Wednesday, August 29, 2012

The Final Countdown

Time is not slowing down!  I'm 36 weeks (well, at this point because this post is 5 days late, I'm almost 37).  Basically, Baby H could appear at any time.  And that freaks me out a little.  My house is a complete disaster.  Crib and dresser in boxes in the living room along with the stroller, pack n play, boppy, my brest friend pillow, diapers, activity mat, and all the other little things that arrived on my doorstep via over the last week.  We have been so busy with the Tacoma house (which is almost finish - hoping to get it listed this week!) that we have spent very little time on our own.

But here is the 36 week update....I won't post all the photos since aligning them on the blogger site is ridiculously frustrating. 

How far along? 36 Weeks
Total weight gain/loss: 39 pounds.  I have only gained about 1 or 2 pounds since the 32 week mark likely due to the GD diet.  GD has been well under control and the kiddo performs well on his twice weekly non stress tests..

Maternity clothes? I'm ready to be done with them.  Tired of wearing the same stuff..
Stretch marks? Lots everywhere.  Hope they go away someday.
Sleep: Getting more difficult.  Fortunately after working 10 hour days I'm usually so tired that the discomfort doesn't matter.  I'm up at least once a night to pee if not twice.
Best moment this week:  Had another ultrasound.  Getting to see his heart beating is always comforting.
Miss Anything? I'm so ready for a cocktail.  And a cupcake.
Movement: He is a wiggle worm.  He likes to try and stick his foot out my belly button.
Food cravings: Carbs.  I can't have em.  I just saw a commercial for Olive Garden's never ending pasta bowl.  It sounds so good.  And I don't really like Olive Garden.
Anything making you queasy or sick: cigarette smoke
Have you started to show yet: Little bit.
Gender: Its a boy!
Labor Signs: Increasing frequency of Braxton Hicks.  Usually painless, occasionally a little pain.
Belly Button in or out? Still in.  I'm not sure it will pop out.
Wedding rings on or off? On and still can easily take on and off.
Happy or Moody most of the time: I have my moments of moodiness but for the most part I feel happy.  Knowing that he is coming soon just gets me excited to meet my little man.

Looking forward to: Saturday - we will be done with the rental house and it will be the first Saturday that we have had to just chill out since early June.  And, the VT game on Monday - Go Hokies!
Baby update:
We had a growth ultrasound on Monday.  Bottom line, baby H is a BIG boy. They estimate him at 7lb 10oz already with 4 weeks to go which puts him between 9 and 10 lbs at 40 weeks.  Granted, the US measurements are not super accurate so could be off by a pound or two.  His head remains in the 95th percentile and arms and legs close to 90th.  He has gained some weight in his belly (72nd) percentile.  The doctor said "He's not a chubby baby, just big."  Yep, still doesn't make me feel better about pushing him out my vagina.  Just sayin.
But we did get a cute little 3D picture of him - he wouldn't turn towards us but we got a good profile.  I think he's pretty cute if I do say so myself.

It kind of looks like he has his arm over his face (which is often how Andrew sleeps) but the tech said it is placenta.
At my OB appointment found that I'm 50% effaced but not dialated yet.  I'm thinking that once we get through the holiday weekend that I might start trying to get the ball rolling - have several techniques up my sleeve so we'll see what happens....
Here's hoping for a productive weekend.  Its baby prep weekend at the house.  Saturday is going to be chill but hoping to get the nursery done and everything set up and cleaned Sunday and Monday.  Carpet cleaners come on Tuesday! 

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Mid-Week Confessions

Hi Kids!  Haven't done any confessions lately and its Wednesday so here we go!

- I'm currently watching New York Med - its one of those documentaries that follows hospital ERs and surgeons and stuff.  Kind of makes me wish I went to medical school.  But then again, I enjoy my set work schedule and not having to deal with bodily fluids on a daily basis.

- Baby H decides to give me heartburn on a daily basis right around 5 pm.  Doesn't matter if I'm at work or have the day off.  Is my child already OCD?

