Still Waiting…

June 19, 2009

No baby. Not yet. Still waiting.

We’ve tried everything that one can imagine to help coax this baby to come out of its very comfortable home. Monday and Tuesday of this week I checked off acupuncture. I’ve also eaten spicy food, drank castor oil, eaten pineapple, eggplant, gone for hour-long walks, and whatever else is on “the list.” Still, no baby.

On Wednesday, I decided (after reading about induction methods online from 4-6am) that I wanted to postpone the June 19th induction date. I figured that as long as the baby was doing okay in-utero, who was I to kick him/her out before he/she was ready? My impatience, I decided, wasn’t reason enough to induce.

So, instead of going in this morning for an induction, we went in to meet with Dr. Swartz and to make sure that the baby is doing fine. First, they ran an NST, where the baby’s heartrate is externally monitored. Next, we had an ultrasound, to check the level of amniotic fluid. According to Swartz, I have “plenty of fluid.” She also predicted that the baby is seven and a half pounds, which both Justin and I snickered at (we are sure this baby is at least 8lbs like its sister, Clare was). Finally, in an exam room, I had a vaginal exam to check for dilation and to have my membranes stripped (for the THIRD time). At least I had made some progress…I am now 3cm dilated.

We discussed induction again and concluded that if this baby doesn’t come before next week, then we will induce on Wednesday, June 24th. That is a whole 10 days late…enough of a grace period, if you ask me.

COME ON, BABY, YOUR BIG SISTER WANTS TO MEET YOU!!! 

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Yes, Castor Oil…

June 15, 2009

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My due date (June 14th) has come and gone, and now it’s time to pull out all of the stops and see if I can’t “encourage” him/her to come on out.

Since June 7th (my last blog post), I have had two more OB-GYN appointments. On June 8th, Dr. Swartz stripped my membranes. Of course, the caveat to this procedure was that it would only work if the body were already ready to go. And, if it was going to work, we’d see some action within 48 hours. You guessed it…the 48 hours came and went and no labor.

Everyone has suggestions for getting labor started and, I must admit, it’s been fun hearing from concerned friends and family wondering “what’s happening?” I tell the same story over and over, “No baby yet.” And, usually inquire about their experiences and what has worked, etc.

The list of things we’ve tried include: eggplant parmesan, sex, eggplant salad from Whole Foods, sex, Raspberry Leaf Tea, walking, and more sex. It’s not so much that I mind this baby being overdue. I really don’t. What I am most concerned about is having to be induced and the god-awful drug, Petocin, that will surely be administered. I had to go down the Petocin route with Clare after my water had been broken for more than 36 hours and still not in hard labor. Petocin sucked. I’d prefer to get these contractions going on my own, thank you very much.

Today, we went back to the OB-GYN for our appointment (one which I scheduled on a whim because really, WHO WOULD HAVE THOUGHT I WOULD GO PAST MY DUE DATE??) and we talked about next steps. I am still 2cm dilated and 75% effaced (same place I was back on June 3rd) and we decided that if the baby hasn’t arrived on its own by Friday, June 19th, that I would come into the hospital and we’d begin inducing (ugh). Dr. Swartz also stripped the membranes (again).

I have to admit, that having an induction scheduled has definitely kicked me into high gear, and, after reading about the use of castor oil to help get labor started, I visited Whole Foods after the appointment to purchase the nasty stuff. Why castor oil? Well, according to the world wide web: “Castor oil stimulates the bowels in the same way an enema would. For some unexplained reason, when the bowel is stimulated to empty in this way, the uterus is also stimulated to empty.” Yes, I spent the middle of today “emptying” my bowels. It wasn’t all that fun, but still no labor.

Following the castor oil experience, this afternoon, I went to my first acupuncture appointment with the hopes that some ancient Chinese medicine would do the trick. Recommended by two friends, I visited Stephanie Kelsey in her cozy downtown Pearl Street office. My first experience with acupuncture was a good one. One can hardly feel the needles going in, and the hour-long session left me feeling relaxed and optimistic. The ol’ uterus has been active this afternoon, but it’s hard to say if that activity is a precursor to something else. It’s a wait and see now.

So, dear baby, I hope that you will know that your Momma went to a whole lot of extreme measures to coax you out of what’s been your home for the last 40 weeks. I can’t wait to meet you. I can’t wait to see what you look like and we’re all excited to know if you are a boy or a girl. Come out, come out!!!

