Wednesday, July 30, 2008

possible eviction date

Everything went well at the OB Tuesday. My blood pressure was borderline. Strangely, I lost weight. Not sure how that happened. I didn't schedule a c-section like I said I was going to. Why? Because the baby might be kicked out Friday. I go to the perinat Friday morning. If the fluid is still low, my OB wants to go ahead and do a c-section Friday.

My appointment is 8:30 Friday morning. I should be able to update by late Friday (either with news of a new baby or news of more pregnancy). If the baby doesn't come Friday, I will schedule a c-section for late next week.

Funny- When I first got pregnant I remember thinking how neat it would be to have this baby in August. Then my kids birthdays would be in August, September, and October. I never thought I would be this close to actually having the baby in August!

The possible eviction day is: August 1
(just possible date - not 100%. baby could change it's mind and stick around for a little longer)

Sunday, July 27, 2008


still no change.

I have changed the name of Braxton Hicks to SPAC (Stupid Pointless Annoying Contractions). I've been having SPAC for over 10 weeks now. They are driving me crazy.

I did get to squeeze in 2 more trips to labor and delivery this week - for nothing. At work on Wednesday, I started to feel really light-headed, so I called someone to check my blood pressure. It was 154/90 (they like the bottom number to be below 80. 90 is not good). I called my dr. She told me to rest for about 15 min, take my blood pressure again, and call her with the number. 15 min. later the number was something over 86. I called my dr back. She sent me to labor and delivery for monitoring. My blood pressure was great while I was at labor & delivery. I spent about 2 hours at the hospital. My dr did check my cervix again because I was having a lot of contractions. But, the contractions were all SPAC. My cervix hasn't changed (still 1-2 cent dilated, 50% effaced).

Trip 2 to labor and delivery was yesterday for a non-stress test. When I went to the high-risk dr Friday afternoon, my blood pressure was high again! I also found out that amniotic fluid level is low. (it was low with Nolan, too) Since my OBs office was closed by the time my dr visit was over, my OB told me to go to labor and delivery some time Saturday for a non-stress test. Everything looked great. My blood pressure was borderline when I first got there, it dropped to normal before I left.

No one knows why I keep getting these episodes of light-headedness and high-blood pressure, but at this point it's not a big concern. It's more just annoying - just like the SPAC.

I go back to the OB Tuesday morning and to the high-risk dr Friday morning. I hope not to make it to either appointment. ;)

I did put a cookie in front of my belly tonight and told the baby that if it wanted it, it would have to come out and get it. I went shopping with my sisters yesterday. We did a lot of walking. This baby is stubborn.

Oh -the baby is 6lbs.

Thursday, July 24, 2008


Baby is still nice and comfy in the womb. The cervix that has given me issues for for my last 2 pregnancies has decided to become the cervix of steel. I've been 1-2 cent. dilated and 50% effaced for about 2 weeks. My contractions are doing nothing but annoy me.

I go back to the high-risk dr tomorrow for another ultrasound. I go back to the OB Tuesday. If this baby is still stubborn Tuesday, I'm going to talk to the dr about scheduling a c-section the first week of August. I would prefer not to have another c-section, but this baby is being kicked out in 2 weeks one way or the other.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008


I'm term and done. The baby's cooked. It's time for the baby to get out. If it doesn't leave on it's own, it will be kicked out in about 2 weeks (the first week of August).

I gained about a million pounds last week. I've had more stupid comments said to me (I know people mean well, but when I'm standing front of you do you have to ask if I'm still at work?). My ankle is swollen. I can barely put weight on it, which doesn't help with my walk. I now waddle and limp. (stop laughing at me!)

I'm done. I did my job. I carried the baby to term. Now, it's the baby's job to get out. Cary and I both told the baby this morning that it's ok to come out now. We want to meet him/her.

Anyway - the list. I went to and put some stuff on a wish list.
My Wish List

Please don't feel like you have to get us something because I made this list. It's really just to give you ideas if you want to get us something.
There are things on the list for Nolan and the baby.
Nolan loves books. He actually reads so much that some of his favorite books are now in pieces. (some of the ones that are in pieces: The very quiet crickett, The going to bed book, Goodnight moon, Owl babies) (remember this for his birthday!)