- As a part of my treatment for the gestational diabetes, I get my fluid levels checked via ultrasound once a week.  Usually, I'm in this room where I can't see the ultrasound - all they really do is measure the fluid around him.  On Monday this week, I was in a different room with a monitor so I could see it and the tech pointed out that Baby H has some hair on his head (possibly the cause of said heartburn?). When I go in for these ultrasounds and non stress tests I'm kind of thankful that I get to hear the baby's heartbeat and know that he is okay.   Maybe GD isn't so bad.....

- I had a dream last night that Baby H was born and he was not cute.  He had a really big head but a small forehead and eyes.  In my dream I was so sad that he was ugly.  I really hope that dream isn't prophetic.

- Just saw a Snickers commercial - now I want a Snickers. 

Hope you all have a great week.  Stay tuned for 36 week pictures and hopefully good news about the Tacoma house!

Saturday, August 18, 2012

I see it now...

I treat a lot of pregnant women at my job especially in their last trimester.  I've heard multiple women say how ready they are to be done with pregnancy.  I never really understood until now.

I have had a pretty easy pregnancy for the most part - no morning sickness, minimal pain, and have generally felt pretty good.  But now I feel like the novelty of pregnancy has worn off.  I'm tired.  I'm tired of being tired.  I'm tired of wearing maternity clothes.  I'm tired of not being able to do things because I can't bend over or lift.

I'm tired of losing sleep.  Everyone says this prepares you for the late night feedings and what not.  However, when I'm on maternity leave and am up multiple times during the night, I don't have to get up and work a 10 hour day in the morning. 

I really shouldn't complain.  I'm truly blessed by all the people who take such good care of me from my parents to my inlaws to my husband.

We got a little wrench in our plans this week - it looks like we will have to switch doctors.  I have been seeing a midwife throughout my pregnancy named Shana.  I really didn't go into the pregnancy particularly wanting a midwife as my provider - I had been seeing Shana for my regular women's health care and I really like her personality and generally tend to like working with Nurse Practitioners anyway since they tend to spend a little more time with you.

Anyway, Shana is leaving the current practice (Center for Women's Health) to open up a midwifery clinic based in the hospital.  There, she and 5 other midwives will be able to provide 24/7 midwife care at the hospital and will work under the hospital OBs.  This transition is taking place in early September.  My plan was to transfer my care over to the new practice so that I could continue working with her.

On Thursday evening, I got a voicemail from Shana telling me that the new OB's that she will be working with at the hospital don't want her taking patients who have gestational diabetes who are on medications.  In her current practice, she can take patients with GD on oral meds but has to co-treat with an MD if the patients are on injected meds.  She thought it would be the same at the new practice but they want to keep everything super low risk for the first few months.  So, since she is leaving, I have to transfer my care to one of the OBs at the Center for Women's Health. 

I cried.  Granted, I had not slept well the night before, had gotten up at 5 to take Andrew to the airport, had a non stress test over my lunch hour which just makes me feel rushed so it had been a long day.  I'm sure the other doctors are fine and I have no worries about my health or the safety of my baby.  Its just going to be hard to have 4 weeks to get to know a new provider and communicate my wishes and desires about delivering my baby. 

My biggest fear is getting pushed into a C-section by an MD because they think things aren't going fast enough.  I think that's probably an irrational fear but I just know that midwives tend to be more patient and aren't as quick to jump to meds to "speed things along."

I know that God is in control and all will be fine.  It just makes me a little stressed out.

On a more positive note, I thought I would show you all a few pictures from the shower that my friends had for me here in Seattle.

My belly buddy Ali

Awesome VT cookies that Becky made - they were not only cute but delicious!

I also thought I throw in a couple pictures of my nephews - they are pretty cute!

Funny Faces

Andrew is the best jungle gym - they were being clocks and singing "Tick Tock"

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Childbirth class summary

Sorry for my lack of blogging.  Between the twice weekly non stress tests, birth class, going to Tacoma on the weekends and changing work schedules this week, the last couple of weeks have been busy busy busy.

