Archive for May, 2006

39 Weeks Pregnant

Looks like I made it. The baby is content to stay where he is for now, I guess. My contractions are getting stronger as the days go on, but not more frequent. Over the next few days, I intend on doing a lot of walking to try to get things moving–that’s what got the contractions going last weekend.

The stretch marks around my belly ring scar continue to grow… it’s vain, I know, but it’s another reason I want to move things along more quickly.

Being off from work has been wonderful. I’ve had time to relax, time to get things done, time to snack all day… I have more energy in the evenings. Today was especially great. It really felt like I was on vacation. I had the window open, the light summer breeze wafting through the shutters. I even wore shorts for the first time since I got pregnant.

We received our first diaper delivery this morning from Dy-Dee Diaper Service. It was fun to practice the different kinds of diaper folds with the tiny little cloth diapers. I’m so excited to see them on our little baby–soon, I hope!

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38 1/2 Weeks Pregnant

I don’t know if I’ll make it to 39 weeks, so I thought I should post an update now.

I’ve had several pre-labor signs over the last couple of days. On Saturday night, I had many hours (I stopped keeping track after 5) of contractions that were 10 minutes apart. They were mild and didn’t increase in intensity, so I knew they weren’t actual labor, but it was exciting none-the-less. Today (Monday) I had a visit with our back-up doctor who found that I am already 50% effaced and dialated to 2 centimeters. Just after I returned home, I lost my mucous plug (which often happens after an internal exam). Usually when the plug is expelled, labor begins within 3 days, though it could take up to 2 weeks.

So I got to readying myself and my house. I went grocery shopping, finished packing my overnight bag (we’re delivering at Dan’s parents’ house), did laundry, did the dishes, and indulged in reading about birth. There’s still plenty to do around the house–like tidying up the bedroom, filing, cleaning the bathroom–but none of it is terribly important, and the midwives keep telling me to take it easy.

I’m going to go take it easy for a little while longer now before it’s time to make dinner… fajitas, mmmmmm.

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38 Weeks Pregnant

It’s lunchtime on my last day of work–my last official day for over 3 months! I may come in for a meeting next week, but just to orient our new hire.

My due date is in exactly 2 weeks. I’m ready to have the baby any time, but would be happy if he’d wait at least one more week so I can have one full week to try to get my house as together as possible before he comes.

I will pick up our short-term boarder from the airport tomorrow night, so I’ll have some getting-to-know-you time with her before the baby comes. I still have a couple of things to prepare for her coming as well. Her coming has actually pushed me to get things more ready than they would be had she not been coming. Knowing that she’s going to be using the back bedroom has kept me from using it as a storage room for all the stuff we’ve gotten. Because all the baby stuff will need to reside in our room for the time being, I’ve made sure it is all sorted and placed nicely in baskets or drawers. We didn’t have a chance to paint the room like I’d wanted to, but that’s not a big deal.

The stretch-mark watch is still in effect. There was a new one on my breast the other day–better there, than my belly. The few crawlers from my belly-ring scar have stayed more-or-less the same, which is all I can hope for at this point. My belly button has completely popped out now–no chance of it flattening, I don’t think.

I’m feeling pretty good about everything going on in our lives right now. I’m anxious for the baby to come, but not overly so. I’m feeling okay about our finances. I’m looking forward to having Janie in our home. I’m feeling supported in our labor/birth decisions. Things are good.

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37 Weeks Pregnant

Full term! Any time between now and June 15, I can–according to the people who make the rules–safely have the baby. I’m hoping to have him close to the due date. Right now would be tricky (I have one more week of work left) and late would just be down-right frustrating. I don’t wan’t to wait that long and I don’t want to be pregnant anymore (getting very uncomfortable). And the baby is continually growing. Bigger is not better at this point. He’s a good, healthy size–still has a little bit of room to move around, but fully developed.

I went on a tour of the hospital (Arcadia Methodist)–in case we need to end up going there. After the tour, I was pretty scared of possibly ending up there. Everything is done by procedure and there are so many rules. I understand why they have to do things that way, but I don’t want our birth to be a set of procedures and rules. But after seeing our midwife on Thursday, I was assured that Arcadia Methodist is one of the best hospitals in which to give birth in Southern California (for someone wanting a natural, intervention-free, personal birth). Huntington may be the best, or one of the best, in terms of medical advances and the like–and they’re both available to us should we need them. I don’t expect to end up at the hospital, and I’m trying not to think about it too much.

My contractions have been getting stronger. Every now and then I’ll get one that actually hurts a little. It’s exciting. The stronger they are now, the more progress I’ll have made before labor actually begins, so I welcome the discomfort.

Though I don’t have the feeling that the baby is “right between my legs” as some describe it, I think he’s dropped. I can breathe easier and my pants feel as though they’re about to fall off because I have to wear them so low. The midwife said she couldn’t feel the top of the baby’s head when she felt my abdomen this time. They may do an internal exam next week just to see if anything’s happening.

We found out that we’re the last new patient our midwives are taking for awhile. They’ll still attend the births of repeat patients, but will be refocusing their practice on well-woman care (gynecology) instead. The younger of the two has young children of her own that she wants to spend more time with and the middle-of-the-night pages from patients is waring on her. I feel so lucky to have just made the cut.

No new stretch marks–and not much longer to go.

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36 Weeks Pregnant

I’ve officially broken my pattern. It’s only been one week since my last post, but I just couldn’t wait to write again.

Next week, I’ll be considered full term. Should I go into labor after Thursday, May 11, the baby won’t be considered premature. Tuesday and Wednesday, I had fairly regular contractions (3 or 4 every hour) all day and night and thought I might really be getting ready for labor. False alarm, of course. Yesterday and today, I’ve gone back to my normal 5-10 per day.

Our childbirth education class started last week… it has turned out to be a bit of a bummer. The class moves very slow and is geared toward those who don’t know much about having babies. I’m so surprised at how new some of the information is to one of the other couples. I was so excited about being pregnant that all I wanted to do was learn more about it. Dan even knows most of the stuff they’ve “taught” us. Just this last Wednesday, the first 50 minutes of the class was spent listening to a Hypnotherapist talk about the benefits of Hypnobirthing. She “hypnotized” us to give us an idea of what she does during labor. If I ended up in a hypnotic state, I didn’t know it.

As it turns out, Dan and I will be hosting an intern–Janie–for our church at our house for a couple of months. She’ll likely show up just before the baby is born (mid-May) and leave in early August. Jennifer, our current pastor, is overseeing Janie’s internship and was thrilled to have our house as an option for placing Janie. A small, but helpful sum will be coming our way for room and board–not to mention, the help with regular household duties (like dishes!). We’re both a little nervous about how the whole situation will work out, but are looking forward to it (me, more than Dan, of course).

The stretch marks around my belly button have stayed the same since the last time I wrote–thankfully–but my belly button itself is now popping out so its insides are all visible. Belly-button insides aren’t the most attractive things. I’m curious about what it will end up looking like when my belly starts to shrink back down after the baby is born. I’ve always had a very small, very deep belly button, but I can’t imagine it will go back to it’s tiny little puckered self after having been so stretched. But we’ll see.

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