39 Weeks!

Induction is set for Monday evening, April 29th.  I will be 39 weeks and 4 days gestation.  Blood sugar is still good.  Blood pressure is still good. In the 1st trimester I had heart palpitations – skipped heartbeats, extra heartbeats and also a fast heartbeat of 120+.  I haven’t had any issues since then.  Heartbeat pattern and pulse are now normal.  Also my latest non-stress test is normal.  Minimal swelling in my hands and feet.  Urine samples have all been normal.  No signs of preeclampsia.  Still no painful contractions though. I am now 2 cm dilated which is good.  I’ve made some progress on my own, but I am still only about 50% effaced.  Dr said, “This baby isn’t going anywhere.”  Yep, just what I thought… I won’t be going into labor on my own.

This time around, I am not as scared of induction because my blood pressure is normal, and physically I feel fine.  With Faith, I had high blood pressure and lots of swelling.  Induction was harder on my body with Faith because of that, and it greatly increased my blood pressure.  Hopefully this time, induction will go smoother, and praying to God it goes faster!  I would really be grateful if labor/delivery will be less than 30 hours this time :)

39 weeks belly pic!  This is our last belly picture.  Faith has enjoyed doing this with me for 9 months.  (I would always give her a piece of candy as payment after our weekly photo sessions.)

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What baby looks like at 39 weeks…

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Your baby’s full term this week and waiting to greet the world! She continues to build a layer of fat to help control her body temperature after birth. It’s likely she already measures about 20 inches and weighs a bit over 7 pounds.  The outer layers of her skin are sloughing off as new skin forms underneath.

 

Lots to update you on with the other things going on in our life.  We sold our house!  Yes, after just two days of being on the market… we had multiple full price offers.  I was sad at first, and I cried when we immediately got our first offer.  It really is a bittersweet experience.  The happy news is that we are getting more for our home than we expected, and we will have a nice chunk of money to put towards are new mortgage!  However, we haven’t found a new home yet.  Fortunately, the people who will be moving into our home are fine with waiting for us to find a new home and then giving us a couple weeks to move out!  Yay for patient people!   Also, Aaron’s home that is currently being used as a rental is in the process of being appraised, and we will be selling his home, too.  Hopefully any additional money from his home sale can also be used towards our new home!

Another update… Aaron is still laid off but he has filed for unemployment and we are doing ok right now.  If you remember, Aaron hit a deer with the work car, and I finally got around to posting our poor Geo Metro on Craigslist.  We hope to get some cash out of it.  Here is the link.  Please share if you know of anyone that might be interested!  http://bloomington.craigslist.org/cto/5551316043.html?lang=en&cc=us.  Aaron’s dad found a good family vehicle for us, so now we will have a 2005 GMC Envoy to drive, and Aaron’s Toyota Matrix will now be his work car. Thank God for the help of family! Things are looking up!  Slowly but surely! :)

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One more update.  I spoke with my professor and I am allowed to submit a video of my final oral presentation!  Yay!  She understands that I will not be back in class for the last couple of weeks, and she’s allowing me to finish my assignments online!  I am so glad I can successfully finish my assignments while at home, and get full credit for them!  I got my cap and gown and I’m ready for graduation!  May 13th!  Just 3 weeks away!

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I will be so very busy this weekend.  Lots of last minute cleaning to do.  I have to finish packing my suitcase for the hospital.  We have to install Josephine’s carseat.  I’ve already prepared my gift basket for the nurses.  I did this when I was pregnant with Faith, and I definitely wanted to do this again. The hospital staff are wonderful.
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Goodness so many changes happening all at once!  Selling our homes, looking for a new home.  Selling a car, buying a newer car. Finishing college and getting my degree!  And last minute nesting in preparation for our new baby girl in just a matter of days!  Can I handle all of this!?   With God ANYTHING is possible!

