Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Week 40, Day 7

Doug in loud megaphone voice to my belly this morning:

"We've got you surrounded! Come out with your head down!"

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Week 40, Day 6

No baby, no baby, no baby. The doctor appointment today was intense. I had quite a thorough pelvic exam that only revealed that I'm still two centimeters dilated. I don't know if the doctor was trying to wave hello to the baby or maybe she lost something up in there. In the middle of doing the quite painful exam, she casually mentioned, "Has anyone talked to you about the likelihood that you might have a c-section because the baby is so high?" I told her that I'd be glad to discuss that as soon as she finished whatever she was doing down there.

Anyway, after that bit of fun, I had a non-stress test to see how the baby is doing. It's a good thing that they were trying to figure out if the baby was stressed rather than me. The baby seems to be fine other than wanting to fall asleep during the test. They had to use some noise maker thing twice to wake her up.

We are now scheduled for an induction at 7:30 AM on Monday, May 5 and another non stress test this Friday to see if we need to do anything sooner. I figure we're going to have to change her name from "Harper Jane" to "Harper Juanita" now in honor of Cinco de Mayo. Hopefully my mom (Jane) won't mind.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Week 40, Day 4

No baby yet. I've had a few "hmmm, what was that cramp" moments today that felt different than pains of the past, but nothing that I'd call a pattern yet. We've had a fairly relaxed day... with quite a few "watched pot never boils" references. Not too many projects today because the weather outside is a bit chilly and rainy.

The open house went well yesterday with a potentially serious buyer. As with everything else in our lives, we'll have to just wait and see.

It's hard for me to believe that I've been away from work for a week already. It went by fairly fast. If I'd known we'd just be sitting around here, I probably would have stayed at work for at least half days. Oh well...

Anyway, more updates when I know something!

Friday, April 25, 2008

The Due Date

Well, it looks like little Harper is going to be a bit tardy. I'm not terribly uncomfortable, so I guess she'll get here when she gets here. Oh, except evidently she's not supposed to get here tonight because I was told that timing would mess up plans for getting ready for tomorrow's open house. We'll just have to see what happens. : )

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Week 39, Day 7

The grandmas arrived yesterday without any difficulty. We had a nice dinner on the waterfront in Tacoma on the way home from the airport.

The doctor visit today went well. That is, it went well unless you were expecting a baby to pop out today. I'm still only a fingertip dilated, but when the doctor worked at it, she could make my cervix be two centimeters dilated. Can't really say that felt great. Oh yeah, and she poked the baby in the head.

I go back in a week for a non-stress test and cervix check (with the infamous Dr. "you might need to watch your weight" Goble instead of my regular doctor that I like because she's not available).

If the baby doesn't show up by next Friday, Dr. Burtner (the doctor we like) said that we'll be serving the baby an eviction notice. Baby had better hurry it up.

Monday, April 21, 2008

Week 39, Day 5

Nothing radical to report today. Actually, I've recently revisited an early pregnancy idea... it's all just so surreal. Pregnancy for me, that is. One would think that by now pregnancy would be just a fact of life. Truth is, except for a few moments when I forget, I've never quite gotten used to the whole idea. I guess when you spend most of your life thinking that you won't have children, that notion doesn't just evaporate overnight (or over nine months).

I suppose I won't have to think that pregnancy is surreal for much longer. In a few days, I won't have time or brain space to think about much except taking care of a baby.

I'm willing to bet that when our daughter is ten years old (or twenty or thirty) I'll still be saying that it's so surreal that I'm a mom.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

It's Snowing

And I don't want it to be. It's pretty, but the flowers just started blooming around here. Who wants snow in mid-April?! Well, not me.

Ohhh... and a little house update. The showing went really well the other night. Their agent said that they loved the house, but they need to sell their house first. We'll see what happens!

Friday, April 18, 2008

Week 39, Day 2

I've had lots of things to report that I've learned throughout this pregnancy. There's really only one lesson for week 39...

Don't sneeze.

Happy Friday. :)

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Baby Bump Photo Time

Oh yeah... check out that belly. We're almost there.

Week 38, Day 7 - Doctor Visit Report

No baby yet, but we do have a cervix report today. The cervical sleeve is shorter by about a centimeter, and it's a fingertip dilated. She really had to work at that whole fingertip dilated thing... I think the doctor is more ready to the deliver the baby than I am to have it. I think we'll see the baby right on time or a bit late, but who knows. All other stats are normal.

On a different front, we have a house showing this evening. We'll see what happens!

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Week 38, Day 6

I guess I haven't had much to blog about lately. No real baby news at the moment. I thought that "something" was happening on Sunday evening, but I laid down and it went away. My theory is that it was just gas, not the beginning of one of the biggest moments in our lives. There's a joke in that somewhere, but I must have lost the ability to be funny yesterday when I realized that I no longer could tie my shoes without serious effort or help.

Actually, I'm hanging in there OK. I still have the expected discomforts and mood swings, and it's not always easy to get up from the couch or out of the bed, but I'm still managing fine. The plan is still to work until Friday and then sit around and stare at the walls until the baby shows up after that. I wonder if it's too late to run that marathon I've never wanted to run before the baby gets here. Or perhaps to finish that cross stitch I've been "working on" since 1994.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Week 38, Day 1

I would like to have my uterus back. Not my whole body, mind you, because I think that would be an unrealistic expectation based on what's coming up, and I wouldn't want to get my hopes up. Just the uterus. My internal organs would like to go back to somewhere close to their old locations. That's all I need at the moment.

