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    Default 36 weeks 6 days

    Tomorrow I will be 37 weeks. I am so excited! Yesterday DH and I noticed that baby has started to drop. He looks lower and the top of my belly isn't as hard as it's been the whole pregnancy. This makes me think that my litte boy may be here in just a few short weeks! We shall see!

    In the meantime, I am feeling more and more tired and feel as though I am not getting enough done around the house. A lot of what I am trying to do involves a lot of movement, bending, etc...things that wear me out fast!!!!! Ultimately, it doesn't matter....whatever I don't get done will get done when it needs to be done.
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    Default 37 weeks 2 days

    2 cm and 50% effaced!!!!!!

    I had my prenatal appt this morning and again all is well! I love hearing that!

    The hydrocortisone has helped with the itchiness - oh I just realized I forgot to ask about the GBS test results - oh well. Belly is measuring good, heartbeat is good, BP is good, weight is good. Head is still down.

    As the NP went to go measure my belly, she asked me to feel my belly. I said I had some tightening but thought my baby was pushing outward on me. She corrected me and said no that I was having a contraction! Oops. I previously experienced 2 that were more painful but didn't know all this tightening were contractions! She thought maybe I had dilated more but I didn't but I was know 50% effaced. Perfect! I don't want my baby to come too soon!

    She then said I need to the hospital when I experience contractions every 5 minutes for 2 hours, if my water breaks, and if I start bleeding.

    I came home today and finished packing my hospital bag All we have left to do is a little cleaning which DH is helping with. Next week I plan on working on a memory album! I'm all about relaxing before baby comes!
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    Default 37 weeks 5 days

    Friday night I started to experience more contractions. They were mild for the most part but were also associated with some major cramping in my lower back. At one point, I had them coming every 5 minutes, but it didn't last for 2 hours. They kept me up through part of the night though. The last one I recall was at 1:30 am.

    Saturday and Sunday I experienced more. Nothing consistent and nothing terribly painful. The cramp like pain went away. At one point when I started to time them they were occuring every 10-15 minutes and lasting up to a minute.

    During my frequent restroom breaks last night I wasn't sure if I was losing my mucous plug - I guess I don't really know what I am looking for. I am guessing it was normal discharge. I woke up having some contractions this morning, but again they are all mild.

    I wonder if these are too mild to be doing anything?
    I wonder how long women experience these mild contractions during early labor?
    What is happening to the baby when I experience a contraction (mild)?
    I wonder at what point my body will go into active labor?

    Saturday DH and I both saw our baby's foot (we think) poke out of my stomach. I absolutely love these movements but seeing the little foot and nothing else poke my belly out was amazing. I wanted to touch the foot but we were too amazed at what we were watching. After a few seconds, my belly returned to normal.

    Overall, I'm feeling uncomfortable (BIG) and my feet hurt (swollen!) but I am ok with him staying put for a few more weeks. In God's time...


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    On another note ~ today is exactly one year since the loss of my first baby. I'm doing very well today for obvious reasons. I still wear my bracelet (amethyst heart - Feb birthstone as this lo was due on 2-14-08.) I look at this bracelet as not only a reminder of my precious angel, but also as a reminder of my journey, and the loss of my second angel in November. I think of this bracelet as a reminder of my faith - that it is God's plan, not my plan.... I will never forget my about my 2 angels, I am just so thankful that I have a healthy little boy growing inside me right now, who I will get to meet .... soon!!
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    Default 38 weeks

    I am 38 weeks today!!!!!! WOO HOO!!!!!!

    Feeling good - tired, big, uncomfortable, clothes don't fit, shoes don't fit, hips hurt, shins hurt, feet ache, feet are swollen.... but HAPPY AS COULD BE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I feel so blessed to be where I am today.

    My little guy is kicking and rolling - the movements seem so much bigger now. Last night, he had the hiccups and my entire belly would shake.

    I handled the 9th pretty well. I did break down at one point in the evening when I found a sympathy card after our second loss. I feel so blessed to have this little man, but part of my heart will always long for my two angels....

    The contractions have been distracting me though - I've had more and more today along with some pelvic pressure. When they seem close together I start timing them on contractionmaster.com. On average they seem to happen every 15 minutes, but this morning, they were once every 5 minutes - but this lasted for less than an hour. I've had some pelvic pressure and lower back pain with these, but overall I am not experiencing any pain.

    I go back to the dr tomorrow and I am so curious to see if my body has made any more progress. Everyone keeps saying my LO will come early, but I am not so sure... We'll see!
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    Default 38 weeks 1 day

    Had my dr's appt this morning. I am now at 3 cm!!! The dr asked if I think I'll make it another week - I said yes. She then made some reference regarding whether or not I wanted to make it another week and when I asked "as opposed to?" she said being induced... I said no way! I am not going to rush this little guy out! She said that was absolutely fine. She anticipates that I may make it to my next appt (on Tuesday.....).

