Patience is a Virtue

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Random question:  Why do dogs like to rub their necks on dead worms?  Does anyone else’s poochie do this?  I swear, I turn my back for one second, and Maggie is making neck love to the ground like it’s the sweetest perfume ever.  Gross.


This afternoon kind of became Project Get That Baby Out.  I’m not due until Wednesday, and it’s common for first time moms to go over, so I’m not concerned at all at this point.  But I’d still like to encourage baby to come out, especially because my favorite midwife happens to be on hospital duty tomorrow.  So I’ve been walking (slash preventing Maggie from making neck love to worms)…


… drinking red raspberry leaf tea, taking evening primose oil, and doing other ‘get that baby out’ activities.  A few months ago, I mistakenly believed these things ‘induced’ labor, but they don’t – as my midwife explained to me, they just encourage your body to do what it’s naturally supposed to be doing (like moving the baby down into the pelvis, toning the uterus, effacing the cervix) and that can trigger labor or make labor easier.  Fingers crossed. 


Similarly, along the same lines, we started to do acupuncture tonight – not with the goal of immediate inducement but with the goal of ‘encouragement.’  Our extra massage table is currently at the clinic so the Husband set up shop on the dining room table, which was pretty amusing.  The dogs were terribly confused by the arrangement.  (It’s difficult to give someone acupuncture while they are on the couch or a bed because it’s hard for the practitioner to reach all sides of the patient.)  Definitely one of those, “It’s nice to be married to an acupuncturist” moments.


Acupuncture 101 Post <— in case you’re interested


So.  Yes.  That was my evening.  Worms and needles.  Yippee!




A while back, my grandpa gave me his old grilled cheese sandwich press – I’ll forgot about it for a few months and suddenly bump into the appliance when looking through the cupboards.  It makes the most amazing grilled cheeses.


With melon and salad.


For a snack, I had hummus + rice cakes.


Aaaand now I’m going to rummage up a post-dinner snack.  Maybe something sweet.  Smile


On a related note – Would you say you are a patient person?  Patience is not my strongest suit but this process is encouraging me to let it gooooo and relax.  A wise lesson, indeed.



  • Katie June 11, 2012, 10:05 pm

    I’m a first grade teacher, so I have to be patient….but it’s another story when I’m excited about stuff!

    Also, my dachshund totally applies the worm cologne. Weirdest thing ever! He digs dryer sheets too (which I get!), but still goes crazy for worms.

  • Kris June 11, 2012, 10:06 pm

    My dog loves worms — in the form of worm sashimi or worm jerky, depending on the state of the worm. He stops to try and eat them all along our walks.

    I’m the least patient person I know. It’s something I work on every day 🙂

  • Danielle June 11, 2012, 10:08 pm

    I wish my husband knew acupuncture! It’d save me a lot of money. I love it! 🙂

  • Lisa June 11, 2012, 10:09 pm

    My dachshund also loves dead worms. He’ll carry them around in his mouth for a while and then roll in them.

    • Caitlin June 11, 2012, 10:09 pm


  • Carin June 11, 2012, 10:09 pm

    No! I am so impatient! However, I still manage to procrastinate and put off the stuff I don’t want to do – and manage to be late for things. How does that work?!

    Bet these last few days are driving you crazy – my kids were both born at 38 weeks so you’re more pregnant now than I’ve ever been!

    • Ashley June 11, 2012, 10:12 pm

      Oh my gosh I am the exact same way. Currently procrastinating papers for a class that are due tomorrow…and I’ve known about for weeks. I’m chronically late. 🙂

  • Ashley June 11, 2012, 10:12 pm

    Wednesday is SO SOON! 🙂 🙂 I have absolutely zero patience, actually probably less than zero. I just get terribly antsy with any task. A work in progress.

  • Alex June 11, 2012, 10:14 pm

    Good luck! Have a warm bath, read a book, watch your favourite tv show – relax as much as possible. I know you’re excited but you’re going to be sooooo busy in a couple days so you should use this time to do all the things you’re not going to be able to do in the forseeable future!

  • Army Amy* June 11, 2012, 10:14 pm

    I thought I was patient until I became a teacher. Now I’m currently waiting for my husband to return from his deployment. So, no, I’m not patient!*

  • Megan@The Running Doc June 11, 2012, 10:19 pm

    My dog likes to roll in deer droppings! It’s so gross and thankfully not something we encounter all that often. I think I’d prefer dead worms to deer poop but they’re both disgusting. Dogs are so weird!

