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Our first pregnancy

29w3d
Hello again--I'm just going to pick up here and not worry about getting all my earlier posts on the new board.

So what's been happening over the last few weeks? I have gone from an eating machine back to my normal (pre-pregnancy) light-eating-self. I've gained 24lbs total. Worrisome thing--I am growing out of all my maternity bottoms. I guess I'll have to spend a bit more money on clown pants before all is said and done.

I had a wonderful surprise shower last week at school--I didn't expect a shower at all this pregnancy. Got lots of great necessities and a few fun extras too.

What else? Hmmmm. Had the 1-hr glucose test Monday, along with the hemaglobin/hematocrit tests. My 30wk checkup is Monday next, so will get the dr's report on all this. I have lots of questions to ask her then, too: does she or others in the practice strip membranes? do they have a time limit on labor or second stage pushing after which they'd do a c-section? is the leakage in my right breast normal (right breast leakage is off-white, while left breast's is clear)?

Dave is being an absolute angel--helping me in all kinds of ways. Unfortunately, I know that he will suffer once baby arrives. He has trouble making sure he eats enough (or at least healthy enough), and he'll also need to keep up with bills and such for a while, which will take a little training from me ahead of time, since I use online payments on Quicken and a folder system that he has never used.

I'm going to start packing my hospital bag this weekend, probably.
Hope all are well and healthy.
Namaste,
Mary Louisa

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30 weeks!!
Been busy busy busy. Cleaned all weekend and had Dave's nephew Christopher down for the day yesterday. He's stationed at McGuire AFB in New Jersey. Friday morning I fell down our carpeted stairs. I was in my slippers and I think (hard to tell) my feet just slipped out from under me. I bumped down on my butt till I hit the next floor. My slippers FLEW off my feet, and one was about 15 feet away from me, which made me laugh despite my pain. My shoulder muscles are a little sore and my tailbone is sore too, although lots of it is from falling in the ice in February, and some of it must be from general pregnancy woes. LOL

I met with my ob today for my 30 week appointment. Turns out my gd test was normal, but my iron is low, so I'm now on iron pills. Like others have said, maybe it will help me with my tiredness. The doctor also said that taking the iron pills will help keep my strength up in case I lose lots of blood in childbirth. Pleasant thought, huh?

I'm going to try for an unmedicated birth, and she's really supportive of me. So we talked at some length about the "time limits" the ob's put on labor (the length of time to maximum dilation) and, if the dilation/labor slows, at what point she would either intervene with some pitocin to strengthen the contractions and get labor going or with a c-section. She said all ob's go by something called the "Friedman curve," which maps out an "ideal" rate of dilation and station of the baby. She said a rough answer to my question, based on the curve, is that if a woman has been stuck at a certain dilation for two hours, she would consider pitocin first, and then if nothing progresses, then a c-section. Just something for us all to think about, since not all women are the "ideal" or the average. Everyone is different (and, she reminded me, that first-timers are slower than multi-time moms).

We also discussed possible rupture of my uterus, based on fibroid surgery I had seven years ago. She noted that if I needed pitocin, for example, she or the doctor in charge would give me an amount only up to a certain point, to prevent the uterus of contracting so tight that it ruptures itself. Lovely! Also, I had electric needle surgery (LEEP) to remove precancerous lesions on my cervix about ten years ago, and she is sending me to have a level II u/s on it to see it's "height" or something like that ("width" maybe?). This will tell her how easily the cervix will dilate and efface or if there is scar tissue buildup. She said another effect of cervical surgery could be "incompetent cervix," but if I'd had that, I would've already delivered the baby!

All very interesting! Now I will go every two weeks, and at 36 weeks, she will start checking for Nicholas's size and position, since my mother and sister are famous for giant, breech babies. LOL

I've begun doing some research into perineum massage, which should begin around 36 weeks, according to the Searses. The midwife at my ob's practice recommends it as a way of possibly avoiding an episiotomy or at least just to get the area ready for childbirth.

