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365 ONE: day 261…Induced Date Set If Nothing Happens

Day 261: September 25th, 2012 = COMPLETE!!!!!

Cardio was = Walking

Dance of the Day was = “Rich Girl” by Gwen Stefani

Improvised Acting Video I uploaded to my other blog was = “Super Size”

Anything to Note =

I had my hospital appointment this morning.

I had this scheduled in advance as an appointment for after the 40 weeks and due date had passed in case the little monkey had not come into this world. And being now three days late in I went.

I had a little chat and said that I was feeling a lot of pressure and pains so we naturally talked about first babies being stereotypically late and the concept of induction. They will wait ten days before they induce and so will give me another week for the little monkey to have a chance to come out naturally.

Of course the things you hear about in the movies – you see how educated I am from movies??!! – are true ways to encourage labor, which she mentioned that we have all heard:

Spicy Food

Long Walks

Sex

I would like the little one to emerge naturally, ideally. I wonder what else works… 🙂

This morning they performed an internal “sweep” on me – which I will not go into detail about other than its an internal exam to naturally help start labor and check if I am on that forward route at all…turns out its quite painful despite being compared to period pains…..ummmmm, no! It was worse than that thank you very much!

And to make it worse I had it done TWICE as there were two in the room – the first girl I think was an intern or something as she performed it first and then said she would need help/confirmation/assistance or something…so the OB went in and did it again!!

Trust my luck that I get it done TWICE!!!

“Just relax and breathe” – oh ok, no problem!!!!!! Don’t you just love those words when you are in a compromising position!!! Oh vey 😦

It was painful TWICE and it made me think just how lovely this whole labor shindig is going to be!!!!!!! Great!! Epidural please!! Well, there was never any doubt to that, but hey 🙂

Anyway, turns out I am dilated but only at 1cm so have a big stretch (hahaha my wit amuses me sometimes!!) to go before I am ready to give birth. So I am scheduled for another of these wonderful “sweeps” for this coming Friday and then if nothing still and the little monkey is still being stubborn (a good friend of mine yesterday pointed out like mother like son….thanks!!), then i am booked to go in to be induced for next Tuesday. Which if that happens will mean he will be another October baby!! Ahhhh the month of October is a popular one in my family! My brother, mother, two nephews, sister, brother-in-law, very good friend, and Stuart’s sister all have birthdays in October just to name a few!!

So, we are hoping for September to change it up!!

It made me think though back nine months to how all these people ended up in October…as well as possibly the little monkey….and it comes down to some hanky panky being obviously popular around Christmas/New Years time 🙂

I also then thought back to me and being born in May and nine months prior to my birthday being August…and suddenly a click went off in my head!!!! My parents got married in May the year before I was born, or had their civil registry wedding then, and then they went to Greece to have their church wedding in September in Spetses….and it hit me!!!

I turned to my mum and asked her if she was in Spetses in August already, prior to her wedding, and the answer was….YES!!!!!!!

So yeah…..I was conceived in Spetses!!! Woo Hoo!!!! That is just perfect!! And makes total sense haha!!

Now THAT made my day 🙂

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365 ONE: day 260…No Fun Fair…Just Rain!

Day 260: September 24th, 2012 = COMPLETE!!!!!!!

Cardio was = Walking

Dance of the Day was = “Fiesta Caliente” by Happy Noche feat. Will

Improvised Acting Video I uploaded to my other blog was = “Creepy Clown”

Anything to Note =

Firstly…the little monkey is still in the belly…so two days late now. He’s still in there fighting to get some elbow, knee, body, well, any kind of room!

I have a hospital appointment tomorrow morning that was scheduled if he didn’t arrive anyway by now, so let’s see…

I am still getting lots of pressure and pains, which makes me want to move around or shift positions or something…but this lovely UK rain just hinders me walking around the block.

