But this particular holiday? Meh. It's not my thing. However, I think some people have some really great ways of celebrating it.
My personal way is to roll over in bed at some point, and mumble in my sleep, "Happy New Year" if someone else is there. :P
Hubby's own tradition is to stay up all night playing "Vigilante 8". I love that video game, but there is no way I have the energy to stay up until midnight, pregnant or not. And, at this rate, it doesn't look like I'm getting another December baby, so what do I really care? Normal day, normal bedtime. It works for me.
Oh, I'm not being grumpy! I've always approached New Year's with an attitude of indifference.
Last night I thought maybe - just maybe - she was on her way when I had some nice, rhythmic contractions. However, they either didn't last, or continued to be so painless that I slept through them. I think out of all the symptoms I have, the two worst ones are the back ache and the pressure "down below".
One thing I hate about mentioning back ache, is how people jump on it and say, "Back labor?!" Um, no. If you know anything about labor, contractions actually begin in the back and work their way around to the front. Back ache is just a common symptom at the end of pregnancy - not an indication that the baby is badly positioned ("sunny side up").
Then again, I also hate how people think the plethora of symptoms means you must go to the hospital NAO! No, I must not.
In fact, I am avoiding the hospital as long as possible. To be quite honest, I'd rather have an in-car birth on the way to the base and wrap a slimy infant in my beautiful winter coat, than let medical personnel hold me hostage with their policies and procedures (fetal monitoring, requiring an IV, and no food permitted until baby is born, just to list the basic ones).
Hence, I will stay home until I am definitely in active labor; possibly even until I am in transition.
Sleeping at night, while it is interrupted by hourly bathroom trips, is a good way to pass the time while I wait.
So don't expect me to be up at midnight.... unless it's to pee. ;)
And, hey, Happy New Year to all of you.
Copyright (c) 2012 Wendy L. Callahan