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Monday, September 16, 2013

40 Weeks!

Alright, well, I was hoping that my last post would be my last one before the baby came and that I would already have a baby by now, but I don't, so oh well!  Some days I feel more patient than other days.  Today, I am feeling relatively patient.  That said, if she decided to come today I would be OVERJOYED.  

I haven't really had any signs of labor so at all.  Even ones that are supposed to happen a week or two before you give birth?  Nope.  So, I wouldn't really be surprised if I went another two weeks and then got induced.  But, as everyone likes to tell me, you never know!  I have another appointment on Wednesday, so we'll see whether I've dilated or effaced any more (last time I was at 1cm and 25% effaced and the baby hadn't engaged).  But, I don't feel like the baby has dropped any, I haven't lost my mucus plug (as far as I know), and the only contractions I have are irregular, non-painful braxton hicks contractions.  In fact, most of the time I don't even notice when I'm having them.  I have noticed that I tend to get them whenever I roll over in bed or when I stand up, from a sitting position.

Last week I had a little bit of a scare.  When I went in for my appointment they found that my blood pressure was a lot higher than normal (though still not technically "high" since I usually have really low blood pressure), I had protein in my urine and I was super swollen.  Those are all indicators of pre-eclampsia.  So, while they weren't really sure, based on that, whether I was developing pre-eclampsia or not, they were worried enough to have me go in for an AFI and NST and start talking about possible induction based on the results of those tests.  After that appointment I really tried to follow all my doctor's instructions to a "t."  I watched my sodium intake, drank lots of water, kept my feet up, etc.  Then, I went in for the tests on Friday.  Basically, for the AFI they do an ultrasound and check to see whether your amniotic fluid levels are still normal (if they're not, it indicates your placenta is struggling).  They were normal.  For the NST they lay you on a bed, hook you to a couple monitors and check the babies heart rate fluctuations, your heart rate and how your baby responds to contractions.  Once again, everything was fine.  Also, my blood pressure was back to normal and the swelling had lessened considerably.  I'm going in for another AFI and NST on Tuesday, but as long as everything stays ok I don't think they'll induce me.  I'm not going to lie - part of me would have been happy to be induced, just to have it all over with and have my baby.  But, at the same time, I really want to have the birth naturally and I really want to go into labor on my own, so despite my impatience getting in the way, I think it's definitely better this way!

Here are my most recent pregnancy photos:

37 Weeks - My expression makes it look like Tom had just done something sneaky right before taking it.

39 Weeks.  I just look tiiired and puffy.
So, what have I been doing with my time while I wait and wait and wait?  Well, I pick produce at our garden nearly every day (which I will also, hopefully, make a post about), I spend tons of time cooking to try to use up the massive amounts of tomato and zucchini our garden provides us with (anyone in the area want some???), I do general housekeeping things (like grocery shopping and cleaning) and I'm doing a little volunteer work from home.  Basically, the International Rescue Committee teamed up with the University of Nairobi to research education of refugees in Kenyan refugee camps.  They did a bunch of interviews and they need people to transcribe (not to be confused with translate) the interviews.  I volunteered to help with that.  Also, since I was getting bored of doing the same things every single day, I made a list of some other things I could do with my time while I wait.  I did that on Sunday and I'm glad I need because it was the small dose of engagement with life that I needed to help me be a little more patient (for now).  One of the other things I did recently you can see below:

Tom is a HUGE Detroit Lions fan (poor soul).  At Christmastime I made the grey one for him, so this weekend I also made one for the babe.  He was pretty much beside himself with excitement, which was fun. I like Tom.  

Well, I prooooobably won't do another blog post about the baby, since she should be here within two weeks, no matter what.  So, look for a post on the baby next!  Well, after I do a post on the garden, maybe...


  1. So, I planted about 4 kinds of tomatoes, but didn't have time for anything else. We've gotten no tomatoes. NONE!! I think it's lack of sunlight?? Totally jealous of your garden. Well, I was exactly like you before I had Josie. Not even close to being in labor and then boom, my water breaks. Not that great since I had to be induced, but it was out of my hands really at that point. You just never know!! Those deep squats in the garden might help : )

  2. Sorry you are not taking after me and having your baby early. I never made it past my due date. I love your lists and am so glad you always keep busy even heavy laden with baby girl. Have you decided on a middle name?

  3. I know exactly how you feel! I was due with Juliet on Sept 10th. I was also waiting for my body to go into labor on its own and have a natural birth at the birthing center in Orem. At my 41 week appointment, they placed a foley balloon catheter to get me to dilate. I dilated to 5cm and then did nothing for another week. At my 42 week appointment, we decided to have them strip my membranes (hurt like the dickens) which gave me strong, irregular contractions. I never got to ease into the contractions like those that start on their own. That was pretty awful. Labored at home for a day - went back the next afternoon where they stripped my membranes again and told me to go eat and walk. By that night, the contractions were finally getting stronger, so we went back to the birthing center. I was at a 5 still. UGH!! They offered to break my water and put me in the tub to see if it would help, but by that time, I had been having strong contractions for 36 hours, so I was DONE! I headed over to Timp hospital, got myself hooked up to an epidural, and finally was able to sleep. The on call Dr woke me up at 4:30 am (jerk!), broke my water without telling me (jerk), harassed me for being in labor so long and for being 42 weeks (jerk), told me my baby was going to be huge and that he was sure he would have to "cut her out of me" (jerk), and put me on Pitocin. Obviously he didn't agree with my desire for natural birth. So after 10 hours on the highest dose of pitocin and an hour and a half of pushing, I was finally able to deliver Juliet. Soooo, what I'm trying to say is that I hope you do start on your own, because even inducing with natural methods sucks, and that I really hope you have a better experience than I did. :) Good luck - it will be wonderful! (I'm planning on using the midwives from Riverton Women's group for my next one) BTW, where are you delivering?

  4. I will just say good luck, and I hope things happen sooner rather :(an later. I was like you with Rex. I went almost 2 weeks over the due date with no labor symptoms at all. Until THE DAY. Then it all just began one morning and I got the best present at the end! Can't wait to meet your little Harper.