Here we go Baby # 2

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Here we go Baby # 2

12w 2d
I finally got up the courage to begin my pregnancy journal. I have been a little apprehensive about starting it, b/c I had a very difficult pregnancy with my DD (who is now 17 months old). Now that I have reached the 12 wk mark, I feel more confident in the pregnancy, and decided to start my journal. I want to begin by giving some background of my pregnancy with my DD, since that had a big impact on me and how I am feeling now.
When I was about 16 wks pregnant with my DD, my quad results came back 1 in 10 odds for Down Syndrome. Knowing we would keep the baby no matter what, we had the level 2 ultrasound performed. The ultrasound revealed that my DD had a condition called fetal hydrops, which is fluid in the abdomen and chest, as well as severe edema of the skin. This condition is fatal 99% of the time. The perinatologist told us she would likely die within a few days or weeks, or, if she hung on longer than that, would be stillborn. We went for a second opinion which confirmed the prognosis. DH and I were devastated of course. We decided to leave the situation in God's hands and let nature take it's course. We had the amniocentises done because I felt like I really needed some answers as to why this was happening. The amnio confirmed that DD did in fact have Down Syndrome. At that point, the Down Syndrome didn't seem so daunting, as that is something she could live with. We wanted nothing more at that time than for her to LIVE. As the weeks went on, the hydrops began to slowly go away. I don't think the doctors themselves could believe it, but they were persistent in reminding me that she most likely would not survive. She proved to truly be our little miracle, as the hydrops completely resolved before birth and she was born full term, kicking and crying like any healthy newborn. She is now 17 months old and doing great. The hydrops had no residual effects on her health, and, aside from a few colds, has been perfectly healthy. We really were so blessed and so lucky that she defied all the odds. So, here I am, 12 weeks pregnant with a new LO. Most everyone I know, after telling them I am pregnant, after congratulating me follow up by asking... "so, are you going to have a lot of testing done because of Julia (DD)...or something to that effect. I can't blame them for asking this, b/c I have done the same thing to other moms I know who have children with DS or other issues, but it is annoying. It would be nice to hear just "Congratulations" and leave it at that. I have to admit some people have done this, so I can't say it is everyone. I learned now that will be what I do in the future. So, to answer the question, Yes, I am going to have some more testing than usual, to try to best prepare ourselves, but I don't plan on any invasive testing. I'm having the sequential screen done (nuchal scan and bloodwork at 12 & 18 wks). And I plan to have the level 2 u/s at 20 wks. This should give us a good idea if there are any problems. I know I will carry the baby no matter what the results are, and won't love the baby any less no matter what. That being said, I went for my nuchal scan yesterday. The baby was moving around so much that they weren't able to get the measurements they needed, so I have to go back next week. They were able to get one good nuchal measurement, which was 1.2 mm. But, they said they need to get 3 good measurements to use them to determine results. The u/s technician told me that the one measurment that she got looked very good though, and that they aren't concerned until it is 3 mm or larger. The baby's crown to rump measured perfectly for a 12 wk. old baby too. I was in there for an hour - I loved watching him/her moving around for all that time. I'm a little freaked out they want me to come back ( a part of me is wondering... did they see something they don't want to tell me about and want to check again next week??..). But, I'm kind of glad I get to get another ultrasound though. So, for now I have to wait until next Monday to finish the scan and get my bloodwork done. Oh and the baby's HR was 162. I thought it looked like a boy, but I always think baby's look like boys on ultrasound. The tech said it was definitely too soon to tell. (I'll still ask again next week though). As you can tell, I can't wait to find out the sex. I really have no preference - just HEALTHY is all that matters. I suppose a girl would be nice, since I already have all the girl stuff, and after already having a girl think little girls are the best! But on the other hand, I think a boy would be amazing too! For some reason, I always pictured me having a boy, so maybe it will be a boy. My gut feeling is that it's a boy, but I felt that way with Julia too. I truly love being a Mom. I have to say it is hands down the most rewarding thing ever to happen in my life. I am so excited about having another. I just hope and pray that everything goes well with this new Little One!

