Contractions have sped up a bunch just from the ripening agent. That’s good!
Just deployed a ripening agent. They say it may be a while yet.
It was a very fitful night of sleep for both of us, and we still don’t have Jamie “in labor”.We’re going to get our morning monitoring and tests done, get some breakfast, and then get the sherriff in there to serve this baby eviction papers.
We’re getting a break from our monitoring if Jamie gets a nap in.Bathroom. (measure the pee) Then quiet time. Still just waiting for baby to get pushy.
No news to report yet. The contractions have slowed for a bit. We’re just waiting for things to pick up….or until morning if they don’t happen on their own.
We had a couple of stressful hours here. Around 5pm, the nurses here appeared to decide that we had messed around long enough and that they wanted to induce labor before their coffee break.
They trotted out a lot of pressure and ‘we know what we’re doing’ and ‘safety of the child’ stuff, and didn’t listen once when we told them that we didn’t want to have a lot of intervention in the process.
After that, we both has some really supportive conversations with Grandma Marcia and Grandma Susan. They bucked us up, and we dragged our heels until the shift changed.
When the new midwife showed up and started bugging Jamie about “Getting Things Going”, Jamie told her to stuff it, and that we’d be waiting until morning before doing anything more.
Now we’re relaxed again and waiting for our girl to show up in her own time.
At 5:40am this morning, Jamie’s water broke. Since then, our little girl has been playing shy and not coming out, but things are progressing and we’re going to have her very soon. Definitely tonight or tomorrow.
Jamie’s being a real trooper and we’ve been getting a lot of love and support from everyone.
We just signed the lease on our new house. Now the big thing is waiting a whole month to move in.
The view from our driveway.
Jamie’s new den/office.
A kitchen. It’s still getting cleaned out.
And the fridge is so shiny.
And the really sexy oven and nuclear closet.
A look at the living room.
And the actual bath.
For the true significance of Disneyland is that it reflects our notions of children – what they are, what is good for them, and what will please them. Children are a special class of human beings which came into existence with the industrial revolution, at which time we began to invent a closed world for them, a nursery society, wherein their participation in adult life could be delayed increasingly – to keep them off the labor market. Children are, in fact, small adults who want to take part in the adult world as quickly as possible, and to learn by doing. But in the closed nursery society they are supposed to learn by pretending, for which insult to their feelings and intelligence they are propitiated with toys and hypnotized with baby talk. They are thus beguiled into the fantasy of that happy, carefree childhood with its long sunny days through which one may go on “playing” – in the peculiar sense of not working – for always and always. – Alan Watts, Does It Matter?: Essays on Man’s Relation to Materiality