|Level 29 Human Bard/Fighter
Highest skills: Bluff, Gather Rumors, Knowledge (Folklore) (History),
Athletics, Pregnant Maneuvering
Natural Immunity, Iron Will, Run, Nap, Greater Braxton Hicks
Diseases/Curses: Heavy Things Gettin’ Heavy (-2 Str), Anxiety (-1 Wis), Awkward Maneuvering (-2 Dex), Pregnancy Brain (-1 Int), Impatient (-2 Cha), Cramps cramps cramps (-1 Con)
|Level 30 Human Warlock/Ranger
Shoe Size: 11
Bra Size: 36B
Highest skills: Heal, Knowledge (Science) (Arcana), Spot, Listen, Swim
Alertness, Diligent, Spell Focus, Project Queen
Diseases/Curses: Recovering from Tendonsis (-1 Str),
Ingrown Toenail (-2 Dex), Anxiety (-1 Wis), Minor Foot Surgery (-1 Dex)
Level 0 Human NPC
Height: 20.16″ crown to heel
Weight: 7.63 lb
Highest skills: Grow, Swim,
Stealthy, Heartbeat, Growth, Wiggle, Kick, Roll, Squirm
|Lady Jr is just growing until she becomes fierce like a red panda:
Overall: I’m getting really good at existing while pregnant. I’ve got all the moves down – how to pick things up off the ground, how to get out of bed, how to stand up from the floor, how to sleep. I think that lends itself to the feeling that I’m just gonna be pregnant forever.
But willing or not, Lady Jr’s got no more than two weeks left. During my last OB appointment, the doctor clarified their position on inductions – that they would schedule one after 41 weeks if I want, but one would be necessary after 42 weeks. I don’t want to go past 42 weeks for a dozen reasons – big baby, slowing placenta, possible meconium ingestion, let alone my own discomfort – and Dr Lady is weary about a baby on her birthday, so we talked and decided that next doc visit, we’d go ahead and schedule an induction for the 19th. I really really don’t wanna, and I hope my intuition is right that it’ll be sometime this week, but it’s also reassuring to have an end date planned.
I’m also trying to reassure myself with the reminder that so far, this pregnancy has been pretty average. I’m not special, there haven’t been any weird complications, I’ve experienced a normal amount of discomfort and frustration, so I’m going to project out along that theme. Most first time moms deliver between 40+3 and 41+1, so I probably will, too.
So I’ve got at least until Thursday to chill and do whatever I want. There are a few things around the house to do and I’ve got a ton of books and the weather is lovely for walking, even if I can’t go very far. I’m not going to hurry, because I’ve got tons of time. I’m also going to have a special day today, since it’s my due date. Slow, chill, relaxed. Pretend I’m on vacation and try to ignore the increasingly painful cramps.
Plenty. Of. Time.
So far we’ve got:
- Nigh constant Braxton Hicks.
- Occasional mild, period-like cramps.
- Lots of mucus.
- Increased pressure in my pelvis.
- Lower back ache.
- Overall feeling like I’m going to start my period tomorrow.
- So much cramps, possibly even contractions?
- Increased appetite.
So I think I’ve been having (practice? prodromal?) contractions, but since everybody and their mother says “oh, you’ll know it when you do,” I’m not 100% sure. They’re different from the Braxton Hicks in that they start as a cramp and then spread upwards, sometimes to my back. I wouldn’t quite call them painful, but they’re not pleasant, either. A few have been pretty intense, but they haven’t been regular or increasing in intensity, so obviously not labor.
Preparations for Lady Jr: Little things here and there. The crib has been firmly secured in the side-car manner, complete with bungee cords. We made sure the furnace works (well and also it dropped down to 36 degrees the last two nights so). Lady cut up some blankets for wipes. I mowed the lawn, possibly for the last time this season. Made some apple sauce and cooked another pumpkin so we have all the pumpkin puree in the freezer. Acquired some black-out curtains for the bedroom. Filled my Shuffle up with music.
Idk what else to do, aside from the basic things like vacuuming, laundry, cleaning. We’re as set as we can be without knowing anything about Lady Jr’s temperament and preferences.
Exercise: Walking, although it’s still on and off uncomfortable. Lady Jr is sitting on all the important bits down there, which, uh, is not pleasant. Mowing the lawn counts, right?
Appointments: One last Thursday.
Met the only male doc in the practice and he was surprisingly adorable. I normally don’t like male docs, especially male OBs, but he’s all right.
Everything looked fine. Had the chat about inductions. Had the chat about when to go to the hospital. I declined a cervix check because I didn’t want to get my hopes up and/or be disappointed. Lady Jr seems pretty low, which is good.
Next appointment is Wednesday, where they’ll do a non-stress test, an ultrasound, and probably check my cervix.
Dr Lady: She went in to the podiatrist on Thursday to get her ingrown toenail checked out and they were like, “hey we have a cancellation want to get this fixed right now?” So she had minor foot surgery and they removed the part of the toenail that wasn’t behaving and now she’s in recovery mode. She’s been soaking and resting it and is already in a lot less pain, so I have hope that she’ll be near 100% recovered by Thursday. And then – omg – maybe she will finally be done with foot problems.
Otherwise she’s stressed and impatient and every time I mention I’m having cramps or BH or what have you, she can’t help but get a little excited. And I’m like, dude this could go on for a long time, and she’s like, I knooooow but I can’t help it.
I love her.