The resident Julia was staying with had also warned against getting a bad nurse. Apparently labor and delivery nurses can really influence 'good and bad outcomes'. A nurse that refuses to give pitocin might be a little c-section happy and have a higher c-section rate. Our nurse seemed pleasant and nice and normal and Simon assured me she was a good apple. Anyway...she did the never not awkward cervical check and her eyebrows shot up midway through and she reported I was 4 cm dilated. She said I was quite stoic and was surprised and happy to say that, "you are staying!" Cue another exhale of relief. I know 4 cm isn't anything to be insanely proud of but I went to the hospital twice with Julia at a mere 2 cm dilated ... literally writhing in pain and absolutely swearing Julia would be our first and last baby if labor and delivery were the only pregnancy escape. So ... up to 4 cm from the previous day's 1.5 cm was no small victory.
Asleep and drooling?
I'll stop here so you can go splash cold water on your face, grab a snack and a chin prop for the next riveting installment.
See you then and there.