Monday, February 23, 2009

6 days until Due Date!!

Baby Hess is due in 6 days! Today I started my leave and wanted to take advantage of the time by cleaning the apartment. I started small with the foyer and coat closet. I took out some trash, rearranged some things and did some dusting/mopping. I made space for some more things in the closet including the diaper bags. Here are my before &; after pictures! Glen & I have a doctor's appointment at 2, so I'll try to update this afternoon with our progress!

Saturday, February 21, 2009

38 Week Appointment

As of Friday, Baby Hess is 38 weeks and 5 days old. Momma gained 4 lbs in one week - wow! The doctor attributes most of that to water weight since my ankles & fingers are so swollen. There was traces of protein in my urine (again) so they are still concerned about preeclampsia/hypertension. My blood pressure has continually been fine. I go back on Monday for results for my bloodwork and to see if anything is changed.
Baby Hess is sitting super low, I definitely waddle now! I have not dialated at all, but am a little effaced. I feel like nothing is happening! I know all of the "signs" don't mean much, but it would be reassuring to have some. My cousin who was due a day before me had her baby this week, I'm a little jealous! I'm so excited for s/he to arrive!!!!
Today was my last day at BRU until at least 4/26! It is hard to believe! I just hope the baby doesn't arrive really late, because I don't want to "waste" my leave time. I plan on hardcore cleaning this week - my goal is to do a room a day. We'll see how much progress I actually make!

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Week 37 Appointment

Today was another visit to the doctor! Baby Hess is 37 weeks old and is measuring exactly on schedule. I gained 2 lbs and everything looks normal. I go back next Friday and the dr. will check my cervix to see if anything is happening. =) 
My maternity clothes are officially starting to be a little small. I'm living in elastic waist pants and big t-shirts! This is Glen's favorite shirt - he says I look like the bunny! 

Work has been rough, I can't wait to go on leave! I got my paperwork today and hope 2/22 will be my last day. 
Only 17 days until baby Hess is due!!!

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Childbirth Classes

Glen & I finished the 2 day weekend "Childbirth Education" class at WakeMed today. We are delivering at Rex, but their classes filled up too quickly for us! 

Overall it was good. The first day was 9-4 and reviewed the stages of labor, breathing techniques, positions for labor, edis & other medical options etc. It was good to practice the breathing & positions, but hard to imagine actually DOING it during labor. I'm sure it will help though! They also bought us lunch at the cafeteria. I had fries & a BBQ sandwich, and both were tasty!

Today was 9-1 and we went over pushing positions, saw the birthing video, c-sections, postpartum care, and then the hospital tour. The instructor was talking about after you have the baby and the nurse cleans everything up, she'll leave you alone "just the three of you." OH MY! There is going to be three of us, a family, Mom, Dad & baby. It's so hard to believe that! DH & I skipped out on the tour since we aren't delivering there.

We both feel more prepared after the class. I don't think I really learned a lot, but it reassures me that I know more than I think. Glen definitely learned a lot. I have been wanting to have a natural birth, and the class was empowering to me that I can do it. It's great to know I have Glen's support and that he realizes labor will be hard work for him too. 

Estimated time to arrival: 21 days and counting......

Monday, February 2, 2009

36 week appointment

Here is my belly shot for this week! I feel like it's expanding by the day - I can't believe how big I am!

Glen & I just returned from our 36 week appointment. I only gained 1 lb. in the last week, which is amazing considering how much snacking I've been doing! =) 

Baby Hess is measuring exactly on point today! Dr. Henderson says she is a "medium" baby which means anywhere from 6lbs - 9lbs. Anything over 10lbs would be a "large" baby. She is also still head down. 

I've been getting a lot of headaches lately & there was also protein in my urine. I go back in 3 days for my next visit. The Dr. wants to make sure I don't have hyper-tension. My blood pressure has been fine so far. 

I'm going to take a nap before work, being pregnant is exhausting!