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14w5d
Well, I'm still waiting on the bloodwork results for the first part of the sequential screen.
First they said results would take about a week, now they are saying 7-10 business days. Today would be 9 business days, so I won't hear anything until at least Monday. The nuchal measurements were normal - that part of the test is done - just the bloodwork I'm waiting on now. When I went back for the u/s, baby wasn't nearly as active as the first time, so they were able to get good measurements no problem. I was a little freaked out at first - the baby seemed so still - but the u/s tech. said everything was normal - we just caught the baby at a "not so active" time. As the u/s continued baby started to move around a little more. Baby's measurements were right on target for 13 wks. I'm a little worried why the bloodwork is taking so long though. It has me wondering if the results didn't look good - so they are re-running the sample...?
Who knows - really I'm not dwelling on it - I'm much too busy getting ready for Christmas. Today was actually the first day I ventured out to the mall. I did some clothes shopping yesterday for myself. None of my regular clothes fit me and it's too soon for the big maternity shirts. I never lost all the weight from DD, so I'm already starting out about 15-20 pounds more than when I started out with Julia. These past few weeks I'm feeling not really pregnant, just fat. I'm in that awkward pregnancy stage now. Really I would rather just have a big pregant belly so I would just look pregnant. That will happen soon enough I know though...I'm past the "feeling sick" stage so that's a good thing! Just a little tired, nothing major. That's all for now....

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15w2d
I Finally got the results for the first part of my sequential screen: 1 in 10000 odds for Trisomy 18 and 1 in 2300 for Trisomy 21. I have to admit that I am quite relieved. Even though my little Julia is absolutely perfect the way she is, (no matter how many chromosomes she has), I am hoping this baby will not have T21. Mostly because I don't want the new LO to have to face all the additional challenges that Julia will have to face, because she has T21. Then again, who knows what kind of challenges any of our LO's will face, regardless of how many chromosomes they have. Although the results look in favor of LO not having T18 or T21, I am fully aware of the error in these screening tests too. I know people who have had very low odds of having T21 and their babies were born with T21. On the flip side, I also know people who have had false positives too. I go back in a few weeks to have the second part of the bloodwork done. We'll just take it one step at a time...
I'm feeling good and am just happy to be into the second trimester:)

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17w1d
I went for my 16 wk. checkup yesterday. Everything looked good - baby's HR measured high 150s- 160. I gained 5 pounds though since my last appt. (ouch!) Of course I blame it on the holidays in addition to the pregnancy - too many cookies etc.... I really have to start being a little more careful of what I'm eating. My weight now is the same as what I weighed at 20 wks with DD. My overall weight gain so far compared to my last pregnancy is much less, but I started out a lot less last time too. I'm feeling fine - don't really feel pregnant at all, except for tiredness in the afternoons. I thought I felt the baby kick a few times, but not for certain yet. Hopefully I will start to feel it very soon. With Julia, I didn't feel her move until 22 wks, but dr. says I should feel the second pregnancy several weeks sooner. I go on Friday for the second part of the sequential screen. Dr. told me not to be surprised if my odds go up on the second part of the screen. He said they typically do and it's just the way the calculation is performed (whatever that really means). 16 more days until the big ultrasound! DH is taking the day off and we are definitely going to find out the sex.

