Tuesday, January 26, 2010

37 weeks, 2 days....

I am down under 20 days to go, according to my ticker! I am FULL TERM! yay!!! Happy to say that I am still not nervous about Teagan's exit strategy (nor the necessity for it!) yet...surprisingly!

I had an OB appointment today and nothing too new to report. Teagan was moving like she was doing a cardio workout in there...which made her heart rate really high. When they put the doppler on my belly, she was measuring in the 190s! But the doppler couldn't stay on to get a solid reading b/c she kept kicking/pushing/bumping it out of the way (she hates that thing). The nurse practitioner said that the high HR isn't of any concern because she was so active and strong that they'd expect a fast HR, but to be safe (and to calm me) she pulled out the fetal monitor and I was monitored for about 15 minutes. Her HR was perfect. It stayed around 135-140 and bumped up to the 160's only when she started her little moments of high activity. She said it just shows that she is very healthy and very active and she probably really liked my breakfast. So, that is all good. Oh, and I got a negative on the strep B test (woo hoo!) so I don't need to have an IV of antibiotics for her birth!!! (this was a surprise, I was convinced I'd have it b/c I always get strep throat!!!).

I did not get checked internally. I guess my doctor doesn't do that at this stage unless I report contractions, pain, etc. Since I am mostly just fine, they don't bother checking my cervix. I guess it goes back to the fact that I could be dilated and effaced and still not go into labor for weeks or be totally closed and long and give birth tomorrow. Cervical dilation/effacement doesn't seem to be a good indicator of the time of labor. Which is kind of a bummer b/c I'd like an inkling of when this is gonna get started. My guess is still not for a few weeks but everyone (including the nurse practitioner) says it could happen any minute!...or not. Ugh.

I got my diapers in! They are so cute. They've been washed and stacked...I am trying to get a system together that will make life easier. So, we bought some diaper wetbags from Planet.wise which are like water-proof laundry bags that are used to line my diaper pail and that is all set. I do have one package of disposables for the first few days - meconium stains everything supposedly. I'm not sure yet about how the bum gen.ius 3.0's will accommodate the umbilical cord stump, but I'm working on that.

Besides that, thank you so much for the comments on the pictures. I am so happy we did them. I did return the crappy ones from the expensive place and got my $150 back. They were reasonable about it (not much they could say...they were awful). If anyone wants to do maternity pictures and money is holding them back - seriously - consider JCP Photography (and check online for coupons). It seems silly, but they came out cute and I didn't want to spend a ton of money, but I wanted to document this time.

I am still ticked that I can't comment on a few blogger blogs. I keep trying...and I'm reading...and thinking of you all. Some blogger sites are fine, some aren't. It is so ANNOYING! I recently had a comment from Libby that I wanted to respond to...read your blog, but couldn't comment. I'm trying to work out the kinks. So, I'm sorry you all...you are in my thoughts!

14 comments:

lastchanceivf said...

Yay for everything looking so good! You'll be holding that little acrobat in your arms soon :)

kayjay said...

Yay full term!! I'm so glad that little Teagan is doing well and it's funny that she doesn't like the doppler as one of mine doesn't either. I actually see her pushing up on it from below in protest! You're lucky you tested negative for the GBS - one less thing to worry about during labour. You've done so well and had such a great pregnancy - way to go Mama!

Caroline said...

Hi Sue,
Congratulations on reaching full term!
It's great to read your updates as I am having a similar experience - I was wondering if it was normal that my Doctor has never done an internal examination but I guess that is normal.
I can't wait to hear how the next few weeks progress for you!
x

Hope in Virginia said...

Glad to hear your appointment went well. Sounds like you are having a future Cirque du Soleil'er!

Christi said...

you are so close! I'm so happy for you!!! can't wait for your LO to arrive.

PJ said...

Yay! 37 weeks! You're SO there!

It sounds like you're doing great. :)

Thanks for the JCP tip. :) Let us know how the bum g's work out.

Jill M. said...

Love hearing all this good news!!! Wowser... less than 20 days?? That's unreal! I can't wait to hear all about Teagan's entrance into this world.

Not Your Aunt B said...

Cherish those last few somersaults. You will miss them when she's out no matter how wonderful it is to have her in your arms. There's just something magical about being pregnant.
Don't worry about the cord stump. You should see what those nurses do to those babies in the hospital- they just lay it flat and cover it up more with the onesie and pants. Many midwives don't even clean it with alcohol (just keep it dry) so that it falls off naturally (faster, I think too). We did clean it, but I didn't worry about it- dry with no signs of infection- you're good.
So SO excited for you!

DonnaPetit said...

Teagan's gonna be such a handful when she gets out. If she's this busy now, just wait! Who wants a baby that's too boring anyway. The nurses forgot to tell me to wash my son's umbilical thingy with alcohol, it was on for a couple of weeks til my mom mentioned the alcohol. In two days it was gone.

The Road Less Traveled said...

It's wonderful that you have made it so far along. Congrats on getting past the 37 wk mark.

Jana

Barefoot said...

I can't believe you're so close! Exciting.

Lost in Space said...

You are in the homestretch now to meeting your sweet baby girl! Woo Hoo!!

Linda said...

Wowsers! You're almost there! You look great btw. So happy for you!!!

Linda

PS. I sent you an invite to my other blog. :)

Libby said...

38 weeks after 7 IVFs...that is just amazing, and I hope you have been able to enjoy this pregnancy.

As for not being able to leave comments, it wouldn't surprise me if it's something I've done in the set up. I'm a bit green with my blog. No worries. Just wishing you well and am excited for you. Yeah!