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Anna's Pregnancy Journal

This August, everything changes...

September 6th, 2007

Daniel is Born!

Our son Daniel was born on August 22nd at 11:34 am, 7 pounds 7 ounces, 20 inches long. He is our joy, our light, and our sleepless nights. I don't have much time for LJ anymore, so this will conclude my pregnancy journal. It's been wonderful!

August 19th, 2007

39 weeks - Eggplant

Just made eggplant parmigiana, we'll see if it puts me into labor in the next 48 hours ;-)

August 18th, 2007

Yesterday was my last day of work, and it was kind of bittersweet. I am so lucky to be able to stay home with my baby. I thank God for that every day :)

Anyway, now it's all about "optimal delivery date". My husband's family says that anytime on or after next Sunday is perfect. They'll be off in North Carolina getting my sister in law all set for her freshman year of college for most of next week, so hopefully the little one will stick around for another week so that he can meet his grandparents on his birthday! Then again, I'd love for him to come now and get this birth thing over with!

No major contractions yet, I've had a few here and there that hurt - but I think they are more related to stomachaches from eating junk food. Oops ;-) I've had some shooting kinds of pain at night that feel cervix-centered, so hopefully some dilation is occuring too.

A couple of nights ago, I was having a very vivid dream where I was trying to get away from a huge spider. Apparently it was very vivid because I proceeded to roll *over* my husband in my sleep and fall off the bed on his side. No harm to the belly or baby, but I banged my ankle pretty hard on the dresser and it still hurts. It was really strange and kind of freaked out my husband, I'm hoping it doesn't happen again.

Well, we're enjoying our weekend now, and our last likely one without a baby! Holy cow!

August 15th, 2007

It's been great coming home and staying home for lunch every day! Today I started training my replacement, she's really nice and I think she'll do well. They surprised us with a little party including an almond/apricot tart that was incredibly yummy! Plus they gave me a Borders gift card, so I'll be sure to pick up some more baby books.

Yesterday I had a doctor appointment, and it turns out that I'm not dialated but a Little Bit Effaced! Woo hoo! Hopefully we'll get this little one out soon, I am so ready. I am just so excited. I can't wait to meet him!

My back is starting to bug me so I think I'll lay down for a bit and watch some TV. Did I mention how nice it is to stay home??

August 10th, 2007

37w 5d - Trying the myths!

Well, today my father-in-law is headed out to go on a week long vacation out of the country. It would be optimal for the baby to wait for his return next weekend, but I'm certainly not doing anything to prevent a littler baby :) We are now 37w 5d, well within the range of "full term baby" sooooo I've begun some of the old wives tales of ways to naturally induce labor. Lots and lots of pineapple has been consumed, and we've even tried the sex - though the mechanics are a bit mind-boggling. I am so big :(

This weekend I'm going to a party that involves swimming, so I'm going to be all over the frog jumps. Now that I'm done with full days of work (after today) I'm going to force myself to take walks in the early evening, and will go up and down the stairs at home a few times a day as well. I'm going to plan meals with spicier food next week, including the ever popular eggplant parmigiana that guarantees starting labor in 24 hours. I think this will be next Saturday's dinner, on the 18th.

Anyway, I'm looking forward to meeting the baby, looking forward to surviving labor, and looking forward to regaining the ability to bend down.

August 9th, 2007

37w 4d - Nothin Much

Had a doctor appointment on Monday with my first internal, no dilation or effacement or anything. She could feel the head of the baby, but my cervix was still way up there. I guess I'm not too surprised since the contractions I've been having are more of the tightening and not pain. Another appointment on Tuesday so we'll see what happens by then.

I'm so freaking irritated. My back hurts me all the time, bending over is nauseating. My husband is getting all testy about me asking him to do things, but it's not like I can do anything. I can't wait until I can move again so that I don't have to argue about things like laundry and picking stuff up off the floor. But for now I guess I just have to deal with the tension.

After today and tomorrow I'm through with full days at work. Next week I'm down to half days every day. Looking forward to that, but not looking forward to driving all around. I don't even like to drive anymore :( With my luck this baby will be induced 10 days after my due date. Why can't he just come now??

August 5th, 2007

37 weeks - Full Term

Well, the baby is now full term which means I have begun the "COME ON OUT!" chants. I had a doc appt on Thursday and she decided not to check me for dilation or anything since I haven't really had painful contractions or cramping or anything. I have had a bajillion of the braxton hicks guys, but I dunno what they do in terms of helping with dilation.

Anywho, only two more weeks of work, and my doctor wrote me a note saying that she wants me on half days my last week. I'm all over that! It's getting close and we're at the stores like nuts trying to buy everything we need.

Now all we need is baby!

August 1st, 2007

I feel like such a bad mom-to-be, I am so impatient about the baby coming it's nuts! I feel guilty every time I talk to someone who's like "oh, just enjoy the moment! Your body is producing a miracle! This is the closest you'll ever be to your son!" Am I selfish to just want the baby here now? Well, I guess I am, but whatever. :-) I've got 25 days until my due date, and it could be up to 10 days after that before the baby arrives! Just feel like ranting because there isn't anything I can do about it, I'm TIRED and really back-achy not to mention HUGE and uncomfortable.

I know in a couple of months it'll seem like nothing, and I'll be cuddling my cute little baby boy and all the waiting will be worth it. I guess I just need to keep my eye on the prize!

July 30th, 2007

36w 1d - Full Moon

Well, it's a full moon, and they say that L&D wards are rather full on days like this. As much as I'd like to see my little guy in person, I know that it's best for him to cook for another week at the least. It's tough to wait though, because I've started to have all kinds of signs of impending labor.

* More Braxton-Hicks contractions - They aren't at all regular, but I've had several of them every day. I begin to feel my abdomen tighten, and I put my hand on my belly to feel a rock hard uterus! Lately it's even been hard to differentiate the contractions from my baby moving. He's moved a bit less lately, likely because he has less room, but he still bops around enough to drive me nuts with jabs of pain and stabs of anxiety!

* Cramping pain at night - When I lie on my side in bed, the last few days I've had pretty bad lower abdomen pain, just like a period cramp. Hopefully this is my cervix getting all ripe and ready!

* Back pain - More and more lower back pain, more and more fatigue.

* Le poop it is more frequent. TMI, yes, I know.

Every day it gets closer and closer and more real. I can't wait to meet my son. I just can't wait!

July 27th, 2007

35w 5d - Mother-to-Be

This feeling has washed over me, more and more in recent weeks. I am going to be a mother. This bumping around that I feel in my belly at this moment is my child, he's already expressing his personality. I wonder what he'll look like, what his smile will look like, how much hair will he have? This is just such a precious time, a time I'll never experience again. The few short weeks before becoming a mother, before becoming responsible for another human being. I feel such a sense of excitement, fear, and pride. I'm trying my hardest to be physically ready for him to arrive - the room is almost complete, and the diaper bag is even half packed. We'll probably even install the carseat this weekend, just in case. When I'm home, I look down at my feet and imagine a 14 month old tugging at my shorts to be picked up. I gaze into the empty crib and imagine a tiny 1 week old baby sleeping soundly if even for a moment. I peer from my kitchen window at the toddler swing already in the tree, and I see my husband pushing his son higher and higher. We are so very excited. So very scared. And so proud of this family we're about to have.
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