I really didn't want our blog to turn into a full-fledged baby blog, but given I'm in the midst of trying to get Baby Agbai out and into the world the majority of the posts lately are about my pregnancy and her impending arrival.
With that in mind, I just wanted to provide an update in the event I go right into induction tomorrow morning after my 9:30a.m. progress appointment.
Today my mom, Lauren, Uka and I all went for an hour walk around the neighborhood. It was HOT, but it felt good to walk. We first went to the library where I picked up The No-Cry Sleep Solution and Kaffir Boy (recommended by my sister). Not sure out I feel about the Pantley method offered in The No-Cry Sleep Solution vs. CIO, but fellow blogger BeingMrsJones had some interesting Twitter commentary about CIO yesterday which my mom totally agreed with.
For those of you who don't know CIO is "cry it out" method for allowing infants to cry when laid down for rest and eventually find a way to self-soothe themselves and fall asleep. My mom used it for all four of me and my siblings, and we all turned out fine without brain damage, feelings of resentment or neglect which opponents say can happen. Essentially, my mom explained that a mother's sanity and well-being is very important for raising healthy children. If a mother is ragged from having little-to-no sleep at night she will not be able to be the best mother she can be. I want to be the best mom I can be so I will be trying this method, but am open to the Pantley method which is why I decided to pick up that book as well.
In the end I know I have to do what works best for me and my family as with anything else.
So back to the dr. appointment tomorrow:
In the event my dr. says all systems go for induction, I am hoping to go immediately to the hospital from her office to get started, especially because my mom and sister Lauren leave on Thursday morning and who knows how long induction will take.
I took a page from BabyMakinMachine and created my birth wishes. I know people say, "Oh that all goes out the window," but it's an easy blueprint to help Uka and I communicate to the nurses what we'd like to happen at the hospital. You can take a look at BabyMakinMachine's birth wishes here. She even packed a goodie basket for the nurses! I'm not that ambitious, but I like the thought.
So for now I'm just reading up on a few more baby topics, things I want to remember and doing a few organizational things around the apartment like making sure there are batteries in Baby Agbai's gadgets that require them. It's a slow quiet time, but I know it's about to get busy.