  • FitBottomedMama June 11, 2012, 10:19 pm

    OMG, the WORMS. My dog was doing this the other day. Glad to know she’s in worm-loving company.

    Hope the baby is arriving right NOW.

  • Jen June 11, 2012, 10:21 pm

    Just a thought…my husband is trained in acupuncture too. He was needling me before my due date to encourage the baby to come out. Then, on my due date, my water broke. We thought, “yay, she’ll be born soon”. Well…for some reason I didn’t go into full-blown labor. So we did EVERYTHING to try to start real labor. This went on for 3 days. Thankfully, I was using a midwife so she let me labor at home. My husband tried acupuncture on me again and it didn’t really help to encourage labor. We did lots of other things too. Afterward, my husband theorized that he did so much acupuncture to me _before_ labor, when it was really time for it to kick in, my body had acclimated to the energy. This is just our personal experience but I thought I’d pass it along.

    • Caitlin June 11, 2012, 10:27 pm

      Interesting! I’m sorry that happened. Ugh. I’d be curious to know what points he used?

  • Stellina @ My Yogurt Addiction June 11, 2012, 10:30 pm

    Sometimes I am patient and sometimes I am not, it really depends on what it is! It’s hard for me to relax so I’d lean more towards impatient. Definitely something I need to work on due to my anxiety. I was actually thinking of trying acupuncture. Do you know if that helps with anxiety?

  • Brittney @ Brittney Breathing June 11, 2012, 10:32 pm

    I am most definitely NOT a patient person and I really wish I was. With smaller things in life (say waiting on eggs to boil) I’m pretty patient but with bigger goals in life (say wanting to move somewhere else) I am not patient with at all!

  • Jen June 11, 2012, 10:41 pm

    Hey, Caitlin! I just realized something. If you actually DO have your baby on your due date, that will be the 13th of the month, which would be awesome! 13th babies ROCK (not that I am at all biased)!

    Also, this morning when I was getting ready for work, you suddenly popped into my head. I had the strangest feeling that you were going to have the baby today (or possibly were already HAVING the baby!). Yeah, well…so much for my psychic abilities – guess I’d better not quit my day job. 🙂

  • Marci June 11, 2012, 10:55 pm

    Good luck to get the baby moving! As mommy to a three month old, you will learn patience very soon! I am not patient and it has been hard for me. I was induced at 39 weeks, 4 days (impatient) but waited to find out the sex too (patient). Can’t wait to read your story, you’ll do great!

  • Earthy Nicole June 11, 2012, 10:56 pm

    I have a cat that rubs herself on everything like that… but she’s sort of like Maggie, not sure if she’s a secret genius or really, really dumb. Lol. Anyways, I was never a patient person before having my daughter. She had colic so between that and nursing, I had myself a patience bootcamp. I’m much, much more patient now and I gotta say, it’s nice. Good luck getting baby out! We’ve never met but I’ve been thinking of you a lot lately!

  • Lindsey June 11, 2012, 11:14 pm

    I am so not patient and can 100% understand why you are not right now either! I think I’d be the least patient person on the planet two days from my due date!

  • Emily June 11, 2012, 11:22 pm

    It depends if what I’m waiting for is good – like finding out whether you got the job – or something that makes you feel sick in the stomach – like end of semester results:P I’ve been waiting quite patiently for a boyfriend though, but that’s probably because all my friends have been heartbroken recently.

    In regards to waiting for my own baby, I’d be much worse than you so don’t worry:) I found a blog of poses that are “supposed” to induce labour but haven’t worked for the author:

  • Gina @ Running to the Kitchen June 11, 2012, 11:25 pm

    My dog rolls in ANY and ALL decaying matter including feces of whatever animals live in our woods. It’s repulsive.

  • Jodi @ Jodi, Fat or Not June 11, 2012, 11:29 pm

    I’m not patient at all – I would be trying everything at this point if I were you haha. Good luck!

