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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

The Waiting Game Begins

Well, I guess it has begun a few weeks ago, but the real waiting game has now started. I had an appointment yesterday morning (39w3d), and my midwife stripped/swept my membranes. To be honest, I was really excited about this happening, although I had no idea what to expect. It really wasn't that bad. It just felt like a really uncomfortable cervical exam. I had some cramping while she was doing it though, and it felt weird because Cael's head was RIGHT THERE! I was 2+cm dilated, and still at 70% effaced. I also gained 2 pounds since my Friday appointment (2 pounds in 4 days - ugh!), so I'm currently at 148. I will NOT get to 150. It just won't happen.

Hopefully having my membranes stripped will do the trick, and I'll go into labor real soon. I'm actually not too hopeful though, because it's already been over 24 hours. She said to go home, and have sex - which we didn't do, so I'm afraid that the stripping will ineffective.

I did do a lot yesterday after the appointment. We went to JCPenny's, and finally bought curtains for our living room. We really need them, because the sun just shines in the picture window so brightly, and we're afraid of it ruining our leather couch, which is right in front of the window. We spent about $120 on curtains (and that's not including the curtain rod), but it will be worth it. They're light-blocking and noise-reducing, so they will also keep the apartment cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. We bought 4 panels, two of which they had in stock, and the other two that will be shipped within the week. Once we get the two panels in the mail, we'll buy the curtain rod and hang them up.

We also went to Lowe's to get some more painting supplies to finish painting the living room. Matt came home early today, so we finished painting the living room (despite me having flu-like symptoms since yesterday). I am so in love with the color, and I'll post pictures once we have all the furniture where we want it. So basically, we did a lot of running around after my appointment yesterday, and I did have some really uncomfortable/semi-painful contractions, so I'm really hoping I have Cael before his due date on Saturday - 3 days away.

If I don't have him by Saturday, we have a NST scheduled for 5pm on Saturday evening, and I have another appointment scheduled for Tuesday with my midwife and to have another NST done. If I don't have him by Tuesday, they'll strip my membranes again, and I'll have another appointment - probably Friday - the same week as well. My midwife yesterday explained that once I'm 40 weeks and over, they see you twice a week, and you have NST's with each appointment.

If I go to 41 weeks, they'll do another ultrasound (probably to check fluid, estimated weight and fetal well-being), and then talk about inducing. They really don't want you to go past 41 weeks. I REALLY want to avoid being induced unless it's medically necessary, so I hope he comes soon. I don't want to experience Pitocin, and if I have to, I'm afraid I won't have the natural labor and delivery I want. Pitocin contractions are much stronger, and I'm afraid I won't be able to cope with them like I would natural contractions. But Cael will be here before 41 weeks, so I can just stop talking about induction right now.

I just can't believe that my pregnancy has come to an end (almost). It's been such a long road, and felt like it's taken forever to get here. But I know once he comes, it's going to just fly by. Before you know it, he'll be 6 weeks old, and I'll have to go back to work, and Cael will go to daycare :(. It makes me sad to even think about that idea. Especially since as of tomorrow, it will be 9 weeks that I've been out of work. I wish I could be a stay at home mom, but we really need my paycheck AND health insurance. At least the daycare is at my hospital, so he'll come with me to work in the morning, and he'll be with me right after my shift ends.

Oh well, one step at a time. Let's deal with the labor and delivery first, and then think about the rest. I just can't wait to hold him in my arms, and see what he looks like, and see if he has any hair. I hope he has a full head of hair, and isn't a baldy-bean like I was. Soon though. I can't be pregnant forever, and the end is in sight.

:::Please come real soon, Cael. Mommy and Daddy want to meet you:::

Saturday, August 27, 2011

T-Minus 1 Week!

Seven days until my due date!! One week! Hopefully Cael will get the hint that we all want him out now, and he will come by my due date. However, I'm not going to hold my breath. I do really want him to come this week thought - it would be nice. Hurricane Irene is supposed to hit our area tonight into tomorrow morning, so I'm hoping that the changes in pressure will trigger my water to break or labor to start. Plus, now would be the perfect time for him to come, because Matt has nicknamed Cael "Hurricane" since he first felt him move/kick. So it would be perfect if Cael was born during a hurricane. Plus, it would make a great birth story :).

Last night I ordered the most adorable hand-made knit hat that we'll used for Cael's newborn pictures. Of course I had several to choose from, but ultimately Matt made the decision because he's the most pickiest. But I love the hat we ordered. It's off of Etsy.com, which has a lot of hand-made things (basically anything you can think of). Here is the hat we ordered - this is the seller's photo - (we ordered it in a beautiful green color):
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I can't wait to get it - I'll post pictures of it then. It says that it takes the creator 5-10 days to make it, and it will be shipped out right after it's made. So hopefully we'll have it in time to do Cael's newborn pictures. I'm sure we will - we'll probably have his pictures done when he is 10-14 days old, so it should be here just in time. It came to about $20, so I hope it's worth it!

39 Weeks! And Still Pregnant!

How far along?: 39 weeks!
Current Weight: 146
Total weight gain: +23 from pre-pregnancy weight.
How big is baby?: Watermelon! Yummy!.
Movement: He moves so much that I don't even bother doing "fetal kick counts". The last 2 days, he's been poking his feet out of my left side.
Stretch marks?: Still none on my belly - thankfully. But they're still there on both hips, which is weird.
Sleep?: What's sleep again?! I toss and turn all night because of my hip pain.
Symptoms?: Lots of BH's, some painful contractions, an increase in vaginal discharge, hip/pelvic pain and achiness, sharp lower twinges, and sore breasts and nipples.
Food aversions?: None.
Food cravings?: Hamburgers, cheese, pizza, pasta..Nothing different.
Labor signs?: Cael's head is still really low; As of yesterday, I was 2cm dilated and 70% effaced. Some BH's, and lower pelvic twinges, but nothing concrete yet. Hurricane Irene is hitting tonight, so maybe that will trigger me to go into labor.
Belly button in or out?: Sticking out a little.
What I miss: Moving around easily. Sex!
What I'm looking forward to: Getting this labor going. C'mon Cael, let's get going!!
Best Moment this week: I love feeling Cael hiccup. I've felt it several times by now because he gets them at least once a day, but it's something I will definitely miss.
Milestone: Making it to 39 weeks! But he's more than welcome to come out and play now.

Friday, August 26, 2011

We're Into Single Digits!!

Hopefully, that is! Today is 8 days until my due date. However, I'm fully aware that I may go past my due date, which I really don't want to happen. But we will see - there's a hurricane coming this weekend, so maybe that will trigger me to go into labor. A lady can wish, can't she!?

So today I had a weekly appointment. It went ok - nothing too exciting. I'm at a solid 2cm dilated, and still at 70% effaced, and his head is still really low. I was hoping that I would be a little more progressed, but at the same time, I know that doesn't really mean anything. I was also surprised to hear that my blood pressure was 142/90, and I had protein in my urine. I wasn't too excited about it though, because I don't have any other symptoms of Pre-E - headaches, swelling, abdominal pain or seeing floaters. Plus, when my midwife took my blood pressure at the end of the appointment, it had gone down to normal. :::Phew::: that was a close one, I thought.

