We heard from our loan officer (through our agent) that our closing will be next week - Monday the 10th at the soonest, and Friday the 14th at the latest. My due date is supposed to be this Friday, August 7, but I'm still trying to hang in there as long as possible so we can bring the new baby home to the new house. My ultrasound (at approximately 20 weeks) pegged my due date to be later, about August 16, so I'm hopeful I'll make it. Also, my doctor is going to be out of town from the 8th through the 12th, so I'm hoping to avoid those days as well. I think he would have induced me before he left, and REALLY wants to induce me on the 14th, regardless, but I would prefer to go into labor on my own unless it gets to be WAY past my due date, or unless there are health risks to me or the baby in waiting it out. (Though I admit it would be nice to get the baby out ASAP and halt the progress of my stretch marks! Blech!)
So, question for the ladies - have you been induced, or have you gone into labor on your own? If you've done both, which did you prefer, and why? Also, did you have any epidural, or has anyone done it "natural", and what did you think about that?
We had our little yearly trip to Lava Hot Springs for the Burke Heaton reunion a few days ago. This year we just went up Sunday afternoon and came back Monday evening, because Tyson had a big presentation at work on Tuesday. We enjoyed some good card games with family, a yummy dinner and homemade root beer, a funny talent show, and a day of swimming at the city pool, which features four big water slides. I probably don't need to mention that I didn't go on the slides. I also neglected to get the camera out and take any pictures. What? Why wouldn't I want to be photographed in a bathing suit 4 days before my due date?! I don't even have a maternity swimsuit, and I haven't ever been swimming during this pregnancy. Instead, I wore one-piece that I got on clearance at Kmart in Price for $5 when forgot my suit when I visited Tyson during his carbon manufacturing job last fall. It was too big then, but the closest I could get to my size. Now it was *just right* (not quite) and oh-so-flattering. I didn't see any other pregnant ladies at the pool. I stuck out like a sore thumb (or like a sore belly, in my case). We did have a fun time, and wish we could have stayed for Tuesday and tubing on the river (Sawyer and Tyson, at least). Thanks Grandma Carolyn and Grandpa Burke for all the time, effort, and money you put into providing a fun reunion for all of us!