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Yay! It's almost Christmas! I've only got 5 1/2 weeks until my due date!
It has been so nice having DH home now that school is out - I'm sure by January I'll be sick of him but we are having a great time spending time together as a family.
It's so nice to be able to send someone to change the laundry loads for me so that I don't have to go up and down the stairs with baskets of clothes - I hope he doesn't feel like all I am doing is bossing him around
Baby Boy is SO spastic! He is always jumping and squirming and jiggling around! My belly looks like I have a million bouncy balls inside constantly bouncing!
I am getting excited and anxious for the birth. My friend had her baby this past week and I went to visit her in the Mother/Baby Unit at the hospital - it was so weird to be there! To walk down the hall and hear all the newborn cries....see her little tiny baby girl all wrapped up and sleeping......AHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!! I think time is going too fast!
I've been doing some more organizing in the nursery - I think I've got the dresser figured out - it is hard to fit another wardrobe in a dresser when you're used to it only being used for one kid! But now I have it figured out - they each have a drawer full of clothes - socks, shirts, pants, etc. Then the middle drawer is full of pajamas for both kids - so Ella has half full of her PJ's and the other half is full of baby boy's sleepers. Now I have to get some containers to put under Ella's bed that I can fill with clothes (things that are still too big, etc).
I had some really bad cramping one morning this past week - every few minutes I'd get this horrendous pain, I'd be cringing and saying "OW!" and Ella kept wondering what was going on LOL. Thankfully it only lasted a few hours and then stopped. But I probably should get my hospital bag packed after the holidays instead of waiting until the last minute like with Ella :rolleyes:
36 weeks 4 weeks to go!!!!
I am feeling supremely large and whale-like. None of my maternity pants with the full panel go over my belly anymore, I have to wear them under it, and they dig in like crazy! I'm living in sweatpants at home.
We had a GREAT holidays! It was a lot of fun and I got lots of help with Ella so i was able to take it pretty easy. We spent 3 days with my mom, stepdad, and sisters over Christmas, and 5 days with my dad, stepmom and grandparents after that. My sisters are a huge help, and DH was just awesome. Yesterday he let me sleep in until 10 am
I go to see my OB on Monday, and every Monday after that until I have the baby! I'll be having my GBS test on Monday. I'm wondering how much weight I gained over the holidays :rolleyes: Hopefully it'd not too much! I'd like to end up at about 30-35 lbs gained in total, and before the holidays I was up by 23 lbs, so we'll see how I do! I'm getting so excited, but still a bit nervous for the delivery - just wondering how its going to go!
My one friend had her baby girl on Dec. 18th, and another friend had her baby boy on Christmas Day! Now it's just me we're waiting for - I'm getting so excited to have a small little bundle of baby to hold and cuddle again!
Today we're going to Walmart and I'm going to pick up all the things I don't have yet for baby - NB diapers, nursing pads, etc. Then I will be all set, I can pack my hospital bags and just spend this freezing cold month of January inside waiting for baby to come! I also still have some organizing to do in the nursery - we're picking up under-the-bed boxes today too so I can finish that.
I'm totally behind in taking belly pictures - I've got to do that this week for sure!
I had my OB appt today and my GBS swab. It was a good appt overall - my BP is excellent and my belly is measuring right on. The GBS test wasn't nearly as bad as I remember from last time :rolleyes: Also, I am up to 163 lbs - up 29 lbs in total from pre-pregancy. I think I'll have to blame that 6 lbs in 3 weeks on the holidays!
We talked about my concerns with tearing during delivery this time - she noted that I have healed EXTREMELY well after what happened last time. She said she'd never be able to tell that I had that many stitches (60) and I look perfectly normal 'down there'. She said I should totally feel comfortable asking the nurses or the Dr. to do perineal massage during 2nd stage labor this time - if she is there for my delivery then she does it herself, and she usually does as part of her practice. She made a note on my chart as well that I would like to have it done, so that any of the on call doctors know when I go in for the birth. So I feel better about that - she said I seem 'stretchable' and I've healed very well, and she thinks I should have no big problems this time.
Baby's HR was at 135, and she thinks he'll be a good size - about the same as Ella was, 7 lbs 8 oz.
We actually canceled my appt for next Monday - she was going to have me reschedule it as she has a conference to attend, but seeing as how things are going so well and I am not having any problems, we decided just to cancel that week. I'll see her then next at 38 weeks 3 days, and the week after that (assuming I don't have a baby )
Well, it's 37 weeks today! Yahoo for full term!
Once Monday rolls around and MIL is back in town, I am totally ready for little Mr. to come any time. I'm way more impatient this time than last - I've been sleeping horribly and getting tired of all my aches and pains. I might as well be sleeping horribly with a newborn!
