Sunday, August 29, 2010

NEW DATE: 3 more days!!!

38 weeks and 4 days.... 3 more days!!
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I really love a plan.... that is no surprise to most of you! But babies have a mind of their own and come when they are ready. Dr. Cunningham tried to tell me this around 20 weeks when I begged to schedule my c-section no sooner than my due date. She talked about the possibility of going into labor sooner and I thought based on past experience nothing short of a miracle would make this happen. Well, I was a little bit wrong!
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On Tuesday afternoon I started experiencing some discomfort. I wasn't sure what it was... my guess was more stretching or that she was maybe dropping a little bit. I blamed most of it on sitting in an uncomfortable chair during my planning for a meeting and then again after school. It felt like cramps and some pressure but I dismissed it as nothing major.
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On Wednesday I could barely drive home from Ivy's babysitter's house. I was so uncomfortable. I laid down drank water and begged Ivy to cuddle with me or at least let me lay. I again felt really crampy but it also felt like my back was broken. I tried laying, walking around, sitting, stretching, and I started to feel pretty confident that this wasn't just pregnancy. I decided to take a walk because I know if you are in labor it can make things happen or it may stop it if it isn't the real thing. By about 7:45 the constant pain died out and I was thankful for a doctor's appt the next day.
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When I got to the doctor's office on Thursday I told her what was going on and she thought that definitely sounded like contractions (I never really felt these last time so I wasn't sure).... she hooked me up to the monitor and in 12 minutes I had 4 contractions.... seeing it and feeling it I then knew that is what I had experienced for a prolonged time the two days before. Dr. Cunningham wanted me to go home, see how the night went, and then call her the next day. Thursday evening was pretty uneventful so I thought nothing would change as far as the c-section date, but I was feeling a little anxious. Then I went to bed.....
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I woke up at 11 (my first potty break) and I was awake from 11 to 4 in a lot of discomfort. After seeing the contractions at the office I knew that is what I was experiencing but I still couldn't feel "stop and start" time because more pain was in my back than anywhere else. I knew that I needed to call in the morning.
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So by 10:00 Dr. Cunningham had moved my c-section up 1 week.... to September 1st. This was her first scheduled opening and she assured me that if anything happened before (since it very well could) I was to report directly to labor and delivery. Friday night I experienced my normal 3 hour stretch of discomfort and yesterday was less consistent.... probably because I wasn't teaching all day!
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I have been busy nesting and getting ready for the big day and we can't wait!! Ivy is so excited to meet her baby sister and Greg and I are ready for all the love, excitement, and sleepiness that a newborn brings into a household.
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Dear Tula,
I can't wait to meet you!! You know it will please your mommy to pieces and stick to the NEW plan of coming September 1st. Anything other than a plan scares me to death! But I know I am not in charge and God will deliver you to our arms in His perfect timing. I am ready for you, little princess!! I love you.
Love, Mommy

9 comments:

  1. SOOO excited!! I can't wait to love on her and hold her and see Ivy with her! You look GREAT too! We can't wait to come up and see the family of four :)

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  2. I didn't experience contractions with Colin at home either. I did when I got to the hospital and was hooked up to pitocin but those were somehow different. I can appreciate your waiting it out to see if things change - I just waited a bit too long (:
    i can't wait to see the little bundle! Good luck - is that even an appropriate thing to say? Best wishes - is that better? (:

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  3. Looking forward to a new baby in the family--can't wait to hold her!

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  4. You crack me up with your plan!! I hope she holds out till Sept. 1st for you.

    I look forward to pics and am praying for a safe delivery

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  5. Praying that all goes well this week for you all. Can't wait to see pictures of your family all together! You look amazing!

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  6. Not much longer! Can't wait to see her! And you look amazing!!

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  7. So excited for you!! Can't wait to see baby Tula!!

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  8. Weird thing...I started feeling weird last Tuesday as well. I knew I was having contractions and they were getting to be 10 minutes apart so they told me to come in to the hospital. There was a full moon on Tuesday night and they say full moons can easily start contractions. Well obviously I was sent home and told not to go back to work. Wednesday, I didn't really feel much, Thursday I felt more uncomfortable and just weird all day...and by Friday, little Andrew was here. So excited you get to meet little Tula early! I know it makes for unexpected plans, but that little bundle of joy gets to join the family a little sooner!

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Thanks for your encouragement as I travel through this season of life called mommyhood!