- “Wow, you are going to pop anytime now!”
- “Are you sure there is only one in there?”
- …while rubbing a tummy that they did NOT get permission to rub: “awww, you just look so great!”
- “You aren’t due until _____? Wow, it’s going to be a long, hot summer for you.”
- “Do you have a name picked out?” And then you tell them. And then they say “Oh, I went to school/worked with a ________ and they were the most annoying person on the face of this earth!”
- Any unsolicited advice about labor/delivery or any other topic about what you should do or how they knew someone with a very traumatic experience.
- “Was this baby planned?” (This is the question I hate the MOST!)
We are having a baby! I am getting induced at 6pm tonight. At my appointment on Tuesday, my blood pressure was still high, and my protein count in my urine was high, so I did another 24 hour analysis. Since I am on the climb with these conditions, the Dr. wants to get me delivered to avoid any complications. So we are going in tonight! I just can’t believe it! All of the waiting, planning, stressing, worrying, all comes down to finally having a baby boy in our arms sometime VERY soon.
I will update as soon as I can once baby boy makes his appearance!
Still no progress…I am only a fingertip dilated…so baby boy is just pretty content being cozy inside! However, my blood pressure was a bit on the high side so I had to do a 24 hour urine analysis (everytime I peed for 24 hours I had to put it in this jug and keep it in the fridge-fun!) to check my protein levels. If my protein level is high in addition to my higher blood pressure, I would be on the verge of preeclampsia–meaning, a medical condition serious enough to induce labor before 39 weeks. SO hopefully I will get the tests results tomorrow and go from there.
In GOOD news, congratulations to Eric and Laura on the arrival of Caden Michael on 7/14. He’s definitely a cutie-and I can’t wait for many playdates to come!
I feel like I may be behind most pregnant women when it comes to nesting. My house isn’t spotless in preparation for baby (I mean- we still live in it). I have been attempting to start/finish thank you’s for baby gifts, but I just can’t get motivated. Not to mention, it took me forever to even pack my bag for the hospital, which is a pretty important bunch of items!
I guess I just expected a better spurt of energy about this time…but I think that energy is all being spent trying to will myself to dialate before Tuesday.
That said…thank you’s, here I come…
Well, the Dr. says she is ready for this baby to come as long as I am, and that he is ready as well- but the catch is, physically, I am not ready. No progress, no nothing. Close, she says…so I am hoping for SOMETHING by next Tuesday. We’ll see!
This is my 36 week picture, even though technically I am 37 weeks today-3 to go! As I near the finish line on my first pregnancy, I couldn’t help but look back on the last 9 (10) months and share what I have learned/enjoyed/not enjoyed in preparation for motherhood…
- I really can’t complain. I have had it pretty good this go around. Not a lot of morning sickness, occasional restless leg in my left side, and some mild acid reflux. Nothing that a piece of toast, Tylenol, and Tums can’t help.
- Knowing that you have another life inside of you is one thing, feeling it is another. I think this is what I will miss most about being pregnant.
- The look on Brandon’s face when I was on the phone with the nurse while she was telling me that I was, indeed, pregnant, is something I will absolutely never forget. It is almost the same look he gave me when I told him I was ready to start a family. He’s looked at me that way ever since. I think he will miss me being pregnant!
- The weird range of emotions. They can be somewhat annoying, especially when Brandon would ask “Why are you crying?” and all I could do is sob and say “I don’t know.” I just think that those emotions make you human, and that it doesn’t matter how much you cry, worry, laugh, etc. It’s normal. If all I needed was a hug, Brandon was right there. Sometimes a trip to Dairy Queen was right around the corner. If that’s not a temporary fix, I am not sure what is!
- Decorating the nursery. I turned out to be the most indecisive person when it came to starting this task. I love the idea of decorating a space, but when it comes right down to it, I totally lack in this department. It was a fun learning process though, and I am so happy with the end result. It’s one of my favorite rooms in the house, and I look forward to lots of memories being made in that room.
- Belly touching. I think a pregnant belly is an open invitation for anything- a conversation, advice (good OR bad), and definitely touching. While for the most part it doesn’t bother me, there are few occasions where it did, and I will be glad for this part to be over.
Our next appointment is Tuesday morning and I am hoping for progress!