I guess that's enough for now...
Namaste,
Mary Louisa

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mid-week of the 31st week. Dogs had to go to the vet today; taking them both at the same time was quite a strain for me. Rocket had two seizures earlier in the week (he's epileptic and on meds) so we had to get a blood test to measure the med levels. Come to find out today that he has an infected anal gland. EEEEEEW. This may have made him seize two days in a row. Anyhow, he's now on penicillin. Waldo had to have his yearly shots and checkup. I talked with one of the vet techs about her childbirth seven months ago. Pre-eclampsia, inducement with long labor, finally emergency c-section. Sigh. She was only able to bf a couple of weeks, too, because one of her breasts clogged and she was scared that baby wasn't eating enough. When she gave the baby the bottle of formula, the baby never looked back--has refused the breast since.

Went to a "Women in Higher Ed" conference last night--heels, pantyhose, suit. Am I a nut? It was really inspiring, though. We heard talks from two college presidents and a specialist in female leadership. So many things are calling me in teaching and my career, but I know that my life will now be more complicated than ever, divided between my dear family and my career calling. So, the fact that I'm just starting the baby thing at 38 is a bit daunting.

Pregnancy yoga was to start tonight, after the teacher putting it off once already, and I get an email today announcing that it has been postponed till the end of summer. Well, that's when I'll need post-partum yoga - LOL.
Yeesh. I guess I'll have to motivate myself to keep moving. I'm still gardening quite a bit, which provides many types of stretches of course. childbirth class begins tomorrow night. Can't wait!!!

Dave may get involved in a local volleyball league with people at work, which I think he really needs. But I can't help but be selfish and wish that those Tuesday nights were spent at home with me. Surely it'll help his frame of mind, which I should appreciate. He's gotten really bent out of shape at work the last few days.

I guess that's it for now. Started my iron pills yesterday, and am hoping for a burst of energy any day. hahaha. Had to take a three hour nap today. Snzzzz.
Namaste,
Mary Louisa

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Last night, we went to the first of six "Prepared" childbirth classes at the hospital I'll be delivering at. Ten couples, all first-timers. Here's the part I'm still depressed about: of them all, I'm the latest due date, meaning I should have the smallest belly. But NOOOOOO, I am the hugest one there, even bigger than the woman due JUNE 6. Dave was so sweet to point that out to me after class, although I had already noticed it for myself. :roll:

Anyways, it looks like we'll learn lots about the hospital and about relaxation, pain management, anesthetic, c-sections, breastfeeding, childcare, etc. We watched a 30-minute film on the stages of labor (does every hospital show the same one probably?) and all the moms were laboring without anesthetic, which impressed me. The nurse said they filmed those moms in order to show exactly how labor and birth affects the woman. It did not look easy, but it looked do-able. I'm beginning to think about the "what-if's" now: what if I have back labor? what if I don't progress and I need pitocin? what if baby is breech or huge and I have to have a c-section? I'll need to work through my thoughts on these things over the next month or two, I guess.

Today at the college, I sat in a classroom desk for the last time until the baby comes. I just barely fit in the space between chair and desk--wasn't tight, but slightly unnerving. I had to judge a 4th grade speech contest, which was great fun! They were precious, and much better prepared than I had anticipated.

Tomorrow (Saturday) I am going to a Pregnancy, Birth, and Postpartum Conference for Expectant and New Parents and Healthcare Professionals that my doula has organized at Neumann College in Aston, PA (we live about 20 minutes away). There will be vendors with tables set up during the day, and two talks by local breastfeeding expert Katherin Dettwyler. I'm also going to go to two workshops, one on using a birth ball in labor, and one on infant massage. Looks to be a great day, but it will start TOO EARLY imho. I'll have to get up at 7:15 on a Saturday. Sad

I've felt lots of pressure in my lower abdomen today. I guess this is only going to increase as the due date draws near. There are so many unanswered questions about Nicholas that I want to know, but that can't be answered until later--questions about his position, size, what body part of his is knocking against me, how my cervix looks, etc.

I'm gonna weigh in tomorrow and am dreading it since the rude awakening at the birth class last night.
Namaste,
Mary Louisa

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Well, today at 32 weeks I weigh 167, a gain of 29 pounds. Fine with me, just so I can manage to take off the excess within a year of giving birth (only to put it back on again with--HOPEFULLY--baby number two???).

