Saturday, February 28, 2009

0

Someone forgot to tell B that today is the day for him to come play! We're still hanging out, and with 2ish hours left in February I think we can safely say that we're talking about a March baby now. Which is just fine with me, we're in the homestretch now.

Nothing new today. The cramping is gone entirely now. We walked around the mall for an hour but that only served to make my back hurt, unfortunately.

Maybe tomorrow will be the day? It's our friend Kelli's birthday and we keep telling B that he would like to share her day if he'd try it out, but so far nothing. :)

Keep you posted!

Friday, February 27, 2009

one...

...is the loneliest number.

Isn't that how the song goes? I'm feeling everything BUT lonely right now. So many people checking in on us and anticipating B's arrival, and we can't help be realize how lucky we are to have such great family and friends!

Not much to report today. I've been having pretty constant "cramping" (just because that's what it feels like - not like contractions) since last night. They kind of come and go but not like what I'd expect contractions to feel like. Hopefully this is a sign of good things to come! I always joked that he would come in a snowstorm, and it looks like we're supposed to get a few inches tonight so maybe he'll oblige.

Tomorrow is the "big" day, the due date. Two hundred and eighty days of pregnancy. And at the rate we're going, we'll probably see day 284 before all is said and done. Whatever needs to happen I guess.

So we're hanging in there. I'm officially done working now. We're heading to a friend's house to play the Wii in a little bit, I'm hoping it'll also work some magical sending-into-labor powers. Wish us luck. (Also wish me luck in convincing Joey how he would be the best husband in the history of the world if he would get me a Wii for my birthday. He thinks video games are for nerds. Doesn't he know he married a nerd??)

Will keep you posted!

Thursday, February 26, 2009

2 plus or minus 4

This post could also be titled: "Or how about Wednesday?"

Just when I had wrapped my mind around a 3/3 birthday, looks like we’re heading for 3/4. Unless he comes sooner, of course. But frankly, I feel like we’re heading straight for induction-ville. And I’m ok with that, I really just want to meet him.

So we check into the hospital next Tuesday evening at 7:30 and they’ll start the cyto.tec which is a drug to get things started. Then they’ll start pito.cin Wednesday morning which actually brings on the contractions and hope for a delivery Wednesday afternoon or evening, if all goes as planned.

I know the switch could flip at any point, and he could still come any time - even by the end of today if he wanted to. So I guess we just keep waiting. All in good time.

I'm not having any contractions to speak of, so I'm quite confident he's going to hang out in there until next Wednesday. That could all change in a blink though.

Hope you're all well! Thanks for checking in on us!

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

3

I walked out of my appointment feeling disappointment. In what? I'm not exactly sure. I think in my mind I was half-expecting Dr. C to say "oh, he's falling out, let me grab him and you can just take him home with you". Obviously I'm delusional.

In all reality, all is well. His heart is in the 150s as usual and I think my weight is finally tapering off. His head has finally dropped to the bottom, where he should be, which she reiterated several times was a GREAT, GREAT sign. She's encouraged he will fit during delivery, and she thinks it will help things progress once these contractions finally get with the program.

On the boo-hoo side of things: I'm not any more dilated than I was last week. But his head is down! I guess that's progress too.

After a long discussion between Dr. C, Joey, and I, we all agreed that an induction next Tuesday would be a good option, if he doesn't choose to arrive before then. I will be 40w3d at that point - and really our main reason for the induction is that his head is ginormous and it's not getting any smaller. If we wait too long, we might be shooting our chances of having a normal delivery and be looking straight at a c-section.

They will call L&D at the hospital and see if Tuesday works or if we need to pick another day. I'm still hopeful he'll pick a birthday on his own, especially now that his head has dropped, but we shall see I guess. I'll keep you posted as always.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

4

Same song, new day. All is about the same, no new updates since yesterday.

Joey bought me Eil.een's Cookies tonight after work. Apparently they have some magical powers to send pregnant women into labor. I'm 2 cookies in so far and not in labor yet. I might eat my way through the bag though, I should probably eat them when they're fresh, right? :)

My work plans have changed a bit. My managers offered to let me work from home for a couple days, which I appreciate! So I'm going to Crete tomorrow for the morning for the last time for a few months, and then I'll work from home tomorrow afternoon, Thursday and Friday. And leave will officially begin on Monday. Barring a jailbreak from B, of course.

