Today is our first anniversary! A very exciting milestone that has been somewhat lost in all of the baby excitement. Last night we went to Zoo Lights, a Christmas fetival at the Lincoln Park Zoo. Afterwords we ate some of our leftover wedding cake. We didn't really plan anything major, since we were hoping to spend our anniversary in labor, at the hospital, or caring for a newborn baby. But, it really has been the best year of my life, and I am so thankful to have someone as wonderful as Matt to be my partner in crime. I could not have asked for a better husband. I love you Matty!
For those of you who haven't checked your calendars, today is also my due date! That really isn't too exciting, as it looks like little Maddox is opting for a late checkout. It just means one more day of waiting impatiently for his arrival.
I have tried walking, dancing, doing squats, acupressure, mildly spicy food (I am avoiding seriously spicy food because of the heartburn). I have given up trying to him urge him out. I have determined that babies come when they are ready, and there is nothing you can do about it. So with that in mind, he could be in there another two weeks before we would be induced. But I am praying that it doesn't come to that! I would love for him to come on his own terms.
This past week we had an introduction class to the Alternatve Birthing Center at the hospital. We learned about their procedures for labor and delivery. The room we will be using has a regular queen size bed (for "family bonding"), a kitchenette, birthing ball, birthing stool, shower, and tub (for water births). Basically you can labor and deliver anywhere in the room you want, although they encourage you to try all different methods of coping with labor. If the baby is in distress, you request an epidural, or you have some sort of complication, you are moved to a regular delivery room.
We also saw our midwives. Heart rate was good, my blood pressure is good, weight is good, Maddox's position is very good. If we are still pregnant, our next visit is Thursday. At that appointment (and any subsequent visits we could have) they will do a non-stress test to make sure the baby is still thriving. They hook me up to a fetal monitor for 20 minutes or so and listen to the heart rate. They would also begin doing ultrasounds at every visit to check the amount of amniotic fluid. We have to go in twice a week from now on, so Maddox's condition can be closely monitored. They say that, on average, a first time mom delivers at 41 weeks and 1 day. I am really really really hoping that won't be the case. We would love to bring him home at Christmas, and, unfortunately, if he waits much longer that won't be able to happen. But everything happens for a reason, right?