Archive for October, 2009

Saturday morning randoms.

Posted 10 Oct 2009 — by Mrs. Jenna
Category baby business

Let me start this post out by saying I woke up to a decent dusting of snow this morning. Mind you – I woke up at 10am and it was still on the ground. Now it’s 10:40 – temp check? 28 degrees. Windchill of 17 degrees. ON OCTOBER 10TH. Granted I am on bedrest and don’t really need to leave the house, but I never did find a coat to fit me. None of the hubs’  fit either. So, I’ll be sporting the unbuttonable coat tomorrow at my shower…hopefully it warms up next week a little more so I’m not totally screwed. :)

As far as Labor Watch 2009 goes – I’ve had some changes in contractions – I’ve been getting some cramping in my lower abdomen now with the braxton hicks, which makes me think they’re getting a little more serious. Nothing I can’t deal with – they still don’t really hurt…just uncomfy. C’mon little ninja – I just want to make it through this weekend!

I’ve got my hospital bag about 70% packed…just missing a few small, less essential items. And I actually washed baby blankets the other day, and a going home outfit! (Don’t be fooled, there’s still about 7 billion things left on my list of things I wanted to get done before the baby is here. And about 3 weeks less time to do it in!)

Weekly cervix status.

Posted 08 Oct 2009 — by Mrs. Jenna
Category baby business

Here’s the stats:

Mucus Plug – gone. (Sorry, no photos to post. You’re all bummed, I know it.)
Dilated – 3cm (no change)
Effaced – 80% (thinner than last week)
Bedrest – till the end (which he assumes will be anytime between now and 2 weeks from now)
Measuring – AHEAD! more like 37 weeks.

Midwife John says he thinks my labor signs will go something like they always tell you it won’t go – a big gush of water. He thinks since I’ve been having contrax for so long I can’t rely on them as a sure sign of labor, and that since I’m dilated already, his educated guess is I’ll experience the gigantic gush of my water breaking. (EEEE!)

Obviously it could go the other way too, but he said I’m in the home stretch, pretty much. November isn’t even in the picture anymore. October is a good month to have a baby I guess. :)

I went to Target after my appointment to get some stuff for the hospital bag…and I’m paying the price now. Well, and from the internal too, I’m sure. My pelvis is on the verge of shattering. Awesomesauce.

So, that’s it for now!  My shower is on Sunday, which my great friends are throwing for me, and after that shower, the hubs is planning on heading to Babies R Us to buy any necessities that we don’t have so we can be totally prepared at any point for this munchkin to come! Midwife John says that I’ll more than likely be bringing this baby home right away after I have it, so we need to be prepared!

And don’t forget to wager a guess in the baby pool if you haven’t already…or maybe change your guess if you’ve already made one!

35 weeks.

Posted 06 Oct 2009 — by Mrs. Jenna
Category baby business, paparazzi

How far along? 35 weeks.
Total weight gain/loss: About +29 lbs.
Maternity clothes? Indeed. I was reduced to wearing the hubs’ track pants and teeshirts over the past couple of days due to a ton of dirty laundry.

Stretch marks? I’m waiting for my stomach to erupt. It’s still pristine. My thighs though. MY GOD.

Sleep: I’m sleeping well. The hubs? Not so much. I’ve turned into a snorer. Thirty extra pounds will do that to a girl. I HATE that I snore. I might be on the couch until this munchkin is here.

Best moment this week: NOT having an outside baby, yet.

Movement: Yep. The babe really responds when the hubs talks to it. So cute.

Food cravings: A magic coke from McDonalds and chocolate cake…again.

Gender: No idea. I’m at a loss again.

Labor Signs: Yeah,  unfortch. Bedrest and hopefully still at 3cm.

Belly Button in or out? Staying flat for the time being.

What I miss: Being able to enjoy pregnancy, and not being dilated.

What I am looking forward to: My appointment on Thursday. I want news that nothing has changed.

Weekly Wisdom: PACK YOUR HOSPITAL BAG!

Milestones: I guess being dilated is a milestone. Not one I wanted this early.


For the strong, here’s a bare belly pic. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

How YOU doin?

Posted 04 Oct 2009 — by Mrs. Jenna
Category baby business

Me? I’m okay. Had kind of a rough night of crampiness at 4am and mild anxiety due to said cramps. I’m already at wit’s end with not knowing what’s going on…whether any given cramps or pains might actually be labor or my body just being a jerk. I took a bath a little over an hour ago to ease the cramps, which helped…but now I’m back to being uncomfortable. While in the bath I started to get mad and upset about this whole situation. I’m upset with my body for not allowing me to enjoy what should be the last 6 weeks of my pregnancy. I’m mad that I’ve had to deal with contractions for nearly 4 months. I’m pissed that this bedrest is technically taking time away from my maternity leave after the baby is here. Having to worry about everything is what makes me most upset. I know that being calm and relaxed helps me to not have contractions and whatnot, but how can I be relaxed when I know what could be happening inside me?

::sigh::

Alright, time to get back to watching the Twins game I was supposed to be at with the hubs. He’s there with one of his friends, which I insisted he do…because ONE of us should at least be there. (I will say, laying on the couch IS more comfy than the crappy plastic seats at the Dome, but my heart is breaking. Didn’t know I was such a baseball fan, did you?)

Oooooo, you are SO GROUNDED.

Posted 02 Oct 2009 — by Mrs. Jenna
Category baby business, not so much

I’m writing this post from my hospital bed, hoping for word that I’ll be sent home soon…like this afternoon, maybe.

Long story short –

Yesterday I went to my appointment and received my weekly internal…and for the first time – was dilated. The MW I saw figured me to be a “stretchy 4cm” and off to Labor & Delivery I went.

They strapped me to a monitor and IV and I had to stay the night. The hubs was with me the whole time…even went home to get the laptop, camera (just in case) and a few other items.And slept in the poorest excuse for a bed I’ve ever seen. (Not that mine was any better!)

I was rechecked this morning. It was the most PAINFUL internal I’ve ever had (did he have the Freddy Krueger glove on or something?) but he determined I’m really more like 3cm, but no change really since the night before.

John the midwife seems to think that I should be able to go home this afternoon (although original plan was another night of observations). I told him that in all honesty, I felt no different prior to this appointment…and I had been SUPER active this past week, what with the hubs being laid up and all. He knows that I know my body, and when the contractions start being more real and less like they have been the past nearly 20 weeks. We live a mere 10 minutes from the hospital, so if labor truly begins, we’re not that far away.

I am so glad I do not have an outside baby yet. I never lost my shit last night, but while sitting in the tub trying to relax while the hubs was getting some things from home…I suddenly felt like a 15 year old – wondering how I thought I was ready for this, that this couldn’t be happening…what had I gotten myself into. But I pulled myself together and reminded myself that this wasn’t happening yet. And it isn’t…THANK GOD.

Mental note. PACK EFFING HOSPITAL BAG.