Labor?!

SO I think I am in labor.

I am pretty darn sure I am in labor at least from the timing of my contractions at 8 to 10 minutes apart.

However I don't want to wake anyone up if it is not really labor.

I woke up at 12:45 with a really painful contraction/having to go to the bathroom. I got up, went to the bathroom **** sorry the contraction I just had distracted me***** and climbed back in bed. They continued to come while I tried to go back to sleep. I mean that is what all the books recommended so you will be refreshed and ready for "real" labor. Really who came up with that stupid idea about early labor? Sure I'll just go back to sleep. RIGHT.

It is now almost 4 am and they are still about 8 minutes apart. I guess no need to wake anyone else in the house up yet.

Did I mention I lost my plug and it was bloody? Gross I know but isn't that a sign that good things are happening? Also the hubs and I had relations about 2 hours before the contraction woke me. So maybe it is true after all what they say.

I think she is really coming, today, early, I really didn't think she would be early.

HOLY CRAP I'M GONNA HAVE A BABY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

What IF?

This week is National Infertility Awareness Week. National Infertility Awareness Week (NIAW 2010) is a movement to raise awareness about infertility which affects 7.3 million Americans sponsored by RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association. If you would like to know more about IF this week and infertility overall feel free to click on the above link. Otherwise please show your support for those you know and those you don't know that suffer from infertility.
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What's happening with Judas week 38





Your baby has really plumped up. She weighs about 6.8 pounds and she's over 19 1/2 inches long (like a leek). She has a firm grasp, which you'll soon be able to test when you hold her hand for the first time! Her organs have matured and are ready for life outside the womb.

Wondering what color your baby's eyes will be? You may not be able to tell right away. If she's born with brown eyes, they'll likely stay brown. If she's born with steel gray or dark blue eyes, they may stay gray or blue or turn green, hazel, or brown by the time she's 9 months old. That's because a child's irises (the colored part of the eye) may gain more pigment in the months after she's born, but they usually won't get "lighter" or more blue. (Green, hazel, and brown eyes have more pigment than gray or blue eyes.)~babycenter


How far along? 38 weeks 1 day today
Total weight gain: 26 lbs
Maternity clothes? Yep
Sleep: In stretches of 2 or 3 hours depending on the night
Best moment this week: Getting to leave work 2 hours early every day!
Movement: Yep all the time (unless someone wants to see her move then she stops)
Gender: Girl! Addison Hope
Labor Signs: Lots of Braxton Hicks and pain in my lower abdomen. I would LOVE more signs of labor please!
Belly Button in or out? In
What I miss: At this point being able to clean my feet myself. Or wearing any shoes other than my really ugly Crocs!
What I am looking forward to: Her arrival!!! Any day now please!
Weekly Wisdom:
Milestones: 38 weeks! 2 weeks left. Well at the most 3 I guess technically.

Artistic?

I got bored last night and today. My husband is working nights and I am home alone, or if he is home he is sleeping. I am done in Addison's room and I don't feel like cleaning so the results of all of this are.......

Me

TRYING

to be artistic.



Trying is the operative word here.

Progress

I had my 37 week doctor appt. yesterday. I have been having a lot of lower abdomen cramping, back aches and general overall crappy feelings so I mentioned that to my doctor. If I am being 100% truthful the last time I had an appt. she told me that it is general procedure in the practice to not start checking you until 39 weeks unless there is a reason. SO I was slightly happy to be having some symptoms just so she would have a reason to check me. I did not want to wait 2 more weeks to see if things were progressing! Plus yesterday was just a bad day and I felt really horrible all day, even worse than I have felt the rest of the week which has not been so great in and of itself. My blood pressure is still sitting at a normal high range but I am not spilling and protein and I did not gain any more weight from my last appt. I am sitting at 24 lbs total which I think is pretty darn good.
I was a little apprehensive about the checking part (not enough to not want it done!). I know a lot of people that have said that it is not very comfortable. Personally I didn't find it any worse than a pap or any other procedure I have had done down in that region.
I am 1.5 cm dilated, 50% effaced, and Addison is sitting at -2 station.
YEA!!!
Now I know I can stay that way for the remainder of my pregnancy and not progress anymore but still YEA!!!! The doctor did say that she does not think I will go past my due date which I am happy about. Not only because I am uncomfortable and emotional most of the time but because her due date is right before my birthday and I want us to have different birthdays (yes I am selfish that way). Plus I just WANT TO MEET HER!
I am however getting a little sad thinking about her being here. I SO enjoy being the only one that gets to take care of her now. It is just the coolest thing to be able to feel her every movement and to know how to calm her down or get her going. I know I am going to miss that once she arrives and everyone gets to hold her. Right now she is all mine. Soon she won't be any more.
On another good note the doctor recommended that I cut down on my hours at work. She gave me a note to only work 6 hours a day. I could not be happier about this, they seem to have just realized that I am leaving soon and everyone is throwing work on my like crazy. I just know there is no way I am going to finish it all before I leave and that makes me feel really guilty. Plus I am the only person that does my job and I have to now train someone in 2 weeks or less to take it all over.
YEA for dilation and effacement and getting out of work early!