Had to get up ungodly early again this Saturday to have a dismal failure of a yard sale. Our community along with about a gazillion others in north Wilmington had community yard sales, and it was 48 degrees and drizzly this morning, and the customers were spread so freakin thin it turned out to be a real pain in the a**. I made...$17. That's right, $17. :roll: We just got back from the Goodwill to make a dump of the things we didn't sell, and do you believe they REFUSED three boxes of books. ??? Strange.

So, the pregnancy seems to be going by quickly at this point--the weeks slip by. At our second childbirth class I noticed some of the other women looked as big as I did (thank goodness). I think I've come to terms with the practice of delivering a breech baby via cesarian for first time moms. That's how the hospital does it, that's how my ob does it. Now I've got to psych myself for having that possible c-section.

I'm definitely nesting in that I'm working on decluttering and cleaning the house some every day, but it's really procrastinating doing the rest of my school work (collecting and analyzing assessment data for the part of the curriculum I'm in charge of). I'm more in my usual mood to cook, thankfully, so at least DH may get fattened up over the next two months, at least until Nicky comes. I swear Dave refuses to make himself any meal that has more than three ingredients and more than one course.

Why is it so coooooold!? At least we got some rain yesterday. I dread a drought like last summer, and have already been conserving and reusing lots of water (using pasta water in the garden) to do my part. I think we're going to buy a rain barrel to put at our downspout, which should contribute somewhat to the solution. Hey--at least I can feel good about not washing my car. LOL

Guess that's all for now.
Namaste,
Mary Louisa

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Posted this last Wednesday (at 32.5wks):
Through last night and all day today I had frequent painful belly cramps and lots of tightening in my lower uterus, so I did some reading on the internet and in my pregnancy books (and if I could've gotten the #&$^% pg.org site to load, I would've come here too). It turned out I had half the symptoms of preterm labor. I did the drink two glasses of water and lie down on your left side thing, which helped some, but when I got up and carried on, the cramps returned. So I called the dr.'s office at 5pm, and the on-call doc sent me to maternity triage at the hospital.

They hooked me up to a fetal monitor, a contraction monitor, and did a cervical check. My cervix is closed up as tight as a bug's ear, thankfully. Baby Nicky's hb is fine. I only had one contraction the whole hour I was there, so the dr. thinks the pain/cramping may be a combination of Braxton-Hicks and GI disturbance (gas?). I was sent home a much happier camper, but am still hurting. I'm gonna take some Mylanta before bed and hope that the cramping stops soon.

SO GLAD I'm not in preterm labor--I really feel for you gals who are trying to get through it.

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So now I'm 33.5wks and having pretty regular Braxton-Hicks tightening throughout the day. It's so funny: I wake up all relaxed and feeling like I'm not really pregnant! Then, as I become more and more active throughout the day--running errands, doing housework, taking care of the dogs, gardening--the contractions get harder and harder and my body gets tireder and tireder. I try to nap two hours every afternoon before dinner, but it never fails that by the time I crawl in bed (about midnight), I'm a bundle of ouches. Guess it'll only get worse over the next six weeks. Smile

Met with my doula, Kathy, Monday morning and we discussed the birth plan. We also talked about how I'll labor at home until we absolutely must go to the hospital. I'm starting to get nervous, but am SOOOO glad she'll be with us here at home and at the hospital to help me understand that everything will be just fine.

I'm really really nesting now--doing housework every single day. It is so unlike me that my mother would probably have a heart attack if she were here to see it. My husband thinks I'm a little nutty but is chalking it up to the pg hormones. It just makes me feel better knowing that the house will be on auto-pilot for a while as we have our family visitors and as I am consumed by taking care of Nicky once he comes. I've also been cooking my little butt off. Doing lots of freezer things for the near future. Made up some Toll House cookie dough and cooked a couple dozen tonight, and froze teaspoon-fulls for future baking as needed. I also made up some breakfast burritos and some bean-rice-cheese burritos and froze them for future meals. And I'm really making some nice dinners lately, too. Sigh. I guess I know it's kind of my "last hurrah" in the kitchen for a good long while. Hopefully, I can get Dave fattened up somewhat to prepare for some lean months ahead when I can't cook as much. LOL

