Last night was another close call. Had contractions noticeable enough to start timing around 3 pm (15-12 minutes apart). That went to 7-5 minutes by 7:30 which lasted over an hour but a few of them would still just be just crampy enough I wasn't convinced. Yes I was breathing through most of them and having bloody show, but with an NST scheduled for this morning I wasn't going anywhere unless things really picked up. I think DH was getting more optimistic because he kept saying how with DD I was walking/talking/happy when we went to L&D despite having strong contractions and my water being broken for a few hours but I just didn't want to get turned away. By 11 it was back to 6-10 minutes apart. Woke up from contractions this morning that are still going but they're still 6-10 minutes apart. Hoping I'll be having good enough contractions come the 10 am NST to just go to l&d or not make it to the appointment at all. The roads are a mess from the storm but thankfully our vehicle can handle it. It's just nice to have the snow in time for the holidays.
I feel bad as I've done nothing to get ready for the holidays in a good week or so. We need to finish Christmas shopping but really the holiday is the last thing on my mind. I wanted to get all our shopping done by the 1st but money just wouldn't allow that. Good thing there's online and good deals on local shopping!
It really is almost baby time!!! I bet he'll be here very, very soon. Your body had definitely geared up BIG time.
You know, your little baby boy makes the very best present I think.
Christmas isn't about "things" after all. Easy to forget that sometimes.... and feel pressured to shop.
Be thankful for each other, sing and be joyful!
Plenty of times we exchanged promises at Christmas: notes about things we would DO for each other, not more acquisitions.
Ivy (4) visits Nana
Jackie - Things seem to be pointing that way!
Gardenbug - You're right, and I know that no one would fault me if I didn't get around to shopping, it's just habit I suppose.
My appointment went as well as it could for not being a trip to l&d. The OB was very nice and aware of the risks with ICP. Little man was perfect with his movements and accelerations. My OB stopped in and said he'd call the MFMS out at the state's largest hospital (one of the best in the north east) about whether we should do a repeat amnio or just induce Thursday. I mentioned how while the literature on ICP will say if all seems well, deliver at 37-38 weeks with mature lungs, your risks increase daily. He mentioned wondering if the steroid shots would be an option but didn't think it'd be worth it at this rate. I'm playing phone tag with his nurse, but the receptionist seemed to think we're repeating the amnio because of the schedule. They are still hoping I'll go into active labor on my own. My fundal heigh was only 36 so I'm hoping that's just because he's low down. My cervix exam was a little more promising - now at 3 cm and 70% vs 2 and 50ish on Friday.
Went and got a pedi, Ben and Jerry's ice cream and lottery tickets for Wednesday's drawing after the appointment. Feeling pretty average on the contractions but it was good to relax a little. DH has been such a saint. He didn't have to keep today off but he did so I could get things done easier. I know he's secretly hoping we'll go to l&d tonight. We'll see! It will be nice when these updates aren't so long.
I see you are taking good care of YOU!got a pedi, Ben and Jerry's ice cream and lottery tickets for Wednesday's drawing after the appointment.
Ivy (4) visits Nana
Yeah, I figured if I didn't do something to relax I'd go insane! Venting a little. My OB called and said that the MFMS wouldn't recommend induction until 39 weeks (I'm assuming without an amnio) which is insane. It's sad because a lot of providers think that if your levels are in an okay range, then baby is okay but everyone I've known who had that happen had a child that had IUGR anyway (usually respiratory) and there's still the chance your levels could triple out of no where which is where the IUD risk comes in.
I asked what we'd do with a mature amnio Thursday and he said we'd induce Friday or Monday. NO way am I waiting until Monday. I can't mentally stand that and once we know his lungs are mature (or even borderline from most of what I've read) he's much safer out then in. Some things I've read even suggest that ICP can cause more respiratory issues despite a positive amnio.
The MFMS hospital is top notch and while I personally have my own life to thank for that facility (I was born super early), their attitude is why I prefer my smaller hospital where your ideas (and research) are appreciated and taken seriously.
Through this, I've learned so much about being patient and being okay with what I can't control. I'm trying to make sure I don't let my fears override my excitement as I don't want to hit a wall in labor because I've been letting all this anxiety build.
Of all the times for a doctor to not induce, this isn't one that I'd care to pick. Crossing my fingers to you that labour starts NOW!
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Been feeling off all day. Little guy gave me another kick count scare and I almost went in to get checked but he did complete the 10/2 hours and perked up to what I would consider a normal activity level within an hour. I felt off the night before I had DD so I'm hoping things will pick up tonight. I try to tell myself it's one more day before the next amnio but when things get questionable it's hard to wait. I won't hesitate to go in if I get concerned again, I am just keeping my fingers crossed the amnio won't happen.
I do have some pictures of our NB cloth diapers to share once I get them uploaded. It's just a couple of size comparison ones but I love looking at them as it really puts into perspective how little an newborn is. With a two year old, I find it easy to forget how tiny they are when they start out.
I'm glad he perked up, but I can't imagine how unnerving this is for you! I hope your body decides it is time soon!
I bet the NB diapers are cute! My babies are never small enough to wear newborn anything :-/