May 15, 2007

Guess who likes raspberry tea?!

I have been trying everything possible to naturally induce labor. Everything . . . from spicy food, long walks, and many other things that need not be discussed here. I know that most of the things I read about are probably just wives' tales, but they had to work for someone in order for them to become wives' tales, right?

Kyle's mom got me some raspberry leaf tea tonight because I read that it has been linked to bringing on labor. Let me preface this by saying that I hate tea. Iced tea, hot tea, chai tea . . . I really don't like it at all. But I'm really willing to try anything at this point.

I'm not miserable or anything but having no feeling in my hands is getting to be really annoying. And, the more I read, the more I realize that my case is a lot more severe than most cases associated with pregnancy. I'm beginning to worry that there may be long term nerve damage. ANyway, I could handle being pregnant for a lot longer if it weren't for the tingling, numbness and pain in my hands.

So, Kyle's mom got me tea tonight. I brought it home and made a cup and was ready to plug my nose and chug when I noticed that it didn't smell too bad. I took a sip and found that I actually like raspberry leaf tea. Even if it doesn't help me go into labor, at least I've expanded my pallette. It's not my favorite drink, but it's really not awful (especially now that I've added a little sugar).

I feel incredibly fat and kind of just want to hang out at home for the rest of my pregnancy, but I know that I can't do that. I just hope that he comes soon. WHen I say that everyone shakes their head at me like I'm totally naive and have no idea how much harder it will be to take care of a baby than it is to be pregnant. I wish they'd stop. I know it will be hard, but I want to meet this baby and start taking care of him. I want to see Kyle hold him and be able to take care of him too.

I have another dr. appointment tomorrow. I really hope that she says that he's dropped significantly more than last week. I just need that encouragement.

My mom took some 38 week pictures of me, but I refuse to post them. I look that bad. I think I'll try and see if we can get some from a more flattering angle. I'm thinking that at this point, flattering is not possible.

Alright . . . I'm going back to watching my tivoed episodes of lost and drinking my tea. :)

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