November 1st, 26 wks
I am now 164 lbs. I managed to get sick with a cold, so I'm feeling pretty miserable. Mark has been sick twice, and this last weekend at my EdD, Lynnette was sick and on Monday night, Terri at work was sick, so I guess it was inevitable. I am really hoping this passes quickly, since I'm already tired even when I'm not sick.
I can't believe Halloween is already over. We had about 30 trick or treaters, with both Tony, Sara and Max and Scott, Lisa and Connor stopping by. I'm so looking forward to dressing you up next year. I was thinking about Benjamin, and how this would have been his 2nd Halloween, and he would have been over a year old. I can't believe how much time has passed already. I just pray and pray that you will be healthy and we will get to take you home. You are very active, kicking frequently and definitely growing. Gay and Phyllis won't be able to come to the u/s on the 12th, but my Mom is coming for sure, and I believe my Dad will be meeting us for supper. I hope it will be an evening of celebration. I am nervous and excited at the same time. Won't be long and we will be celebrating Thanksgiving.
November 8th, 27 wks
Well, I've had a cold for a week now, and it's still there bothering me. We had a Court Whist party on Saturday with 10 friends. It was a pretty good time. I'm up to 166 lbs now, thinking all the treats I had at the party didn't help that! Oh well! On Sunday I managed to get started on some of my EdD homework, but I need to write my paper next weekend. I am so looking forward to my u/s on Friday. I am just praying for good results. I can really feel you move around now, you still feel really low. My tummy moves as you wiggle and kick. I am pretty sore from helping bury landscape wiring on Saturday morning.
November 11th, 27 wks 3 days
Well, tomorrow is the big day! I am so excited and nervous all wrapped together. I am so praying that everything turns out OK. If there is a problem, I am really looking forward to knowing for sure, and preparing for whatever needs to be done. Won't be long until we know for sure.
We had our follow up ultrasound today to check the progression of the tricuspid valve leakage, and the technician could only find 1 drop of leakage!! He said that everything is well within the normal ranges, and there was no reason to schedule any follow up ultrasounds. Things look great! It is really hard to believe right now, but we are so excited and so very thankful. Plus, I had my OB visit, and she told us she intends to make sure I deliver before Jan 31st when she leaves to Hawaii on vacation!! Lots of great news today! The only thing at all that could be a downer is Dr. Goerish's nurse left a message on our answering machine that I needed to call her back. I'm hoping it's something about insurance or like that, and not that I failed the diabetes test. But no matter what, today is a day blessed by God.
I'm up to 169 lbs, not sure why. The baby must be growing big time. I'm exercising again, using the treadmill for 20 min about 3xweek. My back is so sore, really aching, with some sciatic nerve pain running down my left leg. I'm also having tons of Braxton Hicks, some kind of painful. I notice them a lot more if my bladder is full, or when I'm really tired. I absolutely can't wait for Thanksgiving break.
I did fail my 1 hour diabetes screen, but passed the 3 hour test last Tuesday with flying colors. That test was terrible, you have to fast for 12 hours prior, give blood 4 times and get your finger pricked. Plus the drink is twice as sugary and thick, and on an empty stomach it made me nauseous. But I made it! I'm super excited to meet you little - and can't wait to hold you!
December 4th, 30 wks 5 days
I have been naughty and haven't written in a while. Well, I am now 170 lbs. At my OB app yesterday, I hadn't gained any weight in 3 weeks - even over the holidays!! Thanksgiving was wonderful, and all my family is praying for you little one. I can't believe that I will meet you in less than 8 weeks!! Mark and I anticipate Dr. Goerish will induce us on Jan 28th, the Friday before she leaves for Hawaii. Meanwhile, school is wrapping up, only 1 more week of regular school and then finals week. I am really looking forward to the break. I should only have to teach for the first couple weeks in January, and then you will be here!! I just can't wait. The senior dental hygiene students decided to throw me a surprise baby shower over the lunch hour!! It was so much fun - and you have more pink clothes than you'll ever need!! A few days ago, you were moving around so much - it felt like popcorn. I can feel you each and every day, and I love those moments when I feel so connected to you. Sometimes I feel bad for Mark, because I know it seems less real to anyone who isn't actually feeling you move. I can tell your growing because it's getting more uncomfortable. A bit harder to breathe, and really tough to bend over and get back up. I can still cross my legs though!! Tonight is Mark's Christmas party at his new job, Community Bank. Tomorrow I have to read in church, and then Grandma Phyllis is coming to Mankato for shopping and Red Lobster! Somewhere in there I need to finish some assignments for my EdD coursework, but it will get done. I already love you so much, and just can't wait to hold you little one.
My OB appointment went great today. She doesn't think your head is done anymore, or if it is done it was really low and she couldn't feel it. Heartbeat great, bp great, and I gained 4 lbs, making me 174 lbs now!! PHEW!! Can't say I love that part of being pregnant.
