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Oh Hai

It has been forever since I have written a blog. Well, almost a year. Which is pretty much forever in internet time.

With my last post, I had started the Couch 2 5K program again. Which, to be honest, I did not keep up with very well. I do my best at the gym if I go in the morning. I also like to take it easy in the morning with a cuppa and some Daily Show from the night before. Sooo. Yeah.

Anyway, on to May. My husband and I found out we were expecting our next baby the day before Mother’s Day. We made the decision to keep it quiet due to the miscarriage from the year before. It was really pretty traumatic for me to have to tell everyone about that. I know that for some people, it is a healing thing to be able to share experiences like that. Not so for me. In fact, it took me nearly a full year to even be able to mention the loss.

We told our close family when we were about 8 weeks along and we made it public at about 12 weeks after my first midwife appointment. I am now 31 weeks along. This new baby is due in January. And has caused me issues every. single. step. of the way. I am not sure if it is because I am considered an older mom. Or it might be because this is baby #4. Or it might just be because every pregnancy is different.

Just after we found out we were expecting, I had to set up a doctor appointment to figure out what was going on with an extreme headache. It was so bizarre. I started to call it a head pain because it was not a typical headache for me. The focal point would move around my head and radiate out. I called my general practitioner when the pain moved toward the front of my head and made eating difficult. As I was pregnant, there was not a lot he could do for me. He was concerned enough that he contacted the women’s clinic to see if it was safe enough for me to go in for an MRI. Doing my bit of research, I used my mom to contact an OB from the Mayo Clinic to be sure an MRI would be ok. I went through with it. And I now have proof that my brain is normal.

Along with the head pains, I got to work through some food aversions. My morning sickness was more acute than it usually is, but since I had so many food aversions, my trips to the toilet resulted mostly in dry heaves. I survived mostly on salad and protein shakes. I couldn’t even look at eggs, pizza, cheese, milk, tomatoes, and the list goes on. All sorts of smells would send me running to the bathroom. I lost somewhere around 11 pounds. At 31 weeks, I am still dealing with some of these aversions. Sometimes I can eat scrambled eggs, sometimes I can’t.

Once the morning sickness started to fade, I guess my body decided I needed some other inconvenience. So, my relaxin hormone production went into overdrive. It took me awhile to figure this out. I had a cold at the end of August, early September (back to school crud, yay!). That incident led to me actually sneezing so hard that I popped a rib out-of-place. It was so painful that I went into the ER. I honestly had no idea what was going on. I just knew that I suddenly couldn’t breathe and was in huge amounts of pain. That was a particularly pricey visit just to have someone tell me that my rib was knocked out and the pain was from muscle spasms. I got it under control with heat, ice, and a chiropractor.

The first rib incident was actually a clue for me about the relaxin. My rib has now popped out 3 times and my hips are trying to disconnect from my leg bones. If you are not totally sure about what relaxin does, it pretty much matches its name. It relaxes the ligaments connecting the bones to allow movement for childbirth. Why my body is prepping so early, I have no idea. It has made it very uncomfortable to walk and I am on a lifting restriction. Sitting, standing, and laying down are all also very uncomfortable.

The good news for this pregnancy is that Baby is doing incredibly well. We found out at my 20 week ultrasound that Baby is a boy, so this will be boy #4 in our family. He will have no lack of clothes. Though they may be a bit worn. He is super active and is constantly pushing out on my belly.

Other good news is that I do NOT have gestational diabetes. Not that it matters since chocolate and some other sweets give me massive heartburn. I joke that this baby is forcing me to eat healthy. Well, I mostly joke. I would kill for a doughnut. This whole eating healthier has been beneficial seeing as how I am not up for pretty much any exercise. I have not gained back much of the weight I lost during my morning sickness. Baby is still growing very well, so he is definitely getting the nutrients he needs. If I did not have the constant pain, I would actually feel really good. I’ve even been enjoying the onset of the Braxton Hicks contractions. Well, except for the one that hit me when I was grocery shopping. Whew. That was came out of nowhere and left a lingering pain. My body is prepping to bring this guy earthside. After all the issues I have had, I am really looking forward to meeting this new person.

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and… still pregnant.

The hospital could not get me in yesterday. We are pretty disappointed, but I should be able to get in today. There were 4 people ahead of me to be induced and they were very busy.

I was starting to think that I might naturally start labor last night. I was experiencing contractions that were getting stronger, until they stopped. Baby has moved around a lot more today than usual, at least for morning movements. Baby usually seems to move a lot more in the evening. He/she also had hiccups this morning. Those always amuse me. They certainly put me in a better mood.

Not much else that I feel like writing about. Hopefully my next post will be all about my new baby boy/girl.

The Last Night My Son Is An Only Child

Or so I am hoping.

Sol and I just had a wonderful evening of pizza, popcorn, and a popsicle. We enjoyed the new Alice In Wonderland. We had not seen it before and we both really liked it a lot.

I am currently letting him play a few games on the computer. I figure celebrating the last night of being a sole child should be special, so I am spoiling him a little bit.

I still keep hoping that I will start labor naturally. I am still getting random contractions. They are getting stronger, but they are still not as strong as the hospital had told me they should be and they are not lasting anywhere near as long as they want. The longest one lasted to a count of 26.

Even if I do wind up being induced, I am still very excited to meet this little person currently kicking the crap out of my ribs.

Hopefully, the next time I write on this blog, I will be the proud momma of 2 children. Au revoir.

Arrrrgh!

