Sunday, September 20, 2009

Wow, full term!!

I can't believe it. I am now 37 weeks and officially considered full term. Even though my due date is still 3 weeks away, once you hit 37 weeks, you are considered full term. If the baby comes the lungs should be fully developed and should be just fine. I am so excited since we had so many issues with the preterm labor. I am getting kinda antsy for the baby to get here though. I bet all pregnant women feel like this when they get so close to the end. I just can't wait to see him, meet him, hold him, kiss him, and everything a new mommy wants to do! I am still working. I have a doctor's appointment on Wednesday, and I am going to ask him if Friday the 25th can be my last day. (The 25th is also our 5th Anniversary!) I can make it through the day at school fine, but when I get home I am pretty much no use to anyone - my husband, my son, even my dog! I sit on the couch and watch the clock waiting for it to be time to go to bed. I just get tired very easily. I'm doing ok other wise. I'm getting kinda uncomfortable, but really not too bad. I've been having some contractions here and there, but nothing that is really timeable or strong. It will be interesting to see if I have made any progress when I go in on Wednesday. We will also be having an ultrasound that day. We are planning on taking William. It will be the first time he has been to an OB appointment or an ultrasound. I wonder what he will think! He knows there is a baby in my tummy, but I wonder what he really knows. So, I guess it is now just a waiting game. I do have a bag packed just in case.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

A good appointment today

It went pretty well. I was actually looking forward to it, but then right before I left I get a little nervous. Don't know why?? I only gained a pound - WooHoo! (24 total - so not too bad), my BP was 120/80 so pretty good, and nothing bad in my urine. I do have some swelling in my feet and legs, but he said it wasn't too bad and was to be expected for as far along as I am. He also said that I still have some growing to do, and the med student he has (he always has med students) checked me and said I was 1cm dilated. I asked the doc about me being off work, and he said medically there was nothing stopping me from working. Ok. I knew it was a little early, but I was hoping I could stay home. I will try my best to keep my feet up, but that is kinda hard when teaching 3rd graders. I have an ultrasound in 2 weeks (along with my next appointment) to check fetal weight. They induced me a week early because they thought William was going to be big, and at 39 weeks he was 7lb15oz. The doc said he would like to see me going into labor in 2 weeks and have a little bit smaller baby so I won't need the forceps this time. Sounds great to me!! Yea for good appointments!

Saturday, September 5, 2009

35 and 35

What the heck does 35 and 35 mean? Well, it means that today I am 35 weeks along and only have 35 days until my due date! Isn't that just amazing??? How did I get here so fast? It has been an interesting week. After our fiasco last weekend, I started to get sick Sunday. Just felt yucky, like I was getting a cold. And of course, I did. I took a couple days off of work (Mon and Tues) but try to stick things out on Wednesday, because I had an all-day training and open house that evening. I made it through all of that, and then on Thursday I had taken a personal day off of work. We took William to his first State Fair. It was fun, but I was kinda a party pooper because it was so hot, I still wasn't feeling well, and walking around for hours is kinda hard when you are almost 9 months pg! We did have fun, and it looked like William had a blast!! All was well, except that this little cold was still hanging around and by now I have a terrible cough. So, I get up Friday morning to get ready to go to work and notice I am having contractions every time I cough. Not good. So I call off of work again (now, this makes me gone the entire week - cuz even though I went on Wednesday I was still out of the building at a training). I felt really bad that I have missed an entire week of school and thinking about my poor students that have had 4 different subs in 5 days! I call the nures hoping they would just have me come in to be checked, but I found out the doctor was at the hospital in surgery. So, the nurse sent me back to the hospital. They were BUSY yesterday! There were no rooms on L&D, so I ended up being on the OB floor having to share a room. Bummer! They hooked me up to the monitors and sure enough every time I coughed I got a contraction. However, once I was laying down, the contractions lessened even though I was still coughing. The laying down really helped. However, they wouldn't let me go until they got a nice read on the baby's heart beat. And with all my coughing, everything I coughed the monitor would lose signal. It was so annoying! I tried my best not to cough, but ya, like you can do that when you are coughing up a lung! I asked the nurse if she could raise my bed a little so I wasn't laying down so much, and that did help. Finally, they got a good enough reading that they let me go (4 hours later!!). Even though my doc was in surgery, his associate came to check me out, and wrote me a note to be out of work until Thursday of next week. This way I can full recover from this terrible Upper respritory thing I've got going on. I have an appointment with my OB on Wendesday and I will be talking to him about taking me out of work until the baby comes. I'm tired of spending days in the hospital that I think I wouldn't need to go if I was resting at home. I guess we will see what he says then. So, even with all this craziness of hospital visits and sickness, the baby is hanging in there and things are ok at our house. Thanks for all those keeping up with this craziness on Facebook.