Getting Down To Business: Update

May 16, 2008

No baby. Lost rocked, though, so, hey, there was that.

Spent the better part of today at hospital while doctors fussed over size of baby and fact of ongoing contractions that seem to go nowhere. The baby? IS HUGE. Well over nine pounds now and measuring off the chart for length and head size and everything size and very near to the point where they automatically recommend c-section. My doctor, however, is very anti-c-section unless absolutely medically necessary so there was consultation after consultation with other doctors and OBs about whether the fact that my body has been preparing itself slooowly for ‘natural’ labor is reason enough to wait some more days.

They decided that it is. Wait.

I cried.

Which, embarassing, but still. CANNOT do this. Need this baby out. And would strongly prefer that the ‘getting out’ not involve my nether regions being torn to shreds by a gargantuan head and general fetal massivosity.

I’m now exhausted and in pain and terrified of staying pregnant while this baby grows and grows and becomes too big to fit out my hoo-ha. And the castor oil? Has done nothing as yet. (Although, for the record? Mixed with a cocktail of cream soda and root beer – don’t ask – it doesn’t taste all that bad.) NOTHING.

So. Having tried pretty much everything – seriously – that there is to try, all that’s left is praying.

Am praying.

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    Mac and Cheese May 17, 2008 at 4:26 pm

    I’d cry too. No shame in that.

    Roz May 17, 2008 at 5:16 pm

    You’re so writing my thoughts. I’m on the painful-contraction train too. The in-laws are here waiting. My folks keep calling. We’ve tried sex, acupuncture, constant walking, squatting, telling him to get the @$&* out. So far, no joy. Puh-lease don’t do more castor oil. That just freaks me out. Mind you, if it works for you…

    BTW, I have a friend who delivered her 2nd at 11 lbs (yes, it’s possible) and no tearing. Believe. Good luck.

    mothergoosemouse May 17, 2008 at 6:32 pm

    Still thinking of you. It will be over soon (though obviously not soon enough).

    motherbumper May 17, 2008 at 7:33 pm

    I would have cried like the little baby I am so no shame, no shame. And I’m with Baby in the City – Ben is getting so freakin’ loveable (wah? did I just say that). And what happens(ed) to Jin – he’s with Sayid so what the heck happened? I must know NOW.

    Mom101 May 17, 2008 at 8:02 pm

    There’s only a teeny bit of solace in the fact that once your baby is here, all this BS will just be the stuff of stories. Hang in there mama. If anyone can do it, it’s you.

    Her Bad Mother May 17, 2008 at 8:46 pm

    BITC, Motherbumper – I have a secret admiration of Ben for a while now, and it just keeps growing. Is he evil? Is he genius? IS HE BOTH? MWAH HA HA HA HA.

    I lurve him, for reals.

    Watching Lost – a break from the torment.

    Her Bad Mother May 17, 2008 at 8:50 pm

    And, all – on the inducement issue: I begged, but the hospital (which is also where my doctor’s practice is) has a policy against inducements before one week past due unless medically necessary. My torment does not constitute medical necessity. His size does, but that doesn’t prompt inducement, it prompts c-section (they’re worried in particular about his shoulders getting stuck) But they still want to wait until doing another measurement next week. Which: CANNOT WAIT THAT LONG.

    Mitzi Green May 17, 2008 at 9:00 pm

    oh for fu#king out loud. i mean, i am really, REALLY getting sick of this whole “nature knows what’s best” crapola. where is it written that the best medicine is to make a woman lose her ever-lovin’ mind for the sake of “good medicine?” is it REALLY good medicine to drive us to the brink of lying in hopes of an induction? working ourselves ragged, eating bizarre things and damn near throwing ourselves down a flight of stairs in hopes of putting ourselves into labor? come ON, people! i’m here to shout to the masses that “natural childbirth” is about as archaic as leeches.

    forgive me–i, too, spent a day in the hospital recently (thursday), only to be told it wasn’t “good medicine” for them to offer me pitocin at “only” 37 weeks. 39, sure, but not 37. yes, i gave them the 100-yard mommy stare. no, it didn’t phase them.

    good luck to you. i mean it.

    cheesefairy May 17, 2008 at 10:16 pm

    This sucks ass. I am so sorry.

    I am sending strongest vibes for him to be born Sunday. Good day for a baby.

    Which, really, any day would be. But tomorrow is the closest.

    Jenifer May 17, 2008 at 10:57 pm

    No baby?! OK still waiting then…I really hope this little guy makes his big debut soon.

    SUEB0B May 18, 2008 at 12:47 am

    Is it too late to change doctors? I mean COME ON

    Wenchy May 18, 2008 at 4:57 am

    Wishing you a safe delivery, either way.


    Anonymous May 18, 2008 at 9:03 am

    My first was 10 lbs 12oz, and the good news was that my doctor said, why, your pelvis could deliver an even larger baby! The point is, size doesn’t matter–my second baby was smaller, and the labour more difficult. Your body knows what it’s doing. (First had big head and was long, too. . .)

