hard labor

by humanmama on June 22, 2012

well, for the past few weeks I’ve been in labor. As in every night, for like 3 or 4 hours, I’ve been having regular contractions, lower back, painful, where I have to sit down (actually lay down). And then when I went in for my appointment last week–don’t worry! Not dilated! No progress!

Which is good! Since it’s too early yet!! Right?!

Then the last few days I’ve been worried maybe my water broke. Nothing serious but a couple of signs that things are progressing. So I called my Doctor. And she told me Come In! Get Tested! Don’t Wait! So I did. And guess what?

Nothing! Not progressing! Nothing happening yet! Cervix closed! Which is good, since it’s too early yet. Right?

I’m really trying to be Buddhist about this whole thing. Like, “this is temporary,” and I know it shall pass. And it will! In only a few weeks–sooner than we even kn0w. So why does my little mind want things to hurry along? (Or maybe the question is, “why does my big body want things to hurry along?”)

It’s the human condition. I know this so well. The feeling that when you have one child, you can’t remember what you even did with your incredible amount of free time before children. And when you have two, you feel like just one is an absolute vacation. I’ve written about it many times, but think you have no time now? Add something big, and in no time you’ll realize that you do have time now. Or, at least, you did.

So today when I thought maybe my water broke (guess what? Yeah Mucus Plug!! …ugh… which means nothing, except that this won’t last forever), I thought briefly about all the things I didn’t get done yet, but then I thought Who Cares?! I am about to be NOT PREGNANT!! But since nothing happened, I am still pregnant, and trying to remember what it was like to go almost to 42 weeks with my first (how did I do that??!). And trying to remember that this is temporary. Just like all things. So while I go and rest, you keep this in mind, friends. It’s all temporary. So just enjoy: sooner than you think, life will be different, and you’ll wonder what all the hurry was about anyway.

Happy Friday!

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Maura June 22, 2012 at 7:53 pm

Don’t you love it? Pain for days and they tell you nothing is progressing. BAH! With Claire I was like this for weeks and then I had almost 20 hours of labor. My doctor would only count my labor as 6-7 hours despite the fact that I was already at 4 cms though because that was after my water broke. I was thinking listen buddy…. I have been at this for10 hours. It counts!

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aj June 25, 2012 at 8:59 pm

So depressing. But that’s children for ya! How many times this year have I heard “every pregnancy is different!!” …or this month…or this week…!

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Katie June 23, 2012 at 9:04 am

Ah yes…… the HUMAN CONDIIIITION. Where Dios está aquí, y los seres humanos están pa’bajo. Adrienne….. I like that.

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aj June 25, 2012 at 8:58 pm

I like that.

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Kate @ zMOMbie June 23, 2012 at 7:25 pm

It’s so easy to want things to get a move on. I certainly felt the same way. Yep, just enjoy, relax, and the day will come. Hang in there!
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aj June 25, 2012 at 8:58 pm

YES, you’re right…hard to wait but you’re right. It shall come. :)

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