Update re: twitter at bottom.

Thanks for all the emails, comments, and even gifts that have arrived this week. It's been enough to bring more than one tear to my eyes.

The Foetus and I are still doing fine here. This morning's monitoring showed everything to be as normal and healthy as at the last visit, and, in fact, there was so much movement going on last night that I ended up making a casual remark about him "having a fit in there". And shortly afterwards sitting down for several hours to google "intrauterine seizures".

SOB asked what I wanted to do. "I want to do whatever is safest," I told him firmly.

"Well, with everything looking so good, we can continue to monitor," he explained, "but at this stage, and with such a favourable-looking cervix, the potential benefits of a gel induction probably outweigh the potential risks."

Enough said.

So I had a dose of prostin, took the train into town for a meaty and sustaining lunch, and returned for more monitoring. Because The Foetus still looks fine and the Braxton Hicks-like contractions are starting to get nice and regular - although not yet painful - we have left it at that and I've come home. The nurses studied the CTG trace and unanimously predicted we'd be arriving at L&D between 10pm and midnight. SOB agreed, but asked me to front up first thing tomorrow at the latest. You'll have to excuse my lack of stats. Since the machine was recording everything, I chose to focus my mental energies on fashion magazines, so I really can't tell you exactly how far apart anything is or anything like that, however, I do think you should watch out for this season's floral prints.

I feel like I should say something profound, or meaningful, but I'm coming up short. Yesterday, I bought some groceries. The cashier asked, "How many years of marriage before get baby? One year?" and she waggled her eyebrows suggestively.

"Nine," I replied.

"Oh. Nine years," she repeated, her face becoming serious. "You try try lah, or just wait?"

I drew breath to answer before I decided what to say. "It's been a bit complicated," I admitted after a pause, and she managed to nod in a way that conveyed sympathy without a trace of pity or awkwardness. Then, as she handed me my change, she looked at me directly and sincerely. "Then I hope it goes very very well for you."

Yes. Well. Amen to that.

(Further updates probably through twitter, right sidebar, sorry, never did get around to fixing that.)

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(Update re: twitter - it's 9:30 here, and things do seem a bit more intense, but I'm guessing it'll be more on the "midnight" side of 10pm-midnight.

Anyway, I dropped in because a couple of people have asked about twitter. You should be able to see updates on the sidebar as I text them, just like reading a really short post, in a sidebar. Otherwise, click a bit, see what happens.)


59 Comments

Rachel Inbar said...

It will be great if the gel induction really sets off labor :-) How do you feel?

I can't believe you're still riding the train (although, why not?)

BTW, I had the same problem with my sidebar and was able to fix it, but I don't remember what I did.

I'm very excited for you!

Robyn said...

Wishing you all the very best, a manageable labour and lots of love and excitement on the safe arrival of your long awaited baby.

Vee said...

Glad all is going well.

I am very excited too!

Betty M said...

Excited here too. I found the gel got things started quick time. Haven't worked out twitter but will be keeping an eye out for more news.

Artblog said...

Goof luck Bea!

:)

My Reality said...

Oh Bea! I am so excited for you!

m said...

Thinking of you and sending much, much love.....

x

beagle said...

May it all go very very well indeed!

snowhite said...

Oh Bea, I am so excited for you.

And, you still have enough composure to notice subtle looks / messages you get from strangers. How very much like Bea.

Sending you lots of love.

Ellen K. said...

Thinking of you this weekend and wishing you a healthy & safe labor & delivery!

TeamWinks said...

I'm glad to hear things are continuing so well. I'm elated about the little ones arrival. Very excited for you!

BethH6703 said...

Thinking of you, and sending you safe labor and healthy baby thoughts & prayers. Can't wait to "hear" the update!

And the cashier story got me all teary eyed!

loribeth said...

I have no idea how Twitter works, but will be looking for updates!

Bea said...

Well, it's 9:30 here, and things do seem a bit more intense, but I'm guessing it'll be more on the "midnight" side of 10pm-midnight.

Anyway, I dropped in because a couple of people have asked about twitter. You should be able to see updates as I text them on the sidebar, just like reading a really short post, in a sidebar. Otherwise, click a bit, see what happens.

Bea

Sarah said...

are you saying you might actually have a baby? :)

yaaAAAYYYYYYYYY!!!!!

i love your grocery cashier.

Sunny Jenny said...

Oh Bea!!

I am so excited for you!! I can't wait to hear all the news and see his beautiful face! My thoughts are with you and Mr. Bea!

No Minimom said...

Can't wait to hear the news! So so excited for you and Mr. B!

Jess said...

EXCITING BEA!! Soooo exciting!

Piccinigirl said...

SOOOOO excited!!!

