Wednesday, May 5, 2010

The Boy Who Cried Wolf

My mom read me a story as a child where a boy shephard would prank villagers that a wolf was trying to eat his sheep. People would come, he'd laugh, they'd leave. One day a real wolf came, he cried wolf, no one came, all his sheep got eaten. Moral of story: It sucks to be a sheep.

I feel like this boy saying this but I'm starting to wonder if I'm in early labor. 8 contractions in the 6am hour, I slept from 7-8 and then was woken up around 8am and had 8 contractions. 9am so far I've had 5 and its only 9:30. They hurt. They wrapped around my stomach like a rubber band. When they are here I think they'll never go away. Once it leaves I feel relief. I'm also getting pink mucus discharge. I'm rating each contraction. Half are of medium-strong strength, 1/4 are medium strength and 1/4 are weak. I'm not counting the weak ones. It's not full on labor but I think I might be in the early stages. I am going to consult Dr. Google.

Most tellingly I wonder: Why exactly do I hate C-sections? What is my issue with epidural? Because this pain? This pain is incredible.

10 comments:

  1. I hope real labor is around the corner for you! Maybe Sunflower will show up on his due date!

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  2. Hoping this IS the beginning of real labor & I hope you get exactly the birth experience you want - whether that turns out to be medicated or unmedicated! THINKING OF YOU!

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  3. Hoping this is it! I think about you daily and I'm obsessively checking your blog for the big news (though, I know when it happens the big news will come a few days later, hey, we can't expect you to blog during the labor!) :-D You can do this, you can do this for your son!! He's going to be here so soon!!!

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  4. Sounds promising!! can't wait to see the post about the arrival!!

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  5. Woohoo! It has to be the start of something! It may or may not mean he'll be here today, but I bet it means you don't make it to your scheduled induction.

    As for the c-section and the epidural, I feel the same way about them, and I think it has a lot to do with how we view ourselves, what we expect of ourselves, and the experience that we've always visualized. They are fine if you have to have them, but some of us need to experience the whole thing as it was designed. Honestly, I think a lot of us associate it with our womanhood. But some people need c-sections and some people need the epidural to rest and stay sane, so there is no shame in it. That said, it's easier to apply that rule to others than to ourselves.

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  6. Oh please please please let this be it. How exciting! Are you using breathing and relaxation techniques? Do those help with the pain? Whether it's breathing or TV or a book - try to find some good distractions. Maybe just thinking about holding your little guy after so long! Thinking of you!

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  7. Come out, come out Sunflower!

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  8. don't even worry about the c-section, there's no reason to worry about it when there's no indication that you will need one!! and the epidural is scary because they're putting a needle in your spine, but i am telling you, it will take the pain away. it's a personal choice though and whatever you decide has to be right for you.

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  9. Hope this is it! Good luck, and I can't wait to see sunflower

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