I started having contractions on Saturday but they weren't close enough together. By Sunday at 5pm they were about 10 min apart. By 9pm they were 6-8 min apart. I called the on-call doc and she told me to try and chill and rest and if they got closer together to call and let her know I was on my way to L&D. I slept Sunday, well I tried to sleep, and Monday I woke up and they were about 10 min apart again. By 1 they still hadn't let up and although they weren't getting closer, they were getting stronger. I called the doc and they said to come in. I went in and they did an internal exam (sooooo much fun! NOT!). I was 1cm & 50% effaced. They hooked me up for a Non-Stress Test and it turned out my contractions were actually about 4 minutes apart. They said I should go home and do what ever I had planned for the night. If they got stronger in the next 3-4 hours or closer together, then to call and come in to L&D. Well, they got stronger and closer together. So off to L&D we went. When we got there they put us into a Labor room and hooked me up to the monitors. Sure enough about 2 minutes apart and fairly strong. The nurse tried to check my cervix but didnt know what she was doing and couldn't reach my cervix so I had to wait for another nurse to check it. I was still at 1 but a little softer than 50. At this point everyone thought that it was the night or at least the night before we would be meeting Ella Grace. Aunty Kim and Nick drove up from Grantville, and Brit drove up from Millidgeville. We were ready! I stayed like this till they checked me again at 11pm. When things were still the same, my doc said I had two options, go home and try to rest but probably be back at the hospital in a matter of hours when the contractions got worse. Or stay and they could give me something to help me sleep and hopefully allow my uterus to chill and my cervix to dilate more. Kim and Nick headed back home as it was late and they had to be back in Grantville for a delivery in the morning. Brit was settling in for the night with us. I got the meds and the stuff let my uterus chill, but also cause my contractions to completley stop. I had a drugy hazy night that I slept some but really just dozed. Poor Sean and Brit were troopers and were there for me all night getting me ice and water and helping me get my pillows arranged to try and make things more comfortable. The am doc checked me and I was still at 1 but now 75% thinned. She said I was no longer in active labor since my contractions had come to almost a complete halt and she was sending me home. I was devistated to say the lease and I'm still trying to understand WTF happened. I showered at the hospital and headed home. Brit had already taken the day off, so she came over and helped with some much needed cleaning at the apartment. We set up Ella's swing and picked up baby stuff from a couple of my other extreamly generous friends. We set up the downstairs pack-n-play and she basically kept me busy all day, trying to get ready and trying to get this baby moving again. Contractions are still coming and I'm super crampy so I know things are going on. I go back on Friday to see the OB and I guess I'll know more then. So...she didn't come Monday or Tuesday...but she has to come soon right?
This picture was taken New Years Day at our friend's Patricia and Andrew's home. It's one of the few pictures that we have of us together with the bump. :)You would think that with us having as many cameras as we do, there would be more pictures of us, Bue Sean doesn't like being in front of the lens. I think this one is really cute though and I'm happy to have it! Thank you Patrica for taking it and sending it to me!
Today was/is a pregnacy milestone. And if I could find my point and shoot I would take a bump picture, but I can't find it!
So yeah. Today I am 35 weeks pregnant with 35 days to go. It's pretty exciting and pretty overwhealming at the same time. The train I've been riding pulled into "Contraction City" about a month ago, but Saturday night, I made it all the way to downtown. Sean and I made a 10pm drive to L&D due to consistant and painful contractions. They checked me out and said I was still "closed" and then hooked me up to the monitors to check the contractions. Sure enough, there they were! They were real full on contractions. That made me feel better since I would have felt bad and silly about dragging us out in the super cold for minor "irritations". They kept me overnight and started me on Procardia to stop the contractions. With an IV pumping fluids into me and the meds to take away the contractions, I was set for the night. Oh, not to mention the pain meds for my back pain. (I hope that when it's really "time" that I don't have back labor. That was possibly the worse part of the contractions.) They sent me home yesterday, Sunday, after they were sure that both Ella and I were fine. I'm on the Procardia for the next week and have to go back to the OB on either Friday or Monday. I guess I shoud call and schedule that. When I got home last night I felt fine, but by 10pm I was coughing and by this am I was feeling it deep in my chest. I was sure it was just a cough, but tonight I'm starting to feel pretty cruddy.
So instead of going crazy celebrating this milstone in my pregnancy, I am going to eat some mac-n-cheese, take some tylenol, and go to bed.
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Happy New Year to all my dedicated readers! Lol... do I have any readers?
It makes me think of what I was doing Y2K. I was 14 and I was babysitting Taylor and Ashley Marshall. My first real baby sitting clients. I was babysitting and all of my friends were at a New Years Eve party at Leann Rittenbaums house. Brett Kneisel called me at midnight and that made my... well... New Years. Funny enough I ran into a friend of the Marshall's day before yesterday while I was out shopping with my mom. I haven't talked to Leann in years. I would love to,but I guess that's just one of those friendships that fell to the wayside after highschool. I chat with Brett every now and again and wish him the best. He was such a huge part of my life for several years that I still find it odd that he's not really in it at all any more. 10 years makes some big changes.
Well not so big i guess, last night I was babysitting too. But this time I was babysitting my "inside" baby. My little Ella Grace. She is still cooking away inside and we can't wait to meet her. So last night was spent chatting with other pregnant ladies online and just chilling at home with my hubby. The highlight of the night...
Chocolate Almond Ice Cream! mmmm...
So, what are your plans for the year? I know this year is going to be one I will never forget. Sometime in the next 2 months, I'm going to be a mommy. A mommy! Wow. Yeah, I would say 10 years makes a difference. Sean and I are signed to our lease until the end of July but plan on looking for somewhere new starting in late May or early June. Our apartment is only 1 bedroom and that will be fine for a while, but Ella is going to need her own room and we are going to need more space for all the stuff that comes with having a baby. We also have no where for her to really crawl so a larger home is on the list for 2010. I want to get my photography really going this year. I want to be able to help support our family financially through my photography. I know that being able to control my own schedule would make it possible for me to be the mommy and wife I want to be, so that is my big goal for the year.
I am not going to make "resolutions" this year. I am just going to say that I am going to try to trust in God to help me find my way and I am going to try to be a better person. Simple as that, lol.
One final time, Happy New Years to all I love and hold dear! 2010... I'm here!