Unfortunately, nothing much to report over here. No further contractions, nothing going on.
I really didn't expect to be at prenatal yoga on Sunday, but since there was nothing happening, I figured I might as well go, and I'm glad I did. It definitely helped me feel better mentally and emotionally, and was just very relaxing and peaceful - something I can really use right now. The instructor was pretty surprised to see me, as were the other regulars in the class.
We had a nice visit with Grammy and Grampy in the afternoon - it was nice for the boys to see them, and nice that they were able to come up for some time with just the boys, before the focus shifts to the baby.
So here we are at 41 weeks and 3 days, and I had another appointment this morning. Another non-stress test and ultrasound, during which the baby looked perfect - moved around a ton, heartbeat sounded great, and amniotic fluid level is normal.
I'm still at about 4 cm, and baby's head is at about -1, which is good. Once again, all systems are go - if I would just start having some contractions already!
I have another appointment scheduled for Thursday. I really, really, really, really hope it isn't necessary, but if it is, that's when we'll start making a plan for some sort of induction. The one bit of hope I'm holding onto at this point is that if we do end up in that situation, my midwife told me that rather than going straight to pitocin, they could admit me and break my water and see if that's enough to get labor started.
Still not as good as going into labor naturally, but definitely a better alternative to pitocin, so if that's what it comes down to, we'll try that first for sure.
Physically I'm really feeling fine - no more uncomfortable or achy than I've felt in the past 4 or 5 weeks. I haven't gained any more weight at my last few appointments, probably because I'm really only able to eat normally at breakfast and lunch - by the time dinner rolls around, my stomach is so full that I can't eat much, so my dinners have been very light.
Emotionally, it's just a lot of up and down. There are times where I'm fine, and other times where I get totally discouraged and frustrated and anxious. I never got this far along when I was pregnant with Gabe - he was born right at 41 weeks - and only made it to 34 weeks with Dante, so being this far overdue is a real eye-opener.
We're working on many of the natural methods that supposedly can induce labor, and none of them have worked thus far, but we'll keep trying. I have an appointment for acupuncture on Wednesday, and truthfully, that's the method I have the most faith in, so hopefully if I make it to Wednesday, that might be the thing that finally gets this baby moving.
In the meantime, the boys are keeping us plenty busy. Busy driving us crazy, too, since Scott and I are both pretty on edge. They have been doing a surprisingly good job of playing together nicely, though, and yesterday they even played together on one floor of the house while I cleaned on the other floor, and a good 40 minutes went by without a single fight! I was shocked - and thrilled!
And one time when I stopped to eavesdrop on them, I heard Gabe saying to Dante "Well, sometimes it's a little frustrating for Mom and Dad, because the baby's coming soon." They definitely are picking up on the tension.
Gabe told us some funny jokes yesterday, too, all of which involved chickens. An example of his idea of a 'joke' - "How does a doctor wear sunglasses in the summer? Answer: On a chicken." He cracks himself up.