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19w 4d
We found out yesterday - It's a BOY!
I'm so excited - it's hard to believe, but it makes the pregnancy seem so much more "real" now for some reason. I've been feeling him move for about a week now too, which makes it more "real" also. We had the level II u/s yesterday and all looked good. All measurements were right on target for age, and they didn't see any defects, or markers for anything. Second trimester screening came back good too; 1 in 2800 for Down Syndrome, 1 in 10000 for Tri 18, and I don't exactly remember the # for neural tube defect, but it was something like 1 in 10000. I am quite happy and relieved that things are going so well. I don't know what to do with a boy though... I have the girl thing down pretty good, but boys are a whole different story. I'll have to start reading up on baby boys. I remember being nervous bringing home Julia because she was my first and it had been such a long time since I had been around a newborn baby. I was nervous even about changing her diaper. Although I know I'll feel alot more confident this time around, I'm still a little iffy on the boy issues. I'm sure it will come to me though. Time to think about what to do with the room, since they will initially be sharing the same room (now painted a light pastel lavender color). We will have to get stocked up on boy clothes too - I have tons of girl stuff, but nothing boy. I'm sure this will be quite an adventure - I'm really excited!

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21w 0d
Had my 20 wk. checkup today. It was a pretty uneventful visit (just the way I want them to be!). Baby's HR was right around 150 and dr. said everything felt the way it should. The bad news is I gained another 5 lbs since my last visit. I wasn't surprised though - my hunger has been out of control the past few weeks. I really need to be more careful with what/how much I"m eating - I don't want my weight gain to get out of control. The dr. I saw today was a different one who I haven't met yet. They want me to meet with all the dr.'s at least once before delivery. He seemed fine - gotta run - Julia needs me...

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25 weeks 0d
Not much new other than the fact that I've been incredibly "moody" lately. I don't remember feeling this way when I was pregnant with Julia, but everybody/thing (except for my little Julia of course) seems to really get on my nerves lately. I'm assuming it's just the pregnancy hormones making me a little "off" - I have my next checkup on Thursday so I'll talk to the doctor about it. Maybe it's because I'm pregnant with a boy this time, who knows... I'm reallly dreading getting weighed on Thursday. I have a feeling this is going to be a big weight gain month for me. I think I'm kind of disgusted with the way I look too and that's bringing me down as well. I had some kind of a cold/flu a few weeks back. It went away, then came back again and I lost my voice. I finally went to the dr. and he gave me a prescription for a Z-pack. I really don't like to take any kind of prescribed med. while I'm pregnant, but I just wasn't getting better and this particular one was on my "approved" list from my OB. I am starting to get excited about this LO though. I feel him move so much now it's just so exciting. I had a moment a few nights ago, where he was really tumbling around in there and it all just seemed so "real" to me. I actually started to get really nervous for some reason about taking care of a tiny little newborn again. I think sometimes I (and most pregnant people) get so caught up in things like...what color to paint the room...what do I need to buy...etc... that we forget the reality that there really is a brand new human being growing inside of us. The miracle of life really is just so amazing when you really just sit and ponder for a while. I've been starting to have more of these moments lately and am glad for it. I can't believe I'll be in my 3rd trimester in just 3 more weeks.

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26w0day
Went for my 24 wk. appt. last week. All was well - gained another 5 pounds. I didn't care for the Dr. I saw this time though. When he was probing on my belly to get the heartbeat, it hurt really bad. I don't ever remember it hurting before with Julia. I told him that and all he said was "yeah that's normal - I was really digging in pretty hard"...WTH? Was that really necessary? Aside from that, he just kinda seemed like he was in a hurry. Hopefully this will NOT be the Dr. that delivers the baby. So far, I like all the other doctors in the practice - just not this one. I got my paperwork for my 1 hr. glucose test and my Rhogam injection. It's kind of exciting that I'm getting to this point in the pregnancy! We went to babies r us on Sat. to get ideas on how to decorate the room. Since Julia and the new baby will be sharing a room, we have to find a happy medium between boy/girl. We found a really nice "gender neutral" Winnie the Pooh pattern - I think we may go with that, since the room already is partially "Pooh themed". Of course we will need to paint the room, since it is a pale lavender pastel shade now, which is very girly.... fun stuff...

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28 weeks 0d
YAY!! Entering third trimester - hard to believe!! Just checking in b/c I couldn't wait for my ticker to move onto the third to the last box!
My SIL is lending us her crib for the new LO. We already have it set up in the room - still need to get mattress etc..We think Julia will be in her crib for a while, so we're just going to borrow another. This week I have checkup as well as 28 wk. bloodwork and Rhogam injection. I've been sick, and so has Julia - can't wait for warm weather and no more colds!!