Although Ella has been a really horrendous sleeper this week too. The past 3 nights she has just screamed bloody murder at us in her crib, nearly hyperventilating until we take her out and let her watch her favorite show in bed with us :rolleyes: Although yesterday I refused to do that, since we watched her show in our bed right before I put her down at 8:00. Eventually she went to sleep around 9:30 after we had a snuggle, read a book, got a teddy, and said our prayers together (I was praying she would go to sleep!)
So I'm not too ecstatic about the possibility of TWO babies keeping me up at night, but I'm feeling ready anyways. Although Ella is still in her crib. :eek: I have been wanting to switch her to the bed for WEEKS but I need the doors to be put up on the bedrooms and the guy who is putting them in keeps coming up with new various reasons on why we can't have them yet......the doors we wanted are out of stock........we need new door frames too.......he has to put them on order.............BUDDY I AM ON A SCHEDULE! I need doors on the bedrooms! So I can switch Ella to her bed! BEFORE the new baby comes! BAH!
OK, maybe I'm not ready.........:rolleyes:
37 week belly photos (about half a week late!)
There is my little watermelon! Isn't he cute? I think I might topple over at any given second.
Well, only 2 more days until I am 38 weeks! My hospital bag is all packed! All that's missing is the clothes I'm going to come home in - because I'm still wearing them now! But I've got all my toiletries, PJ's, baby things, etc all ready to go. The car seat is installed in the car and I'm ready to rock and roll!
I've had a few random painful contractions over the past day or two, but nothing regular or consistent. Mostly just TONS of pressure on my bladder (baby has dropped) and really uncomfortable squirming from little Mr. in my belly. Hasn't he run out of room yet?
MIL is still out of town - the weather has been so bad that flights are canceled, etc. Hopefully she gets home this weekend so I don't have to fret!
Anyways, things are going well - I got a mild yeast infection a few days ago, but it's already feeling better with treatment. Go to see my OB again on Monday - not sure if she'll do an internal check or not!
I had a real treat last night - MIL and FIL came and picked up Ella after supper and took her for a sleepover! DH and I went to a movie (something we haven't done together in over 2 years) and had a toddler free night! I stayed in bed until 10 am this morning when Ella came home!
And she was SO good! She's had a few sleepovers before at my Mom's but not with MIL. It was great to have them do this because MIL is the one who will be watching Ella when I'm in the hospital, so now I know things will go smoothly! She went to bed late and got up early, but she only woke up once during the night and went right back to sleep. She had tons of fun with her Grandpa and Grandma and Uncle and didn't miss us at all! (OK, so she did miss us a little, she gave me a big hug when she got home this morning ) But I feel lots better about having her stay with them while I'm in the hospital - I knew she would probably be fine, but it's nice to have a trial run! At least she didn't keep them up all night!
So - 14 days until the due date! I'm getting so excited! I keep opening drawers to look at little boy clothes....I can't wait to have a little bundle to dress in them! I've been watching lots of Baby Story on TLC this past week - LOL, just reminding myself about hospitals and birthing and crazy contractions and epidurals! I think probably last time it would have scared me to be watching that show so close to the due date, but this time it's oddly comforting and exciting!
I've had a few painful cramps/contractions over this past week, but nothing regular or anything. Last night I was cramping pretty bad for a few minutes, but then again I did eat a lot of popcorn at the theater.....LOL. Baby is constantly on my bladder, I've got to pee WAY more often, so he's definitely dropped. But my ribs still hurt. LOL.
Only 3 days until my next appointment - and it's marked as my 39 week appt, so i think she may do an internal check. She did one at my 39 week appt last time with Ella. We'll see! I'm getting a little anxious!
So, I had my appt on Monday when I was 38 weeks 3 days, and my belly was measuring 40 weeks I KNEW I felt huge! She said he's definitely bigger than Ella was - he'll be around 8 lbs she thinks. His HR was 140.
My BP was excellent as usual (110/70) and my GBS test came back negative! Hooray!
She did my first internal check - I was a fingertip dilated and 50% effaced. Baby is at -2 station. I'm happy with those numbers - I wasn't expecting much, but I'm glad to hear I'm at least 50% effaced. With Ella around that point I was not dilated or effaced at all, and I gave birth about a week later, so I know the numbers can mean nothing!
And, I've gained 3 more lbs - making my total weight gain 32 lbs, and bringing me up to 166 lbs.
My next appt is Monday morning if there's no baby before then.
