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5 days till due date

14 Apr

Today I woke up and my immediate thought was how well I felt!  I laid in bed for a good 15 minutes, trying to decide if I had been healed of my infirmity. Nose? Feeling clear and not bone dry. Throat? Clear and happy! Sinuses? (wiggling my facial muscles) Free of obstruction. Body? Refreshed; not achey. Slight discomfort in the pelvis. Ear? Feeling better than when I’m not sick! After using great momentum to throw my legs in order to exit my bed, I realized that I still had slight congestion in my sinuses, but it felt like nothing I couldn’t handle!

I went to work and accomplished very little. I am feeling like I only have two speeds: turtle speed, and snail  speed. I decided when I woke up that I was going to take my time getting ready. It was so nice to not have to shout frantically, “Hurry up!” or “Fast, fast!” or “Let’s go!” at the kids this morning. We just did our thing and I kept my blood pressure down. 

Climbing in to the backseat of the van to buckle and unbuckle the kids was a task today. I lost the pep in my step to jump easily in to the back seat. I am comforted by the fact that I do not have to buckle or unbuckle those kids any more while pregnant!

I have been mentally distracted today as well.  I have been daydreaming about what my mom and sister are doing and feeling, and imagining the next 24 hours. In my imagination, I see myself cleaning the house somewhat leisurely, all the while my mom and sister are driving westward in to the setting sun. 

I also feel absolutely exhausted today. Everything feels like a huge chore. I meant to make a to-do list while at work today, but I couldn’t even do that. It is difficult to explain. I don’t necessarily feel tired. I just feel like I can’t make my body move the way I want it to. I would much rather just crawl in to bed.

Speaking of my bed, after my kids took an eternity to eat lunch and I put them in bed for a nap, I decided to forego trying to start my afternoon with a nap, and I opted to turn on the Relaxation track from the Hypnobirthing: The Mongan Method book’s CD.  If you have read any of my previous posts on hypnobirthing, you will note that I have an electronic copy of the book, which was great to get access to the reading material, but I suspected for along time that I was missing out on a CD that was mentioned a lot in the book. I actually decided to borrow a copy of the book from the library, and I discovered that the book does come with a CD! There are only two tracks on the CD; one is a relaxation track, and the other is about welcoming baby. I actually have not listened to the second track. 

I love the relaxation track so much. There were a few times that I woke up in the middle of the night and couldn’t get back to sleep, or a few afternoons I was feeling too accelerated to sleep, and I turned on this track and felt incredibly rested and relaxed in only 20 minutes. Words are such a powerful thing!

I really only have a few things left on my to-do list, and I am trying to decide if I want to do them tonight (with the help and mental support of my darling husband), or if I want to leave them for tomorrrow. They are:

  • Vaccuum upstairs and downstairs
  • Wash kitchen linens
  • Wash pillows and backpacks on delicate cycle
  • Put away the 4 baskets of clean laundry
  • Wash kitchen floor
  • File filing cabinet junk
  • Online shop – I need to get nursing nightgowns and amber dropper bottles for my placenta tincture I am planning on making (yep, not only am I encapsulating my placenta again, I am making a tincture, too!)
  • Tidy up the storage bins which are in our downstairs living room – right now I have girl and boy newborn clothes out and washed, and I just need to make it look… nicer.
  • Make the downstairs bathroom useable (I have been using the shower to store stuff, but I just realized I’m going to have a pretty full house of people next week, so I think I need to clear it out).
  • Clean the main bathroom. Ask mom to scrub the tub, though.

Mentally, I feel ready for baby! I will actually venture to say that I want baby out now. But, I do want baby to wait until my mom and sister arrive. So, baby, please start making your appearance in the next 24-48 hours. Thursday morning at around 10am would be a perfect time to begin labor. Can you check your schedule and confirm your availability? Thanks.

Oh, and check out the picture. Is it just me, or do I look ridiculously pregnant?  And this was T-2 minutes until I crawled in to bed, so that is why my bed is a rumpled mess still.

 

7 days until due date

12 Apr

Today we skipped church since I am not feeling well and the kids are still a bit under the weather. 

We had a leisurely breakfast together, and Fernando was on kitchen duty all day long. I can’t even tell you how wonderful it was to hardly do a dish and to not get up a million times to refill cups with milk and look for extra napkins. At about mid morning, I colored my hair, showered, and Fernando took the kids outside to play while I rested in bed. I just laid in bed but did not sleep. 

At noon, we reconvened for lunch, the kids got a bath, and took a nap. Once the kids were settled in their rooms, we both took a nap. When I had woken up this morning, I felt worse than I had felt yesterday. However, after my afternoon nap, I felt really refreshed and like my body was healing.