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28w3d
Went for 28 wk. bloodwork and 1 hr. glucose test today - followed by Rhogam injection and 28 wk. checkup. It was quite a busy day. Julia tagged along with me and was quite a trooper. Everyone kept commenting on how pleasent and well behaved she is.
First I had to drink the glucose drink and sit in the hospital waiting area for an hour. Then, had blood drawn and had to head to other area of hospital for Rhogam injection. Last time I had to go to L & D department for the injection, but this time I went to maternal outpatient testing. I had the option of getting the shot in my arm or bottom (I picked my arm of course - why would anyone opt for their bottom anyway?). It didn't hurt as much as I remember it hurting last time. While I was waiting for the 1 hr. glucose blood draw, a woman in labor was pushed past me in a wheelchair. She was crying her eyes out and looked like she was in excruciating pain - gave me the chills and a little bit of a scare - not that I'm not fully aware of how much it hurts, but just to be reminded was a little scary. After the injection, I headed to lunch and met up with a friend. Following lunch I headed to the OB for regular checkup. All was well - I saw my usual Dr. today - baby's heartrate sounded good and everythng felt the right size - I only gained about 2 pounds since last visit. I thought it was going to be much worse (especially since I just came from eating a big lunch). I go back in 3 wks for my next checkup. Then, 2 wks after that, at which time I'm going to get an u/s.

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YAY 30 weeks! I'm so happy to reach this mark. Not much new - just wanted to check my ticker and see it read 30 wks. I haven't heard back from the Dr. on my most recent bloodwork and glucose test. That usually means all is well - I'll call today just to be sure. I feel good - baby is still moving a lot - he feels bigger than I remember Julia feeling. We got a treadmill and I've been trying to do some walking every day. The weather has been warming up some too, so I've been trying to get out and take Julia for walks.

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31w 3d
Went for my 31 wk. appt. yesterday. I met with yet another Dr. in the practice, and I must say this was my least favorite so far. I really hope that she will not be the one delivering the baby. She seemed to be defensive when I asked questions, like she didn't want me questioning her. I really didn't feel like I "clicked" with this Dr. I think I met all of the Dr.'s in the practice now, and, although there was one other that I wasn't crazy about, this one yesterday is the only one I really didn't like. It was an uneventful visit - baby's HR was measuring in the 140's, and my uterus measured right on target (31 cm). The baby has been very active lately. I feel like I am getting so big - I'm now about as big as I got when I was full term with Julia. I can't imagine getting much bigger, but I still have 9 wks. to go, so I think it's inevitable. I go in 2 wks. for an ultrasound, then at 36 wks. I will start going for non-stress tests.

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32w4d
Just checking in - I just noticed that my ticker is now in the eighth (second to last) box - How exciting!! Really, can't believe I will have a new little baby in a matter of weeks - it still doesn't seem real. DH has been working on painting the babies' room. He's almost done - it's a very light, pastel green color. It looks nice, but I liked the old color better. This will work better with coordinating the boy and girl colors though. Nothing else much new - baby is moving around tons and I'm starting to get a little more uncomfortable (sitting up, rollling over etc.). We still haven't decided on a name - poor kid...I had a dream last night that he was sitting up in the stroller and was a few months old and I couldn't remember his name. I had another dream about a week ago that he was born and he didn't look at all like me (or DH really either). He had loads of dirty blonde, curly hair and looked nothing like what I imagine him looking like.