    Kate May 18, 2008 at 9:11 am

    this sounds so very much like what I went through last month with Henry. 41 hour labour. Giant baby (9 lbs, 14 oz). Giant head. Lots of anxiety about getting that giant baby out of my hoo-ha. And the fucking ongoing contractions. I was so exhausted as well with no sleep. You know what helped my through the labour itself? Gravol. Swear to god. I still couldn’t sleep, but it was enough to put me into “twilight sleep” where I didn’t care so much about being so exhausted. Small amount of relief, but it helped.

    mamatulip May 18, 2008 at 9:11 am

    I felt the same way w/ Oliver. I was huge. He was huge. We were all huge. There was NO ROOM LEFT. The eviction had been sent and still he didn’t come.

    Hang in there, love.

    iheartchocolate May 18, 2008 at 9:20 am

    I pray for a quick and easy C-SECTION with lots of percocet to aid in recovery!

    Just think, this time next week you’ll (probably) be holding your little munchkin on the outside. ;)
    Best wishes for everything. Hurry with the baby post already. Tell your docs we said so.

    Bing May 18, 2008 at 9:36 am

    Adding you in my prayers…..I have been there long time ago and you have my empathy.Good luck and have a safe delivery!!!!


    Sass E-mum May 18, 2008 at 12:43 pm

    Bah. Doctors here seem desparate to give c-sections. I think it’s so they can give women rubbish C-scars. B*stards.

    I’m trying to give chocs and coffee away. They could come in handy when you eventually have this baby, so add your name and keep your fingers crossed.

    I hardly need mention that you don’t need to keep you legs crossed.

    Kelly May 18, 2008 at 2:43 pm

    Putting in some good, baby-moving thoughts for you. It’s torture. Not much longer. Fingers crossed!

    ewe are here May 18, 2008 at 5:11 pm

    I’m so sorry.

    Any chance they could just break your water if you’re ‘close’…. no drugs, just breakage. That threw me right into labour with No 2, and I mean immediately.

    ScientistMother May 18, 2008 at 5:58 pm

    I so can not relate, because I had an super easy pregnancy – I probably would’ve been happy to be later so I could actually get some more lab work done. So not saying that to be mean. Just wanted to say that even though I can not relate, I feel for you. I hope and pray that you’re pushing sprout out now. lots of love

    gurukarm May 18, 2008 at 6:06 pm

    oh honey, feeling for you, for sure! Have you tried a car ride (preferably with very bad springs) over a very bad road? Seriously… that seemed to bring it on with my very first, many many eons ago…

    Praying with you. :-)

    Blair M. May 18, 2008 at 6:22 pm


    Delurking here.

    My daughter was 11 lbs 3 oz and I went all natural with no drugs and only had a second degree tear. So it can be done.

    Please don’t fear for your nether regions and stay strong!!!

    the mama bird diaries May 18, 2008 at 10:20 pm

    Hang in there. You are seriously, really, absolutely on the home stretch. Forget the word stretch. You are almost there!

    krista May 18, 2008 at 11:01 pm

    Wishing you a safe happy labour.

    carrie May 18, 2008 at 11:39 pm

    I had my 2 little ones via c-section, and the BIG one (9#8oz) naturally — all is well, despite his largeness.

    I’m thinking of you, and hoping you’re pushing that baby out this very minute. Better yet, relaxing after the birth and getting to know the new little one . . .

    Velma May 19, 2008 at 8:39 am

    @Sweetney just tweeted that you had the baby last night! Yippee! Congratulations – I’m so happy for your sake that you aren’t pregnant this morning!

    Angela May 19, 2008 at 9:57 am

    Saw the tweet! Congratulations HBM! So happy to hear that the baby is OUT! Hope you’re enjoying him on the outside and getting some nice rest.

    Syko May 19, 2008 at 10:14 am

    OMG, 91 minutes of labor! Fantastic! I can’t wait for details and pictures!

    Vicki May 19, 2008 at 10:34 am

    Congrats!!! I hope everyone is doing fine!! Best wishes for you and the baby!! Get up and get moving. It really does help. I delivered my twins via c-section at 4:27 and 4:29pm and was up at 10pm when I got the feeling back in my feet enough to stand up. It does help!!

    Best wishes for you and your family!!! Lots of love!!

    Anonymous May 19, 2008 at 10:50 am

    catherine i hope the next time i read something on here it is that baby has finally poor thing,that is a massive size for baby.sending you beautiful calm birth vibes.hey sprout time to get outta your mama.LAVANDULA

    mama-lama-ding-dong May 19, 2008 at 11:31 am

    YAY! Congrats!!! I’m so excited to see some Sprout pictures! I hope you immensely enjoy your birthday martini!!!!

    Jenny, the Bloggess May 19, 2008 at 2:46 pm


    Freaking *finally*.

    justmylife May 19, 2008 at 3:10 pm

    I saw on Twitter that the baby was finally evicted! Congrats!!! My wish for you is to get some rest and come back and tell us all about it!

    Shannon May 19, 2008 at 3:48 pm

    Holy crap – sounds like I was right about the baby shooting across the room thing! Congratulations!!!

    Teix May 19, 2008 at 10:21 pm

    Congratulations! I’ve been reading your blog for a while and thinking about you. I hope you get some sleep and you get to feeling a little better.

    Ms. Huis Herself May 20, 2008 at 10:35 am

    Congratulations! And he’s a beaut. Even if he was almost born at the side of the road.
    Congrats to the big sister as well!

    number May 22, 2008 at 7:41 am

    Such a nice blog. I hope you will create another post like this.

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