Hit Me Baby One More Time

by Alison Friedman in Mommy's Musings, Pregnancy

We are getting our baby sooner rather than later? How much sooner? Like, within the next 48 hours-sooner!

Saw Dr. Fiiiiine today who did a little checky-poo to see if anything progressed. Believe it or not, the cervie did not really move more forward despite my nasty letter and the subsequent and ridiculous-looking ball exercises I did all weekend. However, I increased a centimeter in dilation and effaced a little more, so we got the greenlight to safely induce tomorrow, Tuesday, August 9th. She was about to walk out the door and say “See ya tomorrow!” but of course I wouldn’t be me without an arsenal of questions. So I fired away, asking if it was safe, what the risk for a c-section would be, if there’s any benefit to waiting for natural labor to occur on its own… and if our daughter would come out with special talents that would get her a scholarship to college.

Just kidding on the last one, but how cool would that be to know that in advance?!

So, in a nutshell, she said that even the slightest increase in dilation does help. She also said it’s less risky to induce tomorrow than to induce next week, when the baby will have grown even more. At 40 weeks, 3 days, she thinks we’re more than ready, so if I go into labor naturally before tomorrow morning, great! If not, pitocin it is!

During the exam, I noticed there was a little more tugging than usual. So as I was mid-shriek, Dr. Fiiiine casually mentioned, “Oh yeah, I’m stripping your membranes right now.” Um, psshya that explained it! It’s like picking at the edge of a scab; by stripping the membranes, she’s suggesting a wink-wink, nudge-nudge to the bag of water to get the show on the road. So that’s another reason why I could go into labor sooner than the pitocin hook-up.

Bryan and I have the rest of the day today to be a twosome and drench our doggie with lots of two-on-one love. We’ll go to “sleep” tonight (because, really, who’s sleeping?) and wake up super early to be at the hospital by 7 a.m. to check in. And then, it’s just time, time, time.

I’m excited to begin this transition to becoming a mommy. I’m nervous about this transition to becoming a mommy. I’m looking forward to not being pregnant anymore. I’m sad I’ll miss her whirlwind of movements inside me. I’m curious to know what it’s like to be in labor and give birth. I’m scared out of my mind to know what it’s like to be in labor and give birth. I’m jumping for joy to see my handsome husband hold his beautiful daughter in his arms. I’m craving to bond and feel my daughter in my everything.

This blog is about to change and I suspect it’s the last update about pregnancy. The next time we write in, it will be with sleepy eyes and very full hearts.


  1. Char
    8/8/2011 9:23 PM

    So excited for you guys! You will be fabulous parents and baby Friedman will be one lucky lady.

  2. Mom/ Sharon/Mimi-to-be
    8/8/2011 7:01 PM

    I’m excited and nervous with you and cannot wait to meet this little girl who is about to change your (and mine too!!) life. See you tomorrow, Mommy!

  3. Rachel
    8/8/2011 4:04 PM

    I think you will be an amazing mom! Can’t wait to see the baby boo and hear all about it! Happy and healthy thoughts to you all.

  4. Auntie Pattie
    8/8/2011 2:39 PM

    OMG is right!!! Can’t wait for the next entry to fill my heart with joy and my eyes with tears. You do it EVERY time Alison!
    I’ll be a mad texter to your mom and dad tomorrow to the point where they may never speak to me again. Love you!