Well, I spoke too soon on my last post. What are the odds that after my frustrated post about being miserable, I would go into labor that night! I was not dilated or effaced and there was no end in sight. Nonetheless, my water broke Wednesday, October 21st at around midnight. It was a crazy surprise for Brent and I. I had to wake him up for the cliche "My water just broke, we gotta go to the hospital". However, I was having no contractions at all so I thought this might not be it. When we got there, they checked me immediately to see if in fact it was amniotic fluid and it was!! We were having our baby that day! We called my parents right away around 1:00 am and they headed to Tuscaloosa. Since I still wasnt having any contractions and still was not dilated at all, they gave me Pitocin to start the labor process. Luckily, they were willing to give me an epidural as soon as I wanted one which was ASAP. After that, I felt fantastic and just waited around to dilate. After 10 short hours, I still was 0 dilated and 0 effaced and the doctor recommended a C-section. This was not my plan at all, but it wasnt looking like I would get to have him naturally. So, 30 minutes later, Baker Thomas was in this world as handsome and perfect as ever!
These pictures of from Day 2 of his little life and he has already changed so much. We just love him to death and are enjoying every minute. I now understand what "you love them so much it hurts" means. He is just so precious. I am a protective and paranoid mom, but I am hoping I calm down as he gets a little older. He had a few minor challenges (a little jaundice, weight loss and a minor tounge issue) but now he is great and such a good baby. He eats well, sleeps well and rarely fusses unless he is hungry.
We are very thankful for a healthy baby. I can't wait to see what the next few weeks, months and years will be like. Thanks to all of his hospital visitors!
Weeks pregnant that is. Wow. In the very grand scheme of things, making it to 37 1/2 weeks is awesome and means pregnancy is almost over. The problem is the "almost". These past few days and the weeks (or so) to come will drive me crazy. If you know me, you know I am not very patient at all. This has to be the best and worst kind of anticipation too. I mean, I am so very excited about what is about to change my life. I know once he is here I will be so thrilled, but waiting for it to happen just seems impossible. I had my second appointment today where they checked to see if I was dilated. Nothing. This was discouraging even though I'm 2 1/2 weeks away from my due date. I'm sure moms out there know what I'm talking about. At this point you just don't know how much longer you can take it.
It wouldn't be SO bad but I've recently developed some new, fun symptoms. For example, I now have a constant headache. I take the Tylenol and when it wears off the headache is back and Tylenol again...and so on. It never stops. I really tried to avoid all medicine this whole time and I have done pretty well and not having to take anything. Now, here at the end I am having to take butt loads of it.
My pelvis bone now hurts. I'm sure my pelvis is separating or doing whatever it does to prepare for birth, but OUCH. I have kissed sleeping goodbye.
Dizziness is another one. I sporadically get dizzy and feel like I'm going to faint. Not sure what that's about.
Cramps. I assume anyone not interested in hearing these details has stopped reading by now anyway, but I've had menstrual-like cramps off and on for weeks.
One would think, "Hey, you're about to go into labor". Yes, well its not looking like its anytime soon. So cervix, dilate please! And Baker, please be ready to come into the world. I promise you will love your nursery and your family and all the pets. It will be much more comfortable that my cramped up womb. Thanks.
Last Sunday, I had a wonderful shower in Birmingham at my life-long friend, Beth's house. Amy, Linda and Kristen helped out too! It was awesome! I have the best friends and family ever! We got so much cute stuff for Baker and he is now set for his arrival. Here are a few pics. I am aware that my face is ridiculously swollen.
Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. Colossians 3: 12-14