Tuesday, February 4, 2014

BB2.0: 39 Weeks

Welp folks, here it is: the last update.  Wahoo!  I was hoping I wouldn't get to this point, but now that there is an end in sight (more details below), I am feeling a little better about things (as well as a lot anxious!).

Size of Baby:  I had an ultrasound yesterday to look at size again.  The first estimate was 9 lbs 11 oz.  Yes, you read that correctly.  I literally cried the whole way home from the doctor.  I don't think there is a Babycenter photo big enough for that so I'm skipping it.  The ultrasound tech said that she doesn't think there's any way that's right, so she took another and it estimated 9 lbs 7 oz.  Still much larger than I was anticipating or hoping for.  She again reiterated that the science isn't exact and the machines are wrong all of the time.  She said she would bet that the estimate is a pound too high, and that it doesn't look like I'm carrying a 9+ pound baby.  I have been praying to the good Lord ever since that she's right!

Weight Gain So Far:  +39 lbs as of yesterday's doctor appointment.  I hoped for it not to get that high, but I'm definitely retaining some fluid which is at least part of it.  Thank God I won't have to write about this any more after this week, I don't think my self-esteem could take it, ha!

Cravings:  Still sweets!

Aversions:  Still none.

Symptoms:  I always feel like I should re-name this category "complaints," ha.  And I should not complain at all because this time around has been a breeze!  Anyway, sleep is a foreign thing to me now, I absolutely cannot get comfortable enough for any shut-eye.  Swelling.  Frequent bathroom trips.  TMI alert, but I lost my mucus plug this morning.  I read that for some women that means water will break shortly; for others it doesn't mean anything and for even others they never lose it.  So, I'm not sure what that means for me, but I have been having contractions today.  So far they have progressed from around 15 minutes apart to around 9 minutes apart.  We'll see what happens, but I'm not holding my breath.  How funny would it be if, after all of this, baby boy decides to come out on his own anyway?

Movement:  Baby Boy is still moving quite a bit.  Even the ultrasound tech yesterday remarked that she was surprised to see that he was still moving so much with his lack of space in there.  Wiggle worm!

What I Miss:  Sleep.  I know, not gonna return any time soon.  

Signs of a Bump:  As if that was even a question.


What I'm Thankful For:  A smooth pregnancy.  The last half of this pregnancy has been such a different experience than the last half of Lilly's, and for that I am so grateful.  I honestly don't think I could have endured another round of bed rest with a toddler and kept my sanity in tact.  Dan and I have both been much happier and much less worried, and it has made things a lot easier in general.  And although I am anxious about his size, I am thankful for a baby boy who appears to be very healthy (to say the least!)!

What I'm Looking Forward To:  Holding my sweet boy.  Deciding on a name?!  Introducing Lilly to her baby brother (both a source of anxiety and excitement).  The "new baby" smell, yummy.

Doctor Appointment Update:  I think I hit most of the highlights above, but I'll do a quick recap.  I started with an ultrasound and then saw the doctor, who appeared to be pretty torn on a course of action.  My blood pressure was actually back to normal this week, although it was on the high side of normal (132/86), but I think the elevated pressures in conjunction with my history of preeclampsia/high blood pressure anyway and the size of baby was pushing her towards induction.  Fine by me.  She checked my cervix and I am 3cm dilated, so she said I am a perfect candidate for induction and should do fine.  We went ahead and scheduled it for the earliest we could get in, which is tomorrow morning.

We discussed the baby's size at length, and I expressed that I'm really anxious about the labor and delivery.  She seemed pretty torn as well on the course of action here.  She said that if I were 5'2", she would probably ask me to seriously consider whether I wanted to try for a vaginal birth or have a c-section.  However, since I'm taller than average for a female and I've already done this once with a labor that was pretty close to perfect, she said she really in her gut thinks I will be okay.  She said that if I had told her I am too anxious to even try and I really would prefer a c-section, she would consider it.  She reiterated that there really is honestly no way to know anything - ultrasounds are wrong all of the time (they were with Lilly!), baby might not actually be that big, we have no way of knowing how big he truly is (including head, shoulders, etc.) until we're in the moment.

In the end, we decided to stick with induction and see how it goes.  The doctor seems pretty confident that I will be okay, as I said, because of my height, past labor experience, etc.  When I relayed all of this to Dan, he asked what I wanted to do.  What I really want is for them to just have induced me 2 weeks ago, ha.  But I don't think I want a c-section unless I know it is medically necessary, either.  So, we're going with it.  Pray for me, and the lady parts.  I'll be sure to report back with all of the gory details, ha!

I think that's it!  I have one more post that I'd like to get in before tomorrow, we'll see if I get around to it.  I have been pretty emotional and anxious ever since the doctor and it is exhausting me, so I'm glad that there is finally a plan - y'all know I like plans!

Stay tuned, more to come!

Sarah

2 comments:

  1. Oh girl hang in there. Those estimates are definitely not perfect and can be off by more than a pound in either direction. And since you don't look like you're carrying a 10 lbs baby, or even a 9lbs baby, I'm sure he's just in the mid-8's and you'll do just fine. Don't stress yourself out. You've done this rodeo once before and you can do it again. Good luck tomorrow! Can't wait to see pics of that sweet baby boy (and finally hear a name)!

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    1. They were right, eeeeeeek! It was definitely not a walk in the park but it wasn't as bad as I made it out to be in my head. All the gory birth story deets to come. And the name...it was touch and go there for a while. Literally at one point we were like, "Well Dr. T delivered both babies, his name is George, what do you think of George?" Luckily we finally came to an agreement!

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