After my doctor's appointment yesterday, I came home determined to help baby start her journey out, if she was ready. On the way home I stopped and got some castor oil, my mom's induction method of choice. :) I followed her directions and make a castor oil cocktail of 2 oz oil and 6 oz orange juice, followed by two big spoonfuls of ice cream. (the ice cream was my idea) :) It was the nastiest thing in the world and I don't think I'll ever do it again. I had a cocktail at 1:00, 3:00, and 5:00. Diarrhea started at about 2:00 and contractions a little after that. At 7:00, when I was supposed to take another dose, I called my mom and complained how gross it was. She told me to go walking. So I did.
Jeff and I went walking around the neighborhood from about 7:30 to 9:30. It was quite enjoyable! I loved being with him and just spending some time talking together. We brought Jeffy in the stroller, and eventually stopped back at home to get his doodlebug (giant stuffed caterpillar) and he went to sleep. By the end I was contracting every 4 mins or so and feeling pretty hopeful.
After a shower the contractions died down a little bit and I thought that maybe it hadn't worked and it was just false labor. I wasn't especially disappointed, because I still felt that the real thing wasn't really far away. I was able to fall asleep and slept till about 2:00.
Then, the contractions really started. It's now a few minutes till 5:00. I was having one every 3-5 minutes until about 4:15 and now they're coming consistently at 4 minutes. And these babies hurt! In about 20 minutes I'll call my doctor and see what they want me to do.
I really think this is it! If all goes well, we'll have a baby girl today!
I'm so excited!