Tuesday, August 2, 2016


One of my children got a hold of the camera this week...and this pretty much sums up the way I'm feeling.

I'm having my membranes stripped today. I think I prefer the other name for it, which is "sweeping" the membranes, because that sounds slightly less uncomfortable. :)

I was offered the procedure with every single one of my children, and with every single one I have said, "No, thank you." I was never in any rush to start labor any sooner than necessary, and the unpleasant possible side effects never seemed worth it to me for something I was in no hurry for. But...this time is different. This time I'm actually very uncomfortable...I have four other kids at home...and my due date also happens to be the girls' first day of school at a brand new place. I do not want to be in the hospital once school starts - especially not within the first week.

So, we're going to try to give this little squirt a gentle nudge. We'll see if it works!

My stats as of last Wednesday: (Maybe TMI for some, so you can just scroll on down, haha.) I have an extremely soft cervix, ready to go! In fact, it made it a little more difficult to check dilation, which...I start at a three and narrow down to a one. Baby had room to move down just a bit more, though he had definitely dropped. That was nearly a week ago. I have been told that labor will move extremely fast for me this time. Like, not unheard of for just a few hours from the first contractions to holding baby, so in other words...get to the hospital stat! Charlotte came so fast, I can't even imagine this being faster.

I feel like life has been at a bit of a stand still for a couple of weeks. That awkward waiting for baby period where I can't venture too far away from the hospital and I feel like I have a million things to get done. Life is simultaneously quiet and chaotic - not much to report in the way of things we've been doing, but going a million miles a minute in my head.

The kids have been venturing out with grandparents....

There are tons of parks around, including this one just up the street. Grandma Joan has been coming up for weekly visits and taking the kids swimming and for treats and all kinds of things.

We enjoy being outside in the evenings....

The mosquitos have enjoyed snacking on my 50% increased blood volume. Yay for being pregnant in the summer. And here are my children in an impromptu conga line....

This is riveting stuff, I know. 

Every single night (and sometimes in the afternoon!) I rest my bones in a giant bath tub. Thank goodness for that tub. I missed having one for the last 6.5 years, and I'm not sure how I made it through three pregnancies without one. I remember it was a godsend with Evelyn, and it has been this time, too...the only thing that makes my aches and pains go away for a little while!

I'm trying to tie up loose ends and prepare for what I HOPE will be an eventful week. (Please come, Lincoln! I don't think I have ever said those words to a baby this soon, haha....) So stay close *just in case* because I'm really hoping our procedure today does the trick! As always, we will keep everyone updated here when he makes his arrival. We're praying for an easy and uneventful delivery and for a healthy baby boy! And that I don't give birth to him in the car.

It's time to get ready for my appointment now, so...here goes nothing!


Heather said...

I don't have Kinley this weekend, and I have zero plans, so please let me know if I can help in any way. I can't imagine how full your hands are at the moment!!

Adrien said...

Thank you, friend! It's a little nerve wracking...we're only 20 minutes from the hospital now, but most of our help is over an hour away, haha. I really hope we don't have to take the whole crew to the hospital at first!


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