What's happening with Judas week 37



Your baby is now considered "full term," even though your due date is three weeks away. If you go into labor now, her lungs will likely be mature enough to fully adjust to life outside the womb. (Some babies need a bit more time, though. So if you're planning to have a repeat c-section, for example, your practitioner will schedule it for no earlier than 39 weeks unless there's a medical reason to intervene earlier.)

Your baby weighs 6 1/3 pounds and measures a bit over 19 inches, head to heel (like a stalk of Swiss chard). Many babies have a full head of hair at birth, with locks from 1/2 inch to 1 1/2 inches long. But don't be surprised if your baby's hair isn't the same color as yours. Dark-haired couples are sometimes thrown for a loop when their children come out as blonds or redheads, and fair-haired couples have been surprised by Elvis look-alikes. And then, of course, some babies sport only peach fuzz. ~babycenter


How far along? 37 weeks
Total weight gain: 24 lbs as of my last appt.
Maternity clothes? Yep
Sleep: Nope
Best moment this week: I wish I had one this week. It has not been the best week so far.
Movement: Yes
Gender: Girl Addison Hope
Labor Signs: Lots of Braxton Hicks and lower abdomen cramping.
Belly Button in or out? In
What I miss: Sleeping and not being the angry annoyed pregnant women.
What I am looking forward to: Meeting her and NOT WORKING!!!!!!
Weekly Wisdom: Take time off before the baby comes so you can have some time to yourself. I am thinking of asking my doctor to start my maternity leave a little earlier.
Milestones: Well I am considered full term today!

Wrong side of the bed.

Today I hate my job. No, Really today I HATE it! I hate that I have a BS in Psychology and I am stuck in a stupid research position where I NEVER get a raise, never get recognition and I end up doing the same things over and over and over again. Sure I work for one of the top school/hospitals in the south and I have flexible hours, I get good sick and vacation compensation, and I have good medical coverage. At least that is what they tell me even though I don't consider paying over 200 dollars a month for my part of my insurance (they cover 1/2) as good per say. Maybe I woke up on the wrong side of the bed today but I am just not in a good mood. I am annoyed that when I come back from my maternity leave I have to go part time. I mean it is a good thing (that is what I keep telling myself), but it makes me mad that I didn't have any other choice. I was LAUGHED at when I asked for a raise even though I have been at this job for almost 3 years now with NO raise. PLUS, I just found out that one of my grants is dropping me come May 1. No warning just an email saying thanks for your work, but we are no longer going to pay you. thankyouverymuch. So now my part time has become REALLY part time like 2 days a week. 15 hours as opposed to 25 which is what we had originally discussed and I had planned on for our finances. Not to mention I will not have any benefits with these new hours.
To top it all off I have to have my boss sign a time sheet every other week and when I went in to give it to her to sign today she looked at me and said, "You have been later than this a few days did you stay late to make it up." I literally almost flipped out on her. There is a girl that works in our lab that DOES NOT come to work at least 2 days a week. I mean she just does not show up, no phone call, no email, nothing and she hardly ever makes it up. She has no excuse. She has no family, no roommates, just one dog. When she does come it she is usually 2 or 3 hours late and leaves at the same time no matter what. She is behind on all of her experiments. I on the other had ALWAYS get my work done. I am never out. Give me a freaking break I am 9 months pregnant and I have to ride a stupid bus in from my parking space every day which can take up to 30 minutes in the morning with the traffic and construction. Then I have to waddle my way across the hospital to my desk. SO FREAKING sorry if I am occasionally 30 minutes late. FIRE me! I really don't care. So now I am going to stay an extra 30 minutes every day like a good employee just to show her that I GIVE A CRAP.
Please PLEASE let me go into labor early so I can get out of here.

Pack n Play

As I am sure some of you remember I entered a contest that Heir to Blair put on a few weeks ago for a free Bright Starts item of my choice (I know how the heck did I get so lucky in winning that?!) The contest was a 14 day giveaway with 14 different bloggers. Well, I finally got my Playard (I call it a pack n play but that is what they call it) in the mail!! I am so excited. The pack n play was one of the last things we needed to get before Addison arrives. We had planned from the beginning to use a pack n play instead of a bassinet since we can use it longer and our bedroom is big enough to be able to accommodate a pack n play.

So this is the one we got. It is from the InGenuity line by Bright Starts in the Bella Vista pattern. It is really neutral so it works for both girls and boys and fits in well with any decor.

I was really easy to put together and simple to take down too! Now I have never messed with a pack n play so I am not sure how easy other ones are but this one was super simple. It also has a carrying case that makes it easy to take with you whe you visit grandma. I can't wait to be able to use it and see how it really works when Addison gets here.

