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Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Doctor Appointment

I had my weekly check up at the doctor's this morning, preceded by an ultrasound, and the news is kind of a mixed bag.

The ultrasound reported everything as healthy, and it estimated Norah's weight to be 8 lbs 7 oz, which is big, but not quite GIANT like the doctor had feared, and really, the ultrasound could be off and she could be closer to the high 7 lbs, low 8 lbs range. Still, she'll be big and healthy!

For my actual exam, the best news is that she has dropped down significantly and is at the -3 position, and I am 50% effaced, but I am just barely dilated 1 cm at this point. So, here's the low down on the plan, yo:

Hopefully, I naturally go into labor in the next few days, which the doctor said is highly likely to happen, but if I do not go into labor on my own by my due date, then we have scheduled an induction for Sunday night. If that's what happens, I'll check into the hospital at 6 pm on Sunday, and they will start the drug Cervidil, and that takes 12 hours to ripen my cervix and get me going on dilation, and then on Monday morning, they would start the Pitocin. So, one way or another, Norah will probably be here by Monday night.

When the doctor first introduced the idea of induction at my appointment last week, I was resistant to thinking about it, but today when she said that she thought that'd be best, I was so relieved that I broke down in tears. And, after having the afternoon to think about it, I really feel that this is the best course of action because we're still waiting for the due date before inducing, but this way, I have a firm deadline, and I can't express in words what a relief it is to have a knowable end in sight. Seriously, I have felt so much more relaxed and at ease this afternoon that I feel like a big, stressful weight has lifted.

Which, interestingly enough, could be exactly what nature needs in order for my body to go into labor on its own. The doctor said that sometimes just knowing a firm date sets so many women's mind's to ease that they finally relax, and then, boom, labor starts on its own. So, we'll see. At any rate, I feel comfortable with the decision, Jerry feels comfortable with that, and the doctor thinks it's the right decision, so I think I am going to sleep a lot better tonight than I have in awhile!

46 comments:

Jamoosh said...

Well, I guess that's good news. I was really hoping for a GIANT Baby. But, as long as she is healthy...

d.a.r. said...

I just got a little goosebumpy. You are going to have a baby in your arms within a week. I really hope everything goes smoothly, safely, and as comfortable as possible. And that Norah and you are healthy!!

Can't wait and I will be checking in frequently to hear how things are going. I know you'll obviously be a liiiiitttlle busy in the next week, but update as much as you can! :) Please?

Lisa Slow-n-Steady said...

I'm glad you have a firm plan and a deadline. Especially since it seems to have put you at ease. :-)

inmytummy said...

I'm excited for you!

MCM Mama said...

Sending lots of "come on out" vibes Norah's way. Glad to hear you have a plan.

Almost there!

JojaJogger said...

How exciting! Now we need to start a pool as to when Norah will make her entrance. I say she says the heck with induction and arrives Sunday at 2 AM.

RunningLaur said...

Sounds like a perfect set up!

I'm all primed to see a brand new baby picture soon :)

Oh, and best of luck with the delivery of course!!

MN Mom said...

Yippy!

Running Jen said...

I was in a very similar situation when I had my daughter 5 years ago. I had an u/s at 39 weeks that showed her weight to be 8lbs 7oz. Dr wanted to schedule an induction, so we scheduled one for 8 days later, the day after my due date. As it turned out, my water broke while I was sitting at home the evening before my due date, and she was born on her due date, weighing 8lbs 14oz.

So, reading your story made me think of mine, very similar, in a way. I have a feeling you just may have her before the induction, but it is a great feeling knowing that you have a date. Best of luck!!

SJ Goody said...

Seriously... this is exactly what I went through. I went in on a Sunday night and did the cervadil thing... which triggered regular contractions but really did not "ripen" my cervix. It got me to about 2cm but the contractions stayed steady. I was then given another cervix treament (a orally ingested dissolvent) and monitored... which got me to 3-4cm. Then they started pitocin (and epidural) and I was at 8cm within 2 hours! If you haven't done so, I recommend talking with your doctor about all the steps and the "if this, then what" scenarios. Feel free to email me (through my profile) if you want to know anymore about my experience with induction.

Bri said...

This little runner of yours is sure taking her time to get to the finish line! You hang in there because your finish line is now in sight. Best wishes to you and yours.

Natalie D said...

I bet you'll go into labor before sunday, just like you are thinking!

Crystal said...

We'll be happy and excited for her arrival. She's just taking her sweet little time, getting all her primping in before her big entrance.

Erin said...

Good visit and decisions. I think you will start before then and not need the extra assistance. Maybe you should have a beer. Just kidding! Only a few more days. :)

teacherwoman said...

Glad to hear this! Health baby Norah will be here in no time! Keep us posted!

Anonymous said...

Let nature take Her course, Norah will come when she's ready and my guess is she will not prefer the drug induced way. Women are designed to give birth and you are healthy and ready for Norah to give you the word she's ready, trust her.