We have all the basics for this baby. If this is a girl, we do need some preemie or newborn clothes. We have plenty of hand-me-down clothes, but most of my family has bigger kids, so there aren't many newborn girl outfits. We're set for boys newborn and preemie.

We have bottles, but we do need some new accesories.
We have a Bumbo, we need the Bumbo tray.
We have a boppy and a boppy cover, I would like one more cover.
It's all on the list.

My contractions have started to come back. I hope this baby has listened to us and will make it's grand entrance soon. But my mom's out of town* until maybe this weekend. I know she would like it if the baby stayed in until she got back. I'm not sure if I can wait. I'm having a hard time just smiling when people look at me say "Wow! You're really all out there. Really, you're all out there. I mean all out there." or "Wow! That's going to be a big baby." (By the way - it's not a big baby. They baby is about 5 lbs 5 ozs.)

*My grandmother is really sick. She's 91 and her heart is barely working. The doctors don't think she will make it much longer. My mom and dad are with her and some family in Mass.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Still no change

Everyone who guessed I was going to have the baby this weekend was wrong. (unless something pretty drasatic happens in the next few hours)

My contractions, strangely, have actually calmed down since I got the cerclage out! I might end up begging my dr for c-section in week 39.

I am starting to get uncomfortable. My ankle has been killing me for days. Cary said it's because of all the extra weight I'm carrying. (he then took his foot out his mouth and apoligized about a million times for saying I am carrying extra weight.) It's great that I'm free, but I'm too tired to do anything! And it's 100 degrees outside!

One of Cary's friends asked me today if I am bigger then I was with Nolan. Umm, yeah. I've never been this pregnant before. At 35 weeks with this pregnancy I had gained less weight than I had with Nolan (but cookies were buy one get on free at the grocery store and now my weight has caught up - plus some). At 36 1/2 weeks with Nolan, he had been home for over a week. At this point with Caleb, he was about to have his third surgery, I had been back at work for weeks, and, little did I know, I was about to get pregnant again. That won't be happening this time. This will be my last pregnancy.

The list - I'll work on that now. I'll try to post something tonight or tomorrow night.

Friday, July 18, 2008

I'm free!

The cerclage is out and I'm off all my restrictions! From this point on, I'm just a regular pregnant person.

Got to go - Nolan expects me to make him breakfast. I need to teach him how to work the toaster-oven. ;)

I'll tell you all about the removal later.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

36 weeks

I'm still here and still pregnant. I'm now 36 weeks and a day or two. I never thought I'd make it this far. It's so strange. It's like being pregnant for the first time! I have no idea what to expect for now on (until the labor starts - I've already done 4 times! 2 times each for Caleb and Nolan.)

I go tomorrow afternoon to get the cerclage taken out. It's a big deal that I made it this far, but the actual removal (from what I've heard) is not a big deal. They will remove the stitch at my perinat's (the high-risk doctor) office. The doctors says it's like a long pap smear. I have talked to others who had their cerclages removed this week. They say that it's just a few minutes of discomfort (some have had some pain) and you're done. The actual removal will only be about 5-10 minutes. There is usually a long wait (up to an hour) at my perinat office and I get another ultrasound tomorrow. I'm guessing that I'll be done and leaving the office at around 5. I hope to go out to eat with Cary after. When I get home, I'll update (I'll update Friday morning at the latest).

I'm more excited about making it this far then I am nervous about the procedure. I am annoyed at Cary (surprising, I know). He was making a big deal about the removal. I finally convinced him that the procedure isn't a big deal. Now I'm annoyed that he's acting like it's not a big deal!

Cary thinks I'm going to go into labor as soon as the stitch is removed. I think he's crazy. Many people have gotten their stitch removed and have still gone full-term. Some have even had to be induced! Sadly, when I told my dr and nurse what Cary thought, they agreed with him. I don't like it when people agree with him. I'm always right, Cary is always wrong. Simple.

I think we should start a poll. When do you think I will have and baby? Do you think it's a boy or a girl?
I don't want to know how much you think the baby will weigh. I have to push this baby out! I don't want to even think about pushing out a 9 lb baby.
The winner will get nothing!
Oh - and if you could also guess the baby's name, that would help. We still don't have a name. We have a girl's name narrowed down, but we have nothing for a boy. (No, I'm not going to tell you the possible girl name.)