I need to get the rest of my hospital bag packed and ready. I've started with the toiletries, but need to complete the task. One of our Ruby Cuties, kylieflower, has given birth to the first July baby. Everyone sounds happy and healthy. Can't believe that it's beginning.
Namaste,
Mary Louisa
p.s. to my buddies babynurse and ParkerA, BEST congratulations, sweet girls. Smile

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Still holding at 169lbs, but from the way my clothes did NOT fit today, I think I've just experienced a growth spurt, or the baby moved down or something. STRANGE. Every day, I've had more and more painless contractions--a feeling like my belly is so tightly bound up that I can barely stand up straight to walk. I had trouble keeping up with the childbirth class tonight as we toured L&D and the postpartum floor. I am truly waddling now--and can't hide it. But I still have six weeks left! Do all these tightenings all day long mean that birth will come sooner rather than later? I almost hope so because it is VERY uncomfortable to get myself around in this state. If I got to stay at home, it would be different, but I'm running errands, being doggie mommy, cleaning house, cooking, etc. I'm having a pain right now, in fact. I guess this is what women really get frustrated about towards the end of the pregnancy. The discomfort that seems to go on and on. Still need to pack that bag and start calling pediatricians tomorrow.

Today I decided that we must refinance the house. Rates have dropped so wildly since we bought that it would be foolish not to, but that's just more stress on us over the next few weeks. The money payoff will be ample--that makes the stress worth it, right?
Namaste,
Mary Louisa
p.s. praying for my TTC7+ buddy ParkerA
p.p.s. celebrating with our second Ruby Cutie--Jasmines_Mommy/Cassie

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34w2d
Okay, I'm now at 174lbs. :shock: I gained five pounds in a little over two weeks. I had my 34 weeks checkup yesterday and the dr. said it was fine fine fine--she thinks it's partly fluid. My bp was 110/70, there was no protein in my urine, and my GD test was fine, so it isn't preeclampsia or GD. I'm just g-r-o-w-i-n-g...

She felt for the baby's position just for fun (he could still move about, she says), and she guesstimated that his head was down and his bottom was under my right rib. Hell if I know what hard knobby part is what, so I'll just have to trust her that he isn't breech (right now, anyways). I have my level II u/s on June 17 and the tech will check for size, position, and my cervix's condition.

I have been trying to cut down on the number of trips I take up and down the stairs in this house, and I think it is helping with my contractions and general pains. Laundry day is the worst. We have a half flight from the basement (where the laundry room is) to the den/family room, a half flight from the den to the living room/kitchen/dining room/front entrance, and a half flight up to the bedrooms. These "half flights" are a steep six steps. Whew!

Not much else to share, except that LauraT's twins are just adorable! Missy's next on the TTC7+ due date list...are you ready, Missy???
Namaste,
Mary Louisa

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36w1d
Had my 36 week checkup today, and I go weekly from now on. Blood pressure was 100/60, weight 176 (38 lbs total so far), uterus measured right on at 36! I had my GBstrep/GC/Chlamydia swabs today, and get the results at next weeks' appt. Of course (had to say it hehe) I'm not worried about the STDs, but wonder if I could have group B strep. I don't think I've ever been tested for it. Who knows? Dr. checked my cervix and says it's not effaced and not dilated. And Nicky is not descended at all. Hmmm. She thinks he is head down and of average size. This sounds good to me. I guess I'm okay that I'm not any farther along, b/c goodness knows Dave and I still have a butt-load of things to get done.

The backyard garden goes well. Rocket has discovered that he likes the taste of brocolli and cauliflower (I'm not sure he's really a dog), and so tries to force his way through the wire fencing into the beds to chew on the leaves of these plants. He got a taste for them--and radishes--from the compost pile of scraps from harvest. Must start covering that up! Some critter chewed off the first summer squash (yellow straight neck) that was growing. durn those critters. Sad

Just busy, that's all. And getting ready for the boy! Level II u/s is Wednesday, Dave's coworkers' shower for us is Thursday. Will report with news of those later this week!
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Rocket destroyed my best cauliflower yesterday. Waaaaaah! :x I salvaged about a third of it, but it's only enough for one person. There's another pretty one on its way, and I must look out for it and the only remaining brocolli in the garden. I reinforced the garden fence after the latest "break in," but Rocket is a master burgler. Grrrrrrrr.

