Thursday, April 4, 2013

Update on Baby Green

So we went back to the doctor this morning and everything looked really great...I guess bed rest is paying off a tad! My blood pressure was the same, a little better even, 132/84. They did an ultrasound to check baby and his movements and she said he was totally fine and not showing any signs of distress. We saw him opening and closing his hands and picking up his cord and dropping it (so cool/weird!) She said if he was distressed in the least bit he wouldn't be acting like that. So that was really reassuring. During the ultrasound she kept going on and on about how much fluid I had. She was like holy cow, holy cow! She said girlfriend when your water breaks you are going to have a mess! haha, awesome. She said we should be prepared for an average size baby with a ton of fluid...she also said get ready because this boy pees a lot! 

I did have more protein in my urine than last visit so she sent me home to do a 24 hour urine collection (I pee in a jug for 24 hours and then bring it back to get tested for the protein level). I'll bring that in Monday morning and then have an office visit Tuesday afternoon to see the results. If the results are really high we will set an induction date. If not, we'll keep on trucking. She checked my cervix and said I was still closed and not effaced at all. So she said if we did induce me now the chances of c-section are increased, which we want to avoid. So basically my body isn't ready yet and James is content so there is no need to evict him. She said we definitely want to get to 38 weeks but maybe even 39 weeks. I'm 37.5 weeks now. 

So, more waiting for us. I feel better and feel a lot more relaxed. I feel like we have some time....probably a good week or 10 days even. Keep on cookin' sweet baby boy!


Tuesday, April 2, 2013

37 weeks

How far along: 37 weeks!  

Size of baby: They said he is probably 7 to 8 pounds now!  

Maternity clothes: Yesss. Duh.  

Gender: Sweet baby boy! James Austin Green!

Movement:  Lots of movement and it sometimes hurts. I can feel his whole body turn and flip. Such a crazy feeling! 

Sleep: Sleep is hit or miss. Last night I slept pretty amazing but for the most part sleep is annoying and I toss and turn all night. I have to get up to pee every 2 hours or so but I fall right back asleep after. Austin is definitely getting anxious too because now when I get up he asks "are you ok????" every time, haha.   

What I miss: Missing everything it seems. Today is my first day of bed rest and I am already over it. It's so hard to lay around and do nothing all day! Ugh!    

Cravings: Loving fruit and still love dairy...yogurt, ice cream and milk, definitely my biggest cravings.    

Best moment this past week:  Went to the doctor yesterday and got some exciting and scary/overwhelming news. Looks like we are probably going to have a baby next week! They said they would like me to go another week or so (get to 38 weeks ish) and then they will induce me. More on this below. 
Symptoms: So back to the doctor I went yesterday for my 37 week check up. Everything was pretty much the same as last week, my blood pressure was a bit elevated (132/85) and I had trace protein in my urine. She said all my labs were prefect though and I don't have pre-eclampsia. So that was good news! She said my blood pressure is just hovering on that borderline level of doing something or just hanging tight. She said she would really like to see me go another week or so. Said although baby is full term and it is safe for him to deliver he will be much stronger in another week or so. So the plan is for me to go back on Thursday and reassess and see how things are. Then I'm guessing I'll go back next Monday when I'm 38 weeks and we'll set an induction date. Exciting! Scary! Oh my! In the meantime she told me I needed to be on bed rest and not doing anything but getting up to eat, shower and potty. Awesome. She also did a non stress test to make sure James was ok and not in any distress. I was hooked up to the monitor for about 20 minutes and once that was finished she read the strips and said "beautiful. perfect. baby couldn't be better" so that was music to my ears! So today is Day 1 and I'm already over it. Thank goodness this is my first kid! How would a mama do this with another kid at home too? Geez! Anyway, I am taking it easy and being a good patient...hoping James will stay put for another week or so. I'd really like to go to 38 or close to 39 weeks. I'm thinking a next weekend induction sounds perfect! I will update again after Thursday. 

What I'm looking forward to: Meeting our sweet baby, so so soon now! And Aus coming home from work to entertain me!  

Milestones: He is FULL TERM! What a big milestone! I was so worried about preterm labor my whole pregnancy so I'm glad to make it to this milestone.  

Mood: Definitely getting anxious about labor. I am scared of the pain! And I'm just anxious about how different life is about to's so hard to imagine! But I hear it's pretty wonderful. :)      

Labor Signs: Lots and lots of contractions. Lots of googling "real labor" and "how to tell when you're really in labor" haha. My OB reassured me this was all normal and that I would have lots of BH contractions from here on out. But that I will know the difference with the intense pain that comes with real labor. These contractions are just annoying and uncomfortable. They do wake me up when I'm sleeping though. 

Wedding rings on or off: Off and I still miss them! haha 

37 weeks and swollen up like a balloon! 

My sweet girlfriends came up for a fun night before baby James takes over my life! LOVE these girls!! (maybe I should of posted the leg pic? no?) :) 

This was Easter Sunday before we headed to Charlotte for Caroline's baptism. And yes, those are bed room slippers, the only thing I can get my feet in.