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Monday, January 23, 2012

Last Update (!!!!!)...37 Weeks

So we have some exciting/terrifying news: WE'RE HAVING A BABY TOMORROW!  Well maybe.  We're being induced tomorrow, so the doctor said it could be Wednesday but we'll see.  In a nutshell, my blood pressure was so high today (150/100) that they were like, okay let's get this baby out.  They checked my cervix  again and I am slightly farther along than I was on Friday but not much to write home about - 1 cm dialated (have to get to 10 before I push, for all of you non-pregos) and 80% effaced (effacement is the thinning of the uterus lining - 100% is where you want to be for labor) - so he must have gotten something moving by checking me on Friday.  We also don't have a time scheduled - the doctor said the hospital will call us in the morning.  She thinks they'll call around 6:00 a.m. and have us arrive at 7:30, but she went on to say they're very busy right now so it may be more like lunch time.  I am to eat a good meal tonight and get lots of rest (yeah, right), and only eat a little in the morning in case the medicine makes me throw up.  Then she went on to warn me that it could be Wednesday before we have the baby - since I am a few weeks early it's going to take a long time - and there is a 40-50% chance I'll have to have a c-section.  Basically they really don't know anything and can't make any predictions until we get in there and see how it goes, see how my blood pressure does, see what's up with baby, etc.  She said that hopefully at 37 weeks baby girl will be able to go home when we do, but not to be surprised if she has to stay a few extra days - they will pay lots of extra attention to her since we're early.  I am both excited and terrified, and just anxious in general...I can't believe it's actually happening!  Perhaps we should use the next 12 hours wisely and try to agree on a name...??? 

I figure I should do one last set of stats, for consistency's sake.  So here goes:

Size of Geronimina:  She is now measuring at 19 inches, head to heel - about the length of a stalk of Swiss Chard:

We are full-term today, and her lungs will likely be mature enough to fully adjust to life outside of the womb.  It says she could have a full head of hair, with locks from 0.5-1.5 inches long!  If my heartburn is any indication, it will be the latter.  Guess we'll find out soon enough.  :-)

Weight Gain So Far:  +30 lbs as of today's doctor visit.  Hopefully 25 of it is fluid and 5 of it is baby and all will just melt off when she's born...yes?  :-)

Cravings:  I want pizza for our "last supper," but Dan wants to do something nicer so I'm compromising and we're settling for a nice Italian restaurant - one of my favs.  He has also vetoed Bojangles in the morning, gasp!

Aversions:  Nada!

Symptoms:  The usual: high blood pressure, headaches, swelling, frequent urination, not sleeping well, heartburn, random aches and pains, some nausea (new one) inconsistent contractions.

Movement:  Still going strong - except when we had the stress test today for literally a whole hour and she was napping.  Hopefully that means she's going to be an excellent sleeper! 

What I Miss:  Can't really think of anything, I'm too excited.  However, I have already told Dan that I want my first post-pregnancy meal to be an entire bottle of wine.  Hospitals are cool with that, right?

Things I Am Thankful for:  Wonderful friends and family.  An amazing husband.  A great (for the most part) pregnancy.  And that we get to meet our baby girl SOON!

What I'm Looking Forward To:  No brainer here - meeting Geronimina within the next day or two!  And finally naming her.  And seeing what she looks like.  And giving her lots of kisses. And the list could go on and on and on...

Signs of a Bump:  Still there and still huge:

Next Doctor Appointment:  For the first time ever, I can say I DON'T KNOW!  I think it is maybe 6 weeks after baby is born?  But I'm not positive.  I will not miss going 2-3 times/week, though.

So, off to the last supper we go.  Bags are packed and we just have to pick out some funny movies (per the suggestion of a labor and delivery nurse today) to get us through the day.  Grandparents have been notified, and all are very excited.  I am not sure Layla is amused, but hopefully she will be at some point.  :-)  Thanks for all of the support - continued happy thoughts and prayers for a safe (and easy LOL) and healthy delivery would be greatly appreciated!  Stay tuned for pictures...


1 comment:

  1. Ahhhhhh!!!!!! I will be thinking about you and praying for you, Baby, Dan, the doctors...!

    I hope everything goes well tomorrow, and that you feel the peace and strength so many are sending your way.



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