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We might be having a baby Friday/Saturday!!

I hit 37 weeks today! Full term!! I’m so thankful to have made it this far! It’s unbelievable!!

I had an OB check up, NST, and then a growth scan with my MFM specialist. My doctors both agree it would be best for Graham to come early. He’s doing okay, it’s just that his growth has slowed and he doesn’t always pass the NSTs.

My doctors were very reassuring. They feel Graham would be healthy and ready to thrive on the outside. It still makes me nervous. This little boy is a champ though! My doctors are great, too. I’m sure I’d still be nervous even if I made it further along.

This Thursday morning, I have to go in for a test that will determine whether or not Graham’s lungs are mature. If they are, I will come back the same night at 10:00pm and be admitted. They will administer a medication inside my cervix to enhance the dilation process.

(If the lung maturity test is borderline, I will return in one week to be induced. My MFM specialist thinks we’ll be ready this Thursday though).

So then Friday, I’ll receive a medication called Pitocin to induce labor. My doctors were adamant about being patient and giving me time to have a vaginal delivery. It could be a long, hard labor, but it will be worth it. I understand I might need a c-section. That is totally okay with me. I mentioned before that I am flexible and just want my baby to arrive safely.

I will update as much as I’m able to. 🙂 I appreciate each and every one of you for following along and being there for me. I can’t even describe the emotions I’m feeling. We are really and truly meeting our son soon!!!! But I also wish I could keep him in my belly! Andy and I both are overflowing with excitement, nerves, happiness, love, tears, worries, and gratefulness.

I’m still kind of in shock! 🙂 I will write more soon, even if it’s just from my phone.

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Hospital Bag, plus caring for the post-pregnancy body

I packed my hospital bag a few weeks ago, but I thought I’d share my list. I will also share my list of items on hand to take care of my post-pregnancy body. I have to warn you, I always over-pack and over-prepare! I just feel better that way! 🙂
I hope I’m not leaving off anything important..

Hospital Bag:
•Photo ID, insurance card, list of medications, and birth plan (also pediatrician info if you have one)
•A couple changes of clothes (loose-fitting maternity clothes)
•Underwear
•Bras/nursing bras
•Breast pads
•Socks
•Flip flops
•Slippers
•Chapstick
•Nipple cream, if nursing
•My own shampoo, conditioner, body wash, toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, lotion, body spray, hair gel.
•Hair ties and/or headbands
•A couple snacks
•Hard candies for me to suck on (some people bring suckers or popsicles)
•Change for vending machines
•Extra batteries for the camera
•When ready, we will grab the camera and my phone and charger (Andy’s phone and charger, too).
•Our laptop isn’t working, or we would bring that as well.
•Pillow for me and boppy nursing pillow

In a smaller duffel bag:
•A couple outfits for Graham
(Hospital will provide all items needed for baby’s care while you’re there).
•Extra space to take as many hospital goodies as we can (LOL, everyone does it).

Items on hand to take care of my post-pregnancy body:
•Depends
•Super heavy, long pads
(Hospital will provide mesh underwear and other personal care items while you’re there).
•I’m hoping to get a peri-bottle at the hospital to take home.
•Extra underwear
•Bras/nursing bras
•Breast pads
•Nipple cream
•Tucks Pads or Preparation H Wipes (look for witch hazel as the ingredient)
•Colace (stool softener)
•Ibuprofen (pain reliever)
•I found this awesome recipe on Pinterest to make your own “padsicles”, which are pads soaked in witch hazel and then frozen. They’re supposed to feel pretty amazing on your lady parts after giving birth. *Click Here*

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Week 36 Update

Only 19 days or less to go!!!! It’s funny because now that my doctor WANTS me to have contractions, I’m barely having any. I’ve had a few here and there. I think I’m having some when I’m not paying attention, too. I hope so anyway, since contractions help prepare the body for labor (causing dilation and effacement). I’ve been using Evening Primrose Oil and Red Raspberry Leaf Tea since 35 weeks, along with more activity and DTD (not a lot though, I don’t want him to come too soon).