Today's fun was the level II u/s at 36w3d:
The u/s today revealed that Nicholas is head down, thankfully (not breech, which runs in my family). Giant babies also run in my family, however, and the dr. couldn't rule this out! His head is huge. It's measuring at 40 weeks (a month ahead of his current age). Everything else on him is measuring on schedule and a little ahead of schedule, and the perinatologist told us today that he averages out to the 70% percentile in size for his age. The dr. also said that his estimated weight is currently 7lbs and 4oz. Yeesh! Two things to add to that: one is that the dr. said that at this point, the estimate can be off by a pound either way. The second is that in its last month, a baby puts on a quarter to a half pound per week. So, he could be pushing 10 pounds by the time he's due. Or, on the other hand, if the estimate is a pound too high, he could be as light as ... 7.4 (which is average for a boy). I kind of doubt the light side estimate, though. My OB will need to go over this with me on Monday at my check-up. I'm going to really work hard with her to prevent a c-section due to size. The current dr.-think around here is that any baby over 8lbs should be birthed via c-section for first-time moms. So that's the u/s report! We are overall very pleased that the perinatologist says everything looks perfectly normal with brain, heart, stomach, kidneys, vertebrae, size, etc. Placenta looks fine and there is plenty of amniotic fluid, too. Smile It's just the poundage and head size that worry me a bit.
Namaste,
Mary Louisa

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Wow, we didn't get showered today, we got deluged!! Thirty people showed up at Dave's workplace shower, and they were beyond generous. Lots of cash and gift cards, and LOTS of clothes for Nicholas!!! Especially in bigger sizes, which will be a godsend down the road, I'm sure. Now that the last shower is behind us, we can truck on down to the store and pick up the last remaining items we need: crib matress, changing pad, a few medicine cabinet basics, and some baby washcloths. To think that that's all we have left to buy feels wonderful. We're going to forego the bouncy seat/swing decision for a while, as well as the playard, since we have a cradle/bassinet at the moment. Maybe my folks can be talked into getting us one of those when they come up to help with the baby. Smile I'm also going to wait to buy a pump until after I get adjusted to the breast feeding. We get discounts through our hospital on the Medela and Ameda pumps, so I'll probably go with a Ameda pump-in-style eventually.

Still so much to do in the 3+ weeks remaining. I've got to finish packing my hospital bag, clean out the dresser drawers in the nursery and organize Nicholas' things into it, and GET ON CHILD CARE WAITING LISTS!! I've visited two facilities near work, and only liked one, and it is EXPENSIVE ($880/month for an infant--price goes down for a toddler). I'd like to visit at least two more near work and then make my final decision. They all say to get on the waiting list this summer for my start date of January. Times-a-wastin'!!!! What else? Hmmm. I guess getting the house ready for visitors is another thing to do. It will never end, I suppose.
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Mary Louisa

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Very, very sad day for the July 2003 board: our first Ruby Cutie born, Aidan, has passed away in Mommy's arms (kylieflower). I am devestated and can only offer my support and prayers. I hope everyone else can do the same.
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Had my 37wk checkup yesterday with my ob. Didn't want her to do a cervical check, last week's showed no effacement and no dilation, and I felt absolutely no different yesterday! I'll just let it happen when it happens. All systems are go, all tests and measurements are fine. Group B strep and the other STD tests all came back negative, and she gave me a copy of the results to take in my hospital bag with my birth plan. I shared our birth plan with her and we went over some specifics, like episiotomies. She told me some pretty horrific stories about tearing (complete with her drawings), but said that her practice's dr.s all try to avoid episiotomies when possible. We also talked about the circumcision (ob's do it at our hospital) and that Dave or I would like to be right there with Nicholas while it's being done. (I gave Dave the final decision on circumcision, btw. I would've NOT had him done, but since Dave is the male, and the daddy, I figured he has the more relevant view.)

