Friday, December 5, 2008

Waiting game....

It seems to me that once you hit that last month of pregnancy you start to play the hurry up and wait game. I had my baby shower in mid November and got a lot of great stuff! I went to the Dr that Tuesday and my blood pressure had jumped, my weight increased more than usual and my swelling was significant. Dr. B put me to bed an extra 4 hours a day until my next appt. It really put into perspective that at this point, Devin could enter the world at any time! This freaked me out a little, so Chris and I went that night and exchanged some things and finished the items that we needed on our registry.

He has been such a good sport. When told that I had to be in bed an extra 4 hours a day, I wanted to burst into tears. (If you have ever been pregnant, you know this is a pretty normal occurrence near the end.) So when I got in the car I did just that and called Chris. Of course, me being such a planner, I had so much left to do, and there was no way to get it all done if I was in bed! He had promised to go to BRU to help with some of the heavier items but kept telling me not to worry, I could give him the list and he would go if he had to. Anyway, we went that night and he escorted me...2 shopping carts+ later he told me he was glad I went b/c he never would have been able to get all that stuff in an hour! least he knows his way around there now. That place overwhelmed me the first time I went to but now I know where everything is! He has since been back with me b/c apparently I am the most indecisive person in the world now...and to think of all the reviews I read, and I still keep changing my mind! Or maybe it is just my way of shopping.

Anyway, my blood pressure and weight had stayed about the same by the next week and my swelling wasn't quite as bad so the Dr told me that I didn't have to do an extra 4 hours a day but that I do need to be sure I am taking the time to rest and not pushing myself the way I tend to do. This was music to my ears! I was so worried she would put me on full bed rest which would have been one of my worst nightmares....besides a C-Section!

We had a nice Thanksgiving at my parent's house. Mom kept asking me to do things and I put my foot down b/c she had told me before I came she just wanted me to take it easy and rest. Thankfully my cousin was there to pick up the slack and take care of the things my mom usually has me do for her! We spent the rest of the weekend taking it easy and hanging out with my Aunt Bird and Cousin Awol.

I have just about finished my Christmas shopping now. I am still feeling the pressure of time and would rather have the shopping outside of the house done. I have a few more gifts to get but nothing Chris couldn't handle for me if needed.

Chris put the tree up last weekend and put on all the lights and ornaments. I just don't have it in me this year but I always really enjoy it so I am glad he did it. And he did a great job!

I went to the Dr yesterday again and my blood pressure is still about the same. My swelling is still pretty excessive but there aren't any other changes or signs that make my Dr think pre-eclampsia anymore. She did check me and I am 90% effaced and fingertip dilated. Last week I was NOTHING. This doesn't necessarily mean anything other than my body is starting to get ready which is better than it continuing to do nothing. I have been having a lot of braxton hicks lately and Devin has definitely dropped and entered the birth canal. It literally all happened over night. I took a pic of my belly the other night and by the next night everything had changed.

I have about 100 lists of things I need to get done going so I have been busy resting and doing those things for the past few weeks. I am feeling pretty good and not completely miserable, although I am increasingly more uncomfortable. The only thing that really bothers me is when I am getting dressed and none of my shirts are long enough to cover my belly! I am having to get creative these days and I had to give in a buy a few long sleeve shirts last weekend. My friend let me borrow some but she was early in her pregnancy in the winter so none of hers are long enough either!

I feel like I have written a novel. Time to go pack my hospital bag!

Here are some of my belly from this week. These are of my bare belly...oh my!

This is before I think I dropped:
From Sono and Belly Pics

And this is after:
From Sono and Belly Pics

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