UGH! For the better part of the evening Cameron has been kicking my ribs and punching my pelvic bone. And to think – when I was filling my dad in on the news about the upcoming induction, he commented (jokingly of course) “Not interested in prolonging the joys of pregnancy, huh?” To which I promptly replied – “Ummm, yeah, no, not really, considering this is my third in four years. I am SO done being pregnant!”
And with that, I bid you adieu for the evening. I am going to attempt to sleep so that even if I AM getting punched in the pelvic bone, I won’t feel it anymore.
Today was interesting. I feel like the FF button has been pushed and I couldn’t be more thrilled! (ok, and nervous but more excited than anything)
Had an u/s check for growth today. Cameron is measuring at 37wks even though I’m only 34 wks. Estimated weight is 6lbs 12oz today. SO…. we discussed induction in a few weeks. I’ve got another appt on Monday for him to check my cervix and schedule the induction for the 18th. I also have a follow up scan + amnio scheduled for the 17th to double check the growth as well as lung maturity. I’ll be 37wks by then so I agreed to the amnio. Normally I’m very much against them but at 37wks, at least if I have to be rushed into delivery, I’ll be at what is typically considered full term so I’m not risking miscarriage. I definitely plan on doing research today into amnio – I haven’t looked completely into it prior to this because it’s never been an issue until now. (editing to add a link about the amniocentesis from the Mayo Clinic: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/amniocentesis/PR00144) I feel a lot better about the procedure now, especially with it being at 37 weeks.
And while I am not all that thrilled about induction because I KNOW pitocin will probably have to be involved, I’d rather have an induction than a c-sec. PLUS the u/s showed the Cameron IS indeed head down, although his feet are to the left of my belly button. I bet he’s got some sort of a crick in his neck! LOL
The other positive is that my last PACE meeting of the year is Dec 11th so this will all happen after the last meeting and well before the first meeting of the year – giving me time to recover and get somewhat of a grasp on the new family dynamic prior to resuming my PACE duties. (God’s hand, you think?)
Got a lot of emailing and research to do now – and definitely need to get that postpartum action plan finished well, tomorrow!
Oh, and as a note to the pelvic pain, got a back massage from Chris last night and wouldn’t you know it – I popped back into alignment last night! WOOHOOO!
I’m out of alignment. Big Time. Again. Right now I am sitting indian style on the couch while the girls play in the floor and watch Little Bear. It’s too warm in here to use the heating pad – I KNOW I would start sweating and once I start that when pregnant, I just don’t stop. I suppose I could open the window but it’s a mere 46 outside and I don’t want to freeze the girls out. I did have a couple of pops last night while sleeping but they weren’t deep and didn’t do much good. I even did pelvic exercises Saturday evening. If I’m still sore this evening after dinner, I will probably take a warm bath. Why wait until this evening? Because – once I get in the tub, I am going to need some help out and i seriously doubt that Alli & Charlotte will be able to provide the support I need.
I am already dreading my OB appt in the morning – not so much the checking on the baby part but the having to lie down on the exam table part. It’s going to be sheer torture because of my current misalignment. I’m seriously considering taking a pillow with me to put under my lower back to help alleviate any pain and provide extra support. I’m hoping Alli will be able to go so that we can all go but with her recent fever and the fact she woke up with one this morning, I am highly doubting she’ll be going tomorrow. I know chris will be disappointed that he won’t get to see Cameron again but I’d rather be safe than sorry and take a sick child to an OB office.
Another reason i’m nervous about tomorrow is finding out just what position in which Cameron is currently resting. I don’t think it’s head down – I will be very shocked if he is in that position. He’s lower than he was just a few days ago and I think that may be what’s aggrevating my pelvic issues. This morning I had some strange pain pretty low – probably just him moving about, etc. The pain has subsided now that I am resting instead of doing dishes, laundry, and making breakfast for the girls. I really don’t want to have a c-section as I have had two prior vaginal deliveries but if it’s necessary, at least it’s available, right? I’m trying to prepare myself for that possibility because I really think it might end up happening. In fact, if he’s not head down tomorrow, I may just talk to my OB about that possibility. I’m sure he’ll want to discuss it anyway if baby’s not head down yet.
Today my plan is to create my birth plan and print out the postpartum action plan for Chris and I to go over. I’ll share both here once they’re complete.
Gotta run, time to turn on some Christmas music for the girls.
Alli and I went to Target this morning to pick out a new Sunday School outfit. She helped me push the cart most of the time we were there, tiring out just as we were preparing to leave. So I picked her up and put her in the seat (OUCH) until we got to the car. She is feeling much better, only had to have tylenol and ibuprofen once each today. And we haven’t taken her temp since Friday evening because she just hasn’t been warm enough to warrant the battle. As it is, we’ve had to come up with creative ways to get her to take her medicine.