She told me when I need to call her office--when the contractions are five minutes apart and painful enough so that I can't talk through them.

Today I finished up all the hospital bag packing that I'm able to do, and I left a list in the top of the bag of the things that I'll need to throw together when it's TIME. I also read the sections of two of my pregnancy books that deal with labor and delivery. Oh yeah, and I organized the cloth and disposable diapers and got the bedside sleeper/bassinet ready for baby. Now, I truly feel like if we had to go to the hospital tonight, I'd be okay with it. Of course, I"m no where near labor. (I say that now... hehehe)

I"m feeling fine, after about 14 hours of sleep last night. The last two days were quite uncomfortable--lots of soreness and BH's. But today I"m a little more limber and able. Took Waldo to get his teeth cleaned today--all went well for the little guy. Rocket has calmed down a bit about the vegetables (he finally got into the second cauliflower, btw). I went ahead and salvaged what I could of it, harvested the second broccoli (too early, sadly), and put them in a pasta primavera last night along with the following stuff from my garden: carrots, scallions, parsley, and peas! I added some local asparagus from a farm about one mile away, and gee it was good. We had strawberry shortcake for desert (strawberries from same farm with homemade [Bisquick helped] shortcakes and fresh cream).

I guess that's the news. Nicholas is just fine where he is--happy and squished in my belly. I'm not at the point where I"m screaming for someone to take the baby and take him now, but I suppose that moment will arrive at some point. Just pleased to report that he and I are doing well. Smile
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38w3d today.
Had my 38wk checkup yesterday with the other dr. in the practice, whom I'd never met. Figured I should at least know what she looks like in case she's on call when I deliver! She was very nice, did an external exam to see the baby's size and position. She told me it was going to be BIG, and that it's head is beginning to descend into the pelvis. I opted to forego the internal this time. I'll let my regular OB do it Monday at my 39w appt. All other things were fine too (bp, urine, baby's hb, weight, etc.).

I have so much to do each day, mostly errand wise, that it just wipes my *ss out. Should I still be driving so much? One lady told me I shouldn't... Just don't know how NOT to. I dreamed I was in a car accident last night--probably those wonderful repressed fears.

I toured the third child-care center on my list yesterday. I've already crossed one off, and this one is currently in second place. The director was a nice woman, but somewhat unprofessional, imho. She took a personal call while I was in her office filling out a form, and held a conversation that I probably shouldn't have been privy to. The center also isn't as extensive and comfortable as the other one I really like (Tutor Time is my favorite, currently). I have one more to visit next week. Then I'm going to have to decide which waiting list to get on for January, when I go back to work full time. Nicky will be 6mo, and the infant day care rates are AWFUL here. For a 5-day week, you pay $900-1000 a month.

gotta go--phone's ringing...

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38w6d

Nicholas gets a little lower each day. As I sit here on a chair at the kitchen table, typing on my laptop, he is resting like a sack of potatoes on the tops of my upper thighs. Very strange feeling! Last night we went to Target to buy a grill and look for me a muumuu. LOL I have run out of clothes b/c my belly is so big. But nothing in L or XL fits right b/c the top part is too big and you can see my bra and boobs through the dang arm-holes. All shirts are too short at this point, too, b/c not only am I 5'9" but the baby is so low that there's just not enough coverage. :roll: I guess I just had to get that clothing vent off my chest. :roll:

Anyway, walking around Target was hard. I was so tight (b-h contrax) and I also developed quite the gas pain toward the end of the excursion. And tonight I've had more gas pains. I don't know whether the baby or the contractions are making my intestines more pinched or if I'm eating more fruits and vegetables than usual (unlikely, I think), but gee I'm windy! :oops: So tonight Dave and I had to leave the cookout across the street cuz I was in so much pain. It has dissapated at this point, iykwim. LOL

I'm really trying to take time to do total body relaxation these last few days, to give my uterus time and permission to relax and start its work. My doula keeps telling me that stress and anxiety will slow down labor. I know she's right. I'm trying to envision my cervix effacing and baby dropping further. Let's hope all goes well. My sister called today to say she won't be able to come up from Alabama and help with the baby. Sad She's got two teenagers headed to new colleges and her baby starting kindergarten all the first week of August, so she will be too stressed to leave her family. I certainly don't blame her, but wanted her to be here. My parents are still planning to come up late next week. I hope things will be timed just right so that they can be here for the birth and Mother won't miss it. She's supposed to be one of my support people in LDR, and she's also bought me a robe to wear in the hospital. If he comes before next weekend, I won't have it!