I also asked my midwife if she would or could strip my membranes. She said "I could. But I have to tell you that Dr. so-and-so is on call this weekend, not I or the other midwife". Damn, I thought. I was so disappointed. You know my luck would be my membranes would be stripped, and I would go into labor when there was a doctor on call. Of course, if it came down to it, whatever happens would have to happen.

But I didn't sign up for a doctor - I want to be delivered by a midwife - even though the doctor on call is apparently a "really good doctor with a good bedside manner." But I have no idea what he even looks like, and he has never met me, so if I had the choice, I would wait. So she told me she could strip my membranes early next week, so I have my next appointment on Tuesday. She also told me to keep having sex, take Evening Primrose Oil, and drink Red Raspberry Leave Tea (pregnancy tea) to help continue to ripen my cervix. According to her, my cervix is making good progress, and is very "favorable in the event we do an induction."


I don't want an induction, or to be induced, and I told her that. What initially threw me off, was when she said, "Well, we can strip you next week, and then talk about induction, or we can strip you again and see what happens." I got kind of freaked out when she said *induction* because that is one slippery slope I would like to avoid if at all possible. I told her that I really didn't want to be induced if I didn't need to, and that I know most inductions end in C-Sections. Of course she agreed with me, and didn't deny that fact. So our plan is to strip me Tuesday, and see what happens after that. I did also forget that I will be 39+ weeks at that appointment, so maybe that's why she mentioned induction.

Belly Bandit® Original
On another note, I went ahead and ordered my Belly Bandit. And I'm so excited! I finally made the decision to go ahead and get it, as opposed to a cheaper option. So I really hope it works. All of the reviews about it and on the website rave about it, so we shall see. I'm hoping it will be here before Cael comes, so that I can bring it to the hospital with me when I go into labor. It should be here by early next week, because it has already shipped. I ordered it in the nude color, because I figured it wouldn't be seen as easily under clothing. It's the original BB because I didn't want to spend too much money (the other ones get up to near $80), but it's supposed to work just as well. :::Fingers Crossed:::

:::You are welcomed at any point now Cael. I know we wanted to keep you in before, but now you can come out and play:::

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Stick A Fork In Me

...I'm done. Like, really done. I love Cael so much, and love feeling him inside me, but I feel as though I can't take much more of being pregnant. I'm sore, can't move, can't bend, my hips and pelvis ache, I'm tired of the heartburn and sleepless nights, I have stretchmarks now showing up at 38 weeks, and now Matt and I (probably) aren't going to have sex until I'm well enough postpartum.

I was all excited for sexy time last night with Matt, especially since we haven't had sex since I went into labor on the 14th. But I got "shot down". Basically, Matt explained that it has become uncomfortable, and doesn't feel the same anymore. That things aren't "where they used to be". Add to this that I'm 24 pounds heavier than I was pre-pregnancy and it's difficult for me to move rhythmically, so sex has become an exhausting task for Matt. PLUS his knees bother him and "doggie-style" doesn't feel the same for him now, so that's out the window now because it's not worth it.

So needless to say, the sexy vibe I started last night quickly fizzled away, and I ended up in tears. Matt was trying to be gentle about it, and didn't want to upset me. But honestly, telling a 9 month pregnant, hormonal woman that "sex just isn't the same anymore because you're body has changed so much" is bound to make any woman upset cry. So I got up, put on my underwear and shirt, and climbed into bed. I was semi-laying on Matt, and he decided to roll over away from me. I thought "great, he's mad at me now", so I rolled over and cried some more. My mind starting wondering about how my body has changed, and I can't move anymore or do what I used to, and I cried harder. I'm also afraid that my nether-regions won't be the same after Cael's birth, and sex won't be or feel the same for Matt or I, and that made me more upset.

Since I was so upset, I asked Matt if he would cuddle me until I fell asleep. He said, "Do you want me to?". He thought I was mad at him, and I thought he was mad at me, so I'm glad I asked him to hold me. He was asleep before me, and I laid in bed waiting for the Unisom to work and put me to sleep.

Now I'm waiting for Matt to come home from work to see if it will awkward between us. I just spoke to him on the phone a little while ago (there was an earthquake that hit the east coast), and he sounded fine. But who knows if it will be different between us in person when he comes home. Sure, we still do things sexually for each other, but it's just not the same. That's more for "fun" to put it nicely. But I want that intimate, close time with my husband that only sex can really provide.

That's one thing that has been on my mind lately. Another is work, and returning to work. I love where I work, and the people I work closely with, and what I do. I know I was meant to do ultrasound, and I really find joy in doing it. But honestly, I really don't miss being at work. I've been out of work for 8 weeks now - the longest time I've ever not worked since I was in ultrasound school - and I honestly don't miss it or crave to go back. And it's bothering me that I don't know why.

I actually told Matt last night that I wish we could afford for me to stay home from work, and not go back. His response? "Hey, that works for me! The laundry and dishes are done, so that's fine with me! Believe me, if I got a big enough raise, you're more than welcome to stay home." We laughed about it, but I never pegged myself for someone who would want to stay home. I worked so hard to get to where I am, and honestly love my profession. I feel like it would all be wasted if I gave up work.

Plus, I can't stop working because I carry the health insurance, and it's really good insurance. And with a new baby, we don't want to lose that. If I stay home though, we wouldn't have to pay the $630/month for daycare. Then Matt brought up the idea of me I working part-time, like on the weekends and Thursdays (his day off). This way we wouldn't need daycare.

I'm technically already considered part-time and not full-time, so I would just need to work 64 hours bi-weekly - which is 32 hours a week, and my benefits wouldn't change. But that works out to four 8-hour days, and the breast center doesn't have weekend hours for ultrasound. So that leaves me nowhere near where I would want to be. Especially since my hours would be cut, and we'd still have to pay for daycare for 4 days. I guess I'll just have to figure it out...if there is anything that even needs to be figured out. Plenty of moms work full-time and have time for their baby's, right?

Another thing that has been weighing heavily on my mind is how many children we will have in our family. And I know, this is by no means something that has to be decided now. I didn't even have Cael for crying out loud.

From the start, Matt and I didn't want any kids at all. We both come from larger families - he's the oldest of 5, and I'm the oldest of 4 - and both felt that we had had enough of kids. But that obviously changed, and I'm happy it did. After going from wanting no kids, to "let's get pregnant", I figured I'd only want 1 child. Now that I'm pregnant and about to have Cael, I thought I would want to have 2 kids, so that Cael could have a sibling and not grow up alone. But Matt is still in the "we're only having 1 child" mindset.

However, after how hard this pregnancy has been on me (morning sickness until 24+ weeks, bed rest at 31 weeks for pre-term labor, 13 hours of active labor, the pains and discomfort), I'm not so sure I can do another pregnancy. Do know that I am fully aware that my pregnancy could have gone a lot worse, and I am so thankful that Cael is healthy, and I haven't had any serious complications, like gestational diabetes, or Pre-E. But I feel it's still hard on me and on my body. Maybe it's because I'm petite and have a smaller frame? But there's plenty of women who are as petite, if not smaller than me who go through pregnancy, and don't seem to complain.

Maybe I'm feeling all these emotions because of the hormones and I'm 38 weeks pregnant. Every pregnant woman reaches their breaking point at the end of their pregnancy, right? That's what I'm thinking at least. I just can't wait to have Cael in my arms, and for me to go back to how I was feeling before I started getting very pregnant.

