Well, after months of waiting, it is time to have a baby.
One way of the other, Jim and I will be parents tomorrow.
Dr. Gibbs has decided to induce me, with no argument from this peanut gallery. I have been feeling progressively worse the last few days, and my pressures have been very unstable throughout the day.
I will be given an IV and a Cervidil suppository Thursday night between 8 and 9 pm. This will prepare my cervix for labor. Friday morning, I will be moved to a Labor & Delivery birthing suite, where the Cervidil will be removed and Pitocin will be administered. The Pitocin will start and/or intensify my contractions. I will be able to get my epidural very early in this process, so I'm not really too fearful of the whole labor thing (I'm more apprehensive about the IV tonight....that never goes well).
Dr. Gibbs said that we will know fairly quickly if the induction is working, as he does not plan to let me labor for more than 8-12 hours. If Sprout hasn't made his appearance by early afternoon, we will begin discussing a c-section.
As I'm typing this, I'm realizing how absolutely exhausted I am. Ambien is no longer working too well, and I'm running on about 4 hours of sleep....
So, I'm gonna take a nap and try to store up some strength.
I will close with this. PLEASE do not take offense to this, and know that it is NO reflection of how grateful Jim and I are for the support and love you all have shown: while we will happily announce the birth of our son as soon as we can, we are asking that once you receive word of his birth, please respect our wish for privacy while we are hospitalized. I have been told repeatedly that I will regret asking friends and family to refrain from visiting while we are still in the hospital, but this is a decision that Jim and I have made together. There is a very great chance that I will not be allowed to have visitors, and given the high-risk nature of this pregnancy and delivery, we -- and Dr. Gibbs -- feel it is best that we use the first days of Sprout's life to bond as a family and for me to recover.
Once we are home and settled, we would welcome friends and family to stop by, and celebrate with us the arrival of our son. Thank you, all, for your continued love and support. More updates to come!