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Virgin365: day two hundred and eighty…Toe Prick


365 ONE: day 263… In Case This Is It…

Day 263: September 27th, 2012 = COMPLETE!!!!!

Cardio was = Walking

Dance of the Day was = “Bang Bang Bang Maria” by Gypsy Kings

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

Anything to Note =

Heading out the door to the hospital.

Had a bad night with weird symptoms so called the maternity helpline and then the hospital and they want me to come in and take a look….

So I don’t know if this is it but did my 365 overnight and early this morning as distraction in case it was and am writing this quickly now in case this is it.

And if not, then I will be updating you about it tomorrow I guess.

So we’ll see…


365 ONE: day 262…Sex Talk

Day 262: September 26th, 2012 = COMPLETE!!!!!

Cardio was = Walking

Dance of the Day was = “Hot Stuff” by DJ Liakos feat. Craig David

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

Anything to Note =

Its the 26th and the little monkey is still holding on! Four days late now!

My mum read the leaflet they gave us at the hospital yesterday about induction and the processes and everything and now it’s funny as she has flipped to the other side!

She is now encouraging me to do all kinds of things that she has been telling me off for or saying I have to be careful with…her new list of “must do’s” or “can do’s” are now…

– “go ahead and jump around as much as you can with your 365 dance”

– “do as much 365 as you want really!”

– “bounce up and down!”

– “yes, go, walk around, walk, walk, walk”

– “when you come home have a quickie” = now that was a good one!!

Sex seems to be the hot topic with her really in general as a means to start labor! Just now she called down on the internal phone line and asked what I was doing and then said:

“Finish your blog and start bonging!!” HAHAHA!!! (I did love the word bonging!! Haha!!)

I mean, all day she has been talking about it!! It didn’t help that my older brother called to check up and said that for all three pregnancies he would have an 8am quickie towards the end and avoided the induction date!!! That’s just great!

Sex is the stereotype to encouraging labor…I mean it is everywhere, but it is funny as my mum I think thought it was just a joke like what they say in the movies…but now she knows its real and
apparently effective she won’t stop!

And it IS everywhere – it’s mentioned all the time…on TV, movies…and it seemed to be mentioned on the exact programs she was watching today coincidentally!!!

I got an earful of info from Keeping up with the Kardashians show she watched…which mentioned how foreplay and making out stimulated labor….so then my mum started asking me about what gets me excited and all the different types of foreplay…and stimulation of the breasts…

HILARIOUS!!!

We don’t speak about that!!! And there’s a reason for that!!!!

Too much! Too much!

I quickly left to come down and finish my blog!!

I understand she wants me to avoid anything that’s not going to naturally encourage labor as that is ideal but what a day of sex talk!!

Ah, mum!

Never thought I would see the day when my mum would be telling me to have sex!!

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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 257…Baby Brain

Day 257: September 21st, 2012 = COMPLETE!!!!!

Cardio was = Walking

Dance of the Day was = “Ironic” by Alanis Morrisette

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

Anything to Note =

I saw some of my good boarding school friends last night – they came over to say hello as it’s been ages for some of them – and for them all to meet Stuart as its crazy that they hadn’t yet!

So Stuart got a group of four girls, and me, all to himself haha!

Well actually it was five girls and a football game on in the background 🙂 We forced him to turn it on as he was being kind and a true gentleman but his team was playing and I felt bad that maybe the five of us reminiscing about school days and such would make him feel left out or lost or perhaps a little like WTF…so I encouraged him to watch and listen to us/join in at the same time 🙂

It was funny though to hear my friends speak about Wycombe Abbey, our boarding school, as I realized that I did not remember half of the things they were talking about!! And I pride myself on a good memory but perhaps I am wrong. I mean, I pride myself on having a good memory for things like memorization for acting, but I guess that is not the same as remembering memories from the past. It hasn’t been that long but I definitely did not have a clue on a lot of the stories, or if I did, it was like a faint recollection with them filling in the details that surprised me!

I want to say that last night was an anomaly! A pregnant anomaly! Because I have baby brain! Pregnancy makes you stupid!

It’s a real thing!!!! I swear!!!

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2077788/Baby-brain-syndrome-IS-real-makes-better-mother.html

You see!! It’s a syndrome!!

I’m going to put it down to that – yup!

I guess I can test if that’s true once the little one arrives and I cannot use that excuse anymore…or does this theory reach beyond pregnancy and apply also to the first months of baby-ness??? Or first years?? Or can every mother now use this as an excuse forever???!!!

That would come in handy 🙂

Well, we’ll give it a test and see!

Tomorrow is the due date soooooooooo…..a little nervy right now. Got some bad pains today so perhaps we will be testing out the baby brain theory on time. Or will this little monkey continue to be a trooper and cling on!


365 ONE: day 256…Belly Bump Drop

Day 256: September 20th, 2012 = COMPLETE!!!!!

