Just got back from the hospital. If you remember from earlier, I went to get a foley bulb put in to stretch my cervix more.
The nurse, OB, and midwife were fantastic tonight. They were patient and super gentle. The OB was tried twice to put the foley bulb in, and wasn't getting good results. I was supposed to cramp up if it was working correctly when they were putting it in. But no cramping was taking place. He finally decided to check me and wouldn't you know, I'm 4+cm and now 80% effaced (I was a little under 3cm dilated, and 50% effaced this morning at 10am). So the foley bulb only works until you're about 4 cm.
So what does this mean? It means that stripping the membranes this morning has (fingers crossed, I'm so scared to actually say it or type it out for fear of jinxing myself) HOPEFULLY sent me into labor. As each contraction comes and is more painful than I've previously had, I have a huge smile on my face. Who knew I'd be greeting pain with excitement and welcoming it. I guess that's what being 2 weeks overdue does to a pregnant lady!
Fingers crossed that baby girl is making a debut in the next 24 hours. We are so excited to meet her! And if this is it, please keep us in your thoughts that we have a very smooth, relaxed, comfortable, and most importantly, healthy labor and delivery.