Work has blocked Twitter for me, so I guess I have to do some work on rely on others to tell me what is going on.

in any case, my heart is all the way over there with your's . GOOD LUCK!

serenity said...

Good luck, Bea. I will wait with bated breath for updates. :)

SarahSews said...

Good luck Bea! Hope the induction works and labor is manageable and on the short side. Can't wait to hear of his safe arrival!

The Town Criers said...

Gah, woman, you could be delivering as I write this! Could not be more excited for you two. I hope it is an easy labour and a quick recovery. And much, much happiness. Update when you can!

JJ said...

Thinking of you all! I keep checking twitter=)

Hopeful Mother said...

Excited to read updates, Bea!!!!!

Aurelia said...

Okay, I'm waiting in anticipation here, and hoping things go well.

Checking on twitter!

Somewhat Ordinary said...

Waiting patiently!!

Geohde said...

Good luck, Mz B,

J

The Town Criers said...

There doesn't seem to be a way to leave a message on Twitter? So...10 hours ago you were 8 cm dilated...

Update, update :-)

I hope all is well and safe and good and that you are holding a little bundle of love at the moment.

Rachel Inbar said...

Congrats! Congrats! Congrats!

I am so happy for you!!!

silene said...

Hearty congratulations from this longtime lurker!! Looking forward to reading all about it. In the meantime enjoy your precious boy!

Aurelia said...

Yayyyyyyyyy!!

I cannot wait for details, but for now, rest momma when you can, you have worked hard and you deserve it!

Somewhat Ordinary said...

Congrats!! Can't wait for details...

No Minimom said...

Soooo happy for you guys! Congratulations!

m said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!! Welcome to your baby boy (can't wait to her his name!) - and hope you and Mr B are flying high....

xxx

Barb said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!! (per your twitter note)

Can't wait to hear more about it! So very pleased for you. :)

The Town Criers said...

CONGRATULATIONS! I am so excited for you two. Many many good wishes for a lot of ease in these first few days.

Robyn said...

Congratulations to you all and a BIG welcome to the world to your little boy. Wishing you joy and wonder for years to come.

Sunny said...

WONDERFUL NEWS!!!! I am so excited for you!!!!

Isabel said...

Congratulations! Thanks for Twittering. And congratulations!

zhl said...

Congrats! so happy for all three of you!

Caro said...

Congrats!

millie said...

Congrats!!!!! So very excited for the three of you. I can't wait to hear about the name.

Yay!!!!!!!!

Lut C. said...

So exciting!!!

I'm with the cashier, I hope everything goes very well!

In and Out of Luck said...

I saw Mel's announcement of the birth of your son. Congratulations!! I've been following your story, and this is the most fantastic thing.

Jess said...

I don't know if I'm stupid or what but I never heard (and Twitter defies my understanding) until Mel's announcement....

CONGRATULATIONS TO YOU AND THE MR ON YOUR NEW SON!!!

Wonderful, Bea....just wonderful.

Artblog said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!! xxx

Thalia said...

nope can't see a sidebar, but saw via mel that your son is here. Mazal Tov sweetie. Can't wait to hear more.

Piccinigirl said...

Twitter doesn't work here at work,,so CONGRATULATIONS sweetie, what wonderful news.
I am SO HAPPY For you!!!!!!

Much love to your FAMILY!
xo
Kir

Pamela Jeanne said...

Wow!! Already? It seems like you just got the BFP! So excited for you. All smiles here...

JJ said...

Welcome little one! Congrats Bea and family!=)=)

Karen said...

congratulations, Bea! I'm so happy for you!

beagle said...

Congratulations!!!
Welcome Baby Boy!

Ellen K. said...

Congrats, congrats, congrats! Cannot wait to read more.

Nina said...

Congratulations!! Hope you and baby boy are doing well. Can't wait to hear more. Oh and if you think that you have a stalker from Sweden, ehh, it's only me hitting the refresh button all the time - sorry! Lot's of love.

Bumble said...

Congratulations on your little BOY!!!! I'm so over the moon for you guys Bea!! Can't wait to see him. Enjoy!

Samantha said...

Congrats on your baby boy!!!!

My SIL's son had jaundice too, so they held him at the hospital for treatment, but everything turned out to be fine and he is healthy and strong at home.

Hope he comes home today!

ms. c said...

Congrats Bea and Mr. Bea!
Just getting to your twitter updates... We had to go back for jaundice two (for 3 days)... I think it was way harder on us than it was for the little guy. TOday (8 weeks later) you would never know that we had such troubles at the beginning.
Best of luck, hope you're all home together now, and can't wait to hear more.

ak1908 said...

Just checking in on ya and hoping all went well!!!!!

Prayers your way!!!!

Bell said...

congratulations!! cannot wait to hear more about you little boys arrival.

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