Aaron Alexander was born on May 17th, at 2:34pm. 8 lbs, 9 ozs.

And with that… this whole blog comes to an end. It started with our trying to conceive, our troubles, our successes and our pregnancy. And it ends with our beautiful baby boy.

And that also means it’s a beginning.  Of a new life and a new blog.

http://babycmakes3.blogspot.com is the new family blog.

The appointment went fairly smooth… didn’t gain any weight, thank god! Especially since I’ve gained close to 10 pounds in 3 weeks. I was glad to hear that little tidbit of news. BP was 120/90, so still on the high side.

Baby heartbeat was o.k. too. Had my first “check” with Dr.Big Hands. He was actually very gentle, which surprised me to be quite frank. He could feel the head, but for some reason (not sure if it’s good or bad) couldn’t find my cervix to see if I was dilated or effaced.

Upon googling this “phenomenon”, I came up with 2 scenarios:
1) either I’m not dilated or effaced at all, and my cervix is hiding behind the baby’s head or
2) I’m 100% effaced and he couldn’t find my cervix because it is so soft

I’m guessing #1 just so I don’t get my hopes up.

Anyway, we’re booked in at the hospital on Saturday at 11:30 again for another NST, BP and bloodwork appointment. I’m hoping everything’s o.k, but at the same time, I hope they keep us.

We were in the hospital again yesterday (Monday) for our second NST. Bp was 130/87 when they started the test. The vampire came to take more blood.

The NST itself looked good according to the OB/nurse. My OB said some of my bloodwork from last Thursday came back abnormal (he didn’t clarify). So, even though the NST was fine, we had to wait around for Monday’s bloodwork to come back.

So, we sat, and sat, (and T napped in the daddy chair) and sat and sat. 45 minutes after the NST had ended, the nurse gave us the o.k. to go home. Bloodwork had improved since last time, which is good.

I have to admit though, I was a tad sad to be sent home. I see Dr.U tomorrow morning for my 39 week appointment.

What an eventful couple of days. After my OB booked me in for a NST (non stress test), Blood pressure monitoring and bloodwork, I had a growth ultrasound yesterday.

I had the dickhead of a tech I had at my 14 week US. I had to crane my neck to even see the screen, he wouldn’t tell me anything and didn’t even give me a picture. T couldn’t make it because they had called me in early due to being short staffed. :(

Anyway, baby is measuring (or was yesterday at least) 7 lbs 5 ounces, + or – half a pound.

Today:
Had the NST today. Arrived at the L&D ward around 1:00 and they were FULL. Every single bed was full. I think they had a lot of people leaving today, and some in labour. Funnily enough, I recognized 2 people from our prenatal class.

Anyway, once they had a free room, the nurse strapped me up to the heartbeat and contraction monitor, gave me a little blue button to push every time I felt the baby move, hooked up the torturous BP cuff and left T and I to sit for an hour.

First of all, the BP cuff was SO effing tight, even now, hours later, I feel like I have carpal tunnel in that arm. It HURT everytime it went off. And it went off often… every 5 minutes for an hour.  NOT fun.

After the hour, and some bloodwork, Dr.U checked out the strip from the fetal monitor, wrote down the bloodpressure stats and said I could go home. No baby today. He’s having me come in on Monday to do it all again. My BP is still high (it averaged 140/85 today), so he’s being super cautious.  He said there was no reason to deliver the baby today, and 140/90 is the “cutoff” to be diagnosed with hypertension.  He’s monitoring my kidney function etc. for pre-eclampsia as well.  If I test positive for that, I will for sure be induced. 

Before I could go, I had to PIAC (pee in a cup) for the second time that hour. Holy hell, I know pregnant women pee a lot, but that wasn’t an easy task.

Anyway, no baby today, and I’m so happy for that. Monday could be a different story.

I just got back from my 38 week appointment today.

BP was 130/90. Dr.U is sending me to the hospital tomorrow for a non stress test (NST) and blood pressure monitoring. Bloodwork too. He says he’s not concerned, he’s just being cautious. My high BP could be because of the headache I woke up with this morning. If everything is o.k. he says he’ll let me go home.

If not, well, I’ll be admitted and either induced or put on bedrest. I was fine with this until I got home and called T. Then I lost my shit. I’m better now after a good bawling and I’m going to go have a nap and cuddle with my cats.

Oh, and we have our ultrasound today. Dr.U asked what I thought this baby was going to weigh. I said at least 8 pounds, and he agreed.

Oh, baby C… I can’t wait to meet you and have you OUT. But I want you to have 2 more weeks inside, please and thanks. That would make mommy very happy.

Well, 14 days left until my due date. Who knows when baby C will finally make their long awaited appearance.

I’m on maternity leave now, and not too soon! Walking around is so uncomfortable now, especially with the baby being so low, it feels like he/she is going to fall out when I walk a long distance.

Time for a pic comparison:

Not much of a difference really… It’s hard to tell since my cropping of the pics is all skewed so they’re not the same size. 

OB appointment and growth ultrasound tomorrow.

37 weeks.  Full term.  How time has flown.  And yet, not so much.  I feel like I’ve been pregnant FOREVER.

3 more days of work.  3 more long days. 

I had my OB appointment today.  everything is good.  BP is normal, up 4 lbs from last week (jesus christ!), baby HB is good.  Still measuring 39 weeks though.  I suppose the baby is sitting differently or may have indeed dropped as I suspected.  Dr.U said he/she is engaged and still head down , so that’s a very good thing.  I have my ultrasound next week. 

It’s our 2 year wedding anniversary today.  Oh, how things have changed in a mere 2 years!

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