With that said, I can honestly say that I'm not trying to wish away the next few weeks of pregnancy because I know I'm in for a whole lot of work once the baby gets here. And I'm in a decent mood for most of the day, so other than the normal aches and pains, not too much to gripe about.

SO, on with the doctor report... there's nothing to report. :) Ok, that's not exactly true. What there is to report is that everything is right on track and seems normal. I DID have an internal exam, so for those cervix report fans... it's softening, the outer part of the "sleeve" is open, but the inner part (the part that counts when trying to figure out if baby is on the way or not) is still closed. Oh yes, and I lost about three pounds in two weeks. Which means absolutely nothing other than I stopped eating doughnuts. For now.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Week 37, Day 7 - It's Official...

... I waddle.

I'm in a good mood today despite some greater than "normal" hip/back pain and the whold waddling thing. Baby was super kicky yesterday and didn't settle down until I laid down on my side. I think I was squishing her with the jeans I was wearing. That pretty much means I'm down to one pair of jeans I can comfortably wear. I guess it's yoga pants from here on out.

On other fronts, the house goes on the market on Friday. We'll have a realtor preview tomorrow, so we'll see what kind of comments come out of that. A BIG thank you to Missy for putting up with us and this whole process.

Doctor visit is tomorrow. I'm sure I'll have something to say after that.

Monday, April 7, 2008

Week 37, Day 5

Slept 12 hours last night... well, sort of. That doesn't count the million times I woke up to flip over because my hips hurt, adjust all of the pillows that are now necessary, throw off the blanket when I get too hot, find the blanket when I get too cold, and three bathroom visits.

I don't want to be one of those pregnant women who is just begging for the end (and then once the baby is here begging for even a momentary reprieve), but I'm afraid I'll get there soon. Every little annoyance seems to feel much bigger than it is, and it's getting much more difficult to focus. All common pregnancy stuff, I'm sure. Or at least that's what I hear from the seasoned moms at work. There are a couple who have absolutely no sympathy and if you try to put a positive spin on how things are going, they make sure to bring you right back to "reality." I'm positive I don't need any help with reality right now. Delusional-land is a somewhat happier place to be.

Have you ever not really thought about something very seriously until someone tells you it's serious? For example: When I was 25 I had a spot of skin cancer removed, and I pretty much just accepted it. I really wasn't too worried about it. Then someone had a "Wow, that's really scary! Aren't you freaked out?" kind of reaction. At that point I actually thought through it, and suddenly I WAS scared. I would have been perfectly content to stay in delusional-land then too. On my drive home from work today I started reflecting on some comments that folks have made lately about the impending labor. And I suddenly I felt scared. It ranks up there with one of the scariest things I think I'll ever have to do. All made a little (a lot) scarier by the fact that you have NO idea when it's going to happen, no idea what to really expect, and you have absolutely NO choice in the matter. It's just gonna happen. The fact that millions of women have gone through it and were just fine doesn't soften the realization or make it any easier to think about it (or not think about it).

Yes, I know I'll be fine. And I know I have tons of great support. But for today, I'd rather that someone else was going to have to do this instead of me.

Saturday, April 5, 2008


...physically exhausted but not sleepy, hormonal, the cable box keeps locking up so even TV is harder than it should be, thank you notes still aren't done, house is dirty but still needs to go on the market this week, got the bill for the big project, want to be creative but don't have the patience or energy...

There... now that that's done, some things that make me feel better...

- Plans with friends (lunch with Lea and Dave tomorrow)
- Sales (got a really nice, really comfy $85 bathrobe for $40)
- Blueberry pancakes (tonight's dinner)
- Perfectly ripe fruit (really sweet, juicy oranges that I got at the store today)
- I still have one Cadbury Creme Egg left

Friday, April 4, 2008

Doctor Report

Yesterday's appointment went well. I didn't have an internal exam (I was surprised to find out that it's optional), so I apologize to those those of you who like to keep up with the state of my cervix for not having a report for you. The usual stats are good - blood pressure was the usual on the low-ish side, the belly measures at the right size, and the baby's heartbeat was in the low 140s. I did flunk my GBS test (Group B Strep), so I'll have to have some antibiotics during labor so they can go to the baby, but the doctor says that's no big deal.

At the end of the appointment, the doctor said, "So we'll see you in a week for your next appointment." I said, "Yes, I'll see you Wednesday." She said, "Ok, unless we see you sooner." Not really the kind of thing I want to hear from my doctor, but I suppose she's just warning me that it could be any time now. I'm not exactly comfortable, but I'm not exactly ready to go through labor quite yet either.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Week 36, Day 7

I had to double check my calendar to believe that week 37 starts tomorrow. Holy cow. Life still feels like it has a fast and slow pace to it that's a bit unpredictable. There's not a whole lot to report other than the fact that I feel pregnant. How very profound. Fortunately, the baby has given up her foothold on my ribcage for the moment and has settled into a somewhat balanced position for now. I made leaps and bounds in the thank you note department last night, so there's some hope that they'll actually be delivered before the baby is delivered.

Let's see... what else.

I refrained from calling Doug yesterday to tell him that I was in labor and that he needed to rush to the hospital as an April Fools joke. I just don't have it in me to do the whole April Fools thing... especially about anything serious.

I'm having Pepsi today. That should make life even more interesting than it already is.

We're waiting another week to list the house. That means I can continue to procrastinate on my last little house projects.

I have a little more than two weeks until I go on maternity leave. Not that I'm counting or anything.