Andrew and I completed a two part child birth basics class this weekend offered by the hospital where we will be delivering.  The first weekend we went over signs of labor, stages of labor, pain management options, labor positions and of course we got to watch the lovely birthing video. 

My previous experience of birthing video was my sophomore year of high school where they showed a video clearly made in the 70s.  The dad had this big beard, the mom looked very hippy and was buck naked.  The woman smiled as the baby crowned and came out and I'm pretty sure she was probably high.  But that being the first time I really comprehended how a baby was born was enough to a) totally gross me out and b) make me not want to experience that as a teenager.  I think every teenage girl should watch it or some sort of really messy birth video - I would hope it would scare them into virginity.

This video we watched was quite well done.  It chronicled a couple as they labored at home and then in the hospital.  This woman had a natural birth with a midwife and it was very clean.  The did have a shot of the baby crowning but not other major shots of her private areas.  She did not look comfortable while she endured her contractions but she wasn't screaming during the pushing part.  Her husband was helpful and took great care of her.  And of course when the baby was actually born, we had 15 crying pregnant women in the room. 

This weekend's class included a tour of the hospital birthing suite, labor practice, info about post partum stuff, and breast feeding information.

I'm glad that we took it.  It was good information, good practice for figuring out good labor positions, lots of good things for us to think about when it comes to our birth plan, and to realize that all the other pregnant ladies out there are just as freaked out as I am about giving birth.

I like to think I have an open mind about labor.  I don't want to use drugs or have an epidural if I don't need to.  There are lots of side effects and I don't like the idea of being so limited in your movement and what you can eat or drink when you have an epidural.  That being said, I am certainly not opposed to having an epidural or narcotics if I feel like I can't handle the pain. 

While a c-section is not ideal, I'm all for it my provider thinks it is absolutely medically necessary.  I've already told Andrew, I will not have a c-section (and he is not allowed to let me talk him into it) as a way to "give up" or "just get it over with."  If my doctor thinks that my baby with his ginormous head is in no way going to fit through my pelvis then I will strongly consider it but it must be under the advice of my midwife.

I in no way want an episiotomy - I took a physical therapy class on pregnancy and post partum stuff last fall and the research shows that it only speeds up labor by 15 minutes and can lead to further tearing.  At this class, they compared it to tearing a sheet.  If you try and tear it on its own, its pretty tough.  If you make a small vertical cut in the sheet it will rip quite easily. 

I'm also freaked out about all the nakedness.  Obviously you have to be bottomless for baby to come out but they want you to be bare chested once baby is out so they can put him right on you for skin to skin contact.  I'm not sure I'm comfortable being completely naked for all to see.  I feel embarassed if I'm showing too much cleavage (which is a common occurence since I've gone up 2 cup sizes since becoming pregnant). 

All in all, I know that I can be my Type A (planner) self all I want but we will have to make some game day decisions.  I'm hoping that I can roll with the punches and not freak out and that when I do freak out that Andrew and my mom will help calm me down. I completely trust my midwife and know that she will put my best interest at heart.  I trust the hospital and have yet to hear of anyone having a bad experience there.  I will have a nurse whose only job that day will be to help me deliver my baby.  And, I know that God is in control.  My body was designed to do this (and by the way God, you gave me these wide hips, I sure hope they come in handy during this process).  I'm constantly amazed at how I've managed to grow this person inside of me so I hope I will be amazed at how I manage to get him out.

My Type A self is currently stressed out at all the stuff in my house.  I have bins of baby clothes in my basement, boxes for the crib and changing table taking up half my living room, and other "stuff" everywhere else. My nesting instincts are going a little nutty thinking that even though there are 6 weeks left until my due date, technically this baby may come out any time.  I still have several essential items from my registries left to purchase.  I'm hoping that I have time to finish everything before he actually arrives. 

I hear that once you have a baby, your Type A urges decrease.  I sure hope so because I may go crazy otherwise.