Doctor appointment was uneventful yesterday. Still wasn't checked for progress. At this point I'd rather not know anyway. My blood pressure is good, baby's heartrate was excellent, my GBS culture came back negative. I'm up around 59 lbs gained. SIGH. I can feel every pound of it right now, too. Physically I feel okay, just big and clumsy, and I get tired easily.
My husband's best friend and his wife had their second daughter on July 25. We got to visit with them this past weekend for their older daughter's 2nd birthday party. A 4-wk old and a 2-yr-old. Wow, talk about a busy household. I held the baby, and for the first time ever during this entire adventure, I felt a little flicker of excitement that I would be having one of these tiny, beautiful little creatures of my own. (But don't you dare tell anyone because I'll deny it!) DD was all over that baby, too, wanting to hold her. She did really well, but I will be a nervous wreck when our baby comes and I can't get dd to leave her alone. I just hope the novelty will quickly wear off. I was really in awe of how my dd was with the 2-yr-old. She just played and played with her, and read to her, and loved every minute. She will be such an awesome big sister.
My birth buddy Shaleen's water broke early this morning! I'm so excited for her!!!! We have the same due date and have been keeping in touch with each other since the very beginning. We wondered who would go first...Now we know! I cannot wait to hear from her.
As far as me....Nothing new to report. I had a doc's appt this past Wednesday. Still wasn't checked for dilation. The doc scheduled an appt for next Thursday, the 13th, and said at that time (IF I'm still around!) he would do a non-stress test on the baby and check my cervix. He said we could also discuss induction at that time if I wanted. I'm not so sure about that, but who knows how I'll feel in a week. Other than a bh now and again, I've had no sign of labor. My discharge has gotten pretty watery, which the doc says is from the cervix thinning, but no bloody show, no plug, no nothing. I know she will come out when she's good and ready, but dammit, I'M ready!!
The doc did give me a note for work, so my maternity leave officially started yesterday....YAY! But now I just sit. and. wait. all. day....FUN. My mom is here from TN. She got in Wednesday afternoon, so she's sitting and waiting with me. I found out that both my older brother and I were induced babies! My older brother was a week late, and with me, my mom's water broke at 33 weeks and when she still hadn't had me a week (WEEK????) later, she was induced. She said I was born about an hour after they started her on pitocin. A one hour labor! My younger brother was born right on his due date.
I'm feeling dejavu lately...Seems like just days ago I was watching my body for signs of pregnancy, second-guessing and over-analyzing every little possible symptom, and praying every time I went to the bathroom that there would be no blood on the tissue. Now, I'm right back to second-guessing and over-analyzing every possible sign of labor, and praying that I WILL see blood each time I wipe!
Wow, that was the craziest experience of my life!!! I started feeling crampy about 5 am on Sunday morning (09/09/07), and it went so fast from there. By 7:45 I was pushing my dh out the door telling him we need to go NOW! The hospital is 20 minutes away. After about 5 min sitting on my bottom in the passenger seat, I couldn't stand the pressure so I turned around and rode about 15 miles on my knees backwards in the seat, rocking back and forth. It must've looked hilarious to the cars we passed. Poor hubs drove about 90mph. We got to the ER at 9am, I was taken upstairs and put in an l&d room and checked....10 cm and fully effaced!!!! I was freaking out! So much for pain relief. The doc was already here for another delivery, thank God. By the time dh got the car parked and me checked in, she was here, born at 9:15 am. I pushed twice, no tears. I will admit that I was pretty noisy during the whole thing, so much so that the doc joked that he needed to record it for Halloween, ha ha. Jeez, glad we didn't wait any longer or she'd have been born on the side of the road! I totally did not expect such a short labor since my first dd was 18 hrs and that was almost 9 yrs ago. But I'm so glad it was quick.
So of course she's beautiful! She's 7lb 15oz, 21 inches long. And other than a sore bottom ('roids SUCK!) I feel pretty good. We got home on Monday afternoon around 3:30. I got NO sleep overnight at the hospital. My rear end was hurting pretty bad and tylenol3 wasn't doing anything for it, and the nurse wouldn't give me anything stronger until she talked to the doc, which wouldn't be until the morning. PLUS, hospitals are just not comfortable to sleep in, know what I mean? So I dosed up on percoset and took a two hour nap Monday evening and felt MUCH better (well, other than my butt, LOL!).
Our first night went smoothly, the complete opposite of my experience with Big Sis (THANK GOD). I think Miley fed three or four times or so from 7pm to midnight, then settled in until 3 am. She fed and gave us two really nasty poopy diapers, then was back out around 4. She slept until about 8am. Very successful first night. I know it won't be this easy every night, but I can only hope. She actually sleeps in her bassinet, which thrills me to death. My first dd would not let us put her down for very long and never did sleep in the bassinet. She slept in her car seat or swing when not being held by one of us.
Miley seems to have a good long spell of "awake" time at night. Last night she was awake from about 9pm to around midnight, nursing every half hr or so, then slept until about 3:30. It's funny because in my belly she was always really active and kicking around pretty good at around 9 pm until I went to bed. She's been sleeping very well in her bassinet, and sweet dh has been getting up and bringing her to me. It certainly makes it much easier to go back to sleep. Well, not to mention the percosets help, lol. BTW, I was able to go all day without one yesterday, then took one before bedtime. Hiney is feeling better. I haven't been brave enough to weigh myself yet, but my legs look back to normal, no swelling. I had forgotten what my ankles looked like! My belly is still swollen a little, so I may hold off until a week pp to weigh just so I don't make myself cry.
I was so worried about how I would feel about her once she was born, whether I would fall in love with her right away like I did her sister. Well I am totally besotted. She's so beautiful, and I love nursing her. So far so good, but it is just our first few days home. My dh went back to work yesterday, but mom is here with me. My milk came in, and so far no engorgement problems, but stay tuned.
Big sis is a little nerve-wracking, wanting to hold the baby and touch her constantly. I know the novelty will wear off soon, I just hope REAL soon. The dog (Lucy) is pacing all over the house and gets all wound up when Miley cries or makes any noise at all. DH says we won't need a baby monitor, between Big Sis and Lucy we will know every time she makes a sound!
Here's a photo of my two beautiful daughters together for the first time.