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33W4D
I had an ultrasound 2 days ago. They estimated baby's weight to be 4lb 6oz - this puts him in just the 20% percentile. I was surprised, as it feels like this baby is so much bigger than Julia, but the Dr. said there is no need to worry - all measurements were proportional and well within range for gestational age. It wasn't a very thorough ultrasound - it was basically just to check growth. They measured the head, femur, abdomen and looked at a few other things. I 'm used to getting the real thorough level II ultrasound, so I was a little dissapointed I didn't get more information, but it was still great to see my little guy moving around like crazy in there. Another good thing is that he is head down too, and the Dr. said it is unlikely he would flip at this point. The U/S tech. zoomed in on his face and I got to see his chubby cheeks - very cute. I had to sit around at the Dr. office for about a half hour to see the Dr. and all he really had to say was "everything looks good" and he didn't even check me or anything. I go for a routine checkup in 2 wks, then another u/s in ~ 4 wks. My in-laws are scheduling a small shower for me, which will be the week before my due date - who knows if I'll last 'til then, but it's the only day we could decide on (May is one busy month!).

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35w3d
Went for 35 wk appt. yesterday - routine exam except they did the GBS swab (fun..). Baby's HR measured around 160 and my uterus measured 36 cm. I also had to fill out some consent forms for the hospital to deliver baby. I'm still feeling lots of movement - the baby still seems to be head down, and his feet have been kicking my upper right abdomen pretty hard. Last week I went for the anesthesia class which is required in order for epidural to be administered. the dr. said the latest they would let me go would be 1 week after my due date - and if my cervix is ready, he wouldn't have a problem inducing at 39 weeks either. I'm now going for weekly appointments - Next wk. I go for ultrasound, then after that I think they will do weekly non-stress tests. I bought a few more boy's clothes - I love buying them - I"m used to seeing all pink around the house - The little blue boy outfits are so cute (and so little).

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Just wanted to check in to see my ticker is on the LAST BOX!! YAY! HOw exciting! 36 weeks along - can't believe it! I'm so excited! I bought a "take me home" outfit for the baby - it's so cute and so tiny - DH thinks it will be too small for him. I remember thinking the same thing with Julia's TMH outfit, but she was floating in it when we took her home, so... we should be OK. I went to babies r us and spent over $200 this weekend on stuff - wow it adds up quick. Still have more stuff to get too. Gotta run, Julia's up...

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37wk 0d
I went for an ultrasound 3 days ago. They estimated baby's weight to be 5 lb. 11 oz. I believe this fell somewhere around 18-20 percentile. Fluid measurement was 15 - I think it was 20 at my last u/s. Dr. wasn't concerned and said it is well in normal range. My fluid got really low at the end of the pregnancy with Julia so it is something they are going to keep an eye on. I got a close up view of his face - it is quite chubby - The u/s tech said he looked like he might have a dimple on his chin (not something I've ever seen in my or Dh's family, but that's the least of my concerns...) His femur length was right on target for gestational age (Julia's always measured small, which is a common, but very soft marker for babies with Down Syndrome). His abdomen measured small again, which concerned me, but the Dr. was not concerned. It measured about 2 weeks behind - Dr. said they are only concerned if a measurement is 3 or more weeks behind (but still, given the error in measurements could easily be off by a week, I"m still a little worried about it). I go this week for my first NST as well as my regular 37 wk. appt. I think they will do the first internal exam also. I'm looking forward to it, b/c I'm anxious to see if anything is happening yet. I don't really fee like the baby has dropped - I do have to pee quite frequently, but I don't feel the pressure that I remember feeling towards the end with Julia. Who knows, maybe I will go the full 40 wks. Apparently the baby has lots of hair - can't wait to meet him. Both DH and I are in full nesting mode. We spent mostly the entire Memorial Day weekend cleaning, painting, assembling things.......Our bedroom is now newly, freshly painted and made room for the bassinett and rocker. Although Julia slept in her crib right from the beginning, we're going to keep this little one in the room with us at first (since they will be sharing a room, it would be pretty tough waking constantly in the middle of the night, changing diapers, nursing, pumping, etc.... without waking up Julia). We have his crib all set up and ready to go in their room also though. 3 more weeks....