    I've been having a lot of contractions. They've been irregular but occuring more frequently. Now I notice them b/c not only does my belly get hard, I get menstraul like cramps in my lower back, I get pelvic pressure (feels like I have to use the restroom) and sometimes I feel a high pressure that impacts my breathing. They haven't been painful. Some have only been uncomfortable.

    I asked what happens to the baby during a contraction - she said that the baby is fine. She said he is just swimming around in the amniotic fluid. I asked b/c yesterday he had the hiccups (my whole belly would move!) and got a contraction. When the contraction came, it was like he was struggling to hiccup. Dr said he was fine.

    I asked about prenatals after delivery. I was told to continue taking them as long as I am nursing. I can stop taking the folic acid though.

    I think that was it.....

    I came home really tired. Didn't sleep too well last night and then had to get up early. I stopped off at a few stores and realized I was also really irriatable - I truly think this irritability is coming from the hormones as I can't seem to control it. So, I came home and took a long nap. I think I am going to rest and be lazy for the rest of the day because I can!!!
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    Default 38 weeks 5 days

    I thought DH was going to have to take me to the hospital this morning. Very early this morning, I woke up to some seriously painful contractions. I was excited but then realized how much pain I was in. They were consistent between 6-8 minutes apart for an hour and then eased up. The pain differed from the "normal" contractions I had been having - they were stronger and started near the top of my abdomen. This morning I've had my "normal" contractions - tightening and some feeling of pelvic pressure and cramping.

    The interesting thing about feeling the pain this morning is that I decided I would like to avoid pain meds if at all possible - I came to this conclusion - if I am in serious pain and not progressing at a satifactory rate, I will opt for an epidural. If I am progressing quickly (in my mind) I will do my best to avoid it. So, I'm open either way but would prefer to avoid it. We'll see what actually happens... this is my first....

    As I type I am experiencing a contraction -- pain in my pelvic region and I think lo froze as he is sticking out and my uterus is as tight as could be - poor little guy! Although the dr said baby is fine during contractions... I am fine being pg as long as little one is safe, but I am so excited to meet him!!
    Mommy to 2 amazing little boys!

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    Default 38 weeks 6 days

    I had my 39 week appointment today. Things are great. I'm now "3 plus" centimeters (more than 3, not quite 4). The dr was pleased to hear that I started to have stronger contractions. She said my cervix is still posterior and baby is still a little high but with some strong contractions, she said baby's head will drop more and my cervix will move more anterior. I told her I was feeling a lot of pelvic pressure. She said this was good as it was the baby's head pushing down. She also told me that baby's head is pushing on my water bag ~ she described the bag as bulging ... maybe I'll be part of the 10% who has their water break?

    The dr then asked how tall I was. She said that b/c I am so small, I am showing all baby ~ she assured me that I will not have a huge baby ~ he only looks huge b/c of my size (and he is only showing out in front). I'll have to post a picture... She offered an u/s if we wanted an estimated weight, but we only said we would if she recommended one. She doesn't think it's necessary as my belly measures right where it should.

    So, she said that I need to come back next week (on my due date) if I'm still pg. She said that I should be sure to have my bag packed ~ which it is. She then asked if we do want to wait for our baby to come naturally ~ we said yes, and she said, great! So, now we're here just waiting...
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    Default 39 weeks!!

    After yesterday's post, I decided to post a current belly shot. I'm amazed at how my body has changed throughout this pregnancy. I used to think at 12 weeks I was huge, but now at 39 weeks, oh my... I got my first stretch marks at 37 weeks - I guess that was a sign that my baby is officially full term!

    The first pic was a pre-pregnancy shot and then my most current pregnancy pictures:

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    Your belly is seriously cute! I can't wait to meet the little man that lives in there!

    Anymore contractions today?

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    No, no more strong contactions. I've had a ton of tightening and continued pelvic pressure but nothing painful or strong.

    I can say that I am ready for the contractions to pick up. I'm at a point now where I truly feel it is "safe" for my baby to arrive. I have been so scared this entire pregnancy and now I feel a sense of relief that we've made it this far!! I am so excited to meet my baby!

    Yesterday was a good day. I went out shopping all day with hopes of walking and being active to get things moving... I read that the act of walking doesn't necessarily help with labor as opposed to being upright and letting gravity help pull baby down ~ interesting! Anyways, this morning my hips were hurting so bad from the walking so I've been off my feet for most of the day ~ I even spent some time rocking in the new chair we put in the nursery

    Well without contractions, I'm just hanging out...waiting. I've been wondering about the possibility of my water breaking and I also am not sure about whether or not I've lost my mucous plug. I'm trying not to obsess over these little details as I am convinced nature will take its course when the time is right.....I'm just getting so excited right now
    Mommy to 2 amazing little boys!

    Angel babies 6/9/07 & 11/16/07


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