My next blog post will be filled with photos of sweet Josephine, and details on my birth story.  Life is moving fast!  Stay tuned! :)

38 Weeks

I just got back from my baby checkup.  Non-stress test was great.  Heartbeat strong and baby girl is very active.  My blood pressure is normal – 122/75.  I lost 2 more pounds. I weigh 149 now. I haven’t been eating that much because my stomach is too full of baby lol.  I really don’t have much swelling at all in my ankles, feet or hands.  My belly is still measuring at 38 weeks, so my belly measurement is right on track!  I know it’s just an estimate about baby’s size, but I’m glad that Josephine isn’t likely to be a big baby.

After the examination, the doctor said nothing has really changed.  He said I’m about 30 to 50% effaced, and only about 1 to 1 1/2 centimeters dilated.  I’m no where near the beginning of labor.  So we then discussed induction.  The doctor didn’t think it was necessary to induce me this week at 38 weeks gestation because baby is measuring good, and my blood pressure and blood sugars are perfectly normal.  So, next week, at 39 weeks we will schedule induction if I haven’t gone into labor naturally.  (I really don’t think I’ll go into labor on my own.)

So right now the plan of action is … Tuesday the 19th go in for a non-stress test.  Friday the 22nd go in for another non-stress test then have a follow-up with the doctor to check my cervix and see if there has been any progress with dilatation and effacement.  Then, if I’m still not close to labor,  we will schedule an induction for Tuesday April 26th!  On that date I will be 39 weeks and 5 days gestation.  Close to 40 weeks!  Yay!  If they’re ok with that, then I’m ok with that, too.  So, April 26th or 27th could be when Josephine makes her appearance depending on how long labor will last for me.  Still praying God will have me go into labor on my own before that, but whatever happens, happens.  Trusting in God, and praying that God gives my doctors the wisdom they need to keep me and baby girl safe.

38 weeks belly pic…

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What baby looks like at 38 weeks…

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Your baby has really plumped up. She weighs about 6.8 pounds and she is over 19 1/2 inches long (about the size of a leek). She has a firm grasp, which you’ll soon be able to test when you hold her hand for the first time! Her organs have matured and are ready for life outside the womb. Wondering what color your baby’s eyes will be? You may not be able to tell right away. If she’s born with brown eyes, they’ll likely stay brown. If she’s born with steel gray or dark blue eyes, they may stay gray or blue or turn green, hazel, or brown by the time she’s 9 months old. That’s because a child’s irises (the colored part of the eye) may gain more pigment in the months after she’s born, but they usually won’t get “lighter” or more blue. (Green, hazel, and brown eyes have more pigment than gray or blue eyes.)

 

So many things going on in my life right now.  Just a few days ago we listed our home for sale :(

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For my long-time blog readers, you may remember when I won a prize minivan in 2003.  I sold it and used the money for a fixer-upper home.  This home is so special to me.  I met my husband because of this home.  I learned just how strong and capable I am while fixing up much of this home on my own.  It took lots of blood, sweat and tears and strengthened my faith in God immensely.  I have grown so extremely fond of my neighbors and love them so much.  It has been heartbreaking to think I’ll be leaving this beautiful neighborhood.  We just need more space.  We have outgrown this home :(

I remember a video slideshow I made of before and after photos of my home after it was all finished.  I was watching this the other day and reminiscing about the journey I went through.  It will be so hard to let this home go.

 

This is Faith’s closet.  It is jammed packed with her things… and no room for Josephine’s things.  They will have to share the bedroom and it is tiny.

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Currently this is what our garage looks like.  It is filled with toys that don’t fit in Faith’s room, and filled with pantry items that don’t fit in the kitchen, and many other miscellaneous items that just have no place to put anywhere else.  We can’t even walk in the garage.

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Our home is only 1008 sq ft and now with a new baby on the way, we just need more room for another family member!  Now, there is a for sale sign in the front yard.  I’m looking at it right now while I sit here typing, and it hurts to look at it.  However, I know the Lord has something bigger planned for us!