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Waiting Game

June 7, 2009

Uncle Simon's Visit

Uncle Simon's Visit

My brother came to Boulder this weekend for a visit. We were all hoping that the baby would make his/her grand entrance while he was here, but no luck there.

We did have a very nice weekend together though and Clare continues to charm her uncle. Simon and she played a lot together and he even had her kicking and throwing her soccer ball in our backyard, which was awesome.

I am officially 39 weeks (and 1 day) now and we are on “Baby Watch,” for sure. I am hoping that any day/moment will be “go time.” Last Wednesday, I had one of my weekly OB-GYN appointments with Dr. Swartz. When she checked my cervix, I was 2cm dilated and 75% effaced. Of course, women can walk around for weeks with this kind of action, but one can’t help be optimistic that things are going to happen soon.

My favorite blogger, Heather Armstrong of Dooce.com, who happens to be pregnant with her second child and due the same date as me, published a spot-on post last week that perfectly captured the cervical exam. Check it out here: www.dooce.com.

Hoping to help things along, Friday afternoon, Simon and I made Eggplant Parmesan from a recipe I found online. Apparently, there is a restaurant outside of Atlanta called Scalini’s, which serves an Eggplant Parm that is famous for sending pregnant women into labor within 48 hours of eating it. Unfortunately, it hasn’t worked, but the dinner was tasty nonetheless.

Meanwhile, things at work have significantly slowed down for me and I am officially working from home until I roll onto my maternity leave (Friday, June 12th, if not before). It’s so much better to be home, barefoot, and on the couch, rather than having to battle my wardrobe each morning and face the stares and comments of coworkers asking “when are you due?” for the one-thousandth time.

Our good friends, Josh & Marni Zapin, were due with their second child on June 9th, five days before us. Their son, Elijah, was born five days early this past Thursday. Can’t help being envious that their little man is here and we are still waiting. Finding out the baby’s sex is even more exciting now that the delivery day approaches. I can’t wait!

In other news, this afternoon, Clare asked to put on her “big girl panties,” and we decided to let her wear them. We reiterated that wearing the panties meant that she needed to make all of her pee-pees and poopies into the potty and if she had accidents we would have to put her back into a diaper. I am happy to report that she peed twice in the potty and had zero accidents during the 2+ hours she wore the panties. Of course, we reminded and encouraged her to “try” sitting on the potty both times that she went, but still, progress was made on that front. Way to go, Clare!

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It’s official…our family is getting bigger!

December 3, 2008

Yes, now that all of our families are in the know, I am free to share our good news with everyone. Justin and I are expecting a new baby next summer on June 14th. We are excited, of course, and a little bit wary of what a new baby will mean to our current family dynamic. But, we have always wanted two children and it’s what we both know, so we are looking forward to meeting this new kid and seeing who she or he will be.

Which brings me to my next announcement…we are NOT going to find out the sex this time around. With Clare, it was great to know for the first pregnancy, first child, first everything what to expect. Having gone down the road of pregnancy before and feeling quite the veteran about it, we figured that not knowing the baby’s sex will help make this truly a different and new experience for us. Plus, I would be completely happy if we had a boy or a girl so finding out on “game day” will be even better. Of course, our families and friends are all a bit surprised that we won’t know ahead of time, but that should make calling them from the hospital even more fun.

So far, this pregnancy has been a lot like the one I had with Clare. I am fortunate not to suffer morning sickness or any sickness for that matter and I am very grateful for that. I have been pretty damn tired though and am looking forward to hitting the second trimester where vague memories tell me that this lethargy will improve. Hope so. Today marks 12 weeks and 4 days, so that second tri is right around the corner.

Our trip to Indianapolis to see Jessie, Shelva and Justin’s parents was a great time. The Thanksgiving meal was gourmet, as expected, everyone had fun doting on Clare, and the trip to the amazing children’s museum was successful despite the crowds. If you ever have a chance to visit Indianapolis, go to the children’s museum (with a kid of your own…or even a borrowed one). It’s four-stories of fun and coolness, and kids of all ages will love it.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, I have been sick (AGAIN). Clare came down with a stomach bug while in IN and, per usual, I picked up the nasty bug within 24 hours. I was, fortunately, at home in my own digs for the 24 hours of viral hell, but am happy to report that I am doing jus’ fine now. If there are any other moms out there who have figured out how to NOT get sick every single stinkin’ time that your child does, I will gladly pay you to know the secret. Bring it.

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