Tuesday, August 26, 2008

38 Week Appt

My appt yesterday was not a very good one. My blood pressure was really high. I think it was 179 over 142. The nurse took it twice, then had me lay on my left side for a few min and took it again. It went down a little bit when I laid down. So the Dr. wants me to go back on Friday morning for just a bp check to see how I'm doing. My bp was a little high at my 37 week appt - but the Dr. didn't seem concerned at that point. This week was quite a bit higher. Still nothing going on down below. Still not dilated at all and still about 50% effaced. If she doesn't come out on her own by Sept 15th we'll be induced that day. Hopefully it doesn't come to that...I really want her to come on her own! If my bp stays high they may induce me earlier. So we're just waiting....

I'm training my replacement at work and she's picking up really quick! I'm so thankful that she has some background. It makes the training so much easier!

We did a maternity photo shoot tonight. It was a lot of fun! Some of the poses and outfits she had me do I wasn't prepared for, but I kept an open mind and figure I don't have to share anything that I don't want to! I can't wait to see them. She said it would be a couple of weeks before she sent me the link.
I'll update again after my next appt.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Fred Flintstone's Feet & 37 Week Appt

I didn't come up with this term on my own...but that is exactly what my feet look like when they are swollen! At first the swelling didn't bother me so much because I couldn't feel it. But now my feet are sore because they swell throughout the day and then go down at night. It's really taking a toll on my poor little feet. Sometimes they go all the way down at night while I'm sleeping and other times I wake up and they are still slightly swollen. It really depends on how hot and humid it is outside. I wish it would just cool down and stay cool...this would make me very happy for several reasons. Then I could walk at night with the dog. And everyone else wouldn't think I'm crazy when they are freezing in the air conditioning and I'm still sweating. Jared sleeps with 2 blankets and a sheet while I sleep with barely the sheet draped over me and the fan going! Plus the swelling wouldn't be as bad and maybe my feet and fingers wouldn't hurt near as much.

I'm also dealing with extreme pelvic pain, whenever I sit or lay down for too long. This is a huge problem while sleeping at night. I'm getting up about every hour to hour and a half to go to the bathroom and it is extremely painful to get in and out of bed. It's a good thing Jared is such a sound sleeper - so he doesn't wake up every time with my whining and moaning! I know this will all be over very soon and as soon as I see our little girl I'll forget all the pain that this 3rd trimester has brought to me. I can't wait for that day to be here!!! I try to picture what she looks like and dream about holding her and taking her home. That time is almost here!

Nothing much happened at my 37 week appt. I did have another internal exam and I'm still not dilating. He stated that my cervix is starting to soften and that I'm about 50% effaced. So a little more progress than last week...but not much. It was a very short appt. In and out in 15 min! Next appt is on Monday the 25th.

Counting down...only 2 1/2 weeks to go if she comes on time!

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

36 Week Pic

34 & 36 Week Appts

At my 34 week appt we got a 3D u/s. This appt was actually very disappointing. The appt was supposed to be at 4:15. They were running behind so we didn't go back until after 5. This made for a very crabby pregnant lady with a very full bladder! So they get me back there, take my blood pressure (which is actually still good...considering) and take me to the u/s room. They are training a new u/s tech (which is why they are so behind). They take all the measurements and every thing looks good. Baby is healthy and actually weighing in at 5 lbs already! This freaked me out a little bit. The nurse and Dr. are like oooh healthy baby!!! And I am happy that she's healthy....but they don't have to push her out! By the time she's ready to come out she's going to be over 8 lbs! Guess I should have laid off the decaf iced caramel macchiato and apple fritters from Starbucks! This has been my only constant weakness throughout this pregnancy! Well...that and orange sherbet! Anyway, because our appt was running so late the Dr. was rushed (you could tell he had somewhere he had to be). They couldn't get any good face shots for us. So we got one picture of her face, one of her foot (which I totally can't make out) and 2 of her female parts. We're definitely having a girl! Her heartbeat has already started to slow down...I can't remember the exact rate it was at...but it was down in the 130's. Dr. says this is totally normal!

At my 36 week appt the Dr. did the strep B test. I'll get the results at next week's appt. Yes I've now graduated to weekly appts! He also did an internal exam. I had been hoping to put this off for another week. I am so uncomfortable and swollen in that area already. And I knew nothing was happening. I just have this feeling that she's going to be late. Don't know why...don't have anything to base this on. Besides the fact that I was 2 weeks late when my mom delivered me! And I was right! Nothing going on...although he did say he thought I was starting to soften. I think he just said this for my benefit because the exam was so painful. The Dr. did bring up induction because of how big she is measuring already. They won't induce me early. And at our hospital he only schedules inductions on Monday's and Thursdays because he's at the office closest to that hospital on those days. So he said either Monday the 8th (Jared's birthday) or Thursday the 11th. I definitely don't want to be induced on the 11th. If she comes on her own that day, I'm fine with it. But I wouldn't choose that for her birthdate if I had the choice. Right now Jared really doesn't want to share his birthday. So we may be waiting until Monday the 15th or just letting her come on her own before then. I really hope she just comes on her own and we don't have to worry about induction. But at least we are prepared if it does come to that.

We are still in search of a dresser for the nursery. I finally did my first laundry load of baby stuff last weekend. This is a slow process! We don't have a lot going on this weekend, so I hope to get most of her stuff washed this weekend! Jared will be busy with the fantasy football draft stuff....fun, fun!

Another update to come next week!!!

Saturday, August 9, 2008

34 Week Pic

This picture is from my shower. Apparently this shirt doesn't really do my belly justice...so I'll be posting an updated one soon!

Baby Shower

My baby shower was held on July 26th. My sister, Shanna and Colleen held the shower at my house and we had a great turn out. Everyone was so generous, it was overwhelming! Faith (my aunt Theresa's little girl) was such a good little helper...I don't know how I could have done my gift opening without her! The food and punch were good and the cake (pink champagne, from the Cake Gallery) was to die for! YUMMY! I've started to go through all the things that need to be washed and taking them out of packages and getting the tags off...this is quite the chore! I finally remembered to buy some baby detergent, so the goal this weekend is to start getting things washed so that I can start putting it all away! We are also still in search of a dresser for the nursery. Who would have thought this would be the one thing we can't find and agree on??? Ugh!

I know I'm really behind! I'll be posting again later this week with an update from my 34 week and 36 week Dr. Appts.