Friday, December 21, 2012

37 Week Doctor Appointment

Boy did this one feel like a downer after last week's excitement. I kind of got my hopes up after the last appointment that baby girl would be here early. I should know my uterus (and offspring) better than that! I just got to thinking how neat it would be to have her early and be able to spend time at home with my family when they visit, instead of being stuck in the hospital.

But alas, it does not appear meant to be. I had cramping and contractions at the end of last week. The contractions were actually painful and somewhat regular for a short time last Thursday. And then... nothing. I felt annoyingly fine.

Apparently things around the house have been hearing me say that I wish my water would break and have attempted to help out. First the Keurig and then the washing machine broke. Both had to be replaced. Then on Sunday we noticed water coming out of the meter in the front yard and there's a big leak from the water main. Broken water everywhere! Just not the kind I was hoping for.

My appointment this week was on Wednesday and nothing had changed from the previous week. Same dilation and effacement. I'm 38 weeks today and there's really nothing notable going on in the general pregnancy arena. I still have a tiny behind stuck in my rib cage.

So it would appear that next Friday, December 28, will be our big day to meet our little girl. That's what I'm hoping at this point, despite all the disappointment, because I want to enjoy Charlie's Christmas. I still feel annoyingly fine, so I think I'm safe.

Anticlimactic, huh?

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

36 Week Doctor Appointment

I ran around like a crazy person today trying to get ready for Christmas and almost missed my doctor appointment. Since my only experience with pregnancy was with Charlie, where nothing exciting ever happened progression-wise, I just kind of take for granted that these routine visits will be boringly routine.

I did have my last ultrasound scheduled as well, so you'd think I'd be more excited. I'm just so preoccupied with the holidays and my mile-long to-do list that I didn't even feel excited until we were waiting to be called back. And when I say "we" I mean Charlie and me. Brad is working and couldn't come.

It's been tough to see the baby clearly throughout the pregnancy because of the anterior placenta and how she is positioned. We've gotten a few good shots, but nothing compared to what we had with Charlie. So maybe knowing the visuals were going to be limited affected my enthusiasm too.

Anyways, during the ultrasound I found out that she has a bunch of hair (!!!), is head down and that really is her behind pressing up against my ribcage. Her weight estimate, which I put almost no stock in, was 6 lbs, 11oz. Seems like those are frequently wrong, but that would put her around Charlie's birth weight (8lbs) at her due date, so it could be right.

She is still really tall. Or long. Whatever you call it when they're still in utero. A tall baby in a short-waisted woman. Discuss.

Actually don't discuss, I'll tell you: ouch. Uncomfortable. No room! I now look at long waisted pregnant women with envy.

Baby girl's hand was across her face, so there was no way to get a good face shot. She was moving her little lips in a sucking motion like Charlie always did. He came out ready to eat, so she might too! It's so cute on the screen - they look like little guppies.

The ultrasound techs felt bad about the lack of pictures since it was my last ultrasound, so they took a photo of her foot. That's all I got: some hair, a face with an arm across it and a foot.

I had my doctor's appointment after the ultrasound, so I got to see my all-time favorite doctor, Dr. D. Is it weird to feel sad these appointments are coming to an end? They are always so fun. Anyways, she did a check and I am 1cm dilated and 70% effaced. Baby girls' head is really low and all positioned to make her exit.

To hear I was dilated and effaced was actually pretty exciting for no other reason than I never, ever dilated or anything with Charlie. Ten hours of pitocin couldn't yield that result with him. So I had this very foreign feeling of actually being capable of all this birthing business. That probably sounds strange.

After Dr. D told me this news, we discussed what to do if something major happens and she wanted to know when the baby daddy was done with work travel. He'll be home in 2 days until after we have the baby. He's been instructed to have his phone on and ringer on high just in case something major happens before then. But really, I'm not much of a dilator - what could happen? Fortunately I have several friends close by who have offered to help in a bind.

So there you go - progress! Actually pregnancy progress. What a concept. My next appointment is next Thursday, so we'll see how things are looking then. I'll keep you posted!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Big Brother Charlie

** Part of the reason I have not been blogging as much is that I've run out of space! Blogger won't let me upload any more photos, so I have to bite the bullet and buy some storage. Some boring, photo-free posts until then.....

Charlie is going to be a big brother in about 3 weeks. A lot of people have been asking if he's ready or how does he feel about it.... and I'm not sure. He acts happy about the baby coming and loves to talk about how he will help and what he will do when she gets here. When he puts on a shirt or pants that are too small, he hands them to me with instructions to give them to the baby. He also tells me she's going to be a very good girl.

Now will it be like that when she actually gets here? I'm not sure. He's pretty comfy in his position as the Center of the World, so some jealously wouldn't surprise me. I just haven't seen anything like that just yet. It's all fun and games until someone gives birth.

We went to Build a Bear a couple of weeks ago and Charlie made a bear to take to the hospital to give to his little sister. The one he picked for her looks like a tie-dye bear. It's actually really kind of ugly, but he was very pleased with it!

Eleanor is bringing Charlie a gift as well. Someone at preschool brought Transformers for show and tell and the teacher told me Charlie absolutely loved them. Being a girl raised with two sisters, Transformers had never really occurred to me. Fortunately, they have occurred to Eleanor, who will be armed and ready to make a good first impression on her big brother!

We also went to a sibling class at the hospital, which Charlie mostly enjoyed. There was a classroom portion, which he found kind of boring as it required Sitting Still and Being Quiet. The next part of the class was a tour of the nursery and post partum hospital rooms and Charlie thought that was pretty neat.

We saw some tiny new babies (behind glass) and she showed them how the hospital beds moved when you pushed buttons. I would have been ok if Charlie didn't learn about the moving beds. I foresee that being kind of risky!

We're going to have lots of family visiting around Christmas to keep Charlie busy while I'm in the hospital. Brad will be home for a few week, which Charlie will love. And preschool will start back up in early January. He *loves* his preschool. That routine will be helpful in keeping things more normal for him.

We are in the process of getting Charlie comfortable with the babysitter that I've found to come help me out in the late afternoons/evenings while Brad travels. Charlie seems to like her. I like that she's willing to cook dinner for him if needed and help with the laundry! I had been pretty anxious about juggling two while Brad traveled, so knowing I have help coming each day is big relief.

So that's kind of how he's doing. I guess you can really only prepare them so much. We've read books, talked about it a lot, watched some stuff on TV, done the class.... and now I'm just hoping he adjusts ok.

It will be hard to see it if he is sad or feeling like he's not getting enough time or attention. While this pregnancy has flown by and I'm anxious for it to be over and her to get here.... I'm relishing these last few days of just the two of us. That part is very bittersweet for me.

If anyone is still reading this blog I barely update and has any tips on making the transition, I would appreciate them!