Running 365 said...

I'll be praying for you and thinking about you! One of my good friends was just in the same situation. They actually induced her a few days before her due date, but she was just so happy to get it done and have the baby in her arms!

kelsalynn said...

HOLY CRAP!!! It's here! that's crazy!

"By Monday..." how exciting!

by the way, "ripen my cervix"... I'll never hear the word "ripen" the same again...

Lily on the Road said...

OMG, I'm going to be a virtual Aunt by Monday....WOW, how awesome!!!

jessica said...

best wishes on a speedy and uneventful delivery. maybe some walking could speed things up... but I'm sure you've heard them all.

early congratulations - can't wait to see little norah!

D10 said...

Just think in 5 days Norah will be here!! Wow, I am so happy for you guys. You better keep us updated.

Shannon said...

So quite possibly Norah will get her birthday on August 10th. Should I start singing now?

Think of all the parties you could have in the future...

-backyard picnic parties
-ponies, facepainting, parties
-pool parties

Wait I'm getting ahead of myself.

lindsay said...

well i'm glad she's not a giant! don't want to imagine how that would feel...

sounds like a good plan, especially since you are feeling relieved and can see the "end in sight" now! i am sure you are ready to do all the fun mom things now instead of the prego-belly stage. i think i'd get tired of the pregnant-stage long before 9 months ever came around.

five days or less! i am excited for you guys!

RunnerGirl said...

It must feel so great to have a date set and know that she'll be here one way or another in just a short time. Can't wait to see pictures!

HEATHER said...

come on out Norah! Both of my babies were induced. And while I had obviously hoped to go naturally, the induction really wasn't bad at all. you will do great. I am so excited for you, Jerry and Scooter!

Betsy said...

Good, I'm glad the end is so clearly in sight for you. I can't wait to see Miss Norah!

Marlene said...

Sounds like good news. The best part is, you're comfortable with it. Sending labour vibes your way!

X-Country2 said...

YAY! I remember when you announced you were pregnant. :o)

Carolina John said...

Let the safety bar come all the way down, keep your hands and arms inside the vehicle at all times. sounds like you're getting seated on the roller coaster. how incredibly exciting! both of our were scheduled c-sections, so we knew the dates in advance.

Good job Jess! making it through the pregnancy is incredibly tough.

Krissy said...

That must be so exciting to feel some releif! I totally understand where your coming from, the waiting around is really hard for me too, I agree wait until the due date then do what the doctor thinks is necessary from there. So exciting to have the end in sight!

Mel said...

I am so excited for you! Norah is almost here. Can't wait for the story.

Wes said...

What ever it takes, let's have a healthy Mom and BABY!!! Woo hoo!!

Agate Lake Girl said...

Are you sure it wasn'twatching Grease 2 that made you feel so much better - just saying. :)

I had a good experience with the inducing so if it goes that route, I think you'll do fine. Either way I'm stoked to know that we're all meeting Norah within the next few days...

Jena Simms said...

enjoy your last few days with the hubby, ALONE!

Stuart said...

Sounds like you've got it all planned out!

There is an old saying in the military which say that no plan survives contact with the enemy but having a plan is a good thing to start with, enjoy the last few days

Katie A. said...

So excited for you! Enjoy the last few moments of quiet! And I'll be sending lots of good "going into labor" thoughts your way! :)

Jessica said...

Yeah! Good luck, prayers are with you. It is the most unbelievable thing! Words are wasted, until you have one, and then you will know once you are holding that precious girl. Congrats.

Viv said...

Yaa Jess and now there is a plan and for organized people we need a plan. I will keep you and Jerry in my thoughts and prayers over the next few days on hopes a safe healty delivery of sweet baby Norah!

Nikki said...

I'm glad she's going to be big and beautiful and even more glad for you that you have a bit of a plan from this point. I hope your next few days go well, no matter how she ends up arriving!

Amanda said...

Yay for a baby soon!!

aron said...

yayyyy she will be here SOON!!! eeeeee :)

one of my best friends went into the hospital monday evening for the cervix portion and to be induced and she had her baby girl yesterday morning at 9am :) 8lb 5oz! i am going to meet her tonight!!

Jess said...

Sounds like having a plan is definitely going to relieve some of the stress! Can't believe you're going to have Norah by Monday night!

lifestudent said...

THey told me that Brooke was going to be a "big baby" and that they wouldnt let me go past my due date. I was to be scheduled an induction on the day of (or day after) my due date because they didnt expect her to come on time.

She came a week early, and she was 7lbs 14ounces. What a massive baby, huh?

Dont worry ... its all gonna go great, and she will be here before you know it :)

Laurel said...

I haven't logged on in so long, I had to look up my password. But I had to leave you a good luck comment before Norah makes her big debut.

I'm wishing you a happy, safe and healthy delivery and I can't wait to see the little bunny and read all about the big day (or night) :)

Good luck!!!!

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