a bit less. But, weight loss is also a pending labor sign according to another website I read. While there I asked if they could see my mucus plug. Apparently that’s hard to see with a closed cervix, which mine was on Saturday. We do know that I was not dilated then at all. However, the midwife student said they recently had a women come in, not dilated at all, who refused to leave because she knew the baby was coming (she already had something like 4 kids). She had the baby less than 2 hours later. So dilation doesn’t have to be a slow process. Nor does the mucus plug have to come out ahead of time. Basically, count on nothing except that the baby will come out at some point!
As I walked to get food today, I tried to send a message out to have my wife contact me so I could talk to her and the guides about this, as I didn’t want to wake her if she was sleeping. I passed the info along and they will keep watching me like a hawk I’m sure. A lot of this is unknown to them as well. They aren’t allowed to know when either. Anyway, while walking and wondering about this all, what popped into my head but Sarah McLachlan’s Sweet Surrender. Message received! I’m simply documenting all this now in case she comes soon and I’ve forgotten bits and pieces.
Further updates. We learned from our dry run Saturday that it’s easy to remember bags yet forget pillows and my teddy bear. 😉 Hopefully I’ll remember to make a list and post it somewhere easy to check before we leave next time. There is a list in a bag, but with the bag already in the car, it’s not helpful. We also learned that getting the damn carseat installed is NOT EASY! We didn’t have instructions, so my wife spent quite a while trying to get the anchors clipped in. Then I tried. Finally I turned it vertically and got it to clip, but that makes me a little concerned because it puts a slight twist in the strap. It was the only way to make it fit though. Then we had to get the second one in and the straps were so short it took a while even knowing what to do. After we had that I worked on getting it level enough. That’s when I discovered we had it in the highest position which corresponds to the shortest strap length. Damn! And I couldn’t get the levels perfectly centered, but it is within the tolerance as far as I can tell. I tightened the hell out of all the straps to minimize movement. It’s as good as we can get it currently. Next up is to have it checked out by an expert, but at least it’s in the car and reasonably installed. We don’t want to ever take the base out! Lesson learned. Do not underestimate car seat installation.
I better get back to work, as I’m troubleshooting an issue that I’ve only partially figured out and don’t want to leave it for anyone else if I can help it.