That's about all for today. Our appointment is tomorrow afternoon. I'll update after that.

Thanks for all your love and support! We're getting there!

Monday, February 23, 2009

5ish

Still pregnant. And nothing really happening contraction-wise. I get a few Braxton-Hicks ones every now and then but that’s not even worth talking about. I do think he’s dropped again. I woke up this morning with my hip KILLING. And the waddle has been kicked up a notch. I’m really getting to the “over it” point, but I know B’s doing all that last minute growing and I don’t want to stunt it for my sake.

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I was tossing around the idea of making Wednesday my last day of work (as opposed to Friday as I was planning on), and Joey and I agreed that it should be. If getting to work didn’t involve me driving 40 minutes away from the hospital to Crete, I would be able to work just fine. But we’re both getting nervous that labor is going to begin or my water will break or some other minor emergency will happen and either I’ll convince myself to drive back home, or if Joey has to come get me, it’ll take a while. So Wednesday it is, 2 more days.

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Today, Joey and I discussed my inability to will myself into labor, and talked about a potential induction date. I really want to get to my due date - the 28th - but I also feel completely confident that this little bean is ready to go at any point from now forward. I know if we make it to Wednesday’s appointment (which I’m assuming we will at this point), Dr. C is going to talk about the pros and cons of an induction, etc., etc. She’s already said that an induction should be fine with the progress I've made on my own, and hopefully it's continuing now. But I also know she’s going to a) ultimately let us make the call on whether to schedule an induction or wait it out and b) tell us to pick the date. So I want to go into Wednesday’s appointment with a gameplan of sorts so that Joey and I aren’t staring at each other trying to make a decision on the fly.

That said, we both agreed that if sweet B isn’t here by next Tuesday, we’ll induce on Tuesday, March 3rd.

Now that I put that in bold and made it permanent I’m confident that God is laughing at me saying “oh, you think so, huh?” and I’m sure B will come at some point OTHER than Tuesday, March 3rd. But it feels good to have a date chosen. 3/3/09 sounds like a good birthday to me. (Even though it’s flying in the face of my twitchiness with odd numbers…) I truly hope he comes before that, whenever it would be best for him. But I also get a little bit scared thinking of him being in there much past his due date.

So we keep waiting. Just a few more days.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

8-7-6

Just thought I'd better stop by to let you know we're still hanging in there. B hasn't made his big arrival yet! I've been having some light contractions off and on since Wednesday night but nothing major other than that.

I promise, promise we'll let you know when B finally picks his birthday. It might take a bit until we're settled into our post-partum room, but we'll get the word out as soon as we're able. We've spent so long anticipating the arrival of this little bean that we want to spend a little time getting to know him first too. I know you're all so excited to see him! B is so lucky to be welcomed into such a great support system from the start.

That's all for now... it's back to NAS.CAR for us now. Go Gordon, go!

[disclaimer: Joey wants me to tell you the views and support reflected in this blog post for a particular driver are not necessarily reflective of the views of the rest of the household.]

But since I'm the one writing the post I can support whomever I choose. :)

Thursday, February 19, 2009

niner

9 to go... here's a quick appointment update from this afternoon!

Progress is the word o' the day! We're making progress!

My weight gain is getting a tad skeeeery (to me, the dr says it's normal and fine), so moving on....
My blood pressure? Also "perfect" as per usual, but at 128/80 it makes me gulp.

My feet (and lower legs)? Not super swollen but now exhibit lovely shades of purple and red. They look weird and scary. Thankfully I have no beach plans anytime soon.

Things have been happening in the last 36 hours that make me raise my eyebrows... I had a few contractions last night that were accompanied by some cramping/twinges/mild pain. At first I was like, hmmm, that is interesting. Then it dawned on me that it might actually be maybe-these-are-real contractions. They were really random but continued off and on all night and into this morning. I've been having way more Braxton-Hicks contractions today than I have up to this point. And when the "painful" ones come, they're maybe a 0.5 on the pain scale, so nothing really serious at all. I even thought I was probably delusional and hallucinating they were happening.

Meanwhile, back at the appointment...

His heart rate was in the 150s as usual. He is really wedged in there awkwardly. It's like he's lying curved facing my left side (heads down) with one foot above his bum and the other one stretched out against my left side. Just weird.