I can really tell that you're a little baby inside me now. When you move, you feel big like you should be, not like a little flutter bug anymore. I can imagine holding you in my arms, and I can't wait. Grandpa Monson nicknamed you Pinky, which I actually think is pretty cute. Tomorrow is the last day of finals at MSU. I have 2 final take home exams to complete, 1 exam to study for on the 21st, and then I am DONE! Dr. Goerish reconfirmed (I didn't even ask) that she would be inducing me prior to January 28th, since that's when she leaves for Hawaii. I gave her a Christmas present today, 2 books about Hawaii - hopefully she likes them. She has been so wonderful to us.
I'm having steady Braxton Hicks contractions, and unfortunately, with each one, I have to go to the bathroom! Oh well. Great news, Lisa and Shane just found out that in vitro was a success!! Now we pray that everything sticks - they'll find out if it is twins in a couple weeks. Lisa and Shane's baby looks healthy on u/s, and Brian and April are aroun 8-9 wks pregnant too. Lots and lots of good news.
Well, tonight we get the car seat checked - so we'll see if Daddy put it in right. I can't wait to hold you in my arms.
First off, your Daddy did a great job of installing the car seat - the certified checker didn't even have to adjust it.
Christmas was wonderful, you received many presents even though you're not even born yet!! I have lots of soft blankets to snuggle you in, even one that my Grandma Jungling and Great Aunt Leona made a long time ago. My birthday is right around the corner, so it looks like I'll be 28 before you are born. My next appointment with Dr. Goerish is on the 30th, I don't know if she'll do an internal exam or not. I'm quite certain I have dilated at least 1cm now. Last week I did some serious cleaning and organizing the closets. Your nursery is all ready now, with everything set to go. I still need to pack bags for both you and me. I did make a list for my bag in case I went early. I also bought some little travel toiletry items so we don't have to bring the big bottles. I'm anxiously awaiting your arrival, and starting to get quite nervous. Somewhat nervous about the delivery, but more nervous about bringing you home, and what it will really be like to raise a child. I hope I can do a good job. Oh, and although my weight has been fluctuating some, I am 174lbs today, so hopefully my weight gain is slowing down! I love you little one!
I had my appointment with Dr. Goerish today - all is well, baby's hearbeat sounds great she said. My blood work all came back normal, and I don't go back for another 2 wks, so I'll only have 2 weeks left at that point. Not long now - I am so anxious and can't wait for the big day!! She didn't check my cervix at this visit, so I assume that will be next time.
P.S. My parents bought me tons of scrapbooking things for your scrapbook, including the album itself. I am so excited to fill it up with pictures of you!!
On Sunday, January 2nd, Mark and I rented Wicker Park and had some pasta hot dish for supper around 5:30pm. Unfortunately, the sausage I used in the hot dish was pretty old, and tasted terrible. That sausage came back to haunt Mark during the night. At 7:30, we started watching Cold Case. I was still hungry since the hot dish wasn't too great, and wanted to go to Cold Stone for some ice cream. I was begging Mark to go, who didn't really want to, and was making some head way, when I decided to go to the bathroom aroun 8:00. When I was washing my hands all the sudden I felt my water start to trickle out. It didn't gush, but I was pretty sure it was my water. I calmly returned to the couch and said to Mark, "Well honey, if you don't want to go to Cold Stone, do you want to go to the hospital?" He was stunned and was in disbelief. As I headed up the stairs, I felt another gush and it reconfirmed in my mind that yes my water did break. We rushed around trying to pack our bags, how I wish I would have been more prepared. As I sat on the biffy, I called my Mom, I was so scared and nervous, I knew this would be a little too early for my little one. I prayed fervently to the Lord that he would protect my little sweetheart, and do everything possible to help us have a healthy baby girl. Mark was trying to figure out how to call the Labor and Delivery floor at the hospital, and they wanted us to come in right away. I decided to call Mom to maybe come and help with the delivery when I was further along. I knew Karey was going to be so upset to be away on the cruise and missing the big event.
8:45pm - Arrived at the hospital and the nurse confirmed with a paper strip test that my water did break. I continued to have the same braxton hick type contractions that I was having for the past weeks. They would tighten my abdomen, but didn't really hurt. The nurse spoke with the Dr. on call, and they decided to wait and see what my body would do.
10:00pm - Same type of contractions continued. I asked the nurse to call my OB Dr. Goerish even though she wasn't on call. Before she did, she checked my cervix, I was at 1-2 cm, and she couldn't tell for sure if the head was down. Dr. Goerish did want to follow me through my labor, and decided to come in to do an ultrasound to see if the head was down or not.
Even though I was still very very nervous, I was feeling a lot better knowing Dr. Goerish would be monitoring me. Mark set up his pull out couch bed, and we watched TV while we waited.