:::Please come soon, my sweet Baby Cael. I can't wait to hold you, and Mommy is getting real uncomfortable:::

Saturday, August 20, 2011

38 Weeks!!

How far along?: 38 weeks, and still cooking!
Current Weight: 147
Total weight gain: +24 from pre-pregnancy weight.
How big is baby?: Watermelon! Estimated 7 pounds 5 ounces yesterday.
Movement: All.The.Time. He loves pushing his feet and butt out.
Stretch marks?: No change from last week. Some small ones on both hips, but none on the belly - except for my belly button.
Sleep?: Still horrible. My midwife said I could start taking Unisom to get some sleep. She says I should get as much sleep as I can now, so that when I go back into labor, I'm well rested.
Symptoms?: Same ol' - Heartburn has returned with a vengeance! Lots of BH's, some painful contractions, an increase in vaginal discharge, hip/pelvic pain and achiness, sharp lower twinges, and sore breasts and nipples.
Food aversions?: Not currently.
Food cravings?: Hamburgers, cheese, pizza, pasta..Nothing different.
Labor signs?: Cael's head is still really low; I'm now 1-2cm dilated and 70% effaced. Still getting some BH's and cramping. Also, I don't know if it's a labor sign or not, but I've been very gassy, and have had a couple bouts of diarrhea.
Belly button in or out?: It pokes out a wee bit.
What I miss: Bending over, moving easily, deep breaths in, and seeing the skin below my belly button line.
What I'm looking forward to: Going into labor, actually. I feel like I'm reaching the end of my pregnancy rope. I just feel so done.
Best Moment this week: Seeing Cael yesterday on ultrasound. A coworker scanned me after my appointment. I feel so fortunate to work in the field I do, because I was able to see him again. And considering how low in my pelvis Cael's head is, she got some pretty decent ultrasound pictures of his face.
Milestone: Being 38 weeks. I would love for him to come now, but I know the closer to my due date I get, the better it is for Cael.

Friday, August 19, 2011

So Alone

So for the first time in a long time, I actually feel alone.

Right now, Matt is at our best friends' wedding, and I'm upset I can't be there. I'm also upset, because I won't get to talk to Matt tonight before I go to bed. He promised he'd call me in the morning when he wakes up, but I doubt he will, because he always forgets. And I end up calling him. And that upsets me more. I always think of him when I'm on Long Island, and he's back home, and if I forget once to call him, he gets upset about it. How does that work?

So here I am, 9:37 pm on Friday night, and I'm laying on the couch, by myself. And I really can't complain too much, because it's not like I was alone all day. My friend S came with me to my doctor appointment, and I spent most of the day with her. And then tonight, my brother-in-law, sister-in-law and niece came and visited me because they knew I'd be alone. But they left about 15 minutes ago. Then I started crying because I was alone again.

And in all honestly, I'm not that alone. My in-laws are right upstairs, Cael is moving like crazy in my belly, and I have Killian and Tyson with me. But I just can't shake this feeling of loneliness and sadness. Whenever Matt goes to Long Island, or I go to Long Island, and we're separate for a few days, I usually welcome that. It's good to have some time apart. But with me 38 weeks pregnant tomorrow, uncomfortable, hormonal and emotional, it's not a good thing right now. I just want Matt home with me. And that's all.

Speaking of Killian and Tyson, I wanted to *kill* Tyson this morning. I have no idea what is up with him lately, but he's slowly destroying our apartment. I woke up at 8:45 this morning to him chewing on the brand new door trim around the door to Cael's nursery, on the kitchen side. It's all chewed up now, and no longer looks nice. What a great start to the day. I of course cried, wanted to beat him (don't worry, I didn't), and wanted to deprive him of his breakfast (once again, I didn't do that either). I just don't understand.

Then about 2 weekends ago, on a Sunday when Matt and I slept in, I heard noise coming from the kitchen area through the wall. I get up to find that Tyson tore the paper covering the drywall up off the wall, and ate a hole through the drywall. Fortunately, it wasn't any of the new drywall that was installed, but once I saw that, I started crying too. Add to that this past Saturday I woke up to a chewed-up paint roller and chewed up wooden paint stirrers. There were splinters and wood shards all over the floor. I was vacuuming at 7 in the morning.

Is it anxiety because of the changes we made? Does he know something is going on big soon, and doesn't know how to cope? Or is it simply because we/I are sleeping in, and aren't up at the normal 6:45am to feed him and let him out? It seems to only happen in the morning when either Matt and/or I aren't up at the "usual" time. And since the construction, we've done away with the crates, and haven't had them in the crates at night or when we're out during the day. Killian is fine - he hasn't done anything. It's the little one doing all the damage. And we're afraid to put just Tyson in the crate and leave Killian out, because when we did that a few times, Killian went through separation anxiety and threw everything off the counter and tossed the garbage all over the place.

So now I don't know what to do. Do I leave them both out when I go to bed, hope for the best, and then when I wake up in the morning for the bathroom, put them in the crate? Or put them in the crate before I go to sleep? Matt and I really wanted to leave them out of the crates, because they take up so much room. And it's not like they don't have any toys to chew, either. They've go plenty strewn all over the place. Maybe he's just trying to get to my bedroom, so he thinks he can chew his way through Cael's door to get to me? This is stressing me out a lot, especially since we just had everything finished.

As I mentioned before, I had a weekly appointment today. It went well - quite averagely actually. I gained 2 pounds, which I guess I'm ok with - I have no choice, right? Cael's heart rate was 135 bpm, and I'm assuming my belly measured good since nothing was said. I was also checked, and hoping for some more progress. I was still 1-2cm, and now about 70% effaced. I asked about the discrepancy between the noted progress the OB nurse and my midwife made, and she explained that it was all subjective. She also said that I should go by the other midwife, because she checked me at my appointment a few days prior, checked me when I got to L&D, and then checked me the morning I was discharged. So she's the only consistency, so I should go by her.

I'm glad I'm a little more effaced though, and she's happy at how my cervix is progressing. She said it's softening nicely, and needs to be fully effaced before I start really dilating. She said I could use Evening Primrose Oil to help my cervix soften more, but she doesn't think I will need it, and told me to hold off buying it for now. Especially since having sex seems to do it for me. From how she was talking, it sounds like she thinks I will go before my due date. But at the same time, you can't predict these things, and I understand that.

I then went over to the ultrasound department to 1) say hi to the ladies over there because I haven't seen them in forever; and 2) my friend S knows one of my coworkers in ultrasound. I wasn't expecting to be scanned at all (I know S was hoping to see Cael, especially since she's never seen an OB ultrasound) because it was around lunch time, but to my surprise, my coworker scanned me! She got some really good profile pictures, and surprisingly good 3D pictures considering how low Cael is in my pelvis. I really wasn't expecting much, but I was pleasantly surprised. She also measured him for me, and he's an estimated 7 pounds 5 ounces, +/- 17 ounces. He was also measuring as being due September 2nd, which is spot on. I was really happy about that. I felt so lucky to see him again on ultrasound. The next time I see him will be in person (hopefully).