[warning, warning, don't read the red part if you're squeamish or don't want to know the details...] And then the best news of the day?! I'm 2 cm dilated! She can feel his head but said he hasn't dropped a whole lot from last week. She thinks the contractions are obviously doing something though and reminded me that every bit I dilate before labor is less to do during labor. She said his head still has room to drop though, so she wasn't worried about him not fitting at this point. And that once his head does drop we're going to probably see some quicker action when he's actually doing some of the work himself.

So we continue to wait. I really think he'll be here by next week, don't have a clue why, just a hunch. The next appointment is next Wednesday. At that point she said we'd discuss the pros and cons of induction. She said at any point after 39 weeks it was totally up to us if we wanted to induce, but that the longest she'd let me go is 42 weeks. Which isn't really what she said the first time, but she's like "no one ever waits that long...". At this point I want to wait at least until our due date on the 28th, and then probably would want to schedule an induction the first part of that first week in March. We'll see though.

That's about all for now. Not bad for the first day in single digits!

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

10!

Stillllllll here. Nothing much happening last night or today. American Idol, ice cream sandwiches, and laundry do not help bring on labor, in case you were wondering. It's kind of silly wishing and hoping for something that will be so painful, but waiting and patience are not my strong suits.

I'll be back tomorrow with an appointment update. If we make it that far. I bet we make it that far. Darn it.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

11!

I feel like the Count on Sesame Street - 11 days to go! 11! Muh-ha-ha-ha.

Which is kind of dumb, because it could be 0 days to go, or I suppose it could be 13 days to go. Either way I think I'll be a mom in 2 weeks from today and THAT freaks me out, folks.

Top 3 things that don't seem to cause a baby to come flying out of me:

3) Walking in the nursery 4,294 times per day and making SURE we have EVERYTHING ready and nested in anticipation of our little birdie.

2) Eating at this new-found KFC in Lincoln that has a BUFFET! We tried to grease the kid out last night, to no avail. But I did pack on some pounds I'm quite confident.

1) Going on a walk and trying to jiggle him out. I just got tired. And sore. But I think Zoe liked it.

1b) Driving 30 miles to work every day, away from the hospital, in fact driving to a different town entirely. You'd think the sheer force of Murphy's law would help me here, but not so much...

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My co-workers threw me a SURPRISE baby shower yesterday. With heavy emphasis on the SURPRISE - I had no idea! I'm horrible with finding out my surprises before they actually happen, but this one was great! B got spoiled AGAIN by my co-workers, including the coolest and geekiest onesie ever to be made - I LOVE it!


B has more clothes than j and I do put together! Thankfully we're getting some stuff in bigger sizes now - we might have to wear 8 onesies a day just to get through all of his 0-3 month stuff! :)

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I think that's pretty much all for now. No real signs that labor is imminent, but I guess stranger things have happened. Next appt is Thursday!
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Lastly, your weekly development notes:
Your baby has really plumped up. She weighs about 6.8 pounds and she's over 19 1/2 inches long (like a leek). She has a firm grasp, which you'll soon be able to test when you hold her hand for the first time! Her organs have matured and are ready for life outside the womb. Wondering what color your baby's eyes will be? If she's born with brown eyes, they'll likely stay brown. If she's born with steel gray or dark blue eyes, they may stay gray or blue or turn green, hazel, or brown by the time she's 9 months old.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

out of the starting gates

I feel like today is the start of B's journey to be born (which, yes, I know actually started last summer) - here's what happened...

I thought my weight was kind of leveling off/dropping a bit (a potential pre-labor sign) but not so much, up about 2 lbs from lat week. I'm a tiny bit swollen, nothing too bad. My blood pressure was up to 128/78, which is WAY high for me (again I'm normally like 100/60) but she said it was "perfect" so I'm just chalking it up to the fact that I'm pumping a lot more blood around right now.

B's heart was lub-dubbing away as normal - 140ish bpm. He was showing off and kicking the doppler off my belly. He's a turd. Everyone has been telling me how his movements should be slowing down as he runs out of room. They forgot to tell B this because he's still crazy active. And he hiccups so hard I'm thinking his head is going to come flying through my belly wall sometimes. Seriously they're harder than my own hiccups.

Warning, don't read the blue part if you're squeamish or really don't want the dirty details...

