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Category: baby

01/29/12 05:11 - ID#55998

8 days late...

This is how this whole adventure started in the first place! I suppose it's fitting that it finishes in similar fashion. Still no action. The Dr. attempted to do a sweep on the 25th to naturally trigger labour but that produced zip. I mean it only has about a 50% chance at working in the first place, but he said there was a whole lot of nothing going on and couldn't get a good reach on baby's head. No harm in trying anyway.

42 weeks is still OK for pregnancy, it's just after that you start to get concerned. So Stickybean has 4 more days to come willingly on it's own or we'll unfortunately have to go for induction. This was last on my list of birthing preferences. It can take days, for which I will have to stay in the hospital and be hooked up to monitors. I'm already bored and I have all the comforts of home! Plus induction make labour more intense and painful and increases the odds of interventions. Bit of a stretch from my most preferred method which was to use the pool.

Anyhoo, that's where we're at. You're worth the wait Stickybean, I just hope we can make your entrance into this world as calming as possible under the circumstances!
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Category: baby

01/20/12 09:40 - ID#55940

T-minus 1 day

Could start any minute, could still be 2 weeks away. It's quite an exciting adventure of unknowns!
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Category: baby

01/15/12 02:05 - ID#55922

t-minus 6 days

6 days until Stickybean's due date. Could be any day now or it could still be 2 weeks away. Baby will arrive when it's ready :)

Things have been good. I'm not really uncomfortable like everyone else says they were at the end. I feel mostly the same as I've been for the last 2 months. Maybe I get tired a little faster when walking and climbing stairs, but that's about it. I think a lot of it has to do with your comfort level in just dealing with pain. Yes my hips ache, yes my stretchmarks itch and ache, but I don't dwell on it and just carry on with what I need to do.

I'm grateful I'm able to sleep well most nights. I've got my cozy bed and like 8 million pillows for support which seem to keep my body in a good position for resting. Yah I have to get up and pee 3 to 5 times, but again it's just the way it is. Frankly I just remind myself I'll be getting up more often once it's out of me, so I should enjoy these moments!

I'm not nervous about labour and birthing. I think we've done a good job educating ourselves about all the possibilities and realities of what is to come. No sense getting worked up about the unknown, just go with it. This is where my sense of adventure is coming in really handy :)

I just hope for the best outcome and a healthy baby!

Stay well peeps.
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Category: death

01/06/12 03:00 - ID#55856

good-bye Mamaw

My Mamaw (mother's mother) died Wednesday night. She wasn't doing too well in the last few months suffering from dementia. My mother went down there in November to help care for her and I'm glad she got to spend a few months with her mother before she passed, even under difficult circumstances. It's not the easiest news to digest at 9 months pregnant but I'm doing pretty well to try to stay calm and not stress the baby with my grief.

Mamaw was a riot. She was a strong woman who said what she felt, often without filters. She was 89 and just had her 72nd wedding anniversary with my Papaw on Dec. 26th! She was the oldest of 10 kids in her family, most of whom are still living. She had 9 children (8 who are still with us), 26 grandchildren, 39 great-grandchildren, and 8 great-great grandchildren. Yeah, family gatherings are quite the production!

Selfishly I was hoping she would hang on just a little bit longer to see a photo of great-grandchild #40, but she was suffering and I am glad she is now at peace.

She was widely known for her sickeningly sweet 'sweet tea' and one of those women who wouldn't ask questions if some random kid walked into her kitchen asking for food. Her door was (literally) always open and folks knew they were welcome and that Mamaw would always look after them.

Good-bye Mamaw.
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