40 Weeks, 6 days: Labor Day Round II

Was it fate that today was the first day I didn’t pre-publish a BERF post? Did I just know deep down today would be the day?

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40 Weeks: Over The Hill

Lordy, lordy, the baby’s 40!

[Writing this on Labor Day!]

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I am totally surprised and totally not surprised at all to be here. We all know first time moms often go over. It’s just weird that it’s September and I’m still just chugging along!! I feel like my due date was a big event that has now passed. I survived 40 weeks of pregnancy. Only thing is: I’m still pregnant and we don’t have a baby yet! Of the four women in my yoga class who were the same week as me, I’m the only one who didn’t go early. The others went at 37.5, 39 and 39.5 weeks. Guess I have to pull up the average! The only real reason going over has been a bummer is because our families were all planning to visit this week and since he’s not here yet, everyone is just on standby.

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Overall, I’m feeling pretty patient. In fact, I think I’m less on edge than I was before 40 weeks. As a planner, coming early would have been a big surprise. But it’s not a surprise if he comes now – we are 100% ready. Matt was hoping he’d come on his due date because he had the whole weekend off from work. But maybe the baby wanted us to spend one last weekend together before he bursts into the world?

[Edited to add: Tuesday I was not feeling as patient! But then I cheered up : ) ]

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Over the past week, I’ve noticed a huge increase in the following:

-Popping pelvis and back when I roll over at night. The first time this happened it freaked me out – I really thought I had cracked something in the baby because the pop was SO LOUD yet it didn’t hurt me at all. I waited with my breath held until he moved again. If I’m not gentle with my nightime rollovers, I can pop 3-4 things in a row. Again, not painful, just scary-weird. Everyone has told me it’s just my pelvis expanding, for which I am thankful. Make room!

-Braxton Hicks contractions. If you told me I was in early labor, I would believe you. That’s how much the ache down below accompanied by a firm-all-over stomach contractions have increased. And if you told me “giiiiirl just you wait until you have your first real contraction – this is nothing!” I’d believe you equally! I’ve read that real contractions come from the back to the front, wrap around you and are somewhat uncomfortable. These are not really painful up top, but they can be down low in the neck of the pear (if my uterus is still an upside-down pear). I’m feeling tons more pressure down there and ache, crampiness and some lower back aches too. Enough that I feel real labor is looming!

-Headbutting. Or at least that’s what I think it is. Sometime at 40 weeks, 2 days I think he dropped a bit more – perhaps on our long walk. All night I was having pains way down in my pelvis. They occur with baby movement, so I don’t think they are period cramps or early labor – I think he is just stuck down there and trying to wiggle is head (or something!) loose! It’s been quite painful at times. Enough to take my breath away.

-SIDE PAIN. My gosh, every night this hurts so badly – from my IT band all the way up my hips to my lower back. It’s worse than some headaches I’ve had in my life – a throbbing ache. And after rolling over, it takes a while for the throbbing to stop. I really wish I could sleep on a magic carpet suspended in the air!

-I’ve started waddling when I get up from being seated. Not because I have to but because it feels good.

-My whole face is breaking out! Hoping this means hormonal surge…

Symptoms that have decreased:

    • Insomnia, sort of
    • Rib pain – much much better
    • Hunger is on and off, but mostly just back to normal
    • Swelling is better
    • Fatigue is mostly gone – I feel pretty normal again, although life is calmed down too

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Every day is different than the last – new symptoms appear and others disappear. I really feel like I’m getting close though! Luckily, other than sleeping, I’m not all that uncomfortable. I’m very excited to meet him, but at the same time, I feel like I’m more focused on the present than the future now. I still can’t believe we’re going to have a baby any day! It’s hard to imagine labor because I just don’t know how mine will be. I tend to think of it as this really gradual onset – regular contractions for hours, then painful regular contractions for days, then a baby days after that. I forget that there is also a chance it could go very quickly! In fact, it’s very likely that it will all happen from start to finish in less than a day. I said to Matt when we woke up on Monday: “Isn’t it weird that we could be sleeping in the hospital tonight?”