She said his head is "definitely dropping". This was HUGE for us because she said it was a key indicator that he would, in fact, fit through my pelvis. It also means he's much less likely to flip breech now that he's starting to drop and engage. She was very, very visibly relieved that he was dropping. She also said we're "well on our way to starting to thin and dilate" and she said she'd call me a fingertip dilated. Yay! I'll take it! Every millimeter I dilate now is one less I have to do in labor.

So we keep waiting, but I really feel like this kid is coming in February. I have no reason why, just a hunch.

We're supposed to get 5-10 inches of snow tomorrow. I'm stoked! I also kept predicting with our luck that B would be born in a huge snowstorm, so I guess that will be his chance.

We go back to the dr next Thursday and when she left she said "see you next week... or sooner". So that was nice, though I'm sure she didn't mean it super seriously.

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If you want to do the baby pool over on the left, do it soon, it'll lock on Saturday. ;o)

Monday, February 9, 2009

37 weeks, 2 days... 19 days to go (gulp)

Nothing seems to surprise me more than the speed at which this pregnancy has progressed. I know I'm a broken record about this, but I think I'm in denial that we're less than 3 weeks from the end, quite frankly. I just keep thinking we have time, months maybe, to go. And that's not the case. Fortunately. Because really I'm so excited to meet this kid I can't hardly stand it. I wake up every morning wondering if today will be THE day, even though I know that it's still about 89% likely NOT to be today.

Dr. C called me last Thursday to go over Wednesday's ultrasound results. She again confirmed that B has a big head, but didn't seem overly concerned about it. Which is good. She again said that we really won't know if he will fit for "normal" delivery, but that she should have some indication as he starts to drop over the next few weeks. If he's never dropping at all, that might indicate he won't fit. So she said it was our call if we wanted to schedule a c-section for later this month. I was really hesitant to do that at this point because I felt like we'd be giving up without ever trying, and Joey agreed. I did say if he was breech AND has an enormous head, that I'd want to do the section because there's just too much that would have to fall into place to make a regular delivery possible. On the flip side, I asked her if he nears his due date, how far she'd let me go and she said we could schedule an induction the week of February 23rd, or on March 2nd - but the 2nd seems as late as she's willing to let me go. Especially because the due date is so wishy-washy and the size of his head. Again I told her we'd like to play it by ear, I'm just hoping B will pick his own birthday so we don't have to!

So we'll have a baby within the next 3 weeks. Holeeeee bananas.

Some random things on my radar lately:


  • Mindy and Lee came to visit this weekend and brought Barrett so Aunt Alison could get her nephew-fix. Joey and I think we just might be able to handle this baby thing. We'll see. Barrett is sick though and has to have neb.ulizer treatments every 4 hours. (Oh, and Mindy asked what the dots in some of the words are for - that's so people don't google and find our blog while searching for that term). You wouldn't know how congested he is by the grins on his face, but his breathing sounds like he's a little old man. He's on the mend though. Except he seems to be getting a tooth or two now, also. At 11 weeks old. Gulp.

  • This weekend consisted of me making a few meals for the freezer for maternity leave. I made Baked Mac and Cheese as well as lasagna. If you have any good-to-freeze meal ideas, please send them my way. Joey is making fun of me for making these meals but he will be thanking me very very soon I have a feeling.

  • The hospital called on Friday with a last round of pre-admission questions. Nothing terribly exciting. We're ready to go!

  • We're going to get the car seat (and bases) inspected tomorrow night at a free car seat check. I hope we did it semi-correctly, I don't want to fail at our first attempt at parenting. :o)

  • Next appt is Thursday afternoon. Hoping for some magic, maybe we'll know a little more about when his birthday will be!

37 week development notes:
Congratulations! Your baby is full-term! This means that if your baby arrives now, his lungs should be fully mature and ready to adjust to life outside the womb, even though your due date is still three weeks away. He weighs 6 1/3 pounds and measures a bit over 19 inches, head to heel (like a stalk of Swiss chard). Many babies have a full head of hair at birth, with locks from 1/2 inch to 1 1/2 inches long.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

23 to go!

Yesterday was our the 36 week appointment (I'm was 36w4d technically).

short story: all is well, confusing, but well

longer story:

My weight, blood pressure, and minor swelling are all normal.

The iron supplements are working and keeping my hemoglobin at a good level.

My belly is still measuring on target - 36cm.

And now, the business at hand:

B's melon.