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37w3d
I went for my first NST today. It went very well - baby had nice movement and fluctuation in HR. His HR ranged from around 130-160. I also had my regular OB appt. today also. They didn't do an internal check which I wish they had. I am really anxious to know if anything is happening yet. They will do one next week, so I guess I'll just have to wait until then (unless something happens before then). They will do a fluid check at next week's NST also. This week has been sooo crazy busy - I'm really stressing out. I'll be relieved after this week is over. Things will slow down starting next week.

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38w2d
Just checkin in - It was on this day in my pregnancy with Julia that my water broke. I still have my fingers crossed that I will last until after the shower on Sunday (5 more days). I still don't really feel like baby has "dropped", but according to the dr., baby often doesn't drop until you are in labor with second baby. I really do feel like I have run out of room though. It is very uncomfortable for me to lean over, roll over, get off the couch etc... We had a little 2 yr. old birthday party for Julia on Sunday (even though her bday isn't for another 2 wks). We wanted to make sure we celebrated her bday, before things start to get crazy with the new baby. I can't believe my baby girl will be 2 already. I go today for another NST and fluid check. I'll check in later with an update from my NST.

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38w2d
The NST and fluid check went well. The baby was very active during the NST and had good fluctuations in HR. My fluid measured 12.62- which is good. I had to go up to the L&D department to get the fluid check. I brought Julia with me today - she was quite the trooper and was very well behaved while I had all of this done. I brought plenty of crackers and books to keep her occupied. Next time I will have someone watch her though. I felt bad keeping her cooped up in the stroller for all that time. I took a tour of the L&D department this past weekend also. It seems ok - the only problem is that I am not guaranteed to have a private room the whole time I am there. During L&D I will have a private room, but after recovery, I may have to be in a semi-private room (meaning basically there is a curtain between you and the other person). I'm not thrilled about this at all and am really hoping I will get my own room. The nursing staff seems great though. Tomorrow I go for my regular OB checkup - I will get an internal check done - can't wait to see if anything is happening. The baby on the U/S today was still in head-down position and definitely won't be flipping over at this point.

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38w3d
Went for my 38 wk. checkup today. Dr. did cervical exam and said I am barely a fingertip dilated and ~ 30-40% effaced. So, not much happening, but he said regardless, I could go into labor tonight, or 2 wks from now...Also, baby is head-down, but not yet descended.

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38w4d
This morning I thought my water was going to break. I felt a quick pop/knock feeling way down low in my pelvis. I thought for sure my water was about to burst. I braced myself, but nothing happened. Still... nothing... no leaking or contractions or cramping. It felt exactly like what I felt like right before my water broke with Julia, but no water. Dr. said as long as I'm not leaking any fluid or cramping etc. not to worry, prob. just the baby shifting position. Maybe it was baby shifting or dropping, but I'm starting to get the feeling that he is going to be here soon.... (when I was pregnant with Julia and got that feeling she was born that weekend...)

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38w6d
I'm still hanging here - I thought for sure I was going to have the baby this weekend, but nothing happened. My family had a shower for me today and I'm glad that the baby held out for it. We got so many nice things - I feel so much more prepared now. There's a full moon tonight and I just read on one of my birth boards that the full moon can bring on labor if you're close to your due date (who knows, probably an old wives tale... we'll see..) I'm really tired now - I'm going to watch the Phillies game and try to get some sleep.

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39w1d
I can't believe my ticker is reading "only 6 days to go"....I went for another NST today. Baby passed with flying colors. I went upstairs to the L&D dept. for a fluid check again too. Fluid measured 14 this time. So everything looks good - the baby has been moving around like crazy too - he feels so big to me - much bigger than I remember Julia feeling. Julia was 6 lb. 10 oz. and 19 inches long when she was born and she was born at 38w2d. I was getting the feeling tonight that maybe baby would decide to come tonight, so ... who knows. I go tomorrow for my 39 wk. appt. Hopefully I have made some progress - if not I suppose I will talk to the doctor about induction options. I reallly would like it if I went into labor naturally. Although my water broke on it's own with Julia, no contractions started, so I needed to be induced with pitocin. The contractions were excruciating and my hope is that was because of the pitocin and maybe it won't be as bad if I don't need the pitocin? (wishful thinking I'm sure...). But, I don't think they will let me go more than one wk. past my due date, and I really don't even want to go that far. It just brings on a whole new set of potential problems (meconium, baby being too big, needing c-section......). We'll see - I'll post update tomorrow.

