A birth story!!

I've always loved birth stories.  I didn't really write one for my first born. I regretted it. This one, however, is different because we all journeyed together.  We fought for this one.  Medications, hormones, tears, blood, faith.  This one was a battle against infertility.  This one has a following.  So, here we go...

All week long, the people at work were taking their bets about when I'd go.  My due date was 26 Aug and no one, including the Program Manager, believed I would work up to my due date and I was determined to prove them wrong.  I almost achieved it. :)

Contractions woke me at about 2:30 Friday morning.  I'd been sleeping downstairs on the couch because it'd been the most comfortable for my back.  When they started, I wasn't too worried.  I'd had them off and on for the past week and usually they would stay for two hours and then go away.  I figured these would be the same way.  I didn't even bother to wake S., but I noticed these were a bit different though.  A dull ache that didn't seem to go away.

I had my final doctor's appointment scheduled for 9:30 that morning, so I figured I would just go to the doctor's office and let them check me.  My contractions started getting more intense at 5:46 AM and  I began pacing floors and timing them with my app. I went to the bathroom, wiped and there was bloody show (which I'd never had with my first pregnancy).  Contractions started coming every 4 minutes and lasting about 2 minutes in duration.  Silly me, I should have gone then, but I figured they would stop soon and I could still just go to the doctor appointment and kill two birds with one stone.

I'm not ready! (Nesting)

I haven't written in a while.  Truth be told, I've been tired and haven't felt like writing.  I'm still working and when I get home, I would much rather sleep than write.  Still...I'm late in update.

Today, I woke up to a flooded bathroom and dirty toilet water everywhere.  This is on the day that I have two meetings scheduled and a lot of prep work before maternity leave starts on Friday.  There was no way I would make them.  So I asked someone to cover for me and spent my morning with bleach, Clorox wipes, Pine-sol, and elbow grease.  That led to an extreme case of nesting.  I mean it was horrible.  Horrible.  I cleaned the bathroom then went through the kitchen.  I've been rearranging stuff.  It's a mess.

My three year old comes to me after I overdid it and was sitting in the living room chair only to tell me that the baby will be here soon. Specifically, she says "the baby wants to come out".  Um no, little one.  I have way too much to do for that.

The hospital bag is packed and in the car.  I do have to pack some snacks and make sure my charger, phone, and tablet are ready to go, but other than that, it's ready.  Still, I am not ready to have this baby.

Truthfully, I'm nervous about it.  I'm older, more out of shape (acknowledged), and I'm just nervous.  What if this one is more complicated?

I haven't discussed this with my husband yet.  But I'm nervous this go round.  My first pregnancy was so easy.  It was a decade ago.  I felt great.  This time.  Not so much.  I'm sleepy.  I'm not being able move as quickly as I was before.  I gained 30 pounds with the first pregnancy.  I'm pushing 37 this time around.

I hope this time I can have a quick recovery.

We'll see.
-K

37 weeks

DISCLAIMER: This post contains information about our pregnancy. Because I know all too well how these kinds of posts may affect my fellow #ttcsisters and #ttcbrothers, I include this disclaimer to forewarn you. I understand how much these posts can sting and promise to continue to add the disclaimer on any post that may be related to this pregnancy (assuming viability) so that you may have the option to bow out of reading. I understand.

Our baby is now the size of a stalk of Swiss chard. Because baby is running out of room, there are mostly stretches and wiggles instead of big kicks

Baby's Weight: 6.30 lbs

Baby's Length: 19.13 in

Total weight gain/loss: I am officially 187 pounds. Total Weight Gain is now 30 pounds.

Maternity clothes?: Yes and some of those are having to make room to accommodate this belly.

36 weeks update and appointment

 DISCLAIMER: This post contains information about our pregnancy. Because I know all too well how these kinds of posts may affect my fellow #ttcsisters and #ttcbrothers, I include this disclaimer to forewarn you. I understand how much these posts can sting and promise to continue to add the disclaimer on any post that may be related to this pregnancy (assuming viability) so that you may have the option to bow out of reading. I understand.

Our baby is now the size of a head of Romaine lettuce.  The skin is filling out.

Baby's Weight: 5.75 lbs
Baby's Length: 18.66 in

Total weight gain/loss: I am 187 pounds. I'm not happy about that number.  The doctor is thrilled with it.  I feel quite large at the moment.

Maternity clothes?: Yes, I'm in them everyday.  I do wear pre-pregnancy yoga leggings and they work pretty well.

Stretch marks?: I've never seen so many in my life.  My belly looks tiger striped.  Fortunately, I'm comfortable with the skin I'm in.

Sleep: I've been waking every hour on the hour for the past couple of nights to go to the bathroom.  One drink of water and I'm back up consistently.

Best moment of the week: Turning 36 weeks.  I realized that the clock is ticking.

Not so great moment of the week: Hearing that weight being read.  I'm going to have to put in work to get back to pre-pregnancy weight.

Symptoms: BH contractions, still craving blueberries and watermelon every day.

Appointments:  Appointments are now weekly.  Appointment on Monday has me 50% effaced, -1 station, 1.5 cm dilated, 117/45 BP, with fetal heartbeat at 150.  Appointment on Tuesday featured biophysical sonogram.

Miss Anything?: Not really

What I'm loving?: It's due date month!

What I'm not loving?: There is so much left to do and I haven't even started.

Movement: Pretty consistent.  Especially after strawberries and blueberry.

Anything make you queasy or sick: Not really, which is a great thing.

Food cravings: Blueberries, Watermelon, Strawberries, Cucumbers

Food aversion: Chicken, blech!

Gender prediction: #teamgreen I honestly have no idea what this baby will be.

Belly Button in or out?: Stretched in

Wedding ring on or off?: On

Happy or Moody most of the time: Pretty happy

Preparations for baby: I have the bag for the hospital.  I just haven't packed it yet.  I plan on doing some washing of clothes and liners soon.  I also pre-registered online for  L&D.

Looking forward to: the start of maternity leave.  I still have a while to go, but man am I getting tired of getting up for work.  I love the work.  It's the walking that is kicking my butt.