Well, after the appt I was feeling pretty optimistic for a baby this weekend, but now I'm not so sure.......I'm getting really anxious and just wish he would come out!
My back is severely aching - but it's not lower back pain, so I know it's not back labor. It's up high between my shoulder blades and closer up to my neck as well. It's KILLING me! I don't know if it's from my enormous belly or what, but I don't know how much more I can take of it. I want to lie down all day.
I was woken up by a contraction last night shortly after midnight, but it was just the one, none after that. I was up about 3 times to pee. Thankfully I went to bed around 10 and didn't get up until 8:20 am, (except those times to go pee) so at least I got a sufficient amount of rest.
Anyways, I'll be 39 weeks tomorrow and I'm getting really impatient. I'm WAY sore and Ella is being a clingy, whiny little thing lately. I don't have the patience to deal with her when I just want to lie in bed all day - which of course I can't do. Today I cleaned the living room, vacuumed, did the dishes and made sloppy joes for dinner. So I'm not being a lazy lump but I sure wish I could!
On a brighter note, tomorrow night I am going out to Boston Pizza with some girlfriends to have a girls night out without any of our kiddos. That will be nice! DH is working so MIL is going to put Ella to bed for me so I can go out. Then Saturday Ella has her first swimming lesson! Also I'll have to get groceries on Saturday.
Then Sunday (oh please please let me have a baby before Sunday!) is church - I was hoping I wouldn't be there! People are starting to have very pitiful eyes when they see me waddling around! But after church (again, barring a baby arriving) we're having a birthday dinner at the IL's - practically DH's whole family is born in January so they have one big party to celebrate. So i hope I can make that - but I'd much rather have a baby by then
Well........vent over. I'm ready. Baby, come on! I'm READY!
Yesterday I was 39 weeks. I had some painful contractions throughout the afternoon and evening and thought maybe I was in luck but they died down around 9 pm. So far overnight and today nothing else has happened. I guess I will be going to see my Dr. at our appt on Monday morning! I was hoping not to make it, but now I guess I will. Maybe I'll have made some progress over the weekend.
My upper back is severely aching - I can only imagine it's because of my small-ish frame holding up such a large belly, entirely in the front and EXTREMELY low down.
Here it is! Any moment now I'm going to fall flat on my face!
Today was my 40 week appt (at 39 weeks 3 days). My cervix has had NO change from last week and is still quite closed and hard :rolleyes: My baby boy is, I believe, making on offer on my uterus. He has so much enjoyed his 9 month lease of the space that he'd like to take up permanent residence. We'll see what the bank says about that. Personally, I don't think he can afford it.
So, now it's up to me to evict him. I've got an appt scheduled for Feb. 5th (which I hopefully won't need) at which point my OB will send in my induction papers to be carried out on Feb. 9th. Yes......there is an end in sight, but it's FEBRUARY 9TH! Ok, I'm calming down. That IS 10 days after my due date.
Other than that, all is well - BP went up a bit - it's normally 110/70 and it was 120/70 today. My fundal height went DOWN this week :confused: Last week it measured 40 and this week is only measuring 38 1/2, which we determined is due to the fact that he has descended WAY down in to my pelvis. Of course, there's no fooling me - my belly is as large as ever!
Well, I think I'll eat the other half of my pineapple and maybe even go to the gym to use the treadmill later on Wish we had one at home!
Well, today I am 39 weeks and 5 days pregnant - the most pregnant I have ever been before - Ella was born at this gestation. Tomorrow I am treading new ground.....unwelcome as it may be
Nothing is happening. I had tons of BH today but nothing painful. I keep wishing my water would break like last time! I'm praying for something to happen this weekend but who knows....2 more days until my due date! If nothing happens by then, I think I'll definitely go to the gym on Saturday and walk this baby out.
Ah, see, another BH right now. Super super hard belly, and for no good reason. Quit practicing and give me real contractions!!!!!
My back is seriously aching all day long. I don't know how much longer my back can hold up this massive belly in front. I'm just in pain from it (but I know it's not back labor, its just a sore back from all this weight) and I'm wearing thin! I'm tired of Ella climbing all over me and having to shove her away because she's hurting me. I'm tired of how much effort it takes to turn over in bed at night. Sigh.
I'm debating getting my hair cut to make me feel better. My hair is long and boring and I think I want to change it. I know I always hate my hair after I cut it and I always want it long again, but I don't enjoy it long either, I want it short. Sigh. Maybe if there's no baby by my due date I'll get it cut on Saturday too.
Copied from my BB last night:
Been having BH all day long, but no pain. Around 9:30 pm they started becoming painful. They are coming every 15 minutes or so. I tried to go to sleep around 10:30 but I'm having major cramping in between contractions, super ouchie! I decided to get up and come downstairs and start timing the contrax, so I'll see how it goes now!