Alright, it's getting late, so I'm going to take a Unisom, and hopefully get some sleep tonight. I'm also hoping the leftover Pizza Uno I had for dinner won't keep me up with horrible heartburn tonight. Hey, I can hope, right? Here is our handsome little man. I love his little nose so much! Unfortunately, the cord was in front of his mouth, so his lips look distorted in the 3D image, but hey, I was happy and surprised we saw anything at all.

:::Daddy will be home soon, lil' man. We love you so much already:::

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

My Best Friend's Wedding

...That I won't be attending :( My best friend since 5th grade is getting married in 2 days, on Friday. And I, unfortunately, won't be able to make it. Matt left about an hour ago to make the drive to Long Island - he is the Best Man. It's also his best friend's wedding too - my BF is marrying his BF, oddly enough.

I couldn't help but cry when Matt left. I'm terrified that I will go into labor again while he is away. He'll be gone until Sunday, which is 4 whole days away from me. I know he's only 4 hours away (and he'd probably make it back a lot quicker if I called and told him I was in labor), but I'm so afraid that when I go into labor again, it will be quicker because of the 13 hours of active labor I've already endured.

So because Matt is away, he has ordered me back on bed rest..lol. I'm not to do anything while he is away, to reduce the risk of Cael coming while he's gone. I hope it works, because I would feel horrible if I went into labor, or if my water broke while he was at the wedding. My friend, though, is completely understanding, and says that Cael is the most important thing to Matt, and to not worry if he has to leave.

I appreciate that greatly, but I still don't want to have him rush home. I did that to him once already, when I was admitted to the hospital for my gallbladder. It was a Wednesday, I think, and he had just got to Long Island when I called him to tell him I was being hospitalized. He turned around and drove the 4 hours back to PA to be with me.

:::Please stay put, Cael. Daddy will be home on Sunday:::

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

We're In Labor!! NOT!

So I'm awake at 1:30 am on Tuesday morning, because, well, I can't sleep. I'm uncomfortable, have terrible heartburn, and threw up some of the pizza I ate hours ago, which is currently making my sinus's burn like hell.

So I decided to write about the friggen whirl-wind of emotions I've gone through in the last 48 hours. This whole ordeal starts at roughly 10 am on Sunday the 14th, and ends with me being discharged from L&D on Monday morning at 7:30am. So here goes.

So Sunday morning, Matt and I woke up about 9:30am or so. We did have sex because, well, we wanted to. Immediately following, I started having cramping, and BH's contractions. I mean, literally following (he wasn't even out of me yet). So roughly 10am is when I started timing them, because they started getting painful, and felt different from regular BH's. They were about 5-7 minutes apart, and were regular. Ok, that's fine.

I remember my midwife saying to change what you're doing, and if they go away, then it's not real. So I ate something, drank something, went to the bathroom, took a bath, walked around, laid down - and nothing changed. They were about 5 minutes apart at this point, and stayed 5 minutes apart until 12:30, when I decided to call the office. Let me tell you, it took a lot of convincing on Matt's part for me to call, but I was not convinced this was the real thing - even though the contractions hurt, nothing stopped them, and they were regular/timeable.

Lo and behold, they wanted me to come in - big shocker. We got to L&D around 2pm (Matt packed the car with our bags, I got changed, and Matt made it to the hospital in 50 minutes, where it usually takes 1.25 hours). By the time we were in the car on the way there, they were about 4 minutes apart, and still painful.

We got to L&D, they hooked me up to the monitor, where I was contracting regularly at 4-5 minutes apart. My midwife checked me, and I was still only about 1cm dilated (she didn't mention effacement). They decided to give me a shot of morphine to see if the labor was real - with morphine, real labor would continue, and false labor would stop because the morphine relaxes everything. Well, mine continued, and my midwife checked me again after about an hour and a half or so of being in L&D. I was now 1-2cm and about 60% effaced, and the contractions weren't stopping with the morphine, but instead got to about 3-4 minutes apart.

My midwife also told me that they wouldn't do anything to keep labor going or augment it because I was still early, even though I am term. That if it was going to happen, they would let it happen on it's own.

I was still convinced this was all just my body toying with me, and couldn't wrap my head around the fact that this was really happening. They decided this was real labor, and admitted me. I got an IV, my first round of ampecillin antibiotics, and was monitored for a baseline strip for about an hour. After that, I could do what I wanted during the labor process, and they would hook me up to the monitor about every hour or so for 10 minutes just to check on things.

So that happened, and I did what I planned on doing: I first got in the jet tub for about 40 minutes (which was hot, by the way - I've been told the water doesn't get too warm, but instead is luke-warm); got out and was monitored for 10 minutes. Contractions were about every 3 minutes apart, and were still painful and felt like they were getting stronger. Cael looked great.

Everything after that was a blur time-wise. I know I walked a lot, threw up, got checked again and was at 1-2 cm (I guess they checked me because I threw up), got monitored, walked some more, and then that brings me to about 7:45pm.

I was shivering, and was having a lot of pressure with the contractions, which were still getting a little stronger each time, but bearable with Matt's help and support. When I was checked at 7:45ish pm, I was told I was 2-3 cm dilated, 80% effaced, at 0 station, and my membranes were bulging a little. WOW - ok, so some progress, I thought. This is it, and I've finally accepted I was in labor, and would probably have a baby on Monday. My contractions were still at about 3 minutes apart, and still regular, but to me that was fine because my cervix was changing. Real labor changes your cervix, right?!

Fast forward to about 10:45-11pm. By this point, I had thrown up again, used the birthing ball a little, walked some more, and my contractions had been roughly 2-3 minutes apart. We got back to the room, spent a few minutes in there with me just walking in circles, and I remember saying to Matt that it all of a sudden felt like my contractions were slowing, and I wasn't having them as often anymore. At that point, my nurse entered the room, and it was time for my monitoring. I mentioned to her that it felt like my contractions were stopping.

According to the monitor, they were. They were random, irregular, and I only had a couple in that 15 minute time span. She explained my midwife's theory on what was happening.

We had sex that morning, which acted as a sort of "self-induction" of labor, because of the prostaglandins in the semen. Basically, it kick-started my labor into full gear, but once the hormones and prostaglandins wore off (about 13 hours later), there wasn't anything left to keep my labor going. So it just stopped. Like that.

By 11:15pm, I wasn't having any more contractions, I was pain-free, and devastated. I felt like I had been making good progress, and had come to the exciting, yet scary realization that I would be having a baby soon. But it turns out I wasn't.

I was given ambien to help me sleep, prevacid for the heartburn I was having, and was hooked back up to the monitor at around 12:30am on Monday. I was told to sleep as much as I could, on the off-chance my labor would start back up. I woke up a couple of times, and saw that I had a few contractions throughout the night, but they were obviously BH because I didn't feel them.

My midwife came in at around 7 to talk to me and check me, at which point I was very upset and crying. She said I was 1-2cm and only 60% effaced, and didn't mention anything about station or bulging membranes. This confused me, because the nurse who checked me the night before said I was further along, but I didn't bother asking why the difference.

