We were back up and going after eating and walking again at 7 a.m. Sat. morning. Did this and kept drinking tea. Contractions kept picking back up so around Noon, we decided to head back to the hospital. First exam still at 5cm and still hasn't dropped any more. So we walk, hook back up and now even though she is having contractions, the ones that are able to be read on the monitor are actually FURTHER apart! Ugh. The nurse is a little confused, as are we. So we decide to get examined again and still the same thing...
So the nurse feels as if Amanda wasn't actually in labor since she said you can progress like she did at times (though rare) without being in labor and that its possible she is in the first stages of labor on Saturday. She got a shot of demerol and phenergen to allow Amanda to be able to get some good sleep. She said most women will sleep a good bit with this shot and that she has even heard of some sleeping 12 or more hours. Well, she will have heard of another one cause Amanda and I both slept for 14 hours. Soooo who knows, she said that some women after having this shot and getting good rest will wake up and their body has the energy to kick start the laboring process back up again. Hopefully this is the case with Amanda and that our little girl will drop and start moving again and that we will have this baby...
So pray, pray, pray. We want specific prayer that this baby will drop today and/or that Amanda's water will break today.
Baby update ~
Had a Drs. Appt. yesterday. We were scheduled to see Dr. Barfield, one of the only Drs we had not seen yet. However, he was at the hospital delivering a baby…so we didn’t get to see him. At least we’ve seen most everyone else.
Baby Abigail is doing just fine. I have the group B strep test done, will have results in a week-normal test, no biggie. Everything is like it should be…except for the fact that I am 37 weeks (as of today), and I measured 39 weeks at my appt.. So, the Dr. ordered an ultrasound for my next appt., which will be next Friday. Maybe they will be able to tell about how big she’s getting in there. The ultrasound is a somewhat vague estimate, and could be way off. But they are doing one anyway. : ) The Dr. said that sometimes there’s a lot of fluid around the baby which can make people measure ahead, but she didn’t think that was the case with me. She said she felt “all baby” when she was measuring, haha. So, Miss Abbie may decide to come early. If she has no more room, she must come out….right???
The bag is packed just in case. I just have to grab a few things to put in that I use everyday (so I can’t pack them yet).
We pre-registered at the hospital, so we are pretty much ready to go.
This week I finished thank-you notes from the shower (Jonathan's family threw for us this past weekend), finished the canvas for the nursery, nesting a little at a time.
Just waiting now.
This is not my original writing...just a post that's being passed around on the What To Expect boards...
1. The appropriate response to a couple telling you they are having a baby is "Congratulations" with enthusiasm. Any other response makes you a jerk.
2. Through the wonders of science, we now know that babies are made ONLY by the mother and father- not grandparents. Unless the baby is in your uterus, or you are the man that helped put it there, you may not ever use the phrase "my baby".
3. On the same note, unless you made the baby as defined in #2, the pregnancy, birth and the raising of the child are not about you. You do not have input. No one wants to hear your opinion unless they ask for it.
4. The body of a pregnant woman should be treated the same as any other body. You would not randomly touch someone's stomach if they were not pregnant, nor would you inquire into the condition of their uterus, cervix or how they plan to use their breasts. Pregnancy does not remove all traces of privacy from a woman.
5. Likewise, no woman wants to hear comments on her weight- ever. A pregnant woman does not find it flattering that you think she is about to pop, must be having twins, looks swollen or has gained weight in her face. Telling her she looks too small only makes her worry that she is somehow starving her baby. Making such comments invite her to critique your physical appearance and you may not act offended. The only acceptable comment on appearance is "You look fabulous!"
6. Most of us have picked up on the fact that summer is hot. We are hot every summer when we are not pregnant. We don't need you to point out that we will be miserably hot before the baby comes.
7. There is a reason that tickets to Labor & Delivery are not yet sold on Ticketmaster. Childbirth is actually not a public event. It may sound crazy, but some women really do not relish the idea of their mother, mother-in-law or a host of other family members seeing their bare butt or genitals. Also, some people simply feel like the birth of their child is a private and emotional moment to be shared only by the parents.
8. Like everything else in life, unless you receive an invitation, you are not invited. This includes doctor appointments, ultrasounds, labor, delivery, the hospital and the parents' home. You do not decide if you will be there for the birth or if you will move in with the new parents to "help out". If your assistance is desired, rest assured that you will be asked for it.
9. If you are asked to help after the birth, this means you should clean up the house, help with cooking meals, and generally stay out of the way. Holding the baby more than the parents, interfering with breastfeeding and sleeping schedules and making a woman who is still leaking fluid from various locations lift a finger in housework is not helping.
10. The only people entitled to time with the baby are the parents. Whether they choose to have you at the hospital for the birth or ask you to wait 3 weeks to visit, appreciate that you are being given the privilege of seeing their child. Complaining or showing disappointment only encourages the parents to include you less.
I just found a fun new blog, "creativepartiesandshowers.blogspot.com".