Eudora’s Birth Story – The Finale

In my last blog post, I’d left off with the news that our birth story wasn’t going to be the perfect VBAC delivery.  There would be no successful natural child birth through the power of the Hypnobabies Home Study course.  Sure, I was in labor, but it wasn’t exactly going right.  I was coping just fine with the contractions, and I’d managed to stay firm and not take anything for the painful cramping that was continuous between contractions.  But Eudora?  She wasn’t coping so well.  And her health and welfare was the most crucial thing in our birth story.

Eudora was tachycardic.  Her little heart was pounding up to 200 beats per minute.  I’m not sure if the machine registered anything higher than that, but that was it.  That was when the doctors determined that a VBAC delivery would not be the best thing for her.  She wasn’t descending.  She needed to come out.

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Eudora’s Birth Story

We’d put a lot of thought into what type of birth we’d wanted to have this time around.  We’d decided on a natural birth (if possible, of course), and we’d studied the Hypnobabies Home Study course.  It was important to the husband to be able to see our daughter being born, and it was important to me to be able to provide that for him.  Our birth story was going to be perfect, and it was going to be everything that the husband had hoped for.  We’d studied, planned, and fallen asleep listening to the Hypnobabies tracks on a nightly basis.  I was doing everything possible to make sure that our birth story worked out to be the wonderful natural birth that we’d hoped for.

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38 Weeks Pregnant and a Traumatic L&D Visit

I hate being 38 weeks pregnant.  Today I am 38 weeks and 4 days, which is when I had Norton through c-section.  I’m not even bothering to hope that she’ll get out now.  On Friday, though, I was 38 weeks pregnant on the nose.  I found myself experiecing a surge of optimism that maybe, just maybe, that would be the day when my little spawn would get out.

Obviously, since I’m 38 weeks and 4 days pregnant today, that did not work.  So, what was this traumatic visit and the optimism?

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38 Weeks Pregnant and Crabby

Warning: this is not a pleasant post.  I hate being pregnant.  I seriously do.  This is my third baby, and I have not enjoyed a single pregnancy.  Really, it’s a necessary evil since I’ve yet to find an incubator that will grow my kid.  Other than me, of course.  So by the time 38 weeks pregnant rolls around, I’m fairly miserable.  With Andy, I never made it to 38 weeks pregnant.  I had him at 37 weeks pregnant on the nose.  With Norton, I had a c-section at 38 weeks and four days.

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35 Weeks Pregnant and Crazy Dreams

I’m finding that 35 weeks pregnant is having some effects.  I don’t suddenly feel amazing or feel awful, but 35 weeks means that birth is getting pretty eminent.  I’m actually 35 weeks and three days, so my daughter is due in 32 days.  Which means that she could be here and be full term any time between 11 and 32 days.

I should state for the record that I have never been pregnant longer than 38.5 weeks.  And my first boy was born at 37 weeks on the dot.

So this means that my goals have been pretty much centered around preparation.  I’m preparing for my VBAC delivery with the Hypnobabies Home Study Course.  I’m preparing around the house with my massive list of stuff to do and major cleaning.

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35 Weeks Pregnant and Blissfully in Love

Amazingly enough, we hit 35 weeks pregnant yesterday.  In two to five weeks, our little girl will make her arrival.  Aside from that obsessive nesting need to get everything done (which is even stronger at 35 weeks pregnant than it was at 33 weeks pregnant), the husband and I have finally gotten our rumps in gear and started our Hypnobabies Home Study Course in earnest.  Of course, since we delayed so long, we’re doing an “accelerated plan” that we found online.

We’ve got a doula, and she’s awesome.  We have a doctor who does not do c-sections, so really, it doesn’t get any better than that for a VBAC delivery.  Most amazingly, though, the more the husband and talk about Hypnobabies and why it’s so important to us that it works, the more I realize how absolutely amazing my husband is.

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Some Days Being a Mom is Like Being a Pillow Pet

I love being a mom.  More specifically, I love being a mom to Norton and my two pups.  I’m home with them every day and we spend a lot of time playing and just snuggling.  But sometimes, apparently being a mom is synonymous with being a pillow pet.  You see, we have pillow pets scattered around the house.  All of the kids love to roll around on them and snuggle down on them for a nap.  We’ve got an elephant in the living room, a monkey in the nursery, and a giraffe in Norton’s new room.  They all get loved… and lounged on.

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34 Weeks Pregnant and a Trip to L&D

I’m still amazed that I’m 34 weeks pregnant.  On one hand, this pregnancy seems to have flown by.  At the same time, though, it feels like it’s dragging on.  I suppose that’s because I already have a busy little boy to keep me busy, and it’s starting to drag now because being 34 weeks pregnant is hugely uncomfortable for me and I just want the kid out.  Or something.

Yesterday, I had a first for this pregnancy.  Well, a first for any of my pregnancies, really.  I ended up in labor and delivery for lack of fetal movement.  Last week, I wrote about how Eudora’s brand of fetal movement is fairly violent.  I actually suggested that it might be nice if she’d beat me just a bit less.  Well, yesterday she did just that.  The moral of the story: be careful what you wish for because you just might get it.  It was nerve wracking when she wasn’t doing much more than feebly swatting me away when I’d poked.  I called my doctor’s office, and my doctor’s office told me to call the hospital for guidance.

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34 Weeks Pregnant – the End of Procrastination

Holy crap.  I’m 34 weeks pregnant.  That means that Eudora can make her interest any time three to six weeks from now.  Since I’m not one for putting things off when I’m feeling a crunch, that means that everything has to be done.  Right now.  Because I am 34 weeks pregnant and crazy, to boot.  There are some things that we’ve put off.  In fact, one thing that we put off has been put off for so long that I thought that 34 weeks pregnant was too late. [Read more…]

33 Weeks Pregnant – Fetal Movement Gets Violent

At 33 weeks pregnant, I’ve moved into that part of pregnancy that I refer to as the “get it out!” phase.  You know, you’re miserably uncomfortable, things ache, and parts of pregnancy that were adorable a month or two before are now getting as miserable as the rest.  I find it funny that at nineteen weeks pregnant, I was thrilled to finally feel a bit of fetal movement… and at 33 weeks pregnant, I just want her to stop hurting me.

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