Well, here I am still. I was contracting and cramping super badly from about 9:30 pm to 12:30 pm but it stopped. Probably my fault because I decided to lie down on the couch instead of walking around. I ended up falling asleep and the pains went away. I went back upstairs to bed around 2 am. I seriously thought I was going to have a due date baby! Well - I've still got until midnight tonight.
I booked a haircut for tomorrow :rolleyes: I'm still hoping something happens today though!
Here it is.......my overdue belly and my new haircut!
I chopped over 6 inches off. I feel light as a feather!
I guess he's really determined NOT to be born in January. :confused:
40 weeks 2 days :confused:
I have a sinking feeling he won't be born until I'm induced next Monday - 8 days from now. I've got an appt on Thursday (4 days from now) to check my progress and to fill out the induction paperwork. We were hoping I wouldn't make it but I have a feeling I will now :rolleyes: He really just wanted to be a February baby.
Well, at least the end is in sight.....8 more days of this, at the MOST. I'm super tired and emotional.....sigh.
Today I stayed home from church and sent DH and Ella on their own. I soaked in the tub and napped for 2 hours, so that was nice I guess it'd be OK if the baby doesn't come for a few days - MIL is the one who's watching Ella, and she's 2 1/2 hours away until Wednesday. She'll come back if anything happens, but I guess it would be OK for him to stay put until she's back in town!
Well.......that's all. I'm not sure if I'll do anything to get this little man out - I'm just too lazy! I'll leave it up to him.
40 weeks 3 days.
Turns out MIL didn't go out of town to her conference because she has bronchitis! :confused: So now.....he'll just have to stay inside until she gets better! LOL.
Nothing much happening here. I had some (TMI) loose BM earlier today and was hoping maybe my body was clearing out for labor, but nothing yet. Only BH, every day, all day. But nothing painful.
Well, one more week at the most! And 3 days until my appointment.
I am back!
Today is 40 weeks 6 days. My Dr. was shocked to see me and said when she saw my belly "Oh.....you are cooked". I am now measuring at......44.5 weeks! She wouldn't even tell me when she measured, but I saw her eyes widen and she said "Honey, you don't want to know!" But of course it's written on my chart.
As far as my cervix, I am now 2 cm dilated and 50% effaced. She said it is soft and favorable. She also stripped my membranes in hopes to get things going. She is hoping I do not make it to Monday (my induction) and thinks things may pick up this weekend, especially since my cervix is softer and she was able to strip my membranes.
I haven't gained any weight for the past 3 1/2 weeks But baby is BIG! She says he'll be a whole pound bigger than Ella, probably 8 1/2 pounds.
Baby's HR was 150 bpm - he's a happy little fella in there!
Anyways, I feel glad that I'm at least 2 cm, and hopefully I can pick things up tonight after having been stripped. I plan on going out to Walmart and getting a little sled for Ella this afternoon - the weather is fairly mild and I can maybe go for a walk and pull her along.
I'll appreciate all the labor vibes you can muster! PLEASE let me have a baby before Monday!
If Monday rolls around, the hospital starts phoning at 8:30 am and will call anytime they have an opening.
41 weeks and 1 day
Yep. Still here. These are the things I've done to try and get this baby out:
- been on many long walks outside in the snow
- took Ella tobogganing with DH
- nipple stimulation with breast pump for 20 minutes/hour for 3 hours
- many loads of laundry and cleaned my house
- didn't feel like DTD, but I did let DH give me an "o"
- had my membranes stripped at my appt
NO baby yet. I've given up. I even had a stern talk with him, lied to him about the weather, and told him it was very nice out here and he should come out. I'm just waiting for my induction on Monday, unless he decides to come out on his own before then - he's got a day and a half left.
I'm just biding my time waiting for DH to bring me home a large Strawberry Cheesequake blizzard from Dairy Queen. I need comfort in the form of $8 ice cream.
41 weeks 2 days :rolleyes:
24 hours until the hospital starts calling in inductions!
Nothing happening around here.
I guess it's not fair to not finish this properly, so here I am to do it! Here is the birth story of Eli Jeremy.
Sunday, February 8, 2009
41 weeks 2 days
I stayed home from church and decided to get everything ready to go for my scheduled induction the next day. The bags had been packed for over 3 weeks already, except for the last minute things like toiletries, camera, and cell phone. I had a pretty lazy day - considering I was the veritable size of a whale, I excuse myself. That night I went to bed around 10 pm.