Enough ranting. I can't sleep and am just killing time, I suppose.
Namaste,
Mary Louisa
edd: July 13

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39wks today and have first signs of stretch marks :cry:

The grand experiment: to try to line up my belly pics. they are in order, 13, 16, 20, 28, 36, and 39wks.


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39w2d
Okay, I'm having trouble finding things to keep myself busy. I'd LIKE to do more cleaning of the house. (strange to hear myself say that) However, 15-minutes at a time is about my limit. I'm scrubbing the kitchen floor segment-by-segment. I'm about 1/4 of the way through. I'll probably finish in three more days. LOL Every day I do a little bit of planning for my fall classes so they won't be such a surprise when they start up and I'm still caring for a one-month old. I'm also making sure the house is organized enough so that my parents can help us out effectively. My dad is bringing some building plans and is going to make us a park bench for the backyard while he's here. ?? Fine with me, I guess anything that keeps him busy keeps him happy. He is a very "hands on" guy.

My husband calls about three times a day: "How are you feeling?" I am going to have to start thinking of something to say besides, "The same." I am a broken record.

I think I've decided on the child care facility we'll use. Dave is visiting tomorrow morning to see the infant and toddler rooms, meet the teachers and the director, and ask questions. Although I already feel guilty that he'll be in all-day care beginning in January, I feel a bit better that I've found a place I really like. I just hope the director/teachers don't decide to leave before Nicholas starts!! No one has plans to leave, but I know how things change.

Garsh. Just twiddling my thumbs. I guess I could be doing a few more things around the house while I wait for Dave to get home (he had a volleyball game tonight--they won all three). Another 16 sq. ft. of the kitchen floor???

Namaste,
Mary Louisa

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IT'S D-DAY!!! 7/13/03

Mother and Dad arrived from Alabama two nights ago and have been non-stop ever since. Dad is fixing and assembling this and that, Dave has been mowing, fixing, assembling, cleaning, moving this and that, and Mother has been mending, cleaning, shopping, etc. I've been straightening and gardening--all a very busy bunch. It has to be this way, because here on my due date...STILL NO BABY!!! We're going to an Indian restaurant in Philly tonight, so maybe this will prod Nicky along.

I started having a little bloody mucous yesterday and a little more today, but nothing phenomenal. I'm really sore in the pubic bones and my feet are killing me, but other than these nagging issues, NOTHING IS HAPPENING. I have BH every night (painless).

Tomorrow is my 40w1d appt with the OB. I'm going to let her do an internal and hope for the best.
Namaste,
ML

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40w1d report (cut and pasted from TTC Graduates Buddies):

Dear friends, I awoke this morning (40w1d) to crampy contractions and more blood. These were my first contractions that were actually uncomfortable, but certainly not painful. I thought to myself: I'm going to have a baby, and it's going to hurt. I managed to go back to sleep, though. LOL

Went to the doctor at 1:45 and she did an internal exam--no apparent dilation or effacement, only more softening and thinning in the posterior part of the cervix. Baby's head is in position, which is good. So, I'm still losing lots of dried blood but not much mucous (I guess that fun is still to come if I'm still not dilated), and I'm still having crampy contractions. Weight is fine (gained 3/4 lb from last week), bp is fine. Nicholas' heartrate was 158, which was interesting. He has always been 143-145 since the get-go, but the nurse said if I was contracting while she was reading it (and I think I was), that may've been the cause. She said 158 was well within normal, though--nothing to worry about.

She scheduled me for a post-date bio-physical profile of the womb and baby for this Friday (40w5d) to make sure the amniotic fluid, placenta, and baby are still looking okay. And, of course, I have a delightful 41wk appt. to look forward to now next Monday. hohoho.
Namaste,
Mary Louisa