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I'm 37. I'm not old.

This has probably been the weirdest birthday I've ever had. Mostly because I'm just waiting for my contractions to start and I'm on edge a little bit about it. And I'm not very comfortable sleeping or lying down or anything. I went to the doctor yesterday and he said that I'm basically 3-4cm dilated already so as soon as contractions hit I need to not wait and just get to the hospital immediately and that it can happen at any point now, probably soon. Now, with Tanya I was 2cm dilated for almost a week before I went into labor and he was also saying it could happen at any moment. So it's not unfamiliar situation. But I'm still over analyzing every bodily feeling. Especially as with second kids birth is usually faster and there is a drive to the hospital.

So I'm basically home, on my bed, lounging. My parents are here - my Dad is working from my place, and Tanya is home, of course, while Bear is at work today. He left me presents, which I opened this morning. I couldn't sleep very well, I maybe got 3-4 hours total, waking up often enough, so I was awake since 4:45. Around 6 I decided I could open presents. Bear got me socks with Solar system on them (when Tanya saw them, she insisted she put them on me right away :) ), the Essential Nina Simone CD, a cross stitch kit with a bit polar bear and two cubs, and an Unofficial Harry Potter cookbook (which is basically cookbook of British dishes for American audience, and looks fun).

I got a Kindle book gifts - Bear's parents got me Words Are My Matter by Ursula Le Guin, her non-fiction collection, and Marianna got me My Own Words the autobiography of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, both of which where on my wish list.

And my parents got me a new handbag for work, Calvin Klein, beige, very pretty; Lindt dark chocolate bar with sea salt and The Last Kingdom by Bernard Cornwell.

So lots of new books for me to read. And my parents got a little cake for lunch. I also got some cash from grandparents and Janna. Very quiet, informal birthday, which is a good thing right now. So now I wait.

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zoefruitcake
Jun. 2nd, 2017 07:05 pm (UTC)
Happy birthday :0) A woman I used to work with shared her birthday with her daughter, funny how I can't remember either of their names almost 20 years later but I never forget that.
bearshorty
Jun. 9th, 2017 09:32 pm (UTC)
Thank you! In the end, I'm happy Olivia decided to have her own day. Still it will be fun to have birthdays a day apart.
mspeacockwi
Jun. 2nd, 2017 10:41 pm (UTC)

I remember being nine months pregnant on my birthday.  It was a surreal feeling.


With my second pregnancy I was 4 cm dilated for over a week.  My Dr said that was a good sign and could indicate for a shorter labor.  Maybe it would have been if I'd laboured at home but I went to the hospital after six hours and stalled for another five :(  Just goes to show anything can happen.   During my last labor I didn't have any vaginal exams so no information on dilation, which I actually preferred!


Good luck for a quick and easy labor!- and a happy and healthy baby of course!

bearshorty
Jun. 9th, 2017 09:37 pm (UTC)
It was so surreal, especially since I was expecting to go to the hospital at any moment. In the end, I'm glad I knew I was 4cm because I didn't feel contractions so I did make a good decision to finally go to the hospital when I suspected leaking waters. It would definitely been less stressful if I knew I was giving birth at home and a midwife was around - then I wouldn't have been stressing about getting to the hospital on time.
frelling_tralk
Jun. 3rd, 2017 01:36 pm (UTC)
Happy birthday :)
bearshorty
Jun. 9th, 2017 09:37 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
hamsterwoman
Jun. 4th, 2017 12:48 am (UTC)
Happy belated birthday! (although waiting for contractions to hit are not such a fun way to spend it.)

I didn't know LeGuin had a new collection of nonfiction out. I love her Languages of the Night essays. The solar system socks and the other gifts sound lovely, too.
bearshorty
Jun. 9th, 2017 09:41 pm (UTC)
Thank you! This birthday was definitely bizarre and one to remember.

The new LeGuin non-fiction was nominated for the Hugo and someone on my friend list was reviewing it. I never read her non-fiction really but it sounded interesting enough to put on my wish list. It is certainly interesting so far - I feel I can understand her better and her perspective better.
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