Yes, lots of changes happening all at once.  Our home was officially listed today.  Here is the listing!

http://irmls.paragonrels.com/publink/default.aspx?GUID=503d336f-7f14-4552-9e02-85ca2dc994f1&Report=Yes

I also made a new video slideshow of what our home looks like now.  Hopefully this will impress potential buyers to come take a look at it!

 

In the next week or two, I imagine several people will be coming to look at it… right around the same time I will be giving birth to our second daughter.  In a few weeks I’ll be walking on stage to get my degree in Early Childhood Education.  Life is a roller coaster right now.  I’m excited.  I’m a little scared.  Most importantly, I’m counting my blessings.

37 Weeks

Well, this week has been a fairly bad week :(   I just got back from my baby checkup, and although my non-stress tests are fine, and my blood pressure and blood sugar is good … my belly is measuring at 38 weeks :(  Not at 37 weeks like it should.  So it makes me worry that Josephine is packing on more weight than she should.  The dr is not worried at all.  As for myself, I’m confused, because I lost another pound.  I weigh almost 150 now.  How can I be losing weight, yet my belly is bigger, measuring a full week ahead of time?  So… next week we will be discussing induction.  I may be induced now at 38 weeks instead of at 39 weeks.

The dr also checked my cervix and I am 1 cm dilated and 50% effaced with a -2 station.  She said this is good.  But I wish I could be further along.  A -2 station means the baby is low, but not fully engaged.  If the baby is fully engaged, I would be at a 0 station and that means that labor is right around the corner.  I’m sad because I just know I won’t be going into labor naturally.  I’m again going to have to be induced just like I was with Faith.  I know it will be a long a painful labor, and I’m now age 40.  Can I take it?  Induction is always harder and increases the risk of complications or needing a c-section.  My body just doesn’t want to go into labor.  I know right now I’m only 37 weeks,  and still have plenty of time for labor to start… but I just don’t think it will happen during my 38th week.  The dr said I could wait to be induced at almost 40 weeks, but they just don’t suggest it.  If they don’t suggest that, than I don’t want that either.  I’ll never forgive myself if something goes wrong, or if the baby gets too big that she gets stuck during delivery and ends up injured.

37 weeks belly pic…

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What baby looks like at 37 weeks…

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Your due date is very close now, but doctors don’t consider your baby “full term” until 39 weeks. Spending the next two weeks in the womb allows your baby’s brain and lungs to fully mature.  Many babies have a full head of hair at birth, with locks from 1/2 inch to 1 1/2 inches long. But don’t be surprised if your baby’s hair isn’t the same color as yours. Dark-haired couples are sometimes thrown for a loop when their children come out as blonds or redheads, and fair-haired couples have been surprised by Elvis look-alikes.  At this point your baby weighs 6 1/3 pounds and measures a bit over 19 inches, head to heel (about the size of a bunch of Swiss chard).

 

More bad news,  Aaron hit a deer this morning on his way to work.

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He’s fine thank God.  My poor Geo Metro is all banged up.  I have to call our auto insurance and see what they can do.  They will probably consider it totaled.  It is an old beat up car. 1997 with over 210,000 miles on it.  We won’t get enough money for it to get another used car.  Aaron can’t drive that car to work anymore because the windshield and headlight is broke. We have no money for another used car… and Aaron just got laid off today :(

So… an induction and hospital bills are in our near future, we lost a car, and Aaron won’t be working for a couple weeks.  We just paid our home and auto insurance, and our property taxes, so our checking account is low because of that.  When it rains it pours.  Not sure what we will do, but trust that God is in control.

Lots and lots of changes taking place all at once.  New baby just around the corner, my final semester is coming to an end.  My graduation date has been set for May 13th.  We are house-hunting and may move soon if we find the right home for us.   This summer will be a challenge but also an adventure.  We just have to stay positive and allow God to lead the way!

Stay tuned!