Cardio was = Walking

Dance of the Day was = “La Tortura” by Shakira

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

Anything to Note =

I thankfully had no repeat 4am pain wake up last night!

I was kinda scared to go to sleep at all last night in case it happened again but thankfully it was just an uncomfortable night sleep, so the usual, and nothing crazy like that 4am scare.

Funny how I will gladly take on an uncomfortable night! Well, anything would be better than those 4am couple of hours, and I imagine the actual labor haha! So give me uncomfortable.

I shouldn’t say that really!!!!

Now I’ve said that I’m sure I’ve shot myself in the foot!

I am pretty uncomfortable all day now. The little monkey has dropped down further, as I am definitely feeling a lot of pressure….more of it and more often.

People keep saying that my belly bump has dropped down since they had seen me last so I guess it makes sense. Although when I sit down it still feels all bunched and crunched! But I guess if the little monkey has dropped, which is confirmed by the doctor yesterday giving me a 3 out of 5 for how far down he is now, then my bump would drop lower with his weight as he drops.

His feet are still up in my ribs though and he is definitely getting antsy…well who wouldn’t when hanging upside down!!!

I can’t believe he is upside down and for so long….bizarre!

Although its bizarre that he’s also in a sack of water, isn’t it???

And that he’s a little alien monkey??!! That grew from a peanut into the size of a mini watermelon (according to My Pregnancy app current sizing haha!)

The facts of life and baby making are bizarre in general!!

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365 ONE: day 255…Thought The Little Monkey Was Coming at 4am

Day 255: September 19th, 2012 = COMPLETE!!!!!!

Cardio was = Walking

Dance of the Day was = “Sweet Little Sixteen” by The Beatles

Improvised Acting Video I uploaded to my other blog was = “4am Scare”

Anything to Note =

I had a big scare this morning.

At 4am I got up with some pains and went to the bathroom….and got stuck in there until after 7am!

I suddenly got pain and cramps and it would not go away for a couple of hours.

I tried to lie down again and make the pain stop….nope. I tried to deduce if the symptoms I was feeling were real and not symptoms of fake labour so grabbed one of the books but….nope…what I was feeling was exactly what was being described as the first stage of labour. So I almost called the maternity helpline, as I am supposed to call when the pain is regular, but I was just hesitant a bit in case it would pass…

I should have woken my mum up, or Stuart, but I didn’t because….I don’t know really…I got scared and just kept reading to make sure…and I couldn’t move from the bathroom.

But I was convinced.

I even shaved my legs to distract myself between the cramps/contractions/pains as I had been meaning to rid me of the wooly mammoth legs before I went into hospital and just haven’t.

I kept saying – this is it….and just started thinking of how I wasn’t ready….

No name…

No hospital bag fully ready…well, I am sure my mum has but I hadn’t looked at it…

No, I hadn’t finished all the books yet…

No, I haven’t watched all the videos online about labour and delivery…

No, I am NOT MENTALLY READY!!!!

JUST NOT READY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I mean, the list went on as I sat there, and I thought what can I control right now and so I went for the shaving of my legs! It sounds ridiculous but that was my first step between the pains, then it was going to be a shower, then hospital bag, then wake everyone up, then call, then go to the hospital….

And I thought why now…and then I thought back and last night I really burned my fingers badly taking the garlic bread out of the oven and I felt a reaction in my body, a feeling of holding it in until I could get the oven tray to the top without dropping, and my stomach spasmed…so I was like, that reaction may have set it off…

At that moment, my burned fingers were not killing me anymore in comparison!

I was just convinced this was it…

And then suddenly the pain dulled a bit…and…it’s been a dull pain ever since really…

I had a doctors appointment this morning anyway so told her all about it and she said it could be the beginning or not be still for a little bit…she said the little monkey had dropped down to level 3 out of 5…so now I’m just stuck with dull pain, a lot of pressure, a lot of movement, and fear!

Fear.

Real FEAR!

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365 ONE: day 253…And…I Got Sick…Boo!

Day 253: September 17th, 2012 = COMPLETE!!!!!

Cardio was = Walking

Dance of the Day was = “Littlest Things” by Lily Allen

Improvised Acting Video I uploaded to my other blog was = “SICK :(”

Anything to Note =

So it happened…

I got sick 😦

I had such a sore throat and then last night it just blew up and of course I had such a bad night because of it.

So now I have a sore throat…

A blocked nose…

Sniffles…

Sneezes…

Head pressure…

Feeling sick…

Super tired…

AND

AM 39 WEEKS PREGNANT!!!

Super time for me – woo hoo!

I am just hoping that this does not affect anything to do with labor and delivery….in particular drugs!! That is all I need – that they can’t give me an epidural or anything because I am sick!!

I really hope not.

The weather has been changing so I guess that is why this happened…or I have had it coming with the lack of sleep I have had…or it’s just an “of course” moment because of course I would get sick 6 days before my due date!!!!

Ahhh, me and my luck. Boo Hoo 😦