It’s official: If baby boy doesn’t arrive earlier, we’ll be meeting him on July 29! Induction day is scheduled for a few days before my due date.
My doctor is very serious about staying within one week of my due date—I would have pushed for a few days earlier, but c’est la vie. It’s not that I don’t want my baby to be full-term; I just know that every day closer to August 2 means I have a greater chance of delivering a 9-pound plus baby.
As we were scheduling, my doctor introduced a procedure I was totally unfamiliar with. She said if I wasn’t dilated they would have me come in the night before for Cervidil, a vaginal insert which would soften my cervix and prepare me for the Pitocin in the morning. (I would have to spend that night in the hospital.) After looking it up online, it sounds like Cervidil is a natural hormone that isn’t too risky; but still, I’m hoping my cervix will ripen on its own. I had previously thought that if I wasn’t dilated, I would just put off the induction—it makes me a little nervous to force the process!
I'm starting to realize how much I still have to do before July 29 rolls around. I'm not only getting ready for baby to arrive, but also preparing his big sister and checking procrastinated items off my list- hair and dental appointments are in order, as is an oil change- as I realize I'll have no chance of getting out for these necessary engagements when I have a brand-new baby. I'm also working until the week before baby day, so I won't have much time to worry about the impending delivery!