Monday, May 28, 2007

Isn't She Lovely?

Little One

More pics and "the birth story" to follow soon. Thank you so much for all your well wishes. We are enjoying every second of being Zoe's parents.

Friday, May 25, 2007

She's Here!

I've got to make this short, but Zoe is here with us. Daniel and I tried to keep everyone updated through the process with text messages, my "What am I doing" link and with phone calls to friends and family.

I had a check up on Monday and our doc asked when I wanted to have the baby. I said today and laughed. He said if I was serious we could see if there was room at the birth center. Almost 48 hours later, Zoe arrived. There's a long detailed story that I'll tell someday, but for now I've got a baby that needs some loving.

Thank you all for your well wishes and support through all of this. I'll post some pics as soon as I get some energy... which will be soon, right? Ha.

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Dress Rehearsal

So around 4pm today I had a very sharp pain in my lower belly. Zoe shook and kicked me something fierce and then I felt lots of pain all over. Little one stopped moving and I retired to our bed to try to relax and will the pain away. And then I waited for more movement from our little monkey, but she didn't budge. I turned this way and that and poked but she wasn't moving for me. I drank some juice and still no movement. I got in the shower and STILL no movement. I was still feeling pain and I was annoyed. Daniel had me call the doc. I told them I hadn't felt Zoe move for more than an hour, they told me to come into the birthing center.

"Right now?"
"Yes. Right now."
"You want me to come over right now? To the birthing center."
"OK. So right now, I should come to the birthing center?"
"Yes." Click.

Daniel had been ready. He had grabbed himself a soda and a water. He got my purse ready for me. He was all business. Get the wife to the hospital.

I apologized to Daniel on the way there. I apologized to the nurse that got us situated in the room. I felt like I was being a problem. I didn't want to put anyone out. I explained to the nurse that Zoe does this sometimes. She likes to freak me out and then do a little dance. She's my little practical joker. I'm still totally ready to hear I gave birth to a son instead... the prankster.

Being in the room was sort of strange. It was like our dress rehearsal or something. I had my costume. My props. The cast was all there and knew their lines, but I was sort of winging it. The lighting sort of sucked and I'd totally redesign the set, but whatever. Daniel and I asked a lot of questions and we really liked our nurse. Apparently, she's on duty Wednesday so I'm hoping we get her again. She made us feel comfortable and she seemed to really like her job. Daniel helped her with the monitor and she kept telling him he could be a nurse. When we laughed, she told us she was serious - they need more nurses and he was doing a good job. Good to know he has something else to fall back on if need be.

Anywho. The doc on call came in to talk to us and see me for himself. He gave me some tips. He was nice, but not as much of a people person as our doc. I wanted to make him feel comfortable. I wanted to apologize to him too, but I didn't. I signed some papers and they told me to not hesitate to call if something else came up.

I got dressed. I pulled my hair back up into the clips I had to take out because they were pushing against my head when I was in the hospital bed. And then I had to nudge Daniel to leave with me. He got sucked into a CSI episode. I said it was a bummer we hadn't come later so we could watch Grey's Anatomy. He nodded, smiled and kept watching the show. I told him it was time to go and when that didn't work I told him I was not sticking around fifteen minutes to see the conclusion of the show - we'd have plenty of time in a hospital room very soon. This snapped him out of it and we were on our way. We ate at Que Pasa and were content knowing that everything was fine... just a false alarm. Oh, baby.

Monday, May 14, 2007

Nope. Not yet.

We just got back from our doc appointment and without going into too much detail (you don't want details, seriously) "things" have not progressed since last Monday. Zoe is cozy and would probably like to stay put until about two weeks after my due date, but that's too bad. Because of the diabetes, there is medical cause for me to be induced before my due date. As tired and uncomfortable as I am, we're not doing this out of convenience. So, we have a check up on the 21st (Monday) and a scheduled inducement for Wednesday the 23rd. We won't know until that day what time we're going in and there is no way of knowing how long it will take... but she should be here sometime between Wednesday and Thursday of next week.

There. Now you know what we know. :)

Friday, May 11, 2007

Not Yet....