She explained her theory of what happened, but also couldn't give me a real reason or explanation. She said that if this was false labor, my cervix wouldn't have changed, and the contractions would have stopped sooner. And she also said, "and we gave you morphine and everything" and I still continued to contract, so she seemed stumped. She didn't want to call it false labor, because she said everything about it was real - my pain, the contractions, my cervix changing. But also said that if I were further along, like 39 weeks, she would have broke my water to keep me going. But I'm still early, so there was nothing they would do. She also knew I'd be confused about when to come in again if this happens, because I don't know what's real or not.

We were discharged, and I was given a prescription of Vistaril with instructions to take it if I start having contractions again (another "test" to see if my labor is real - vistaril will stop false labor apparently). We got home about 9:30am and slept until 1:30 pm (this is all Monday, by the way).

In the end, I am confused, overwhelmed, frustrated, disappointed and upset. And honestly can't stop crying. I feel like I just wasted 13 of real labor for nothing. I feel like my body failed me. Maybe I'm overreacting, because honestly, everything with Cael is perfect, and I should be grateful. I am grateful he was able to withstand the labor I endured and is still perfectly healthy. It's just the disappointment and frustration that I'm feeling that is making me feel selfish, I guess. I went from "this isn't real labor" to "maybe I am in labor" to "wow, I'm really in labor, and we'll probably have a baby tomorrow!" to "now what? It wasn't real labor". Talk about confusion!

I know he'll come when he's ready, and I don't want to him to come until he is ready. I just feel cheated, I guess. I know I'll go into labor when he's ready, but for right now, I just have to process what I went through, and how I feel I have nothing to show for it.

I guess you can consider this whole ordeal a "trial run" for me. Matt was amazing - giving me back rubs, holding me, giving me water, etc. And as he says, "at least you know you can do it medicine-free, like you wanted, and you know what to expect more than you did before". I guess he's right.

:::Cael, I really can't wait to meet you now, and hold you. I love you so much. Please come soon, but only when you're ready:::

Saturday, August 13, 2011

37 Weeks!! Term Today!!

How far along?: 37 weeks! I'm now considered term!
Current Weight: 145
Total weight gain: +22 from pre-pregnancy weight.
How big is baby?: Watermelon! This is the last fruit/veggie that Cael will "be".
Movement: All.The.Time. He loves pushing his feet and butt out.
Stretch marks?: Unfortunately, they've shown up late. I have some light ones on both hips, and just a few light ones on my lower back, off to the sides. Plus the one on top of my belly button.
Sleep?: I have horrible insomnia, which is complicated by recent bouts of heartburn. I think I'm going to start taking Unisom at night again, like I did in the first trimester.
Symptoms?: Heartburn has returned with a vengeance! Lots of BH's, some painful contractions, an increase in vaginal discharge, hip/pelvic pain and achiness, sharp lower twinges, and sore breasts and nipples.
Food aversions?: Not currently.
Food cravings?: Hamburgers, cheese, pizza, pasta..Nothing different.
Labor signs?: Cael's head is really low; I'm also 1 cm dilated and 50% effaced. Getting BH's and some painful contractions.
Belly button in or out?: It pokes out a wee bit.
What I miss: Bending over, moving easily, deep breaths in, and seeing the skin below my belly button line.
What I'm looking forward to: Having a normal bowel movement (it used to be so easy for me). And of course holding my sweet little man.
Best Moment this week: Although I'm only 1 cm dilated (which I could have been for a while now), I'm happy that there is some progress at this point. It's much better than my cervix being high and closed, and Cael's head up high. Also, being taken off bed rest!! No more restrictions!
Milestone: Being considered term!

Bed Rest - Days 41 & 42...And It's Over!!

So after 42 days of being on modified bed rest - exactly 6 weeks - all of my restrictions have been lifted! I'm no longer on bed rest! Woo-hoo! My appointment on Thursday, the 11th went really well. I didn't need another progesterone shot, and my midwife is thrilled that I've made it this far. I was hoping that she would check me, and she did. I was 1 cm dilated, 50% effaced, and Cael's head was really low. At this point, now that we're in the safe zone, I was hoping I'd be more dilated (especially with all the pre-term labor symptoms I've had over the last 6 weeks), but I was happy that there is something going on. It's better than my cervix being high and tight, and Cael being up and out of my pelvis.

So now that I've been of BR, Matt and I have been going at it, trying to naturally induce labor..lol. See, the thing is that Matt will be leaving Wednesday evening for a wedding on Long Island, and won't be returning until possibly Sunday. That's 4 days where he'll be away from home - 4 hours to be precise - and I'm terrified that I'm going to go into labor while he's away. He'd probably have enough time to get here before Cael arrived, but I would feel terrible if I had to drag him away from the wedding, especially since he's the Best Man. I'm also upset that I'll be missing the wedding, as it's my best friend's wedding as well, but it's not worth the risk of delivering down on LI, and paying for it completely out of pocket. So I will be staying home.

:::Cael, you can either come this weekend, or you have to wait until Daddy gets home on Sunday:::

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

DIY Maternity Pictures

So yesterday, I was actually motivated to take some maternity pictures. I feel Cael will be coming soon, and I knew that if I didn't have some type of picture (other than progressive belly shots), I'd be really upset with myself. So I broke out my Nikon D3000 and my tripod, took some pictures, and modified them on the computer. A lot of them may seem redundant, as I used the shoes, and made hearts with my fingers a lot, but I think they came out pretty good considering what I had to work with - myself.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Nursery Pictures!

Cael's nursery is finally done! Here are pictures showing the incredible changes from being our previous living room, to being a nursery. I'm so happy and thrilled with how the nursery came out - it's exactly how I envisioned it would be. As a guide to these pictures, the blue room was our living room, and the green room is our kitchen. After we moved our big furniture out of the living room, we were left with little things, which cluttered the old living room - which is why it looks so messy. That's not what it looked like when were used it :)

This is a view of what will be the nursery, looking in from the kitchen.
Another view of Cael's room. Our bedroom is the door to the right.
Framing for the wall.
And the wall is installed!
Repairs/spackle to the walls in Cael's room
The door is installed, as well as the trim and base molding
Bye-bye blue! The room is primed and ready for paint!
Molding is taped off, as is where the two colors will be
Paint is done! I love the colors
Border is put on. That was a major pain!
I love it!
Matt getting ready to build the dresser
Commence furniture building!
Crib and letters I made

Inside the crib
Blanket my sister-in-law gave for Cael
View of the crib and bassinet. Oh yea, and diapers!
Dresser with my diaper cake on it
My mom did an awesome job on the diaper cake
Changing table. Car seat and hospital bags are also ready to go

I can't wait to put Cael's pictures in them

Bed Rest - Days 39 & 40

Monday, 8th

Today, I literally did nothing. I really had plans to do something today, but that just didn't happen. I really wanted to at least start priming the living room walls, in short spurts of course, but that didn't happen. In order for that to have happened, I would have needed to run out to Walmart to get drop cloths and rollers, and that wasn't going to happen. I literally spent the entire day on the couch, doing nothing. I guess I needed to though, as I've probably been doing way too much for being on bed rest. I also slept in, which Matt suggested I do, because I haven't been sleeping well at night. I need all the sleep I can get now, before Cael gets here :)

My back and hips have been really starting to bother me. I guess that's another clue that I've dropped, because Cael is putting tons of pressure on my hips and pelvis. The pain and pressure is bearable, but worse than I thought it would be. I never thought it would bother me the way it does. So to help relieve the pain and pressure, I soaked in the jet tub that is now in our bathroom, and it helped a great deal. I wish I could live in the tub until Cael comes, but then I'd be a wrinkled prune.