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At the doctor’s yesterday, was still 1cm, a little more effaced (50%) and he had moved to a –1 station – progress! He also passed his non-stress test with flying colors. Friday we’ll go in for an ultrasound to look at the placenta and fluid levels and do another non-stress test. If those look good, I’ll probably go back Monday or Tuesday for a membrane sweep and if that doesn’t work – induction likely next Wednesday.

Here’s to hoping I don’t write a 41 week post!

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40 Weeks: Pekanz

A funny story:

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On her 60th birthday this weekend, Karen was in her usual practical joking mood! I mentioned to her that my mom keeps asking me what the baby’s name will be, and she suggested we think of a name joke we could play on her. Given that it was her birthday, we figured mom might fall for it if Karen said my birthday present to her was telling her the name early.

We brainstormed a few crazy names, but I didn’t think my mom would believe any of them. Since I love nature names, I started rattling off names of trees: “Chestnut?” “Oak?” “Pecan”

We paused at Pecan – because Pecans sounds like PeKANZ! (Recall Kanz is Matt’s nickname). It could stand for little Kanz! My mom knows the name is non-traditional, has meaning and a cute nickname, so it seemed reasonable that this could be it.

Karen went to the computer to write my mom the following email:

Barbara,

Please, please don’t tell Koops I told you this; I thought you should know, however, so you can get over the shock as I’m trying to do.

She told me that since she and Matt love the outdoors, they wanted a "nature" name.  They decided on "Pecan" but want him called PeKanz, as in "little" Kanz.

I think it’s awful but I bit my tongue.  Discuss with Cliff and we can talk about whether we should say something.  They’re so independent, though, that I don’t know if they’ll listen to us.  I think it’s awful to saddle a kid with that kind of name.

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Karen and I were both laughing hysterically proofreading it!

Ultimately, my mother didn’t fall for the joke, but Matt’s brother Andrew did! 

Karen forwarded the email to him and within 5 minutes he called her back — not to mention that he was at a LSU game with his girlfriend. He said "This has got to be a joke."  Karen said it wasn’t and told Andrew he should probably call Matt and give him a talk to try to change his mind “since he won’t listen to me,” she said. Andrew said it wasn’t his place, but gosh was this bad! He told her that he’d be embarrassed to tell his co-workers (who know about the impending birth) that the baby’s name is Pecan and while explaining the whole Kanz nickname in the process. He knew the  name might be more modern, but he said this was really bad! Karen and Andrew had a great laugh when she told him it was a joke!

Needless to say, the baby’s name is not Pecan!

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40 Weeks: A Flat Tire Story For Labor Day

A guest post from my mom!

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In my ninth month, like most moms-to-be, I was a whirlwind organizer. After the nursery drawers were lined with Beatrix Potter paper, the crib set up, and the rest of the house put into tip top shape (no house of mine has ever been that neat again), I turned to craft projects. In the middle of making a navy blue calico picture frame, three days before my due date, I began to feel regular contractions. Yes!

After dinner, Cliff got to his task, which he had put off for weeks: repainting the wicker bassinet the last two generations in my mom’s family slept in. “In engineering,” he said as he dabbed on the white paint, “nothing happens ahead of schedule.”

“Well this baby’s ahead of time. At least I think this is real labor.”

We got in bed that night. Cliff fell promptly asleep. Whoa! A contraction hit that sent me flying out of bed. I went downstairs and fiddled around, waking Cliff two hours later.

When my contractions were three minutes apart, we called the doctor and then set out for the hospital.  We lived in Sudbury, Massachusetts, and to get to Newton-Wellesley Hospital we took Route 20, the old Boston Post Road.

The road was dark at three a.m. Cliff didn’t see a large rock right in our path. The car jolted as we drove over it.  So the next driver wouldn’t suffer our cruel fate, Cliff got out and moved the rock back to the stone wall on the side of the road.

When he returned and we started up again, he said, "Don’t worry; we’re still rolling."

We weren’t for long. The tire went flat.

