Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Heloooo? Anybody home?

My ticker says 1 day remaining! I thought it would never get here and now I wonder where the time went! Today was my last day at work and now I am just sitting and waiting. If I don't have a baby tonight I have a few things to do tomorrow:

Grade tests
Clean house
Get medical paper work from the 8/27/08 accident and fax it to Mr. Insurance Man

If I do have a baby tonight I have a few different things to do tomorrow.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Monday appointment update

Well, it looks like all the hard work I've been doing over the past week has all been practice contractions. I'm still 3 cm and 80%, but the CNM thinks the baby has moved down to -1. I was disappointed at the apparent lack of progress even though I know it doesn't mean much and I could go into labor at any minute. I guess she's comfy in there and I know I should enjoy these last few days of freedom. *Sigh* My ankles are swollen, my feet and back hurt, and there is a bowling ball in my belly that feels like it's about to bust out the bottom any second. I know I'm fortunate to have made it this far without this kind of discomfort. I work two more days and then start my leave! Hooray!

Saturday, April 11, 2009

5 days?!

Last night I started having regular contractions that felt different from the ones I've been having and almost took my breath away. I called our doula and she suggested that I eat, shower, and rest and see if they continued. They went away. This morning there were more, but then they went away again. Soon, but not yet. Maybe this weekend? Maybe we'll get an Easter miracle.

Monday, April 6, 2009

A head start

I found out at today's appointment that I'm at 3 cm, 80% effaced, and -2 station. That means we have a head start on labor. Active labor is at 4 cm. All these contractions have been doing something! I just hope it keeps up and we'll get to 4 soon. This is a short week at work. Maybe we'll have an Easter baby!

Today the doula met the midwife. We went over the birth plan and everything looks great! I love my CNM. It looks like everything is going to go smoothly provided the labor works with us and everyone stays healthy.

Sunday, April 5, 2009


I used to think that a contraction was "the shortening of a word, syllable, or word group by omission of internal letters." It turns out that's only part of the story.

I've had very mild Braxton Hicks contractions off and on since about 20 weeks, particularly when exercising, but they've been no big deal. A little over a week ago I got them with a pattern that started out far apart and got closer together throughout the day, but they still didn't hurt a whole lot. I called the OB's office, got sent to L&D, and got sent home. This past week they have been quite a bit more obnoxious and painful. They come in spurts, and just when I think it might be for real, they go away. I think at least some of them are doing something as far as dilation and ripening and all that good stuff, and I will find out tomorrow afternoon at my next appointment.

We got a 4-hour crash course in natural childbirth from our doula yesterday. Andrew and I are both so happy she will be part of this experience. She is really going to be incredibly helpful in reaching our goal of having a natural, unmedicated birth.

Now we just have to wait and one of these days, these contractions will be for real.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

14 days

The CNM said she didn't think Babby would wait until April 16, and I'm kind of hoping that's true. I've been crunching hard at work to get things put together there and it's all in an acceptable condition now. Now there are just a few more things to do with the house to get ready.

We have it narrowed down to a few name combinations. The first name will probably be either Samantha or Rachel, and the middle name will probably be Elise, but who knows? We may come up with something completely different when we see her.

I've been having harder Braxton Hicks contractions lately. One today made me wonder if it was for real, but there was just one. I was still 2.5 cm at the appointment on Monday, so all these contractions haven't been doing much. Soon.

More progress: I hired a doula today, and she's coming over on Saturday to teach us about childbirth. Tomorrow I will go meet a pediatrician and get that taken care of. The one I originally wanted can't meet with me until April 13, and I thought that was pushing it, so I am meeting with a different doctor in the same practice. I want to know about asthma and ADHD.

What do we still need to buy for the baby? I should get that figured out. For my personal organization needs, I will post a list here. * items are things we really ought to get before she comes home.
  • sheet savers for crib*
  • lamp
  • swing*
  • gas drops*
  • dye-free baby Tylenol
  • MOBI digital thermometer*
  • breast pump (Lasinoh manual)*
  • Lots of Links
  • monitor (Angelcare movement sensor)*
  • diaper sack dispenser
  • color change ducky for bath*
  • microwave bottle sterilizer*
  • breastmilk storage bags*
  • tubside kneeler*
  • umbrella stroller (Maclaren Volo)
  • video camera
  • Evenflo 8 oz glass bottles with sleeves
  • Medium and large cotton sleep sacks