Tuesday, 9th

I didn't get too much sleep last night, and I actually woke myself up several times moaning in discomfort. I guess I was having some contractions (not too painful ones), and my lower back and hips were really achy. I just couldn't get comfortable.

Matt said he would be getting home from work early today, and he would work on putting up the trim around the windows in the nursery. Currently, that is what he is doing. After I got up, I was still uncomfortable, so I decided to take another bath. It felt really good - it's amazing how much relief a bath tub can provide. Given this, I really think I'll benefit from the labor tub at the hospital when I'm in labor.

I got out, and decided since I was feeling better, to try and take some maternity pictures. Since I was taken out of work, having professional pictures done was out of the picture. Lately, I haven't had the motivation to do anything, but since I was having a lot of contractions today, I figured I'd take some pictures before it was too late. They didn't come out as good as I thought they would (I couldn't expect too much, since I'm doing them myself), but at least I have them now. Plus, I used some editing programs on the computer to crop and make some of the pictures B&W, which I love. I'll share them in another post.

Today was also the first time that Matt and I had sex in a very long time. Even though I'm still on modified bed rest (at least until my appointment on Thursday), my midwife wanted us to wait until at least Tuesday (today) for us to have sex, just in case it triggered labor - since they were both away. Well, the sex was really good, and I kept telling Matt to make sure he was hitting my cervix..HAHA! Sorry for all the information. Let me tell you though, after we had sex, the cramping and contractions started! I've been having cramps and contractions ever since we did the deed, but nothing regular. Although, a lot of the contractions were probably real, because they hurt, and I felt it in my lower back as well. Hey, since my midwives aren't trying to stop labor anymore, why should we :)

:::I can't wait to meet and hold you, Cael:::

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Bed Rest - Day 38

Today wasn't really a good day for me. And for no particular reason at all. I was awoken at 3:30 this morning to a loud bang in the nursery. For some reason, I had a feeling it was at least one of the letters falling off the wall. That's the only thing that could fall in the nursery. So I got up, and lo-and-behold, 2 of the 4 letters fell off the wall because the 3M Command hooks didn't stick well enough to the wall. And it actually took some of the paint off the wall, so I was really upset over that. I took down the remaining 2 letters, and climbed back into bed.

And I couldn't fall asleep. I was really upset over the letters, because I really wanted the sticky hooks to work. I really didn't want to have to put holes in the wall, but I guess that's what we'll have to do now. Luckily, I had the back of the crib about 5 inches away from the wall, in the event they did fall, they wouldn't fall into the crib, or damage the wood. I guess nails it will be.

I finally fell back to sleep about 5:30-6am, and woke back up at 8:30 to go to the bathroom. Matt had just been up to use the bathroom too, so the dogs were anxiously waiting for us to feed them right outside the nursery door. I tell them to lay down, and turn to open the bathroom door. I look down, and notice that right next to the floor, some of the paper from the wall is peeled up and there is a decent sized hole in the sheet rock. Commence me crying. I knew Tyson did this, because he's pulled the drywall paper up off the wall in the kitchen before, which the contractors repaired. But he's never eaten a hole in the drywall. I was so upset and mad at him. I decided to feed and let them out, so they would calm down, and let us sleep longer.

While they were eating, I went back into the bedroom and sat on my side of the bed and just sobbed. Matt woke up, asked what was wrong, and I told him. He tried to calm me down, but I was just so upset. I let the dogs out, let them back in, and then crawled into bed and cried while Matt held me. It's such a silly reason to cry, but everything was finally repaired throughout the apartment, and now there was an imperfection. Needless to say, we didn't fall back to sleep, and got up around 9:15.

I still felt really emotional, as I have been the last few days. You think I'd be the happiest person in the world, as the construction was done, and Cael's nursery was finished. But for some reason, I still feel sad and just want to cry. After eating breakfast, I decided to take the 2 remaining sticky hooks off the wall in the nursery. I pulled the crib out so I could get behind it, and wouldn't you know, the corner of the crib rubbed against the border. I was hoping it wouldn't leave a mark, but when I pulled the crib away, there was a mark there. I was just a wreck at this point. I took the two hooks down, threw out the sticky backing, and climbed into bed and just sobbed - without Matt knowing.

He eventually came in to see what was wrong. I didn't want to tell him about the wall, but I eventually did, and when I did, my sobbing turned into hysterics, where I couldn't catch my breath. Why? All because of a little imperfection on the border. And who knows why else. He just held me, and let me cry. He asked me if I wanted my left over Pizza Uno, and I did. He told me to take a nap, because I probably needed it from not sleeping well, and he'd wake me up when it was done. Surprisingly, I managed to calm down, and actually fell asleep.

I was hoping Matt would hang the window trim and curtain rods today, but it's not looking like it will happen, and I can't say I blame him. He's been working so hard, taking care of me for the last 5 weeks or so, and then working so hard on the nursery. He just wants a day off, and that's fine with me. It makes me want to cry, because I just want it all finished so I can take pictures and share them, but he really hasn't had a day off to do nothing, and he deserves that. He said we can put the car seat in the truck soon, so we'll be doing that. And maybe I'll whip out the paint, touch-up the walls, hang some nails and the letters, and apply the wall appliques. I think if all that gets done today, I'll be ok and happy. Hopefully tomorrow I'll feel better, but I'm not expecting it. It just feels like I'm getting more and more upset with little things, and just crying for no reason as each day goes by. But we will see. Maybe the increase in being emotional means Cael is coming soon? I have no idea.

:::I love you Cael, and can't wait to hold you:::

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Bed Rest - Days 34, 35, 36 & 37

YIKES! I haven't really written in a while! I'm still on modified bed rest, but I am allowed to start doing more, so that's why. I've been up more, doing things, especially since the construction is finished, and we were able to start working on Cael's room! I'll try to remember and recap each day.

Wednesday, 3rd

Matt completely primed Cael's room yesterday, since he was home from work early. He has off today because I have a weekly appointment in the afternoon, as well as an ultrasound - this would be our last ultrasound. Our goal was to start painting the nursery today at some point, probably after my appointment.

My ultrasound went really well, and Cael looked fabulous! I was a little upset that they wouldn't be checking my cervical length, but I guess I should have known that. I swear - whatever knowledge you know medically, pretty much goes out the window when you're the patient. I really did want to know how short my cervix was, but after 35 weeks, it's not important anymore because they won't stop labor if it starts. My fluid measured 17 cm; Cael's heart rate was 152 bpm; and he measured in at 5 pounds 12 ounces, and in the 55th percentile! I was really happy about that, because now I probably won't be having an 8.5 lb baby! I noticed his belly was measuring a week or so behind, which I thought was weird. Up until now, everything had been measuring 1.5 weeks ahead. But I guess it just means his growth is leveling out, which is fine with me.

I also got my last Progesterone shot, and had my GBS swab done - which was a piece of cake. I was told by my midwife that she is thrilled that I've made it to this point, but to try and hold out a little longer because she and my other midwife are off until Tuesday! WHAT?! There is a good OB on call that she fully trusts, but she knows that I signed up for a midwife, and would hate for me to have a doctor deliver me if that's not what I wanted. So the goal is to hold out until at least Tuesday (and that's probably what he'll do).

