Here we go!

Filed under: delivery/labor,news — by Lauren on October 19th, 2006 @ 1:49 am

My water just broke!

It was, in a word, well, gross.  I had gotten up to use the bathroom about 15 minutes earlier and had not yet fallen back asleep.  I had just completed a puzzle on my electronic New York Times crossword puzzle, and was about to try to go back to sleep when I felt a “pop” and a gush of wetness.  I woke up Lex, he helped me disentangle myself from the giant body pillow I sleep with, and then he called the doctor as I got to the toilet.

We’ll be making our way to the hospital shortly, and we are SO excited!

Update

Filed under: delivery/labor,doctor,news,thoughts — by Lex on October 18th, 2006 @ 10:23 pm

Okay.

Our doctor says that you’re big, but healthy. He hopes you’re not as big as the specialists think, and bigger than his own measurements indicate. And he believes that Lauren/Mom could deliver you normally without jeopardizing her health — or yours… If it happens in the next few days.

So we’re letting nature take its course for the next several days. Lauren’s already one centimeter dilated, and that’s promising. If she goes into labor soon, then all signs are we’ll have a natural delivery. But if Monday comes and you’re still in hiding (and who could blame you? Must be comfortable!), then we’ll need to talk about a C-section. (Induction isn’t really on the table; our doctor trusts recent studies that say induction in cases of bigger babies leads to more emergency C-sections than “waiting.”)

We can’t wait to meet you, Baby. As long as you’re healthy, we’ll take whatever circumstances your grand entrance involves.

Hurry Up and Weight

Filed under: delivery/labor,doctor,news,thoughts — by Lex on @ 1:27 pm

So…

Our last ultrasound was two weeks ago. You weighed about 7.5lbs, according to the ultrasound. We scheduled another ultrasound for today, knowing that if you hadn’t yet been born and continued gaining weight, that you’d be pretty big by now.

And so, we went in for an ultrasound this morning. They measured you again. And again, you weighed about 7.5lbs.

No one was expecting that! We would have expected you to keep gaining weight, and since you didn’t, the doctor was intrigued/concerned enough that he sent us out for another ultrasound with a perinatologist. There, the ultrasounds indicated that you actually weigh about 9.5lbs.

That’s mighty big!

Now, we have an appointment back with the first doctor in just two hours. We don’t know what’ll happen: Will the doctor want to schedule an induction? Will he want to schedule a C-section? Our plan/desire, of course, has always been to deliver you as naturally as possible, but it may be that because you’re so big and strong, we have to adjust that plan. We intend to make our decisions based on whatever’s safest for you and your mom, and we’ll do whatever’s necessary to ensure the two of you get whatever you need to achieve that goal 🙂

See you soon?

An open letter to my unborn daughter

Filed under: family,thoughts — by Lex on October 12th, 2006 @ 9:28 am

Dear baby,

Please come out now. We’re ready.

Or, as ready as we’ll ever be, I suppose…

Love,
Dad

Maternity leave has officially begun

Filed under: news,thoughts — by Lauren on October 11th, 2006 @ 10:34 pm

I decided this morning that today was going to be my last day of work.  Hey, I made it to 38 weeks, 2 days – not too shabby.  It wasn’t that work itself was so difficult – although I was definitely DONE with having random people I didn’t even know come up to me to make supportive comments such as “Why are you still here?”  The real problem was that going to work forced me to wake up earlier than my body wanted me to, and since I haven’t been sleeping very well, this left me very tired.  Lex and I both feel that it is important for me not to feel exhausted before labor begins, so as of tomorrow, I’m home to rest, relax, and take care of every last minute pre-baby errand and chore we can imagine.  It’s the vacation I always wanted.

Entering the home stretch

Filed under: symptoms,thoughts — by Lauren on October 3rd, 2006 @ 6:37 pm

Yesterday we hit 37 weeks, which means the baby is officially considered full term. Naturally, Lex and I are extremely eager and anxious to get this whole labor thing going at this point. I have truly enjoyed being pregnant, and I will miss the amazing sensation of having this baby so close to me at all times

BUT

I am tired of having my pants constantly fall down because no pants can possibly stay on such a steep slope with the aid of suspenders, being accosted by strangers who feel it is necessary to make comments such as “You look ready to pop” which is slang for “Gee, you’re huge,” hitting myself in the stomach with my knees when I walk up the stairs, needing help getting out of bed because I’m too top heavy to sit up by myself, and countless other “side effects” of pregnancy that need no mention here.

I can’t stay grumpy for long, though, not when my precious baby keeps wiggling and jiggling to remind me she’s there. She’s probably just as uncomfortable as I feel these days; there’s no room for her anymore! For both of our sakes, baby girl, I hope you’re ready to make your appearance soon.

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