While we were eating breakfast this morning, I turned to Sea and said: “I think Bingo has inherited my time management skills”. You see, I’m perpetually late. Ten minutes before I need to be somewhere twenty minutes away, I’ll be running around trying to find my keys and my right shoe. I imagine that’s what Bingo is doing now: turning circles in my uterus, looking anxiously at a small watch, saying “I just need to…”
You see, Bingo is now eight days past due. In addition to this, Bingo hasn’t yet dropped fully into my pelvis. In addition to this, a biophysical profile done on Monday shows an… *ahem* hefty fetus, at an estimated 9 pounds. Based on these facts, induction has been scheduled to begin tomorrow. Sea updated her personal blog with the details of today’s midwife appointment, which I’m copying and pasting here in lieu of my own play by play.
Today’s midwife appointment was good for the following reasons:
– Fetus is healthy.
– PartnerA is healthy.
– Fetus’ heart rate is good.
– Fetus’ movement is good.
– In-utero fluid level is good.
– Baby’s birthday is going to be on the 21st, 22nd, or 23rd — all good days!
Today’s midwife appointment was not so good for the following reasons:
– Fetus has not dropped nearly enough.
– TMI: Cervix has not ripened nearly enough.
– TMI: PartnerA is dilated just one centimeter. She has been dilated just one centimeter for more than a week without further progression.
– The midwife, who is very hippy-dippy-natural-birth-etc. declared that it’s all-but-impossible for this fetus to be born without “technological help”.
– The midwife has transferred care to an OB/GYN. Three different OB/GYN’s — whoever is on call at the hospital over the next several days — none of whom we’ve ever met.
– Primary care is no longer through the midwife with whom we’ve been working for the past six months.
– The first induction (prostaglandin gel) is on Wednesday, November 20, 2013, at 1:00 PM.
– The second induction (prostaglandin gel) is on Wednesday, November 20, 2013, at 8:00 PM.
– The third induction (Pitocin) is on Thursday, November 21, 2013, at 10:30 AM.
– The ultrasound technician estimated the fetus’ current weight at 9 pounds.
– The midwife broke the news that the fetus may be too big to ‘fit’, so to speak. Anything can happen, she said, but three inductions or not, this baby may be Cesarean no matter what.
Baby “Bingo” is going to arrive one way or another by the end of the week. Think happy baby thoughts, please!
That’s it for now, folks. Stay tuned for more updates. I may try to blog the induction process as we go along, though we’ll see how successful that is!