Monday, January 31, 2011
Monday, January 24, 2011
Sunday, January 16, 2011
As I type, I am bouncing and rolling around on my exercise/birthing ball hoping that it is effective and I roll into labor tonight! How nice it would be to get off work tomorrow.. I am so over working at this point.
For the most part, we had a pretty uneventful week. However, on Tuesday, I was working and looked up and I couldn't see very well. The wording on my computer screen was all jumbled and when I tried talking to people, I couldn't see their face, it was just like a black blur. Immediately I thought of preeclampsia. I went to lay down in our little lounge area at work and then later got a headache and started sweating a bit. Janine called Morgan to pick me up and I called the midwife and she asked that I come in to be seen. My blood pressure was high (compared to what mine usually is) so they drew blood and did a urine dip test to see if I was excreting protein into my urine. There as no protein within the sample I gave but she wanted to do a 24 hour collection of urine as she said that it doesn't always come out with every sample and this way, they could monitor what I was excreting over 24 hours. So, I left with a clear bag with a piss tray and a gallon jug to empty my urine in. Real pleasant! I stayed home the next day and did my collection and rested so my bp stayed down (hi, work stresses me out these days!). Thursday morning we went in to give them my urine and had my weekly appointment instead of waiting until the next day.
We signed our consent form and put down the deposit for the birthing tub. I hope that all remains well so that I can have the opportunity to do a water birth if I want to. I've been watching water births on youtube and it has been pretty inspiring. I feel like I am more confident than ever that I will be able to handle the birthing process unmedicated. But, if I don't, I don't, but hope and think I can.
Not much else to report. I am getting pretty anxious and would welcome his arrival any time now. I'd really like to go into labor and have him before we have any company so that we can get into our routine and schedule and get situated before we have visitors. I feel like it will reduce stress if we can settle on our own - and well, adjust the animals to the new member of our family.
I bought another diaper bag this week. Hopefully this one works out better than the other. Guess it won't hurt to have two, right? I think I deserve to have two diaper bags.. :)
Well, Time to do more bouncing and rolling and hope for the best... 12 more days!
See you next week.
xo, mommy to be.
Sunday, January 9, 2011
Monday, January 3, 2011
Sunday, January 2, 2011
Today marks the 36 week and 2 day mark. On Friday I will be considered full term which is such an accomplishment for this pregnancy. For awhile I really thought that he would be a 2010 baby but it looks like we will get our 2011 baby after all! I won't lie, I was kind of hoping for a new years eve baby, but more than that, I would've rather a full term baby, which it looks like we will get.
We had an appointment on Wednesday. Actually, my appointment was supposed to be on Tuesday but I totally spaced it thinking my appointment was on Wednesday. Luckily they were able to get me in the next day. It was important that I was seen because we had to determine whether or not a version was necessary due to him being breech.
Well, she examined my belly with her hands and said that she wasn't sure whether or not he was head down but that she was pretty sure that he was and wanted to do an ultrasound to confirm. Before doing the ultrasound, she did the strep B test, which came back negative which I am happy about as I won't have to worry about antibiotics being given through an IV during labor as I am hoping to not have an IV during labor. Also during my strep B test, being shes was down there and all, she checked to see if I was dilated at all. She said that her finger went straight through my cervix and that I was 1cm dilated, which really, means nothing. I told her that I understood that I could be 0cm and go into labor that night, or I could be 3cm and stay that way for a few weeks or longer! But, it was somewhat reassuring that I am starting to dilate.
But, the greatest news is that he turned! He is no longer breech, so unless he turns before labor, I have less chance of needing a c-section. Obviously anything can happen during labor to create the situation where I would need one, but if he were breech and did not turn, it would be 100% c-section. So, we were both very relieved and excited. When she was showing us his head, Morgan asked her if she could tell us whether or not he was smart which I totally thought was funny and she did as well, so I am glad she has the same humor as us. I do have to admit that I am pretty nervous that he will turn again before labor. But, I'll do my best to remain optimistic. :)
Morgan installed the base of the car seat into his car which was easier than either of us had thought it would be. It was definitely weird putting the car seat in there knowing that we would be bringing a baby home in it before we know it. Also weird was doing the first load of baby laundry to pack his hospital bag. Folding 12 pairs of little mini socks was weird!
I've been feeling OK. Still have my on and off days physically, mentally and emotionally. On Thursday night, I had about an hour of consistent contractions which were the most painful that I've had yet. However, after an hour or so, they went away and I haven't had any similar episodes since. I get them here and there, still feel crampy and tight as a bowling ball, but those are all things I've been experiencing since about 29 weeks. Work is getting rough as well. I am sooo exhausted after an 8 hour work day and was lucky to have the last 2 weeks be short weeks with only 4 weeks. To be honest, I don't know how much longer I am going to be able to put in 5 days a week. I am just so sore and over it by Wednesday. Guess we'll see what happens. I should be thankful that I do not have to be on my feet all day.. mad props to those preggos that are.
Well, I think that is about it for this week. If the baby is ready, I am hoping for a 01/11/11 baby (hey, have I mentioned that once or twice before!?), so yes, if he is ready and healthy, I'll be hoping for a baby 9 days from now. But, if he wants to come late, that is OK, too (ask me again at 41.5 weeks!)
See you next week.
xo, mommy to be.