I really wanted go out yesterday, although still trying to recover completely from this cold before the baby comes, but it was raining all day. And there is a fun fair on the green near us that me, my dad and Stuart went to on Friday and played some games….and lost! So I wanted to go back yesterday as it was the last day…but no, it was pouring all day 😦

Those stupid fun fair machines are so addictive and annoying! You know these ones…

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The coins are just hanging off the ledge waiting to be pushed off and make me rich!! And then they get you as there are bank notes just hanging there too…that appear to just need a slight nudge by me putting in one coin! Just one coin…or one more…or how about a few more….arghhhh now my pockets are empty!!!

Soooo annoying!! And I know I can’t get those notes but what if…I mean, WHAT IF, I can do it???!!!

I find these way more fun than slot machines …although my dad and I also like the claw machines that can grab a toy – sadly also annoying and hard! But strangely addictive! We’ve won a toy before but at this fun fair we all walked away with nothing!

So, I was hoping to go back and get something after I spent all those coins! I would feel better if we walked away with something! You know, and redeem ourselves!

But, no, the rain wouldn’t let me….so we missed out 😦 Which probably is best in the financial long run I guess!

And again it was raining out today – pouring this morning – but cleared enough to have a quick wander out in the late afternoon. However, with this pressure and pains it feels like the little monkey could come anytime so I have to be careful with how far I go. But tomorrow’s forecast is RAIN….surprise surprise!!


365 ONE: day 259…The Little One will be a LIBRA

Day 259: September 23rd, 2012 = COMPLETE!!!!!

Cardio was = Walking Stairs

Dance of the Day was = “When Love Takes Over (radio edit)” by David Guetta feat. Kelly Rowland

Improvised Acting Video I uploaded to my other blog was = “Rain”

Anything to Note =

Horrible out today in merry and sunny (not) ol’ England!

It has been raining ALL day long!!! ALL DAY LONG!!!

Grey.

Windy.

Cloudy.

Rain.

Cold.

Such a pleasant environment, hey!!!

It’s a perfect time to watch movies and do nothing under the covers…but I am not good at doing that when I have so much on my mind…and so much going on inside my belly!!!

The little monkey is still here with us….or rather, he is still crammed and crunched and putting a lot of pressure on me and pains but still from the inside!

However, a good friend of mine said that the little monkey should wait to come out until after the 23rd so that he would be past being on the cusp of two astrological signs…which I know nothing about! I mean, I know literally nothing about signs and what they represent, so would never consider that, but I think though that the little monkey was listening to his Auntie as he has remained from saying hello in this astrological cusp!

Astrological signs really do elude me. I feel quite out of it as everyone around me seems to really know things and take their signs seriously – or even consider someone’s signs when dating – or my favorite is when someone asks what sign you are and I would say “Taurus” and they go “Ohhhhhhhhhh!”

It appears I make sense to them after I have revealed to them what sign I am????!! What the??!! Still so foreign to me!!

I am not going to offend anyone as I know people really believe in it all…I just don’t. I mean, I don’t know enough about it….but I am a little hesitant with it all. Sorry believers!!

Do people who really believe in signs…do they plan their babies around it? Is that a real thing?

Well, as we reach the end of the 23rd of September today this therefore means no cusp now, and the little one will therefore be a Libra….is that a good thing or a bad thing? What does a Libra mean?

I guess I will have to read up 🙂

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365 ONE: day 248…Belly Business

Day 248: September 12th, 2012 = COMPLETE!!!!!!!

Cardio was = Walking

Dance of the Day was = “Campus” by Vampire Weekend

Improvised Acting Video I uploaded to my other blog was = “Sainsbury’s Shop For Tea”

Anything to Note =

I had another doctor appointment this morning – am supposed to schedule a visit to the local clinic and see an antenatal GP once every week now until the big bang happens!

So, off I went this morning. With my list of things to ask – or rather my mum’s list of things to ask!!