11:00pm - Dr. Goerish arrived. and during the ultrasound she confirmed the head was down and quite low. (I guess she also reconfirmed it was a girl, but she didn't tell us that until after the delivery)
11:15pm - Dr. Goerish checked my cervix, at 2+cm and -1 station, and she broke the rest of my water bag, which had an anterior lip left. She said we could wait to start the Pitocen until 1:00am. She wasn't in a hurry, and I was glad to wait, as I was hoping to deliver in the morning to make it easier for her to be there for the delivery. She went back home and told the nurse to call her when it was close to the end. My contractions were picking up a little on their own, about a 2 on the pain scale of 0-10.
12:20am - Mark was trying to sleep, meanwhile my contractions were increasing, about a 3 to 3.5 on the pain scale. I would breathe through the contractions, and was coping OK.
1:00am - Started the pitocen at the lowest level of 3. They told me they would increase the level every 30 minutes by 3 each time, until I was in a real regular pattern with cervix changing progress.
1:30am - Checked my cervix, it was at 2-3 cm, still -1 station, but the head was more anterior now. Mark was still resting, and I was still working my way through the contractions, unable to fall asleep, but I did rest as much as possible, knowing the road ahead would be long.
3:00am - Cervix was now 3cm dilated, the nurse recommended she call for the epidural, as it would take some time for the anesthesiologist to arrive, my contractions were about a 4 on the pain scale. Dr. Goerish had ordered Nubain if I wanted, but last time with Benjamin, the Nubain made me nauseous and slowed my labor, so I held off with nothing. My pitocen was up to 15 at this time.
3:15am - I woke Mark up and had him pack up his bed, as that was where the anesthesiologist would set up.
3:45am - Dr. Eggili the anesthesiologist arrived and began the process of the epidural. It stings pretty bad and I had 2 pretty strong contractions during the procedure, but overall it went fine. He finished by 4:10am.
4:30am - The epidural really made me nauseous, and I started to sweat profusely. My legs were completely numb, and it wasn't comfortable, and they even itched. I wanted to move them so badly, but I couldn't. I thought I was going to yack for sure. Mark was fanning me as the nurse gathered a fan and some anti-nausea drugs. At this point I wasn't sure if I had made the right choice with the epidural, and I was feeling pretty crappy. The side effects were worse than the contractions. But after the anti nausea meds I started to feel a bit better. Eventually I was able to relax, and I fell asleep for about an hour. When I woke, I asked if we could turn the epidural down, and we did. I was able to move both my legs again, and could feel my contractions, but they didn't hurt.
7:00am - Finally dilated to 4cm. I asked if labor would progress quicker now, and the nurse said more than likely it would. The contractions were gradually picking up in intensity, but still very manageable.
7:30am - The night nurse, Megan, inserted a catheter that would remain until I was 10cm and pushing. The new nurse came on and said she would check my progress at 9:00am. I was waiting to call my Mom until then, and I was so fearful of stalling out with labor and ending up with a c-section.
9:00am - My contractions were really picking up, about a 3-4 on the pain scale, and I called the anesthesiologist back to turn up the epidural. I was handling the pain, but so fearful of it running away on me again like it did with Ben.
9:15am - My contractions felt different, and with 1 contraction, I could actually feel the head move down. It felt kind of like I needed to push. The nurse wasn't coming to check, so I just called my Mom, and told her to come in because I wanted her too. I asked her to bring Dad too.
9:30am - I told the nurse about my contractions and the desire to push, she said she would check me. She sat on the bed and checked, looked at me and said, "Oh my, would you like to push?" I exclaimed, "Do you mean it?" with a look of total glee on my face. Mark was shocked and asked how far along is she? The nurse told us I was complete and a +1 station. She asked me to push once before calling Dr. Goerish, and with that first push, she said my labia already separated.
9:35am - Dr. Georish arrived from the clinic, and the room filled with the pediatrician, Dr. Townsend, and a pediatric medical student, several nurses, etc. I pushed another time or 2, not with my legs up, but just little pushes to bring the head down. They set up all the equipment, and got my legs up in the stirrups, and then of course my contractions stopped. We waited for what seemed forever, but was likely only 6 or 7 minutes. I told them I could feel one coming and Dr. Goerish was excited, she said OK Angela, push! She helped Mark position my leg and the nurse held the other leg. I pushed until I ran out of the breath, took a breath, and continued pushing. With that push, the head was already out. Mark could not belive it - it went so quick!!!! They told me to pant as the cleaned out the face, and then one more push and the body came out. Grace Louise was born at 9:51am.
She pinked up immediately and ended up with a 9 and then a 10 on the apgar tests. She did wonderful, and I got to hold her right away. They weighed her in at 5 lbs 13 oz, and 19 inches in length. It was so amazing!! I did tear (2nd degree), probably because she came out so fast, and because of the scarring from my previous tear. My placenta was slow to come out, but finally did. My parents arrived at around 10:15am, and stayed until 4:00pm. It was a wonderful day. Mark's parents came at 4:00pm and stayed until about 5:30pm. Scott, Lisa and Connor visited for about 20 minutes around 6:15. Mike and Cindy came at 7:00pm and stayed until about 9:30.
It was a wonderful experience, and felt so surreal. It's still hard to believe we have our baby girl in our arms!!! We are loving every minute!!