I had another appointment this morning with another NST. Matthew's heart rate kept appearing to crash. They suspected it was just because he doesn't like being on the monitor (he doesn't! He hates it! He always moves when they try to get it on and he'll actually kick the little doppler part!) but the doctor did a detailed ultrasound just in case. As they suspected, he was just being squirrely with the monitor--everything looked great in terms of fluid, heart rate, breathing pattern, and size. U/S puts him at 7lbs 6 oz today-right smack dab in the middle of average :D The bummer is that he's still face up. We've tried a lot of things and he just seems to be content to be sitting sunny-side up.
I did let the doctor check me again (I know, I'm already a Bradley class failure!). I was 5 cm dilated and 80% effaced today but that still could mean hours or days. I know Bradley teaches against checks, but in my case, I'm glad to know WHAT is happening with my body, and I know it doesn't tell me WHEN. Knowing what's going on reassures me that yes, something is happening, I'm not imagining things, etc. I don't plan to do checks once admitted to the hospital.
The doctor did say that there's really no where else to go from here but active labor and he also said that if my water breaks, I basically need to go STRAIGHT to the hospital because things could go very quickly! We're specifically praying that Matthew comes by Friday, January 28 (and truthfully, much sooner!) because my own doctor is on every day til then, but then he's off for either the weekend or the week (can't recall which). I'd really really love to deliver with my own doctor--he's a sole practitioner so his relief is someone from another practice and I've never even met him-not a huge deal, but I'm so nervous already that I'd really just love my own doc if possible.
He did say that because I'm so dilated already, he feels pretty confident that I'll go into labor spontaneously and won't need an induction or anything-so we're grateful for that.
I had some more back labor today so tonight we climbed a bunch of stairs and did some walking. I'll basically do anything to get/keep him off my tailbone. Floating face-down in the pool with a snorkel is the best part of my day! Seriously mamas, you need to try it.
Anyway--off to bed! Night!