Some people have been asking what we need for the baby. I'm working on a list. I'll post it here soon.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Now what?

Do you see on my ticker that I'm in week 35? You know what that means? This is the longest I've even been pregnant!!

Today, after being annoyed at everything and everyone. My sister warned me that you spend your last month just being annoyed. Thanks for warning - a couple of days late.

Poor Cary is driving me crazy. He does sometimes deserve it. But, sometimes, he's just in my way - I need to be annoyed at some one and he the closest person.
Tonight he offered to go get me Sonic. I've been wanting a chili cheese pup (or 12) from Krystals. Cary thought a Sonic chili cheese dog would be the same. It isn't. I yelled at him for offering to get me Sonic instead of Krystals. (the nerve of him. not wanting to drive over 20 minutes 1-way just to get me a few chili cheese pups.) But, when he didn't go to Sonic, I yelled at him again for not going to Sonic. (it's basicly the same thing as a chili cheese pup. dah!)

He just needs to learn to read my mind.

He's also in trouble for leaving a wipes container and a carseat at his parents house. He explained his logic. But, whatever, that's not what I wanted! I want the wipes container and the car seat here. Why? Because that's what I want!

I'm still getting contractions - which annoys me. Still not enough to call the dr...again. I get about 1 to 2 good contractions an hour.

My feet are the size of watermelons. My belly is the size of about 5 watermelons. My feet hurt, my back hurts, my contractions are annoying. But, I'm kicking pregnancy butt! Over 35 weeks!

Enough whining...
I've had some interesting comments made to me. I thought it would be nice to use them as a guide for every one. Here is what not to say to a pregnant women:
(All of these have actually been said to me - surprising, all by women!)

Wow! You've gotten big!
Wow! You've swollen!
My daugther is due in 2 weeks and you're much bigger than her.
My friend is having twins and she's 1/2 your size.
Did you get bigger over the weekend?

person A: how much does the baby weigh now
me: around 5lbs
person A: (looking at my belly in shock) That baby weighs a lot more then 5 lbs.

person B: when are you due?
me: August 13
person B: (looking at my belly in shock) There's no way you're making it that long.

While I was trying to walk to the bathroom with a full bladder and a baby kicking my full bladder and not pee on myself. Some one looked me a said "you remind me of the opening scene of March of the Penguins."

People no longer talk to me looking at my face. They all look directly at my belly.

People I'm not that big! My weight gain is right on track. I'm days away for being 9 months pregnant (wow- that's crazy!). I'm supposed to have a belly. No need to point it out. I know it is big. It's about the size of a baby, a placenta, and aminotic fluid. Imaginge that.

Great, now I'm annoyed at myself for being annoying. Where is Cary? I need someone to be annoyed at...

Oh yeah, my cerclage removal has been scheduled for July 17. After that, the baby (who still does not have a name) will be free to escape.

Monday, July 07, 2008


I had a post all ready to go about how I'm about to hit 35 weeks and how I haven't been to labor & delivery yet.

Then, we hit a little bump (actually a couple of bumps).

My nurse came Saturday to give me the P17 shots (to help prevent preterm labor). When she was listening to the baby's heartbeat, it sounded irregular. She recommended that I go to labor & delivery just to get things checked out a little more. The baby's heart looks great. They think that when the baby would take a practice breath it would shift just enough to where on the doppler and heart monitor looked like the heartrate skipped but it was really just the baby moving. While I was there on the monitors, they noticed I was having some contractions. They gave me a couple of shots to stop the contractions and sent me home.

Sunday, the contractions came back. Monday morning I finally gave in and called my dr. She told me to go to labor & delivery for observation. By the time I got there, I was having contractions every 3 minutes! After laying around in the hospital for a few hours, the contractions settled down. My cervix is still long and I'm just a fingertip dilated so the dr sent me home. I'm on bed rest tonight and I allowed to go back to work and do my regular activties tomorrow.

Not sure how much longer this baby is going to stay in. But, it's ok. The hospital has me listed as being 35 weeks, 1 day today. Nolan was born at 35 weeks. If this baby ends up coming out this week, we'll probably end up with another cute, tiny, healthy baby.

Back to the post I started working on last week...
here is the most recent 3-d image of the baby
and a shot of my basketball-belly