***I started an online baby pool! I’d love to read your guesses on his arrival date/time, length, weight, hair/eye color. 🙂 **Click Here**

How far along: 36 weeks, 3 days! I’m 9 months pregnant – wow! In the past, I couldn’t even make it to 2 months pregnant. Here I am, almost ready to meet my take home baby. I think back to everything we went through, and I’m totally amazed. I cry as I remember and relive the heartache, like it was yesterday. So many times, I felt defeated and out of options. In August 2011, I received the news from Dr. Sher (one of the leading specialists in the country) that I would never carry a baby to term. Not to mention all the grim news we received from other doctors along the way. In August 2013, we will be holding our little miracle!! I can’t believe how lucky we are!!!

How big is baby: A honeydew melon! 17.2 to 18.7 inches and 4.2 to 5.8 lbs. We’ll be checking his weight again next Tuesday @ 37 weeks. Graham should be 6+ lbs by then, if he’s staying on schedule. That’s what I’m hoping for!

week36What baby is doing: Amazing how he started out as a tiny ball of cells, and now…

  • He’s getting closer and closer to being able to breathe on his own.
  • His skin is getting smooth and soft and his gums are rigid.
  • His liver and kidneys are in working order.
  • Circulation and immune systems are basically good to go, too.

Upcoming Appts/Other Updates: I went to the doctor yesterday because my ear has been bothering me. Sure enough, I have a nasty inner ear infection in my left ear. I can’t hear anything, and I feel a ton of pressure. She said it was quite inflamed, red, and full of fluid. Blah!! I have to take antibiotics. I can’t wait to be healthy again! I’ve been sick for a month and a half (had bronchitis and a sinus infection – the sinus stuff never fully went away). It all started when they took me off steroids for immune treatment. I hope my body gets back on track soon! Other than that, doing great!!

  • 7/30/13: Full term!! 37 weeks!! OB check up, NST, ultrasound, and growth scan. We will hopefully finalize induction plans. We should know then if we need to take Graham earlier than 39 weeks (as planned).
  • 8/6/13: OB check up, NST, ultrasound
  • 8/13/13: Induction???

Belly pic: Can you tell he’s lower? I’ve never had that much room at the top of my belly! I can eat a lot more now without getting so uncomfortable. I do have to pee a lot more frequently though. And when I gotta go, I gotta GO! LOL.

36weeks

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Yesterday’s appt & Graham’s room

36 weeks, 1 day ~

Yesterday’s NST and ultrasound went well! Graham didn’t do quite as well as last Thursday, but he still passed! Yay! I don’t have to come back for a second appointment this week! My cervix is still only open a tiny bit, but it has softened and gotten lower. My OB said, “It’s right there in front.” I was happy to hear that! I don’t want TOO much to happen just yet, but a little progress is great (since I have to be induced).

The only disappointing thing about my appointment was that they did not check Graham’s growth. They would rather me have it done next week with my high risk doc, since he’s the expert. I was really anxious to see how much he’s grown, but waiting one week will be okay. It might actually give them a better picture of what’s going on, anyway. So, we will be making it to 37 weeks at least! Then we will re-assess whether or not to take him earlier than 39 weeks.

My next appointments are next Tuesday @ 37 weeks. My OB appt/NST/ultrasound is in the morning, and my growth ultrasound with my MFM specialist is in the afternoon.

Graham’s room is pretty much finished!! I cannot believe we have a nursery. I keep going in and looking at everything in amazement. It makes me want to cry!

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We LOVE the decal! Got it from Amazon.com!

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This is the bookcase my Dad made! It’s huge, so there’s lots of room for extra storage.

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My father-in-law’s girlfriend refurbished the rocking chair and added a cute cushion!

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My father-in-law’s girlfriend also refurbished this dresser and added monkeys!

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