Tuesday, October 21, 2008

My Crazy Body

36 weeks plus a few days.

2 - 3 cm. dilated.

100% effaced.

Head still low.

The nurse had trouble getting his heartbeat because he was moving around so much. She called him a varmint. I thought that was a little strange.

The doctor said to not dilly dally when I go in to labor. Thanks for the tip! He also said he wants to see me make it to 37 weeks but if I make it to 38, which he highly doubts, he will induce me if I want.

With the boys, I guess I was technically induced, they broke my water both times. With Kolby, I was 37 weeks 5 days and they were guessing 5 or 6 cm dilated but his head was so low it was hard to tell. She didn't want to send me home like that, so they broke my water and 56 minutes later out came Kolby without a push!

Sage was born at 38 weeks and some days. I was 5 cm dilated with him also. I had gone in the night before with regular irregular contractions meaning they were coming but not every 5 or 10 minutes like they told me to look for. Once we got to the hospital with all our gear, we spent the night since the contractions completely stopped and they sent us home about 8 that morning. That night about 10 we checked back in, they broke my water and 4 hours later he was born. But I pushed for an hour and 15 minutes.

In my mind, when I am thinking clearly, I want to keep this baby inside until 38 weeks. Let him put on some weight and make sure his lungs are ready to be out here.

When I am not thinking clearly, I think come on! I watch myself waddle towards the glass doors to pick up the boys at Mothers Day Out and think, how am I gonna hold this baby in?! And when I get a painful braxton hic, I automatically look at the time and wait to see if I get another. (Are they called braxton hics anymore, I mean, they can be quite painful, aren't they just contractions? Then I could tell people I was in labor for weeks instead of just an hour or so!)

And then sane Kristy comes back in and thinks about how I would really like a November baby (no logical reason) and how I really want to make it to 38 weeks.

Part of me really wonders how long I would go if I just let my body do its thing.

And part of me thinks that would be crazy and I would end up delivering at home. By myself. And I don't really want that. If I planned a home birth, that would be different.

My doctor did mention that he would prefer to have me in a controlled setting and induce me. Part of me agrees.

The past two nights, I have slept really well. I have actually woken up and forgotten that I was pregnant. I was so comfortable and my belly wasn't hurting me, no head was pressing against my bladder and then I get a swift kick to my belly and remember that I am in fact pregnant and it is in fact going to be painful to roll over and get myself out of bed.

I can't wait to meet this little guy. We have a couple names we agree on and we have agreed to see him and decide.

Don't tell Sage or Kolby but I ordered matching pajamas for all three boys today (a traditional Christmas eve present) and am so excited to take their picture! What are the odds that Sage won't have an accident and that Kolby and new baby's diaper won't leak that night?!


  1. My friend, Amanda, who you also know from MN. (www.nowiknowmyebcs.blogspot.com) was technically in labor with her youngest daughter at this time last year for about a month. When you said what has been happening with you it totally reminded me of her. She would get contractions (painful ones) every night, they would start to get pretty regular, and then they would stop with the sunrise. She did this for a month before she technically went into labor and had Chloe 2 hours later. Hang in there! It's rough at the end.

  2. If it helps you any to grab hold of the sanity, there really is significant difference in BFing success, number of NICU stays, etc between a 35-36 week baby and a 38 week baby. It's amazing what a difference those last couple of weeks can make! I can't imagine how hard it must be on you knowing you're dilating and contracting and all that, though; I never had that experience.

  3. With Jackson I had Braxton Hicks from the end of my first trimester on. They were so annoying. I thought for sure I would have the benefit of being a little dilated and effaced from all that by the time my doctor examined me in the end. No! Nothing! I was so bitter after all that. I pray the Lord will give you total peace about this baby's birth and when it will happen. Blessings!

  4. There's alot of stuff in your blog that I never wanted to hear about again.... dialation, effaced, etc. etc., however I love reading about what is going on in your life. You have an amazing heart! Your an awesome Momma. I am so glad that I never had to do any planning around Allisons pregnancies. Showing up was all I could handle!
    Know that We are sending you lots of love from NC, and praying for all of you (y'all).
    P.S. You're in Texas. you'd better get used to your kids being "varmints"
    PPS. I am so honored that you decided to name the little varmint after me.

  5. Hang in there, it won't be too long and soon you'll have that little varmint to love on. Praying for his safe arrival and your peace and comfort!

  6. I think Little Varmint is a cute name. :)


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