What's happening with Judas week 36





Your baby is still packing on the pounds — at the rate of about an ounce a day. She now weighs almost 6 pounds (like a crenshaw melon) and is more than 18 1/2 inches long. She's shedding most of the downy covering of hair that covered her body as well as the vernix caseosa, the waxy substance that covered and protected her skin during her nine-month amniotic bath. Your baby swallows both of these substances, along with other secretions, resulting in a blackish mixture, called meconium, will form the contents of her first bowel movement.

At the end of this week, your baby will be considered full-term. (Full-term is 37 to 42 weeks; babies born before 37 weeks are pre-term and those born after 42 are post-term.) Most likely she's in a head-down position. But if she isn't, your practitioner may suggest scheduling an "external cephalic version," which is a fancy way of saying she'll try to coax your baby into a head-down position by manipulating her from the outside of your belly. ~babycenter


How far along? 36 weeks
Total weight gain: 24 lbs, 2 lbs up in a week. The doctor keeps saying "it's just water weight" but come on how much water can I possibly be retaining?
Maternity clothes? Oh yea and some of the shirts are getting a little short.
Sleep: NO. I wish, please can someone knock me out! I know my body is preparing me, I get it.
Best moment this week: Going to the Dr. on Monday and finding out my blood pressure is down from my last visit. YEA!
Movement: All the time, more and more! I LOVE it!!!!!
Gender: GIRL! Addison Hope
Labor Signs: Lots of Braxton Hicks and some cramping but I am not getting my hopes up.
Belly Button in or out? Still in I don't think it is going to venture out.
What I miss: SLEEP and beer and seeing my feet look normal!
What I am looking forward to: Meeting our little bundle and not swelling anymore, I won't even say sleep since I know that is long gone for a LONG time!
Milestones: Is insane swelling a milestone? If so I am SO there!


The only shoes that I have been able to wear now for about 3 weeks have been my sandals. My feet were swelling really bad during the day but at night they would go down and if I stayed off of them on the weeekends they would stay down the first part of the week. That has all changed! Now they are ALWAYS swollen so much so that I was having trouble wearing even my sandals.

So last night my husband made me go to the mall to find shoes that actually fit. I have a hard enough time with shoes anyway since I have a wide foot to begin with. Luckily I found a pair of Crocs (really ugly ones of course what Crocs are not ugly) that do not hurt my feet! Yeah for no more bruised sore feet.

Update

Happy Late Easter! Mine was pretty good. We spent Sunday going to Easter service and then my sister, my brother, the hubs, and my mom all enjoyed supper(lunch) together. Yep I am southern born and raised and we have supper in the middle of the day. However it is only supper if it is a big meal, say on a holiday or Sunday supper. Otherwise it is lunch. That is just how my Grandma always referred to lunch time on Sunday or any holiday celebration, which we always had in the middle of the day, never at night. I am guessing this will be the last Easter that we don't have baskets or egg hunts (or candy!). We stopped doing those a while ago but now that we have Addison coming I am sure we will pick that back up. I was completely wiped out after everyone left on Sunday and I spent a good 3 hours resting on the couch.

We have finally finished all of our "getting ready for baby" classes. We took a labor and delivery class (talk about trying to scare the bajesus out of you), toured the hospital so we know what to expect, took a "baby basics" class to teach us how to handle a newborn, infant CPR and our last class was last night breastfeeding. I have read a bunch of books on breastfeeding. One of the most insightful ones was "So That Is What They're For". If you want to be as prepared as possible for breastfeeding I would highly recommend that book. I am trying to be as prepared and informed as possible about everything we may encounter since this is all new to both of us. I would say all the classes taught me something I didn't know and they were definitely all worth taking. I KNOW my husband got a lot of new info from all the classes. Last night he said to me "I didn't realize you were going to have to feed the baby so often, you're not going to be able to do anything else." AMEN brother! He was also quite shocked at the labor process and I think he has a new found respect for what I am going to be going through (which is one of the big reasons I signed us up for all the classes)!

I am now going to the doctor weekly and I had my GBS test last week. It came back positive which I did not expect. My doctor told me that 40% of women come back positive and it just means that I will have to get IV antibiotics while I am in labor and that Addison will have to get antibiotics and we will have to stay in the hospital for a full 48 hours after delivery. I don't mind having to get antibiotics but I wish my little girl didn't have to go through that so soon. She will have to get them IV and I feel so bad that I am the reason she will need them. On a good note my blood pressure was way down at my appt. yesterday! I am so happy about that. Looks like she is going to continue cooking away and I am going to be able to continue working as long as it stays down. Not that I enjoy working but I don't want to have to use any of my leave before she gets here so I can have the maximum time off to care for her before I go back to work part time.

I guess that is it as far as updates. Now we are just waiting until she decided she is ready to come out. We have everything we need at the moment, I just need to pick up a few things here and there. I think I can say I am finally ready!