Surprise…I’m still pregnant. Okay, so maybe it’s not that big of a surprise for most women to still be pregnant at 38 weeks, but it is for me. Even my team of doctors are surprised I’ve made it this far without any of the complications we expected.
It’s like every time something has come up that could be a major issue it has disappeared by the next week, like my super low amniotic fluid levels. The doctors thought for sure my fluid levels wouldn’t rise back up this late in the game because of my blood pressure medicine, but low and behold at last week’s ultrasound the fluid had increased a good bit. This week it was even higher, back up to a 7.3, so it looks like we’re good to go until the end!
When is the end? That’s the big question isn’t it? I have one more non-stress test and ob checkup on Tuesday if I don’t go into labor naturally this weekend. At this point my cervix is still closed even though I’ve been having some major bouts of contractions, so I doubt we’ll see her before then. If Tuesday comes and goes without any progress we’ll have one more biophysical profile scheduled for Thursday. If Thursday arrives with no bundle of joy I’ll be induced Friday morning, June 14th.
So, the waiting game is definitely on. I’m going to finish getting my ducks in a row today. I’ve got some business stuff to take care of, and I need to print letterhead so I can get some notes in the mail reminding a few regular clients that I will be taking the rest of the month of June and all of July off due to the baby. I don’t need anyone hounding me because they missed the memo!
I’m sure I’ve still got plenty of nesting to do today, too. For some reason my nesting tendencies haven’t been kicking in until really late at night these days…like almost midnight late. I think it’s because that’s when things are finally slowing down around here at night, and my brain goes into “omg I have to finish this” overdrive. Maybe I can avoid that tonight!
Anywho, that’s what’s been going on over this way. I’m going to add a couple more things to the baby registry then I think I’ll get off the PC for the rest of the day. I want to go spend as much time one on one with Ellie while I still can, and sitting here rambling isn’t making that happen!
This morning I’m sitting here wondering if we can pee on a stick for a fertility test and again to determine we’re pregnant why is it so hard to invent a stick to tell us when we’re going into labor? I admit I’m getting a bit antsy over here waiting!
Even though this is my 2nd baby it’s my first full term pregnancy. That has me on edge because I’m like a first timer sitting here waiting for things to happen naturally. I didn’t go through any of this with Ellie, and now that I’m 36w + 4d every little pain, twinge, and tingle has me wondering what is about to follow.
Is that cramp the beginning of labor or the end results of this weekend’s grill-fest?
Yeah, I’ve become that chick, the hypochondriac over poop pains!
I think I’ll feel a lot better after my checkup this morning. I just have to make it through the next 2 hours without driving myself batty over every little tingle “down there”. I’ll find out if my amniotic fluid levels are enough of a factor to go ahead and induce now or if we’re going to try to push it another 2 weeks to 39 weeks. Last week the doctor was concerned but he wasn’t ready to induce just yet as long as my fluid didn’t drop any lower.
Unfortunately it’s not as simple as drinking lots of water to try to increase the amniotic fluid levels because my low levels are caused by my blood pressure and medications. It’s kind of a damned if ya do damned if ya don’t situation with the meds, but he did drop my dose a bit to see if that helps. My fluid level didn’t come up any over the week, but Friday’s ultrasound showed it’s holding steady at a 6. That’s still pretty darn low, though, so today will be the deciding factor.
No matter what happens today I’m going to keep reminding myself she will be here sometime in the next 2 weeks. That’s the one thing I can be sure of. So, Aubrey, I hope you’re ready to meet this big ‘ole world. I know I’m sure ready to meet you!
This is a freebie I love sharing when it comes available (which isn’t very often). Bkeepsakes.com is offering a free Name Wish Poem per person through 6/16/13, a $7.99 value for an unframed 8×10 print. All you pay is the $3.99 shipping fee, so these make a great gift for your own child or another special child in your life!
Each poem is written just for your child using the letters of the child’s name. There are 6 designs to choose from making these poems a great gift for many occasions from baby showers to birthdays.
Order yours now by clicking the banner below before this offer expires, or visit Birthday Keepsakes now and use promo code “FREEPOEM” to order your free Name Wish Poem! Don’t forget to share this offer with your friends so they can grab a free poem print, too!
Today hasn’t gone quite as well as I planned. I figured after knocking out the housework Ellie and I would head outside to enjoy the beautiful weather. Yeah, that didn’t happen.
The dishwasher decided to bite the dust, and of course it had to happen when both the dishwasher and sink were full of dirty dishes. I admit I procrastinated after dinner last night, but I couldn’t do that today. I had to get those dishes clean, so I got to remind myself of the true meaning of dishpan hands while trying to accomplish the task with a 3 year old “helper”. It was interesting to say the least.
That meant I got to spend the next 10 minutes cleaning up all the excess water from the floor and counters. The kitchen needed a good scrubbing anyway, so it all worked out. Now the issue is finding out why the dishwasher isn’t working, but I’ll leave that one for Ben to deal with when he gets home.
I had hoped once the dishes were done we could still squeeze in some afternoon outside time before nap time, but our beautiful view out the kitchen window soon turned gloomy as the clouds and afternoon popup showers moved in. Ellie pitched a hissy fit to make a kite when she saw all the wind (thank you latest episode of Caillou), so it took some time to convince her a kite won’t work in the rain.
I finally gave up on doing anything productive, so Ellie is busy cutting flowers out of a stack of old magazines, or at least attempting to, while I’m scoping out a schecter bass guitar at Guitar Center. Just because I don’t have any use for one or the cash to buy it doesn’t mean I can’t look at how pretty they are! I admit the only reason I started looking at them in the first place is because Ellie asked me to print her a guitar picture for the paper dolls we made last night. I figured that would be a good place to find lots to choose from, so once she’s done practicing her scissor skills we may make some accessories to go with the paper dolls.
After a rough couple of days (that I don’t really want to discuss) I’ve decided today is going to be different. Maybe I woke up on the right side of the bed this morning, or maybe I’m just ready for a change. Either way I know my attitude must change before I expect anything else to. Right?
I’m going to knock out my housework as quickly as possible (not as easy as it sounds with this big ‘ole belly in the way). Then I’m going to dope myself up on my allergy meds and get outside with Ellie. We need to enjoy this beautiful weather while we can, and sunshine always improves my mood. Maybe we can have a picnic like she’s been asking to do, and then I can curl up on a blanket with The Great Gatsbywhile she picks flowers and rides her tricycle. I’ve been meaning to re-read the book before I see the movie anyway, so why not enjoy it in the sunshine?