Baby really needs to come out now. I am tired of all the walking I have done. Well, it was too cold and rainy to do much walking today… Anyway, it would be really awesome if baby made an appearance tonight. I am serious. Labor would be a huge improvement to the discomfort I have felt since Friday.

Along with the discomfort, I have discovered that I now have trouble bending and squatting. The bending was difficult before, but pretty much impossible now. This has put a damper on putting away dishes from the dishwasher and getting laundry out of the dryer.

I did have a pretty big contraction last night that woke me up. However, it did not last and I did not get anymore. Bleh. I’ve read up on ways to naturally help induce labor, but I know that Baby will come when Baby wants to. Even with the scraped membranes (which was one of the inducements I came across). One suggestion was to relax to a romantic movie, so I watched Valley Girl. It did make me relax and laugh, but no baby…

I’ve felt a lot of back pain today, which makes me wonder a bit if I am starting to have back labor. Of course, it could be from all the fricking walking I have done. I am very cranky tonight. I was very cranky just before Sol decided to come too. Maybe it will be tonight??? One can hope.

Easing 3rd Trimester Discomfort

3rd trimester discomfort is a memory that is coming back to me from my 1st pregnancy. I read that some women actually feel guilty at this point for just wanting the pregnancy to be done with. Don’t feel that guilt. It is almost done with. I think the baby probably feels the same way. It is getting awfully tight in there for the little one. Anyway, I think the discomfort we feel at this point is a way our bodies try to get us ready for the big day.

  • I took a warm bath last night. It was the most incredible thing I think I could have done. I felt so much better during and for a while afterwards. It didn’t stop Braxton Hicks from keeping me awake most of the night, but I definitely felt better for a little while.
  • Walking has also been helping. Once again, it doesn’t last for long, but I do feel better for a while after taking even a short walk for a few blocks.
  • Sitting and rocking on an exercise ball is also recommended. I do not have one, so can not vouch for this.

I am sure there are plenty of other ways to ease discomfort. I just felt like I needed to write down the few that have been on my mind. The walking one is also good in a few other ways. It will give you some nice easy exercise and helps to position the baby’s head properly. Some people claim it will help the onset of labor, but this has not really been proven. Most hospitals will get the mother up and walking, if possible, during contractions and before she is fully dilated. I wasn’t allowed to do this with my first kiddo as I was leaking amniotic fluid and the doc was worried about infection. Bleh. I wasn’t even allowed to get up to go to the bathroom. It was pretty much a total loss of dignity for about 15 hours.

Counting down to the finish line.

Within the week I will need to change the name of my blog as I will no longer be a “Preggo Chick.” My doc decided that I am ready to deliver and even set up an induction date for Thursday, November 11. The baby is small, but not too small. According to the ultrasound I had today, the baby is approx 6lbs, 11oz. I was relieved that he/she is not 9 or more. I was a little worried that may be the case as that is usually what happens with gestational diabetes. However, I had to wonder about it since I have gained a total of 13 lbs myself (not counting the 4 lbs I lost in my 1st trimester). If you had read my blog before I found out I was pregnant, yes, I was overweight to begin with. I have tried to keep active and eat mostly healthy. The eating healthy went into overdrive after I was diagnosed with diabetes. I suppose I should admit that I “cheated” a few times. Eating fast food or a piece of candy here and there. It is amazing how it can really change your mindset over these things when it these things affect someone else’s health as well. I have come to realize that I did some of this in order to keep myself healthy, but mostly to keep my baby healthy. I know I would not have been so stringent for my own sake.

So anyways, I had my last ultrasound today and an exam. Both revealed that baby is perfectly healthy and doing well. The doc decided, based on my gestational diabetes, the fact that I am on medication for it, I have been experiencing an increase in discharge (TMI I know), I am dilated at 2 1/2 cm, and an increase in Braxton Hicks that it would work in all of our favor to attempt to get this baby out into the world this week. He ruptured my membrane in an effort to get labor to start on its own. I have to say that since he did it, I have been getting more severe feeling contractions. In fact after this blog, I fully intend to sit in a bath for a little while. I have heard that a bath helps with the pain. I didn’t get to try that when I had my first child.

Two and a half more weeks to go.

Or there-a-bouts anyway. I was starting to think I was going to have the baby this past weekend. Braxton Hicks were getting pretty painful, but have hardly had any of them today. I think I am mentally (and a bit physically) done with being pregnant and am ready to meet my new human face-to-face. Maybe more walking is in order. I should start walking more anyway to prep myself to get back in shape after the baby arrives.

I guess that is it. It is late and I am tired.

Bring it on, Braxton!

I don’t remember having Braxton Hicks with my son. I may have and never realized it. They can be sneaky that way. I’m feeling them this time. The discomfort factor is rising daily. I am at the point where I hope I really do not have to wait 3 more weeks (slightly less than 3 weeks now). My next doctor appointment is in a week’s time and it feels like it is soooo far away.

I have taken a tour of the hospital’s birthing center. I didn’t do that with my boy heh. My husband and I wandered around the hospital for about 10 minutes trying to find the correct elevators. Now I know right where to go. My bag is almost done with being packed. I just need to put in an outfit for me and for the baby to wear home. I have 2 infant car seats all cleaned up and ready to go. I’ve been nesting like mad. Nothing is safe from getting a cleaning. I am going to clean the kids’ room again today.

I am also going to bake a pumpkin pie for my son’s kindergarten class. I forgot that parents will also get homework from school. I don’t think that I put my pumpkin pie recipe on my Pumpkin Recipes page. I will have to add it later today. I think I just didn’t think about adding it since pumpkin pie is so easy and common.

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