After we got home, we had lunch, she went down for nap, and I went back to the store for groceries. My pelvis is KILLING me and I am hoping staying home tomorrow will prove to be a good thing.
Alli has had an off again on again fever since last Sunday. It had been most off until yesterday at 3p when it shot up to 103. I immediately gave her ibuprofen and a cool bath and it went back down. When Chris checked on her at midnight, it was back up to 104. Again he administered ibuprofen (along with water) and checked about an hour later and it was back down.
I checked on her this morning and the fever was 102 and accompanied by the chills. I gave her some more medicine and some juice to drink as well. Then she asked me to snuggle with her in bed to keep her company, which I did. She almost fell back asleep and then noticed it was bright outside and wanted to get up. I talked with her about how because she was sick, she and I would be staying home and not going to Nana and Papa’s for Thanksgiving today. Alli was sad but understood.
We watched the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade while Chris & Charlotte went over to Nana & Papa’s. While I was disappointed to miss out on a traditional Thanksgiving, it was rather nice not to have to worry about going anywhere on Thanksgiving. And Alli and I did enjoy the time alone here at the house. Chris and Charlotte have not yet returned but will be bringing plates for both Alli & I so we’ll at least get to eat like it’s Thanksgiving. I’m also going to be cooking a Thanksgiving meal on Saturday evening – just a small one for the four of us. Kind of a tradition left from Chris’ days as a restaurant manager when we would do Thanksgiving whenever he had a day off around the holiday because he ALWAYS had to work. I rather like having a private Turkey day dinner NOT on the holiday. Makes me feel like I’m bucking a commercial trend.
So I wasn’t planning on posting today but here I am.
A big Happy Thanksgiving to everyone who visits. May today be kind to you AND to your tummies!
I will not be online tomorrow so I am posting my Thanksgiving wishes now. This past week I have been talking with Alli about the pending holiday. I asked her what she was thankful for and her immediate response was “Splashing in Puddles!” Shoulda known. The girl LOVES rain. Wish we had gotten more of it the past year.
I have a lot to be thankful for this time of year.
a roof over my head
two precious happy and healthy little girls
a healthy baby boy on the way
overcoming PP OCD
God’s blessing upon my work with other women suffering from PPD
I think that sums it all up. I am also amazed that in just 8 short months of starting this blog, I’ve had nearly 6500 visitors. When I started in no way had I ever imagined I would have that many people read my story. But yet here we are and bits and pieces of my life have been read by nearly 6500 people. This blog has played a huge role in my positive view of this pregnancy. If I had done this without blogging, there is no telling where I would be mentally. It has helped to keep me focused on the positives instead of the negatives yet has also forced me to admit when I am not doing so well and examine the reasoning behind that as well. And for that, I am also thankful.
Enjoy the day tomorrow – eat, drink, be merry. But do not forget to give thanks – even if it is for the simplest thing – like splashing in puddles.
I am nervous about this! Alli seems to think that Charlotte is a toy sometimes and will get frustrated when she doesn’t do what Alli wants her to do. Come Sunday, they’ll be sharing a room and Charlotte will be moving from a crib to a toddler bed.
Alli got her twin big girl bed this past Sunday and is looking forward to sharing her room with Charlotte.
Charlotte knows she’s going to be moving in but I’m not sure she fully understands.
I’m concerned mostly about the sudden sharing of a room and the introduction of a toddler bed to Charlotte at the same time. Hopefully I’m worrying about this more than I need to be and things will go a lot smoother than I’m expecting although I have a feeling I’ll be doing a lot of praying the next couple of weeks.
Honestly? I wasn’t really impressed by any of the candidates last night. It was the first debate I watched and while Hillary seemed pretty zealous, her performance didn’t make me want to change my mind about who I’m going to vote for, provided he gets the nomination. (but hey, at least Hillary managed to actually LOOK happy for once) I also liked the set up of the debate. It was very casual, laid back, and provided there weren’t any “planted” questions, I even liked the Q&A session during the second hour.
I’m coming out as a Barack Obama Supporter. I like him because he’s a breath of fresh air. He doesn’t seem to be making empty promises that he can’t keep – unlike most candidates. I also like his fundraising methods. He strikes me as realistic and trustworthy which is something we desperately need in this country after Bush’s atrocious terms. And my support of Obama was strong even BEFORE he signed on as a co-sponsor of The MOTHER’S Act (of course that action did strengthen my support for him as a candidate!)
Sorry I didn’t get around to blogging this last night when it would have been more apropros but my ISP has been horrible lately and I’ve about had it with them. Hopefully we can get that situation fixed here pretty shortly. It’s annoying to have internet service for ten minutes, get into the middle of something and then WHAM! no service. UGH!