Well, I made it! It's October ya'll! It's baby month! And it looks like I am going to be having this baby sometime this week! I feel like it was just yesterday I was anxiously waiting for the phone to ring to hear the results of our beta test. When we were told it was positive and I talked to the Nurse Practitioner from our IVF clinic, I remember her specifically saying that our due date was October 9. It seemed so far away. Now, 9 months later, its finally October and I am less than a week away from my due date. It's all completely surreal.
How far along: I am just a few days away from my due date...39 weeks, 4 days
Gender: Can't wait to hold my little girl!
Size of baby: In fruit and vegetable terms, she is the size of a mini-watermelon. In actual size, she is probably around 7- 7.5 pounds if her growth has continued on the same growth curve she has been on. Went for my growth ultrasound this morning and she measured 7 lbs 7 oz (40th percentile) so she is a really good size...not too big but not too little!
Sleep: Still not great and there is at least one point during the night that I can't fall back asleep for hours after getting up to go to the bathroom. I start thinking about what it will be like when/if I go into labor on my own and day dreaming about seeing her face for the first time.
Best Moments: My mom's friends threw me a baby shower this past Sunday which was so special. We are so blessed to have so many people in our life that love us, support us, and love our baby girl already!
Worst Moment: I don't usually do a worst moment but this week I ended up getting pretty sick with a sinus infection and upper respiratory infection. I started sneezing a lot at my baby shower on Sunday and thought it was just allergies. By Monday I was really congested. I woke up Tuesday morning at 3 AM and felt absolutely awful. I was coughing a lot and had a low grade fever. When I would lay down, my chest was tight and painful and it was hard to breathe. When I called my OB to ask what medications I could take, they really wanted me to be seen by my primary care doctor. So I went and got checked out and was put on an antibiotic and inhaler. I feel better but am still coughing and have some congestion. I am hoping that over the next few days it will start to clear up and I will be completely well by the time I have this baby! It is definitely no fun being sick and super pregnant at the same time!
Miss Anything: Decent sleep, not having to pee every 30 minutes, and in general just being comfortable.
Symptoms: Contracting a lot each day. At my check last week I was 1 cm dilated and 80% effaced so my body is doing something. After A LOT of thoughtful prayer and consideration, I have decided to try a vaginal delivery. My doctor and Nurse Practitioner said that doing an induction with me starting out having already made some progress on my own typically makes for a better, smoother induction process.
As of this morning I am now 3 cm and 90% effaced. Personally I'm not really wanting to go too far past my due date. We had talked about maybe inducing on Friday if she hadn't made her appearance by then but after my appointment this morning, we've decided to wait it out a little longer. One of my doctors (the one I saw this morning) had rotator cuff surgery a couple weeks ago so he is still in a big sling contraption and not doing deliveries. My other doctor will be out of town on Friday so even though I'd have to wait a few more days, I'd rather have one of my doctors there for delivery so I have another appointment next Monday. If she hasn't come by then, we will induce on Tuesday when I am 40 weeks, 5 days. My doctor doesn't want me to go past Tuesday or Wednesday since I have gestational diabetes. He really thinks though with my current status and the progress I am making that I will probably go into labor on my own sometime this week.
My doctor and nurse practitioners have been really great and understanding. They have promised me that if at any point during labor or delivery, my neck and back are causing me too much pain for me to continue, that they will completely respect my decision and wouldn't deny me the option of a c-section. Knowing that I'm not locked in and knowing that they understand my fears and concerns made it easier for me to decide to try a vaginal delivery. I am going in with very little expectations for myself or my body. I would love it if I can delivery vaginally, but I know that I will be putting my neck and back through a lot of stress and strain that it isn't used to so I really have no idea how much it will be able to tolerate. With all the damage, hardware, nerve issues, spinal stenosis, bone spurs, muscles spasms, etc., I know that my neck is fragile. I am just hoping that maybe it can hold up long enough for a successful, and relatively pain free (neck wise) delivery.
Looking forward to: Meeting my daughter, seeing her face, and holding her for the first time!
Please be praying for us in these final days and that whenever and however she decides to make her debut, it will be a safe a relatively smooth process! Thanks for your support!