Friday, January 15, 2010

Bedrest

I'm spending this weekend on a modified amount of bedrest. Not because there is anything wrong with the baby or me (though I feel like absolute crud--thanks a lot morning sickness that won't go away!). It's so that my ubertalented, super great friend who has agreed to be in the delivery room to capture our first moments with Katie could go to LA for a fancy swag party that she and her 15 month old were invited to. Yep, you can read about it here. Jen tried to politely decline this incredible offer that could potentially help advance her career on account of Katie's impending arrival. I emphatically told her NO WAY and promised bedrest. Hey, for Maggie, I promised Dana and Dennis Eisenberg bedrest in my 38th week so they could take the boys to Disney. Why not for my photog friend to go to LA, right?

I'm mid way through my 38th week. We have a scheduled induction date of January 26th, one day after my due date if she doesn't come before that. With my other two girls, I was induced 8 or 9 days early. For Allie, she was on track to be a well over 9 lb baby. At 9 days early, she weighed in at 8lbs 6 oz (and crossed over 10 by her 2 week checkup). She was a tank! However, I wasn't dilated, cervix wasn't softened. I frankly wasn't ready but let the doctor convinced me (first time mom, I didn't know any better) to go for it. It was a bad decision. She wasn't ready AT ALL. I pushed her for a solid 3 hours. She would start to come out and suck back in. She had to be vaccuumed out and I had some severe issues. Yeah, I don't want that again.

With Maggie, I had a scheduled c-section for October 26th due to her being breech. I went in on the 25th for a pre-op appointment with Dennis, mentally prepared to have my baby in one day and totally DONE with being pregnant. That little girl flipped!! So, he induced me that night. She was 8 days early. Labor wasn't anywhere near as rough as Allie's but the pain was pretty significant (I know, stupid statement). Again, I wasn't dilated at all.

This time, if I can avoid the induction, I would prefer it. However, I don't want to go past my due date either. I'm pretty uncomfortable, having lots of Braxton Hicks, and I'm back to being sick again. I'm now down four pounds in the last week. I got sick during Andrew's birthday dinner Tuesday night and I'm barely eating because everything is making me feel cruddy. While I'm trying not to whine too much, I honestly feel bad for my husband right now. Poor man is listening to a lot of complaining. Guess that's the role of dad at this point since he can't share in the joy of this pregnancy gig!

So, that's where we are now. I'm working from home and getting lots done from my couch and laptop. I'm slowing down as much as I can. And I'm promising Jen to keep this baby in (hopefully!) until Sunday night when she returns.

11 comments:

jaime said...

I hope you get to enjoy some rest before Katie arrives! And I wouldn't worry about whining. Your husband will be able to help out (even more) very, very soon. I've been following your blog for a while, and I'm so very excited for you and your beautiful family!

LisaWV said...

Oh, wow! So soon! Good luck with everything, and I hope your jetsetting posse all make it back from LA in time for the birth!

Katherine said...

Rest is always a good thing at this point. I was induced with my first and wanted to avoid that with my second. I had my midwife sweep my membranes at 38/39 weeks. It worked and I went into labor two days later. It was so nice not to be induced, pitocin is a b*#ch.

Best of luck with the birth and until then complain like there's no tomorrow to anyone who'll listen. You've earned it.

Adrianne said...

Praying that sweet baby girl of yours stays put just long enough for Jen to get back from that AWESOME party!! Like I said in my tweet back to you. Sinus symptoms can be early labor to keep your legs wrapped together and try not to sneeze :) Love ya girl!!! We are all rooting for you!!

Tammy said...

Work your magic little Mamma! You can do this, Sunday is right around the corner! I can't wait!! Get some rest, you deserve it.. Hugs from Fort Worth!

MamaS said...

Your so close! And you might have a Birthday baby! I only remember your bday because we share it, well that and we share initials and husbands named Andrew, heehee. Hope the next few days are as easy as they can be!

Dusty said...

I tried looking for your email to tell you what my doctor said to do, but I guess you can delete this if you don't want everyone reading it. :)

When you are ready, and your special lady is back in town with her camera, um... not sure how to say this, but use a wash cloth and stimulate your nipples. Sorry... I was not dilated at all, and I was no where near ready to have my baby, and doing this several times softened my cervix. My doctor also said to have relations with my husband because his friends help soften the cervix too. Good luck!

Kristin said...

Hope Miss Katie stays where she's supposed to be for now.

I'm in the same posistion due on 1/25 and the friend who is going to watch our other children is out of town until Monday. It would not be good to go into labor now. Tuesday, different story.

Good Luck.

Kristin

Ashley H. said...

I honestly can't *wait* to read the news and see pictures! Good luck!!

kazee said...

Thank you for sharing your thoughts and comments about morning sickness. It is good to read stories from different moms out there who suffered the same sickness that I have right now. Through this i can gathered different cure to morning sickness.

Proud Grandma said...

Congratulations on the birth of your new daughter Katie - I can't wait to see pictures of her - Maggie will be such a great big sister. Oh and by the way Happy Birthday tomorrow Jenny (One of my grandsons shares your birthday)hanti