If it were possible for me to file an official request with Zoe for when labor should begin, I would request tomorrow at 4:05pm. I know, it’s a long shot, but I’m ready. Seriously ready - for this little one to make her entrance – or exit…. Whatever you want to call it.

Her room is officially ready:

Zoe's room is done and ready!

(If you click on the individual pics that I used to make the collage you'll see which bloggers provided their photography, who sent the lovely blanket and who made that cool sock monkey. You'll also find other notes and bits of info.)

Today is the first day of my 38th week. The baby shower is tomorrow from 1-4pm. I’ve held out this long and frankly I’d like to get the show on the road. If her recent frequent movements are any inclination, I’d say she is too. I think she was either playing the drums or doing the Cha Cha for a good hour or so today while I tried to nap. FYI – It’s hard to nap when your belly is moving this way and that.

A friend asked me today how much more dilated I am than on Monday. I told her they didn’t provide a take home test for me to give myself, so I don’t know. Too bad – I’m curious too. I guess the answer right now is – not enough. I hope that will change soon, or that by our next appointment (this Monday) the doc will tell me we’re ready to go.

In the meantime, our car is officially ready to go. Daniel and I took the car to get washed and vacuumed out today. The car seat base has been installed. Before we head out to the shower tomorrow, we’ll put the car seat in place and load up the bag for the hospital (complete with clothing, mixed CD, a couple DVD’s, snacks for Daniel, etc.). I even have her diaper bag ready to go with blankets and an outfit for her to wear home. I figure we need to be prepared and maybe, just maybe Zoe will decide to give in to my request.

Monday, May 07, 2007

Eviction Notice?

Hey everybody. Sorry the blogging has been lacking, I've been unmotivated lately.

Everything is going well though. I'm exhausted (wonder why) and feel ready for Zoe to be out. I'm less tempted to be running around doing stuff and have preferred to stay close to home and with the husband. I crave chocolate a lot, Mexican food less and need smaller meals because it just feels like there is no place to go. I feel like I'm just a big belly with legs and from people's recent reactions to me: "Oh, my! You're huge! When are you going to have it?!" - I think I'm right. Sometimes I'm tempted to lie and say I'm only 4 months pregnant. Sometimes I want to make a face at them and make them run away crying. Sometimes it is SO tempting to tell them I'm currently in labor, but I needed a snack. One of these days, I might just do one of those things and maybe they'll think twice before coming up to a complete stranger and commenting on their size.

Saturday night I had a hankering for Red Robin, so we went. During our meal, I started having contractions and a pretty consistent rate. They would last about 30 seconds in 2-minute intervals. Daniel got super excited. He had his watch out and he was grinning ear-to-ear, ready to move into action at my word. I started to feel the pain lessen and told him not to get excited. I didn't think it was time yet - I was right. It was nice to see my husband geared up and ready to take me to the hospital instead of sheet white and ready to pass out. I think he is going to be great through all of this.

We had our doc appointment and "Non-Stress Test" (sort of stressful, I think) a few hours ago. Everything is moving along. Heartbeat sounds great. Lots of movements even if she is stubborn and makes us wait until she's ready.

The big news of the day is: Our doc says I am 1.5 cm dilated and 50% effaced.

Doc says we're looking at about a week or so more. She hasn't dropped yet but she is head down, so that is wonderful news for both me and baby. It also means I should be able to attend the shower our friends have planned for us this Saturday. I'm not counting on it though because Zoe tends to do things on her schedule.

Anywho. The doc isn't saying no to induction, but he also isn't committing to it - it's obviously better for her to come on her own. He isn't at all concerned about the ultrasound tech saying she weighed 6 pounds 9 ounces because he says those are hit or miss. The older the baby is, the harder to get an accurate reading. Shadows are involved and what not - and usually there is at least a +/- 2-pound margin for error. Besides, it's much better for me not to imagine birthing a nine-pound baby. Getting myself all worked up about it isn't going to change anything.

So... it's a waiting game. We have another appointment on next Monday and I'll try to keep you posted. In the mean time, Daniel will continue to track my contractions and look at me eagerly.