I asked if she was going to manually check my cervix to see if I was dilated at all (something I was also curious about), and she said she's staying away from my cervix, for fear of starting labor before Tuesday. For this same reason, she wants Matt and I to hold off on having sex until my next appointment, which is next Thursday. Fine with me - I'd rather one of my midwives deliver me, and not a doctor. I'm not sure if my midwife will check me next week, but I hope she will. I'm really curious to know if I'm dilated at all.

So we got back from our appointment earlier than we thought we would, and we immediately started painting the nursery. Placing the painting tape was really tedious, especially since we were doing two colors. But we got that done, painted the top half of the wall blue, let it dry for a little while, and then painted the top half brown. We stepped back, and admired the colors. We are in love with the colors, and couldn't wait to finish it off with the border. But it was late, so we went to bed.

Thursday, 4th

Today, I spent most of the day relaxing like I should be. When Matt got home, we got started on the wallpaper border. Let me tell you this, we will never put a wallpaper border up again! It was the most anxiety-ridden, stressful and tedious thing we've done. Considering we've never done anything like that before, and only watched a how-to YouTube video once, it didn't come out bad at all. The border has a geometric pattern, and we were able to match up the shapes to make it look continuous, like I wanted. It came out really good for a first try.

After we got the border on, we decided to try and build whatever furniture we could before we had to go to bed. We started with the dresser, and it actually took us until 10:30 that night to finish. Matt did most of it, and I just sat in a chair watching him. I was having a lot of BH contractions, one right after the other, so Matt wanted me to relax. He looked at me, and told me to "Stop it!", that I'm not allowed to go into labor until the crib is done, and until the midwives were back.

Friday, 5th

Today was a great day! My friend Sadie came over at 10 in the morning to help me finish the nursery. After Matt spent a lot of time on the dresser, he said he was done, and that we could build the rest. It was tedious building the dresser because of all the drawers you had to build too.

So Sadie came over, and after showing her the renovations, we got started on the room at 10:30. We built both the changing table and crib by 11:40. We wondered what took Matt so long, because we had such an easy time...lol. Then we got started on bringing everything into the nursery to set up. We did the crib first, and put the bumpers, mattress protector, sheet and sheet saver on. Then we brought in all the clothes that I had previously washed, folded, sorted, and vacuum-sealed in SpaceSaver bags. We organized the clothes by drawer - it was so much fun! And Sadie started having bad baby pangs with each piece of clothing she held. It was so funny, but I know how she feels. I've been there.

We finished up with setting up the changing table, organizing the extra sheets, blankets and burp clothes in the canvas crates we have for the changing table, and putting the shelves back on the walls. We then ended up going to Babies 'R Us to get a few little things that I needed to finish off the nursery. One thing that I was REALLY excited about, was that BRU had the window valances I've been looking for! And not only did they have one; they had TWO! They've been put on clearance, and discontinued, so I've only ever been able to find one, if any at all. But never bought it for fear of not being able to find a second one. So I was really happy about that find. We spent so much time in BRU, and got home at 6:00pm! But the nursery was finished, and we got home right before Matt did, so we could show him.

He's not one to get too excited about much of anything, so his reaction could be considered non-appreciative. But I knew he liked it, and was happy that he didn't have to do anything else that night..lol. It was absolutely beautiful and perfect. And I can't believe it was done. Finished. Ready to use. It's so surreal. The only things left to do are put up white trim around the windows, get curtain rods to hang the valances, hang his letters, and apply the appliques to the wall.

Saturday, 6th

Today I relaxed for a lot of the day, but at the same time, I also did a bunch of stuff in the nursery. I did a final load of Cael's laundry, folded it and put it all away. I had to use the washer upstairs because ours died a few days ago. We are planning to go out and get a new washer when Matt gets home from work at 3. I also finished getting Cael's hospital bag together, as well as starting to pack mine. It's almost done, and I only have to get a few toiletry items, and pack some clothes for Matt.

Matt got home, and we went out to look at washers, and get the last of the things we need to complete the nursery. We went to Best Buy, because we have a credit card through there, and payments are interest-free for 18 months. We went there with the idea we'd get a washing machine for maybe about $400, pay it off, then buy the dryer. Well, let me tell you - that is nothow it went. I'll spare the details, but after about an hour and a half in Best Buy, and a near anxiety attack, we ended up buying a high-end washer and dryer, for way more than I had thought we would.

But the sales-guy got us 24 months interest-free (and he doesn't work on commission), and have awesome machines for all the extra laundry we will be doing. Plus, they have a steam feature to sanitize clothes and whatever else needs to be really cleaned. Honestly, I think walking into Best Buy 9 months pregnant made us weak in a way. It gave the sales-guy "ammo" to sell to us a more higher-end washer and dryer than we originally wanted - such as the steam feature. But he brought up good points that we didn't even think about. In the end, we're happy with our choice - even if it will take us 2 years to pay off :) We will be getting them delivered on Friday the 12th.

We then headed over to Lowe's to pick up curtain rods, sticky wall hooks for the letters and white trim for around the windows. As it turns out, we bought four 7' pieces of trim, but I must have only picked up 3 of the 4 pieces when Matt pulled up with the truck, so we left a piece at Lowe's. Unfortunately, we didn't realize this until we got home and unloaded everything. Anyway, we then went to Pizza Uno to celebrate us finishing the nursery. I was so excited, and the pizza was so amazing!

When we got home, which was around 8:30 I think, I hung up Cael's letters over his crib. It looked amazing, and I was really happy with how they turned out. They're one of those finishing touches that completes the nursery :).

Finally, here is a picture comparing my belly at 34, 35 and 36 weeks. You can definitely tell I've dropped. He'll be here really soon!

:::Love you baby Cael! You're more than welcome to come anytime after Tuesday:::

36 Weeks! What-WHAT!

How far along?: 36 weeks! We made it to my goal! 9 months pregnant, and boy do I feel the part!
Current Weight: 143!!!
Total weight gain: +20 from pre-pregnancy weight.
How big is baby?: Large cantaloupe. 5 pounds 12 ounces on Wednesday.
Movement: All.The.Time. He loves pushing his feet and butt out.
Stretch marks?: Unfortunately, they've shown up late. I have some light ones on both hips, and just a few light ones on my lower back, off to the sides. Plus the one on top of my belly button.
Sleep?: Getting worse again. I have to roll over all the time (about every hour) because my hips feel like they're splitting, with terrible achy pains.
Symptoms?: Minimal heartburn (thank you Zantac!), TERRIBLE hip pain, lower pressure, and minimally swollen fingers, toes and ankles. No cankles though, fortunately.
Food aversions?: Not currently.
Food cravings?: Hamburgers, cheese, pizza, pasta..Nothing different.
Labor signs?: I thought I dropped last week at 35 weeks, but it's obvious that this week I have definitely dropped. Some cramps, BH, and I had a few of what I think were real contractions. But nothing regular or consistent.
Belly button in or out?: Some in and some out, depending on where he's laying and whether or not I'm contracting.
What I miss: Bending over, moving easily, deep breaths in, and seeing the skin below my belly button line.
What I'm looking forward to: Meeting Cael! His nursery is 99.9% done, and all ready for him!! As of now, we just have to hang his letters, and get curtain rods for the valances.
Best Moment this week: Finishing the nursery. It's so surreal now!
Milestone: Getting to 36 weeks! Which was the goal!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Bed Rest - Day 33

As of 6:30pm last night, construction was complete! It was a long day, since they wanted to stay late, and finish everything. But it was worth it! There is still a light film of dust on everything, so I had to vacuum off the couch and what-not, but it's not nearly as bad as I thought it would be. We are so happy with the improvements, and everything looks fabulous.

