I hate to ask this of you, dear readers…

Posted 25 Oct 2009 — by Mrs. Jenna
Category blog bidnass, please and thank you

But do you see that badge to the right? The one that says “We’re Listed! Top Baby Blogs!”? It’s also at the bottom of every RSS feed.

Well, they just restarted the count, so I need all the help I can get to go back to the number I was at before! I think I was around #56, which is awesome considering how many blogs are registered through the site.

Anyway – any clicks you’d like to give me would be greatly appreciated. There are a lot of other awesome blogs listed at this site as well that you should check out.

Thanks!!! You’re all swell…as well as the bees knees.

(Obviously I still have an inside baby. I’m working on it. Trust me.)

Dear Ninja: A Plea.

Posted 23 Oct 2009 — by Mrs. Jenna
Category baby business, not so much

I’m just as appreciative of a good joke as the next girl, you know this. However, if these random contractions…these REAL contractions – don’t amount to REAL LABOR soon, we’re going to have a long talk about how rude it is to lead someone on.

I had the most painful one so far this morning, around 5:30am. It woke me up. I thought maybe it was just the evil combo of a braxton hicks along with a full bladder. However, after peeing, it was obvious it was much much more.

I’ve since had maybe 3 other contractions this morning that made me pause for a moment and made me unable to think of anything else. Of course, there’s no rhyme or reason to these contractions, and they’re lasting between 2-4 minutes a piece, with as much as FIVE HOURS apart.

My parental units will be here in about 5-6 hours.

I will say, if this DOES turn into labor this weekend, the Ninja will get a gold star for timing. Having my mom AND dad here for the big event would be more than I could ever hope for.

I’ll attempt to not get my hopes up.

Also, it’s snowing like a mo-fo right now.

Oh – and John the midwife called last night and said my bloodwork looked okay, so if nothing happens this weekend, I’ll be seeing him on Monday.

Add it to the list.

Posted 22 Oct 2009 — by Mrs. Jenna
Category baby business, not so much
  1. Braxton Hicks starting around 16 weeks
  2. Gallbladder inflammation/attacks
  3. Rh negative
  4. Tested positive for preterm labor
  5. Dilated to 3-5cms before 37 weeks
  6. Bedrest

And now? Protein in the pee. Which is a cause for concern…that is a sign of pre-eclampsia.  It’s slightly surprising since my blood pressure is usually pretty decent, but I did have a day of a headache that wouldn’t quit and some floaters in my vision yesterday. John the Midwife checked my reflexes and nearly got kicked in the face. I’m still not quite sure what that was for, but I did also mention the swelling I’ve noticed in the past couple of days, and the dent in my left shin from crossing my legs for 20 minutes the other day. My blood pressure was a little higher today (for me) but within normal range. He wasn’t too concerned about my weight gain – up 2lbs from last week (good GOD I’m 166lbs)…but did a blood draw for more info about the protein issue. John mentioned if the protein IS an issue, that they’d more than likely induce me.

Yep, the “i” word.

It makes me laugh; who in God’s name ever thought that someone who is 4-5 cms dilated would ever NEED to be induced, but apparently it happens. And yes…I’m still at 4-5cms.

I’m supposed to go in again on Monday for another check. My parents will be here tomorrow evening until Sunday – something tells me I’ll make it through the weekend, only to go in on Monday and have to go in for an induction the next day.  Then my parents can just turn around and come back. :)

37 weeks.

Posted 20 Oct 2009 — by Mrs. Jenna
Category baby business, paparazzi

How far along? 37 weeks.
Total weight gain/loss: About +30 lbs. (The hubs informed me at my last appointment that I now weigh more than him. Thanks, dear.)
Maternity clothes? I’m wearing stretch pants. And I love it.

Stretch marks? This has been a sad week. I now have one gigantic stretchie above my belly button. My body as far as I’m concerned is now a total loss.

Sleep: Past couple of nights have been okay – falling asleep quickly and sleeping more on my back.

Best moment this week: Knowing we are totally set for this kid.

Movement: Yep. Got a huge kick while trying to pee earlier. Thought it was my water breaking. The kid’s already a prankster.

Food cravings: Back to craving avocado rolls & white wine.

Gender: Now that the girl name is settled, I’m totally convinced it’s a girl.

Labor Signs: None. My back hurts, but I think it’s because my body is disagreeing with all the laying I’m doing.

Belly Button in or out? Ugh.

What I miss: Being comfortable.

What I am looking forward to: Getting this baby out!!!

Weekly Wisdom: Candy corn is good.

Milestones: We are officially full term. GET THE HINT, NINJA!

The Fruit: 37 weeks – Delivery

Posted 20 Oct 2009 — by Mrs. Jenna
Category baby business
At week 37, your pregnancy is considered full term, meaning baby is likely to thrive after birth. Baby spends these last weeks in preparation for the outside world… meaning careful refinement of the blink, suck, inhale and exhale. Meconium, which you’ll probably find in the first diaper, is accumulating in the intestines. If (okay, as) you worry about giving birth, consider what it’s like for the little one. During the journey out of your womb, baby will produce more stress hormones than any other time in life.