No cell phones back then!

Cliff stepped into the road, flagging down a driver traveling in the opposite direction. She rolled down her window just an inch, and he explained the situation. We had seen a police car a few miles back. The woman agreed to look for the policeman.

A few minutes later, the policeman appeared. (I’ve learned that one way to get sweet attention from the police is to be in labor). The officer called an ambulance, and that’s how I arrived at the hospital.

Cliff went back the next day and located the rock. We now have it in our garden and are thinking of bringing it to Charlottesville soon, in honor of the start of the next generation.

Kath was born at 9:35am later that morning!

-Barbara, who 30 years later is writing about menopause!


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40 Weeks: Third Trimester Recap

Third-Trimester

Most Exciting Moment…

It’s a 3-day tie between my two baby showers, Showered With Friendship and Elephants + Elegance, and our 3D ultrasound : )

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Most Challenging Moments…

That scary nerve pain event while I was in Seattle. 6 nights in a row of insomnia…awake at 3,4,5 am for 2-3 hour stretches. I am VERY VERY lucky I haven’t had insomnia my whole pregnancy like many do. But that doesn’t mean that week wasn’t really rough. Also finding out I was GBS+. Getting antibiotics isn’t a big deal, but getting an IV drip the second I get to the hospital will be for me mentally (because of residual childhood fear of needles and IV drips). But after a few days of worrying about it I came to terms with its importance, and I have decided I will not let a simple IV have a negative emotional impact on my birth experience. That is a dumb thing to get all upset over in the grand scheme of things.

One Thing I’m Proud Of…

Can I say being active again? :mrgreen: Maybe I’ll say patience instead. My personality likes to take control and worry about things, and I think I have done a good job reminding myself that I am not in control of this experience. The baby will come when he comes and there’s nothing I can do about it! So instead of worrying, I’ve been practicing being mindful, enjoying time to myself and with Matt, and letting the excitement build but not the anxiousness. I am not a laid back person, so to be laid back while pregnant is something I’m proud of.

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One Thing I Wish Were Different…

I wish my air conditioning bill were lower : ) It was a hot summer. I also wish I had gone swimming more!

Favorite Foods…

CHEESE! Always and forever. Plus I have moved on from popsicles to ice cream. Kohr Bros! And Breyers Vanilla Bean Mug Mash milkshakes with fresh peach. Fruit is still high on the list. Eggs are still a favorite. I’ve been loving sandwiches, spaghetti, fish of all kinds, blue corn chips! Cravings for buttercream frosting…

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Least Favorite Food…

I still have no desire at all to eat most soups. Haven’t since December! Smoothies are also not very appealing – no idea why because I like all of their components individually! I think it’s a texture thing?

My Physical State Included…

Lots and lots of rib pain. A numb spot near my ribs. A MUCH better back!!! A weird and unpredictable appetite. Uncomfortable sleeping. And towards the end: swelling, bloating, increased hunger, sweaty hands, wrist pain. Some fatigue. Frequent urination. Lots of dreams. Some Braxton Hicks contractions. Colostrum evidence!

Symptoms I [Thankfully] Didn’t Have…

Heartburn (SO puzzled why I haven’t had any of this!). Trouble breathing. Spider veins, varicose veins and hemorrhoids. Constipation. Leaking bladder (so glad I escaped that one!)

One Thing That Surprised Me…

That I would feel so good so close to the end. As soon as my back got better I just started to feel really good. I always thought the last few months of pregnancy would be horrible, but they were actually the best part of pregnancy! I can’t imagine anything being worse than the first trimester…. I was lucky not to experience too many bad symptoms in the third trimester and very lucky to get enough sleep. Until the very end, each week was better than the last. I found by the last two months I really loved being pregnant and all the excitement that comes with it.

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Looking Forward To…

The first time I breastfeed. Introducing him to his nursery. Using some of our new baby gear and clothes! Pumpkin beer!!!! Getting to watch our family meet and hold him for the first time. Sharing his name!

See the First Trimester Recap here.

See the Second Trimester Recap here.

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