Things went fine at the doctor’s today and she was fine with not inducing this week. She was surprised Kate hadn’t popped yet too! We discussed induction, what made us nervous about it, and what her thoughts were on certain issues. As it has been throughout this whole process, the doctor stayed right on track with our wishes and ideals. We agreed that induction would be on the agenda for the following week so we scheduled an induction for early Wednesday the 26th.
We then did an NST (fetal non-stress test) to monitor Zig’s heart rate and movements. It was awesome! It was like birth practice (kind of) to have Kate hooked up to the monitor and to hear his little heart beat and watch it on the monitor. He chills out around 122 and then jumps to about 155 when he moves around or gets excited. Kate and I took the time to practice breathing techniques and work on helping her relax in a hospital-like environment. Zig’s heart rate was perfect…no stress…just chillin. Of course he doesn’t want to come out, he’s in heaven in there and not ready to face the cold Kansas winter.
Suddenly I felt it rush over me; we’re having a baby in 1 week or less! I didn’t care if he came with or without induction. Whatever it takes to get him here happy and healthy, to have Kate feeling good, and to have him in my arms…I’m up for it. I just want to see my son. I want to stop calling him “Zig” in public and start calling him by his real name. Want to know what it is? I’ll give you a hint. It is made up of letters from the English language, has between 1 and 100 letters, and his last name is either mine or Kate’s.
The major downside to induction is that we would not be able to give birth at the Wesley Birth Care Center as all inductions have to go to the hospital. I’m not feeling the whole sterile environment that is the Wesley Hospital so we will induce (if need be) at St. Joseph’s New Life Center. Of course…we are still holding out for a natural, non-induced, Wesley Birth Care Center birth so we shall see. Till then I’ll keep feeding Kate spicy food, drive over the railroad tracks on the way home, keep raspberry tea handy, and see if I can get her to try some castor oil. I thought it was Castrol Oil. Big difference it turns out.