After naptime, I did some laundry and ate a bunch of chocolate. I am still at this moment craving chocolate like crazy! I reorganized the hospital suitcase, adjusted the infant carseat straps, decluttered our microwave stand (which is our problem area for clutter), decluttered our bedroom, and made up the bed with our extra set of sheets. Tomorrow, I will just have on my to-do list vacuuming and putting away laundry. Honestly, both of those tasks might just wait until Tuesday, depending on how I feel. My first priority is to lay around as much as possible and kick this cold to the curb. So, my to-do list for tomorrow might change to include drinking tea, taking a warm bath, and napping!

Today I felt about 3 more intense contractions in one hour. I compared my belly pictures from just before delivery with all three pregnancies, and based off of past belly pictures, I still have a bit to grow. My belly has felt enormously heavy all of a sudden in just the past two days. I also forgot to mention on my last update that the bones in my pubic area feel like they are expanding. Actually, they kind of just feel like they are cracking, but we will make it sound more pregnancy-official and say that they are relaxing and expanding. It still isn’t enough for me to complain about, but today I felt a burst of readiness for baby. I think that having the golden hour of cleanliness in my house paired with feeling mildly rested made me feel adventurous to tell fate that I am okay with baby coming tonight. 

39 weeks pregnant

10 Apr

This week shall be recorded as horrible in the category of life. Both kids were (and are) sick. I’ve been serving them a smorgasbord of immune boosters and medicines. On Monday, I was feeling like I was coming down with something.  However, we all spent the whole day resting and the following day I felt fine.  Last night, Emmanuel woke up and sounded horrible coughing. I was so worried about his breathing that I brought him to our bed (it was still early; it was only 8:15pm). To make a long story short, he was attached to my boob for hours and would not sleep. I finially decided that him being in our bed was more detrimental to his health, since he wasn’t sleeping, and I returned him to his crib. He became tranquil when we got to his room and fell asleep instantly. That was at midnight. Even though he finally went to sleep at midnight, he coughed a lot during the night and cried for an instant a few times, each time sending me running to his room to check on him. After his rough night, I was amazed that he woke up at 7:Stinking-AM. Because of this stint from the evening, I have felt very close to crossing the threshold into sickness all day long. My right ear is killing me. I have a buring in my chest. Just this evening my breathing has become more difficult. I have coughed a sick cough a few times today.

I am having major deja-vu of my last few days of being pregnant with Emmanuel, and I will be so upset if I am sick during labor again.

On Tuesday and Wednesday, I realized that I had been having a ton of Braxton Hicks contractions. I’ve had intense contractions for months, but usually only a few a day. This week was the first time I had a lot in a short period of time.  The contractions were actually pretty mild, though, so I wasn’t wondering if I was in labor or not. I did, however, have a very difficult time falling asleep because I was playing out the scenario of “what if this turns in to labor tonight?” I had no idea how I would cope with going in to labor that night with extremely sick children. All I can say is thank God that I did not go in to labor! As a few days have passed, and the kids’ sickness seemed somewhat managable tonight, I feel so much more at peace about going in to labor.

In the managable pregnancy symptoms category, I have had intermittent shooting pain in my back, down below, and legs on occassion, but especially at night. Wednesday night, the night that I was stressed about the thought of going in to labor that evening, I had several hours of crazy movement and shooting pain. I realized that evening that my mind becomes a total blank when I am faced with labor, and I cannot problem solve, nor think rationally. 

I am looking forward to sleeping well tonight. I pray that my body will repair itself!

Thursday I had my 39 week appoinment (although I was still shy of 39 weeks), and I learned that my OB office officially changed their policy to not do cervical checks until 39 weeks. The medical assistant asked if I would like to be checked, and I said that since I was almost 39 weeks and didn’t expect to make it to 40 weeks, it would be nice to know if I was dilated to 4cm like last pregnancy, or if I was 0cm. I was thinking that this information would help me know how quickly to go to the hospital if I start labor. The juicy news was that I was 2.5cm dilated, 60% effaced, and baby was at a -3 station. I’m not really disappointed, but I must say I was a little surprised. This is the least amount of progress I’ve had at this point in comparing my progress to my past pregnancies. I wonder if part of it is because I have been trying to relax as much as possible. I’ve done a few squats this week, but I honestly would like to increase the amount of squats. However, if I am sick, I don’t feel like doing anything.

My due date is still 9 days away. My mom arrives in 4 days. I am anticipating that baby arrives on April 16th or 17th. That is about one week away! I am so glad it is the weekend and that the reinforcements (my mom and sister) are arriving in just a few days. I feel like I can begin to rest and not worry about baby arriving “too early.”

Just like with Emmanuel, I am loving feeling this baby’s gentle movements and having baby with me 24/7. While I have been desiring baby to stay put even past my due date, I think I am finally ready to meet baby!

I suppose I better get started with my daily log of activities. I really want to do a post about my gender suspicions and why I have made deductions about baby’s gender. Hopefully I will get to it before baby arrives!