  • Jessie @ Graze With Me June 11, 2012, 11:34 pm

    Oh I love the nervous, anxious energy surrounding an impending birth. It’s just the most amazing feeling when it’s finally “time”. I was 4 days past my due date and I loved telling people who asked when I was due, “oh last Wednesday…”. So funny.

    What worked for us? We walked around all day then played volleyball on our Kinect. Lots of jumping. My water broke 4 hrs later!

  • Melissa June 11, 2012, 11:39 pm

    One of my dogs loves worms too! She doesn’t try to eat them but she loves to rub on them. It’s like she’s “dominating” them or something!

  • Sarah June 12, 2012, 12:02 am

    Best of luck with the next week or so Caitlyn.
    FYI – I was rubbing the acupressure spot (inside leg above the ankle???) 5 days before my first was due. Was sitting there rubbing rubbing rubbing… stood up AND my waters broke! With my second I was desperate… started pounding away at the same point, stomping round the house yelling ‘downwards’ (if that makes sense). I went into labour 10 days early.
    It works!!

  • Anne June 12, 2012, 12:26 am

    Go get a pedicure…..its an old wives tale, but even if it doesn’t work, you’ll have pretty toes 🙂

  • Jenn June 12, 2012, 12:34 am

    I have one of those sandwich makers too! My grandma actually just passed it along to my boyfriend who immediately fell in love.

  • Stephanie C June 12, 2012, 1:20 am

    My dogs favourite things to roll in: poop, motor oil, june bugs, olives, grapes.
    The first two are really quite bad. In a matter of a few days, my dad managed to roll into wild animal poop which would NOT come out after many baths (we even tried the lemon method). The next day she rolled in motor oil which only made the remnants of the animal poop lock in. She is only now starting to smell normal again.

    • Jen June 12, 2012, 10:29 pm

      Oh, good heavens – your poor dad! Hahahahahaha Yes, I do realize that this was just a typo & I apologize for my immaturity…but, it DID give me a much-needed laugh today, so thanks! 🙂

  • Natalia June 12, 2012, 4:43 am

    My dogs (I don’t have any anymore 🙁 but once upon a time…) all used to love rolling in DEAD ANIMALS. I’d take worms over *that* any day!!

  • jen June 12, 2012, 5:43 am

    i have zero patience, for anything, ever. unless im at school. im a kindergarten teacher and people who have witnessed me talking to 5 yr olds swear i have the patience of a saint. clearly, i usew it ALL up with them.

  • Katie @ Peace Love and Oats June 12, 2012, 6:03 am

    I think I’m a pretty patient person, and lucky you to have your own personal acupuncturist! (and husband 😉 )

  • Angela June 12, 2012, 7:19 am

    My dog loves to roll in disgusting things when I take him for walks, like poop. Which is really not fun for anyone..

  • Lee June 12, 2012, 8:04 am

    I read your next post first, so I guess the methods did work to trigger labor!

    My dog likes to roll around in anything smelly.

  • Hannah June 12, 2012, 10:46 am

    Your methods worked!!

  • Julia H. @ Going Gulia June 12, 2012, 6:10 pm

    Ya know, that dining room acupuncture set-up actually looks pretty comfy! Guess if you cover anything in blankets, it’s comfy though, haha.

  • Christine June 14, 2012, 9:41 pm

    My dog LOVES to rub his body into the grass! I thought it was funny and cute at first until I picked him up and he smelt like poo! haha Apparently dogs do this to cover up their own smell, as dogs are natural hunters and when hunting they do not want their “prey” to smell them so they cover up their scent with smelly things in the grass! Just thought I’d share 🙂 Congrats on beautiful Baby Henry! Job well done new mama!

  • Ashley July 13, 2012, 11:46 am

    Hi Caitlin!

    I am going back through your pregnancy posts (I was due yesterday) because I find them so helpful and I was curious about the acupuncture. I see an acupuncturist for my migraines but haven’t been to her in a couple months actually. I am going to try to get an appointment with her today to help “encourage” labor but I was wondering if you have any tips. Are there certain points I should ask her about? I’d really love to encourage this to happen naturally so I am hoping this could help. Any advice you have would be awesome!

    • Caitlin July 13, 2012, 11:48 am

      She’ll know what to do! I wish you the best of luck!!! Positive thoughts.

      • Ashley July 13, 2012, 11:56 am

        Thanks! I’ll take every little bit of help!

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