I especially wanted to know whether there had been any update in the “out of five scale” to how far the head was down as that is an indication of how close apparently you are to giving birth. I have been getting a lot of pressure and pains – which are probably contractions or the little monkey pushing down – and so was curious to what she would say.

Sadly though this check-up was with another doctor I had not seen before, as they alternate, and this one today was unfriendly and on auto-pilot!

It was an in-and-out and “Next!” scenario!

Sit down, check my urine sample, check my blood pressure, lie on the bed (without even bothering to put any sheet down!), belly out, measure baby, press for head down, listen to heartbeat, belly in and DONE!

No hello. No goodbye.

Just business. Belly business!

I mean, all of the checks she did came back fine but there was no place for questions or answers or any sort of environment to do so anyway…certainly not like with the other nicer woman!

She may have been having a bad day this doctor, or rushed for something, or who knows…but it left my mum speechless and she is NEVER speechless! She didn’t want to ask anything! I think she was thrown off by her robotic appointment to say anything! And it whisked straight past her!

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So now I don’t have any clue if the head has moved down further than last week, which was a 5 of 5 then, so who knows if birth is imminent or not! I assume she would have said something if so, but I guess we will see if it is!

Anyway, my next appointment is made for next Wednesday and thankfully it’s with the other doctor who I have seen twice already and who is lovely…so until then I guess…unless the little schmonkie decides he wants to make a preview appearance! It sometimes feels like he will!

How about you wait until your daddy (that is sooooooooooo strange to say!!!!!) arrives on Sunday…at least, little one!!! Deal?


365 ONE: day 241…Level 5 of 5

Day 241: September 5th, 2012 = COMPLETE!!!!!!

Cardio was = Walking

Dance of the Day was = “Let Go” by Paul Van Dyk

Improvised Acting Video I uploaded to my other blog was = “Breast Pad Betty”

Anything to Note =

I saw the ante natal GP doctor this morning for my 37 weeks check up as instructed by the hospital on my last visit (am supposed to go every week now). She reminded me that I am not 37 weeks, I am 37 weeks and 4 days!! And that the little guy could pop out at any minute now! My first reaction….SUPER!!

She then did a feel around and told me that the baby is indeed head down but with room still to move – there is a five level scale apparently and 1 means the head is down down and birth is imminent – I got a 5 of 5, thank god!! So, labour is not coming on today….hopefully! Of course things can change and rapidly but hearing his head was down already freaked me out…but it explains why I have been feeling so much pressure and bulging up near my ribs, on top of my belly…he’s been trying to swivel around and push down…apparently every five seconds as there is a lot of friggin’ movement!! Despite the fact that I have no idea how he even has room in there to do anything!

I have been feeling a lot of cramps and pains and uncomfortable pressure so naturally the topic of labour and delivery and pain medication was next since apparently these must be contractions! Reaction now = GREAT!!

Actually, the doctor made it all sound so easy!! Out in 24 hours if all goes well and smooth. She also said there was nothing to fear with not being able to attend any ante natal classes as I have not been able to get in any classes due to me coming to the UK so late on in my pregnancy. My mum has been worried that we don’t know anything…which we don’t! But was worrying about not being able to go to any official classes and for breastfeeding – which the GP assured us both that it was ok. This hospital is the top maternity hospital and they will help with everything and the start to breastfeeding after birth before I get sent home.

She also said that epidurals were explored and developed and worked on and essentially founded at this hospital so they are experts there! Which is good as I will be needing some of that!!!!!

So I am in excellent care and there is nothing to worry about….good to hear but I’m still a little FREAKED! It all sounds so surreal and too nonchalant – I’ve seen those maternity shows….there’s lots of screaming and pain and schmleh!! I didn’t see any rabbits and flowers and pretty rainbows!

But according to this doctor, if all goes well, then I am in and out, boom! Everything taken care of. Everything taught.

And boom.

I am discharged.

To fend for ourselves….

Us and the little fragile schmonkie!!!

BOOM!

Riiiiiiiiiiiiight.

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