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Baby Harper is here!

Mar 18, 2012 - 3 comments

Born 1:55 pm
6lb 14oz
19.5 in

39 Weeks and an end in sight

Mar 15, 2012 - 3 comments

Had my 39 week appointment this morning.  My blood pressure is still high but the Dr. found that if she took my blood pressure while I was lying on my side, it would be perfectly normal.  So she wants me to finish up with my projects at work and then spend the rest of the time while pregnant on my side.  

Because I'm on the edge of pre-eclampsia, teetering in and out of the danger zone, she talked about wanting to induce me in the next week.  I was really hoping to not be induced but if it's safer for me and baby, then so be it.  Hopefully baby decides to come before then though...

Fortunately, my cervix is definitely moving down, and she said I was 2 cm and 50% effaced, which is a jump from 1.5 cm and 20% effaced on Tuesday.  I wanted to spend all weekend walking around to get things moving, but I'm going to have to alter that plan some... here's to starting labor naturally!

37 weeks.... ugh!

Mar 02, 2012 - 3 comments

The end is so close now, but so far away!  I had my appointment yesterday and baby is doing fine.  But between my swelling, slightly elevated blood pressure, and protein in urine, I'm not looking as good.  Dr. sent me in to do blood work and gave me a jug to collect my urine for 24 hrs (gross!).  Here in a couple of hours I am supposed to call for results.  

My Dr. suspects this may be the beginning of pre-eclampsia, and said she hopes that she can keep me pregnant for awhile.  She says for now I can work a shortened day at work and then spend the rest on the time on my left side.  If this doesn't manage it, then they'll have to induce.  Ugh!  I do not want to be induced or be sick.  

Best case scenario is baby comes soon on her own.  I was only 1 cm dilated and 20% effaced at my appointment yesterday... but a girl can hope, right!?  Trying to stay positive, but this is not how I envisioned things would go. :P

Praying baby and I stay safe!

Weird Baby Delivery Dreams

Jan 06, 2012 - 2 comments

Last night was the first night of DH and my Bradley birthing classes.  I've been so excited to start the classes and to start preparing for labor.  I'm actually been really excited for labor, haha, I've just know these classes will get me ready!  Afterwards, we went home and watched a documentary about the uncivilized tribes in the New Guinea jungle.  Those two things mixed together with the Mtn. Dew I let myself splurge on just before bed (what was I thinking?) combined to give me two very different baby dreams last night.  

In the first one, my baby popped out but it was the size of my thumb, all green and stick thin, and very insect-like in a way.  I wasn't worried at all, but the baby kept hopping around and it was hard for DH and I to keep an eye on it. Finally the baby hopped over to this dead grasshopper literally the size of my hand and attached itself to it.  (DH and I actually found a dead grasshopper this size while sweeping out our garage this weekend, and it really creeped me out at the time) I actually thought it was cute that my baby was sticking to the grasshopper, as if it was it's first "stuffed toy", haha!  Plus, it finally settled our baby down.  I picked up the grasshopper/baby combo and was finally able to cuddle with my baby against my cheek.

In the second dream, I was going about my day and feeling great.  Maybe a slight twinge or cramp but nothing serious.  All of a sudden I find myself in the hospital.  I was told I was in labor, but I wouldn't believe it since I was not in any pain.  The nurse insisted I was, so I asked her to go get my husband for me.  All of a sudden I get in the squatting position.  I feel my baby ready to come out and my body is about to push.  The nurse yells at me to wait to push, that she hadn't even had a chance to go get my husband.  I told her I couldn't wait, and I was going to go for it.  Three big pushes and the baby was out.  Just then the nurse runs back in the room with DH to see me catching my own baby I had just pushed out.  My baby was not at all like a newborn, but large, completely clean, chubby, and with the biggest open eyes I've ever seen.  I was so happy!

My mom actually delivered my sister and I very similarly to the second dream.  She barely noticed labor to make it to the hospital in time, and the babies literally fell out of her when she'd walk in.  I'm hoping I end up being similar.  My sister let them induce her and it ended up being long and painful for her.