I wanted to try to prime Cael's room today (I'm still on MBR, so I figured I would do it in short spurts), so I decided to get up early and get started on things. I needed to shower, which I did, and we desperately needed to do food shopping. So I was up at 6:45am, showered, and on my way to the food store by 7:45am. Needless to say, that was a VERY tiring task, and by the time I got home, slowly unloaded everything and put everything away, I was just plain exhausted. And it was only 10am. Not to mention that I was already starving for lunch since I was up so early.

So I made some Pizza Bagels for "brunch", and relaxed on the couch. I found out that Matt was going to be coming home early from work at around 2. I was happy about that, because I like when he's home with me, and he could help me prime the room. However, at around 11:20, I started getting these really painful pains with belly tightening. I thought for sure it was a contraction - my belly hardened, it was painful, and it was hard to breath. I started timing them, and in all, I had about 3 of them, and several painless BH's in between by 1:15.

They were definitely irregular and spaced far apart, so I didn't get too alarmed. They just hurt. But at the same time, I was nervous and anxious for if it was the real thing. I told Matt about them, and he wanted to make sure I was timing them, and to not move off the couch. He didn't want me to do anything else for the rest of the day, because he really doesn't want Cael to come yet. He tells me I'm not allowed to have him until the nursery is finished. So on the couch I laid. And Matt walked in at around 12:30 - earlier than I thought. I was happy.

So Matt ended up priming the entire nursery, and I relaxed. I'm so happy and lucky to have Matt. He did a good job, and the room is now white, compared to the bright blue it was before. Tomorrow, Matt has off because I have an office appointment and ultrasound (my last one! The u/s that is) in the afternoon, but we're hoping to do some of the painting tomorrow. The room will be two-toned with a border around the middle, so we have some work ahead of us. I'm just happy we're finally working on the nursery - it feels so surreal.

I'm thinking that the nursery will be painted and ready to be furnished by Friday the latest, and then Matt and I can build the furniture. Once he has the furniture built, I can put everything in the nursery. My friend Sadie is planning to come over on Friday to help organize everything, so I am excited about that. Hopefully we'll have all the furniture assembled! It's all so exciting!

:::Hold on just a little longer, baby Cael:::

Monday, August 1, 2011

Construction Update - Day 5

So today is the 5th day of construction (well, technically the 5.5th day because they worked half a day on Sunday), and the progress is amazing! My guess is they'll be done by the end of today! We'll be able to start paint the nursery tomorrow with Primer. This is really moving along!

Today, they:
  • Did all the sanding of the mud and rock
  • Vacuumed and cleaned up the dust
  • Installed the base molding in Cael's room
  • Installed the trim around the door in Cael's nursery
  • Installed a gutter above our front door to prevent the rain from pouring down in front of the door outside
  • Re-hung/aligned our bathroom door in the living room so it doesn't take all my strength to open (this was something we didn't expect!). The door bottom would drag along the carpet
  • Installed our new faucet in the bathroom
  • Installed the rest of the door knobs
Phew! All that is left is:
  • Install the rest of the trim around the remaining doors in the apartment
  • Install switch/outlet covers over all the outlets
  • Install a wood plank on the bottom of the look-through hole opening
  • Finish cleaning up/shop vacuuming
What a big change! I can't wait to post pictures of before and after :)

Bed Rest - Day 32

The contractors started early this morning, around 7:30. They're currently sanding the rock and mud, so I'm upstairs in the living room, away from all the flying dust. That means that the construction is coming to an end shortly, and I can't wait. I am, however, extremely anxious over the cost of everything. Like I've posted earlier, the initial estimate was $2500. But since it's taken them a couple of days longer than estimated, AND they ran into the electrical problems, I'm convinced it's going to be a lot more. We took out a loan for $5000, in which $1000 ended up getting spent on monthly bill (which I really didn't want to happen, but what's done is done), so that leaves $4000 for the renovations. Matt doesn't think it will be too much over what the initial estimate was, and I hope he's right.

I'm thinking that the contractors want to at least be finished with Cael's room by the end of today, so that we can start painting in there. They keep making jokes about how I have to wait to go into labor until they leave - they're really funny. They keep saying that's not "their specialty", and if anything, wait until Matt comes home..too funny! If they aren't done today, then they will be done by tomorrow. If they're done today, that totals 5.5 days of work; if they're done tomorrow, that's 6.5 days of work. A little longer than they estimated, but well worth it. I just hope that time spent doesn't equal money, in this case anyway.

I had the weirdest dream last night, and I'm not sure if I want it to be true or not. My midwife in my dream, which was Elaine in Katie's body (both my midwives - really weird), told me that I should expect my water to break soon. Like, really soon - days soon. Wouldn't it be nice if they could actually predict when these things would happen?

I have been crampy on and off all morning. They're like menstrual cramps, but without the hardening of my belly. So I'm guessing they're not contractions? I have no idea. Maybe I have to poop, but I don't feel like it. We did do a lot yesterday, with being out half the day.

It was funny, because Matt said at one point yesterday, "Are you sure you're ok to go to another store? I know they said to increase your activity slowly, but I don't want to increase it too much and have Cael come before the construction is done." And then last night, I was having those painful twinges really down low, which made me double over. Matt was like, "Don't YOU DARE!". Haha! He's terrified I'm going to go into labor before he can finish painting and building all the furniture. Then I leaned over to get my phone while in bed last night, to set my alarm, and he asked me what I was doing, like "What are you doing??". He thought I was going to use the contraction timer app I have because I was having a contraction. I assured him I was only setting my alarm, and to relax. He is downright TERRIFIED of Cael getting here within the next few days.

I do have some things I want to do today - like food shopping! We literally have nothing to eat in our apartment. And honestly, no means to cook anything, because there is clutter everywhere (especially on top of the stove) from the construction. So we have been eating out a lot. I clipped some coupons this morning from the P&G flyer in the Sunday paper, so I'm anxious to use them. Thing is - I can go out food shopping, but then I have no where to put anything once I get home because of the contractors working. I don't want to get in their way, so that won't work. I want them to get done with whatever they need to without impeding them. Maybe when Matt gets home from work, we can both go. That would make it easier on me as well.

Finally, this whole "dropping" thing is in my head. I'm trying to figure out if I did indeed drop a little. I feel less pressure up high, and more pressure down low. Plus, a lot of people commented on my 35 week Facebook picture about how much lower I'm carrying, that it looks like I've dropped. Maybe I did, even a little. I can definitely breathe a little better, that's for sure. Here's a collage of pictures from 33-35 weeks to see the comparison. And finally, here is a video of Cael hiccuping - something he's been doing quite frequently :)

:::I can't wait to meet and hold you, Cael:::