We ended up with an ultrasound again (and other than the fact that they cost ~$150 every freaking time we have one, I don't mind them one bit - I'll take a sneaky peek at my bean any day!) and we think she wanted one for 2 reasons. 1) When we measured my belly, there was a body part of B's obviously sticking out by my belly button. Dr. C and I both felt it and thought it was a head. :o( It was hard and we thought he'd flipped breech again. And 2) We tried to find out from her how big of a head was too big to attempt a "normal" delivery or what she thought might happen based on the 32w ultrasound (which if you remember, his head measured at 36w). She was very non-commital on #2 at this point since things can change so much from week to week. She did say if a baby is predicting to weigh 10 lbs or more on an u/s they'll automatically offer a c-section.

So the combo of Dr. C wanting to know if he was breech plus wanting to know how big his head was had us heading straight to the u/s room.

I'm so thankful we have the coolest u/s tech in the history of the world. I want to send her flowers after B's arrival. She laughs with us at the size of B's head and always gives us a few extra minutes to just watch him on the u/s machine.

Good news: He's heads down - it was apparently a hip sticking out by my belly button. Cletus apparently likes to rotate on his axis, rather than somersaults, thank goodness.

Questionable, but not bad news: His head is measuring a full 40 weeks. And I'm 36w4d. Holy giant head, batman. We didn't get to talk to Dr. C after the u/s so we'll have to wait until next week to find out if that qualifies us for a 39 week induction or anything fancy like that.

Good news: his belly and femur are measuring right at 36 weeks so his little body is fine, albeit not keeping up with his head (and do you blame it?!)

Good news: the u/s machine (though not scientific nor reliable) predicts he weighs 6 lb 11 oz right now. Perfectly adequate size for his gestation. The average weight gain at this point is 1 oz per day. So he'll gain, on average 1.5 pounds in the next 23 days. This is nice to know because he'll hopefully still be in the 8 pound range, and I won't have to think about having a giant headed-baby that weighs 12 lbs to boot. (And sorry to those of you who guessed in the 6-7 lb range on the baby pool, I'm afraid B is going to shoot right past that).

Good news: the kid has some CHEEKS on him. On his face, not on his butt. :) I think he looks totally different than he did 4 weeks ago. I can't quite figure out how his cheeks are so squishy yet the rest of him is so svelte.

Good news: he's still a boy! ;o)

Good news: he looks like Joey!

Good news: despite the size of his head, he looks healthy and that is the only thing we're concerning ourselves with at this point. Bring on the epidural, please and thank you.


We're going to have a baby. And I think that's still not quite set in.

Monday, February 2, 2009

26 days. gulp.

Top 5 signs the days until we meet B are numbered:

5) I only ate a tiny plate of Sup.er Bowl food yesterday, and I was full for the entire night. This is SO not me... I'm a party food grazer with the best of them. There's just no room left between my throat and my gut that isn't occupied by a kicking kiddo.

4) Sleeping is becoming more un-fun by the night. Between the dogs snoring (which is as loud as most humans), my snoring (which is making Joey find his way to the basement and leaves me super disoriented when I realize he's gone), the neighbor's porch light shining directly into our room, general achiness, my brain being fully alert at 2am pouring over to-do lists, and B's desire to do headstands on my bladder twice a night... it's a challenge. A very worthwhile challenge.

3) For the first time last week, I felt pregnant enough to park here:














2) The letters to B's name are now officially on the wall and can be viewed by anyone who steps foot in his room. (hint, hint to those who are still curious...). It makes him very real to see his name every day.

1) Since Saturday I've been driving my car around with a car seat in the back seat. And it's fantastic. And it's weird. But mostly fantastic. And the car seat installation took all of 20 minutes for both vehicles. We must have got the easy-install seat because it was a breeze! And that seat is in there so tight that he won't be wiggling anywhere.

36 week development notes:
Your baby is gaining about an ounce a day. She now weighs almost 6 pounds (like a crenshaw melon) and is more than 18 1/2 inches long. She's shedding most of the downy hair that covered her body, as well as the vernix caseosa, the waxy substance that protected her skin during her nine-month amniotic bath. Next week, your baby will be considered full-term. Most likely she's in a head-down position, but if she isn't, your practitioner may suggest scheduling an external cephalic version, where she'll try to turn your baby by manipulating her from the outside of your belly.