Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Baby Updates

Have you ever been really, really glad of a decision you made? So thankful that even though you were tempted to do otherwise, you ended up better off in the end for avoiding that choice? Well, that's exactly how I'm feeling right this very second. 

This afternoon our doctor gave us a little choice before she did my examination. It was my last scheduled doctor's appointment before our due date, and as she stood there beside me, snapping on her latex gloves, she brought up a subject that I had only ever read about before. "You know," she said, "we could strip your membranes today. If it works, labor usually starts within 48 hours." I don't know why this statement took me by surprise. Maybe it finally put things into a real perspective that Gracie is coming soon no matter what. 

All I know is that I was kind of taken back by my own reaction. In my head I was thinking, "Heck no, I'm so not ready!" But I looked to Eric, who said the exact words I knew he would. It was totally up to me. And while I'm still not sure that he wasn't secretly thinking, "Go for it!" he totally supported me when I opted out of the procedure. Instead, we now have a set date to deliver Gracie if she hasn't come by October 19 (next Tuesday). 

My awesome doctor!

Now, truthfully, I was almost instantly turned off by the idea when Dr. Matuszek first mentioned that there would probably be some discomfort and a few other icky things involved with getting my membranes stripped. I thought...why in the world would I subject myself to that if I don't have to? I mean, other than my normal late pregnancy back aches I feel totally fine. I'm not swelling, sick, and miserable. If I were I think I would probably jump at the chance! But as long as I'm healthy and Gracie is healthy I figure, why rock the boat?

This evening, I got a little curious and started perusing the internet and researching stripping the membranes, and boy am I glad I chose not to! It seems that about half of the women who have had it done experienced moderate to heavy cramping for about 24 hours after the procedure, and they didn't go into labor anyway. They got their hopes up that something would materialize into real labor, but nothing ever did. I have to say, that I am super happy that as I'm typing this I'm not curled up in a ball with stomach cramps. Thank ya, Jesus!

I'm not saying that I'm against doing this for any reason, I just know that in this case it was totally not for me. And truth be told, I'm almost hoping that Gracie holds out for our induction date, haha. Though there are definitely downsides to being induced, it is really nice to know exactly when things are going to happen. And this time, we'll be going in to start the process in the morning instead of late at night. So I will have been able to get lots of rest the night before, wake up and eat a big breakfast, take a shower, and be totally ready to meet my baby girl all in the same day. 

Because I'm already 3cm dilated and 75% effaced, we were told that labor and delivery should go fairly quickly. That's also good news! So whether Gracie decides to come on her own in this next week, or if she waits it out, I'm praying for a smooth and fast delivery. If you haven't already, you can check out Evie's birth story here. Once you've read that you'll know why I'm hoping the drama stays at bay this time around!

I really would appreciate lots of prayer for our family in the coming week. I know that God will facilitate Grace's arrival exactly when it is supposed to happen...not a minute sooner or later. So please just pray that we are physically and emotionally ready for it when it happens. There are still moments that I worry about handling two babies at once. There are still times that I think I just didn't get enough one on one time with Evelyn. And I don't even want to get started on my fears of being cooped up with my two babies all winter long. So please pray for me that the baby blues don't strike! I never had those issues with Evelyn, but I'm being perfectly honest when I say I fear it could happen this time around. 

Thanks again to all who are hanging in there with me! Your words of encouragement have been so uplifting over the past couple of months. As the title of this blog implies, slowly but surely, we're "getting there!" 


Craig and Litney said...

Wishing you smooth, fast delivery to a healthy baby girl! Good luck, I hope all goes well!

Ashley N. said...

I hope you have a quick delivery, but not too quick! LOL! I know you have lots of help, but if you need anything don't hesitate to contact me. And you will do just fine with two little ones! My mom did it with with an 11 month old and a new born! You can do it too!

Olivia said...

i was 3 cm and 80% for 2 weeks!!!! lol but, my labor only lasted 14 hours, and i only felt 2 of those hours before the epidural. =) everything was Sooooooooooo easy. so i definitely wish that for you too! Good luck! I can't wait to see pictures!

Anonymous said...

ok so I really screwed up the punctuation the first time I posted this and it came out really weird, so I shall try again:
I was my mom's second child and I literally fell out, my mom had to hold me in until the doctor got there and she was screaming for my dad to catch me, all the had to do was let go and out I came. as far as the baby blues go, if you are concerned talk to your doctor, holding in the concern that you might become depressed might actually cause you to be depressed. but don't ignore it and don't let anyone tell you that you need to just suck it up. I had PPD and I was only on an anti-depressant for about 3 months, so it doesn't have to be a permanent thing, but it can be if you don't take care of yourself.


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