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39w2d
Just got back from my 39 wk. checkup. Cervical exam results were: 75% effaced, 1 cm dilated and baby at -1 station. So, things are progressing. Baby was at -3 a week ago, so he has moved down some. Although I don't feel tremendous amount of pressure, I have noticed in the last few days more pressure down there (kinda feeling like I have to go to the bathroom alot). If I don't go into labor on my own, I am already on the schedule to be induced 6/22 (due date is 6/15).

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39w6d
Well, tomorrow is my due date and baby still has not arrived. I thought for sure it was going to happen yesterday - I was feeling on and off menstrual-like cramping all day. But...nothing has happened and today I felt less cramping. It really feels like he is running out of room in there. I'm not feeling the kicking like I was before, but I can feel and see his whole body roll around in there. Yesterday, his butt must have been facing out. I could feel the hard lump of his body pushing outward, right in the center of my abdomen. I really hope he hasn't flipped - he has been doing some sort of acrobats in there that is making me uncomfortable and kinda hurts a little. The weirdest thing yesterday, after I got out of the bath, I looked in the mirror and I could see all of the veins in my body, from my shoulders down - it kinda freaked me out a little - I could see all of the blue veins, like a road map - I almost looked bruised. But, I've read this is normal during pregnancy so I'm not worried about it- it was just sort of scary, because it never looked this pronounced before. Julia and DH both have colds. Julia has had one for about 5 days and is getting over it. DH just started coming down with it today, and it's hitting him pretty hard. I've been feeling like I'm fighting one - hopefully I'll beat it and it won't get the better of me. Not good timing at all for any of us to be sick. I really want to have this baby, but maybe it is better if he holds out a little longer until we are all feeling better. Tomorrow I have a NST and fluid check - hope all goes well - then, the following day I have an OB appt. (if nothing happens before then....). Julia turned 2 on Friday - can't believe my baby girl is 2. We took her out to eat and had a little cake and sung happy birthday. (Even though we already celebrated her bday, it didn't feel right not to do anything on her actual day...)

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40weeks/Today is my Due Date!!
My due date has arrived, but my dear little baby hasn't yet. It's ~ 3:30 in the afternoon now, so it's unlikely it will happen today. NST and fluid check went well today. Fluid is still hovering around 12-13. Baby was very active and had reactive HR. Tomorrow I will see my OB...hopefully something is happening in there!

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40w2d
Still no baby... Cervix was still ~75% effaced & baby at -1 station - dilated to just about 2 cm. Yesterday was my last OB appt. before delivery - 5 more days until induction. I will go for one more NST and fluid check on Friday, then induction on Monday (assuming nothing happens beforehand...). I'm feeling pretty tired the last few days - I've kept very busy the whole pregnancy, so I'm not feeling guilty at all about just taking it easy and not doing much.

Joined: 11/02/06
Posts: 79

40w3d
Ok, kinda gross, but I think I just lost my plug - I went to the bathrooom and when I wiped there was globs and globs of mucousy/gelatinous goop. I know people can lose their plug and go on being pregnant for weeks, but I'm wondering if, since I'm already overdue if this means labor is coming....Oh boy, I'm a little nervous. I'm only 4 days away from my induction date, but it's still kinda scary...

Joined: 11/02/06
Posts: 79

Welcome Baby Shane Patrick!!
Born Monday, June 22 @ 3:53 pm - 7 lb. 6 oz. 19.25 in.
We're home and doing well - Will post birth story later