Monday, February 9, 2009
41 weeks 3 days
I was woken up at midnight by Ella - for some reason she deemed it appropriate to wake up ready to start her day 8 hours early. She did not want to go back to sleep! When I went in to her room to see what she needed, I didn’t find her drowsy and searching for her soother, as was usually the reason for a night time rousing. She was wide awake, and started calmly at me - like she knew I was going to be induced that day and thought she’d make me extra tired by keeping me up all night! I tucked her in, told her to go back to sleep and returned to bed. At 12:20 am, as I lay in bed trying to fall asleep again and listening to Ella whining away across the hall, my contractions started.
By 2:20 am, Ella was in bed with Chris and I watching TV. The three of us were watching PVR’d episodes of In The Night Garden and Chris was timing my contractions. They were 6 minutes apart, and becoming more painful. The pain was radiating around my left side from the back to the front. We decided to call my mother in law to let her know that she may have to come over to watch Ella before the night was over.
At 2:45 am, Chris put Ella back in her bed and she finally drifted off to sleep. I came downstairs to time my contractions on the computer and let Chris get a bit of sleep in. By 3:15 am, my mother in law arrived (we didn’t tell her to come yet, we had just warned her she may have to make the 30 minute drive soon, but it’s a good thing she did come then!) and my contractions were 4 minutes apart. I started to gather my hospital bags and at 3:40, I woke Chris up. We left for the hospital at 3:52 am and were up in Labor and Delivery by 4:00 am.
I was brought in to the examination room so I could be checked to see if I should be admitted. The Dr. who tried to examine me had really short fingers and couldn’t get an accurate assessment, so she had to call for a nurse (with longer fingers...haha). I was 3 cm dilated, 50-75% effaced and my water was still intact (At my appointment 4 days previously I had been 2 cm dilated and 50% effaced). They decided to admit me as they could tell my contractions were very strong and getting quite close together. Before I went to my room, I soaked in the tub for about 40 minutes.
By 5:15 am I was out of the bath and in my room. My contractions were 2 minutes apart and becoming unbearable for me. They were much stronger than I remember them being with Ella. My legs and feet were tensing up and my toes were curling from the pain. At 5:45 I had the nurse call for the anesthesiologist. The 30 minutes that I waited for him to arrive felt like they lasted hours and the contraction pain got even worse. Finally he arrived at 6:15 am and by 6:30, the epidural was in place. At 7:00 am it was finally effective and I dozed off for about an hour.
At 8:00 am the nurse offered me some grape Jell-o which I greatly enjoyed! She came back with the Dr. when I was finished and did another internal check. At 8:20 am I was 6-7 cm dilated, and my bag of waters was still intact. She broke my water and immediately my contractions became much stronger! The nurse check me again just a few minutes after my water was broken and noted that I felt even more dilated than just minutes before. She turned up my epi a bit for the more intense contractions (not that it helped) and said it shouldn’t be long at all. She told me to let her know when I felt pressure like I wanted to push.
By 9:30 am I was feeling the pressure and urge to push, so the nurse checked me, and I was fully dilated. She had me do a practice push while she was still examining me, and said she could feel the baby move down effectively. They got the room ready for delivery and called the Dr. in. By 9:50 I started pushing - I couldn’t believe that he was already on his way! Labor was going much quicker than with Ella.
With each contraction I pushed 3 times, for about 10 seconds each. From watching my contraction pattern on the monitor, she could see that I was having a good strong contraction followed by a lighter, shorter one. She had me ignore the light contractions and wait for the big ones to do my pushing as I would have more effect during those. After 40 minutes of pushing, the head was finally out! He had lots of dark hair, just like his sister. During the next contraction, I didn’t even have to push his body out, it just slid right out with the contraction in to the Dr.’s hands. She lay him on my chest, all warm and gooey - which is the nicest feeling, strange as it sounds! Baby Boy was born at 10:27 am, weighed 9 lbs 7 oz, and was 22 inches long! Chris cut the cord, and they took baby boy to the warming table to clean and wrap up. When they told me his weight both Chris and I nearly fainted from shock! How on earth I got that huge boy out of me was beyond me! After I delivered the placenta a few minutes later, they gave baby boy to Chris to hold while I was stitched up - I had a second degree tear, but fared much better than with Ella’s delivery!
We remembered how when Ella was born, Chris had said “Wow! She looks like my Dad!”. This time, as we looked at our new baby boy, he said “Wow! He looks like your Dad!”. He looked much different than Ella at birth - he was definitely an Allingham and not a Goetz! It took us a few days to name him, just like with Ella. Finally we decided on Eli Jeremy - I really thought he looked like an Eli, and he took Chris’ middle name.