It’s official – this baby is showing no signs of coming and at 41 weeks and 3 days it is fair to say that I have had my moments of grumpiness about it. It’s a funny thing really – we didn’t want him to appear at Christmas, but then as soon as Christmas was done it would have been great for him to be here! Even the children have made multiple comments about how long I’ve been pregnant. The fact that I’m measuring a little big hasn’t helped and with me measuring 46cm at my last midwife appointment it’s fair to say I am slightly suprised that I can still stand up…
The Christmas fortnight, aside from being generally fantastic, was also interesting on the baby front with a fair bit of excitement. First because I was measuring big but wanted the option of a water birth I was sent for a scan at the hospital. The scan showed that baby boy was big but not abnormally so and all was fine except….he’d gone from head down and well engaged to breach. (Isn’t there a saying about you solve one problem, then find another?!)
Two days later, with my labour bag in toe, we were in hospital where the consultant performed an external cephalic version (ECV) to turn the baby. Baby turned head down without any problem and after a little monitoring to check all was well we went home. Following all that excitement we’ve then had … nothing … nada …. no change …. no signs …literally nothing. As the Christmas period came to an end I was feeling quite deflated and, if I’m honest, dreading going back to the school run. When it came though it was actually quite nice to be back to our routine (bizarre but true!).
Now we have a date set for me to be induced and so the excitement is building once again! It’s not my ideal scenario but at least I know the latest day things will get started. Having been induced when Ellie was born it’s familiar territory and whilst there is still time for him to make his own appearance, I feel like we know where we are.
Ellie’s very own birth plan (she takes after her mum!) stating what she will do and where she will go when the baby comes is still ready by the door, as is my birth plan (and hospital bags) but now we have also precision planned what happens if I do go in on the induction date. It feels a bit like the calm, organised bit before the storm aka a baby – but hopefully that’s just my warped sense of humour!
So that’s all folks for now – but hopefully we’ll have some very special news for you soon!