Well tonight I go into the hospital at 7pm to start the induction process. First, after getting checked in and all that good stuff, they will apply the cervical gel to "ripen" my cervix. Then I get to try to go to sleep at the hospital, and Josh gets to try to go to sleep at the hospital too but in that horrid pull-out couch so I guess I'm the lucky one. If I'm close enough to labor already the cervical gel itself might get things started, its been known to happen if not quite often. More likely in the morning, around 6 or 7 am, they will start me on an IV of pitocin to get contractions started. So if all goes according to plan the baby will be born tomorrow afternoon/early evening. Valerie Ewert is the midwife on call on Tuesdays, and I like her a lot, so that's good.
I don't know. I'm excited. And scared. For some reason I was never scared of spontaneous labor but I'm really really scared of being induced. I think it's because inductions are so much more painful, and the contractions hit harder faster. When you go into labor on your own your body kind of builds up and lets you get used to the idea before the real baddies hit. Inductions are generally faster, and that's a plus I suppose, but give me a slow gradual labor any day I think over a faster and harder one. I'm no sprinter, I've always preferred long distance.
I don't have a choice though, so I'm just praying for the strength to be able to do what I get. God never gives us more than we can handle right? Right.
Anyways, Josh is going to bring the laptop to the hospital so we will update a quick picture and some info either tomorrow night or Wed morning, depending on when the baby comes and how crazy it is and ect.