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Thursday, July 23, 2009

Oikos Winner and Dr Appointment

I took all your names from yesterday's post, and performed a random drawing, and the winner of the 3 coupons for Oikos Yogurt is.....

N. D. of L'il Runner!

Congrats!! I sent you an email already, so go check it! Thanks for all the interest and participation, but the rest of you will just have to fork over the necessary cash to try Oikos for yourselves.

Now, back to me.

I had my weekly check up yesterday, and things are going fine. I gained another few pounds, and I am now up 25 lbs overall. I know this is perfectly normal, but man alive, it seems like a lot! I have never seen these kinds of numbers on a scale before and, to be frank, it's pretty frightening. However, I know that in these last weeks most of the weight gain is the baby's, but still, I feel like a fatty-fatty-two-by-four!

Other stats: my blood pressure remains good and was 100/70, and Norah's HR was still strong and healthy, and I'm still lucky to not be experiencing any swelling. So, that's all good.

In addition to the regular stuff, the doctor also did a pelvic exam to feel how things are progressing "down south," and she said that my cervix is softening, and the baby's head is moving down, but it's not all the way down yet and I am not yet dilated at all. I am experiencing Braxton Hicks contractions, but those are "false labor"; however, they are a sign that my body is getting ready for real labor in the next few weeks.

All in all, what does this mean? Not much. At this stage of my pregnancy, things could progress very rapidly or very slowly, so we just have to remain patient.

I confess that at this point, I'm ready to just do this thing; it's kind of like the two week taper before a marathon when you just want the day to arrive so you can do it and stop thinking about it. That's how I feel right now. Don't get me wrong, I have my terrors and anxieties about labor, but I'm sick of anticipating it, and I'm ready to just get it done. However, it's all in Norah's power right now since she's the one who determines when she's ready, so I just have to resign myself to waiting for the right moment when she decides to come and meet us.

21 comments:

cath said...

Good luck with baby...

kristen said...

I'm glad you have the summer off so we get daily updates. I really enjoy reading them.

sRod said...

Shoot. No dice for me.

No dilation yet? Sheesh, she's going to stay in there forever.

happygoluckyalex said...

I can't believe that it has been 9 months (or so) already! I am so excited for this kid to come along and to "meet" her (in a bloggie sense, of course).

-alex, long time lurka

Fair Weather Runner said...

good luck hanging in there with the baby! i hope it all goes smoothly for you :)

N.D. said...

Thanks so much! Lucky meee!!! : )
I hear ya about being ready to do it! I wasn't ready at all so it was nice he came early and I was unprepared (mentally!) You are doing great. 25 lbs is AWESOME! They will come off right away!

Marlene said...

Good comparison to the marathon taper! Makes sense.

Good luck... hope things progress smoothly now til the end!

Marci said...

Glad to read everything is going smoothly, you are almost there, enjoy the taper!! :; (Good analogy - I wonder what is more painful labour or a marathon?)

Krissy said...

I feel the same exact way, I was not dialated at all on my last doctor's appt. and everything was status quo, I am ready mentally for the big day but no signs of progress towards it just yet! Not even braxton hicks yet...

MCM Mama said...

Eh, 25 is nothin' LOL. I think I gained 50 with Shoo (and I'm only a few inches taller than you).

Enjoy these last few weeks.

Katie A. said...

You look awesome! Now starts the countdown!

Alison said...

I've been 1 cm. dilated for the past 3 weeks and have made no progress since then. I feel like I'm going to be pregnant forever!

MN Mom said...

It won't be long now. I wanted to STOP the whole thing the second time around, You remember right toward the end and wish you would have remembered a little clearer about 9 months before! ha ha but then most of us wouldn't be here would we?

Lisa Slow-n-Steady said...

she'll come when she's ready. :-)

Mrs. K said...

poop i forgot to enter. I've been swamped 'cause my coworker got the boot- know anyone who can work as a paralegal? :)

great news on the belly front.

keith said...

That's exciting news!! I hope you are doing well!

Xenia said...

Just another aspect of life where we have to play the hurry-up-and-wait game.

Hopefully she's a punctual baby as opposed to being fashionably late. :)

Eliza said...

Thank you for your comment!

The Ft. Lauderdale 13.1 is my first Half Marathon and the ING MIAMI will be my first Full ... I'm very excited :)

Wes said...

Baby!! (not very patient, am I?)

AKA Alice said...

Yeah...I remember that time. I kept having to remind myself that I wouldn't be preggers forever...even if it sometimes felt like it.

SJ Goody said...

I hope you go on time and don't have to do the extended waiting. But - stay busy and soak up your Jerry and YOU time. The labor process... I have already forgotten anything remotely frightening - once they put the baby in your arms, it all melts away. AND THANK BEJEBUS FOR EPIDURALS!