The Adams Family

We’re kooky, but hopefully not too creepy…

Change of Plans July 30, 2008

Filed under: Pregnancy — hjhadams @ 1:52 pm

We headed to the hospital this morning for our appointment to attempt to get this kid to flip.  The doctor did an ultrasound when we first got in to see if, by luck, Peanut had decided to move back to head-down position on his/her own.  Of course, that was a big NO.  I now have a baby with a head under my ribs on the left side and feet poking up under my ribs on the right side.  NOT comfortabe in any way.

I received a shot of Stadol, a drug that is used to relax the uterus.  My doctor, along with another doctor from her practice, worked together to try to get Peanut to move.  It was not comfortable at all, but also not as painful as I was anticipating.  They pushed hard, in both directions, and baby didn’t budge at all.

We have now moved on to Plan B.  A c-section has been scheduled for next Tuesday morning, August 5th.  I am not excited about this; I am, in fact, pretty devastated.  I was really hoping to experience the natural birth we have done so much planning for.  I feel like I’m going to be robbed of that special experience only mothers get to go through.

I know that this is not the end of the world.  I am very glad to know that baby is perfectly healthy.  I just need a little time to wrap my head around this sudden change of events.  The planner in me is somewhat relieved, because now I can have the house in order, have groceries purchased and arrangements made for the pets ahead of time.  But the other part of me was kind of looking forward to waking Jim up in the middle of the night to say, “I think this is it!”  Two weeks ago, after my weekly check-up, we were thinking I’d be going into labor in the next week or two…baby was head down and doctor said we were making great progress.  Now this.

When we go in for the c-section next week the doctor will do an ultrasound before anything else.  If Peanut has flipped back into the head-down position by then, we will be allowed to go home and wait for labor to begin on it’s own.  I am going to do whatever I can in the next few days, and I’m going to do a lot of praying…but I am trying not to get my hopes up.

I know that whatever our birth story is, it will be ours and it will be special, but I am having a hard time with this change.

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Flippin’ Out July 28, 2008

Filed under: Pregnancy — hjhadams @ 4:10 pm

So this little stinker living in my uterus has decided that she/he is going to do things differently than what I, the mother, would prefer.  The groundings are going to start early in the Adams’ household!

This morning I went in for my regular weekly check-up, and I casually mentioned to the doctor that I hadn’t felt much movement in the past day or so, but that I wasn’t too concerned.  The doctor checked for the baby’s heartbeat and couldn’t find anything, so she took me in to have an ultrasound.  The technician found the heartbeat right away, but they also noticed something else: baby had flipped and is now in breech position.

Jim & I have done a lot of preparation for the arrival of Peanut, and one of our hopes was to have a completely natural, drug-free birth.  If baby is breech, this will not be possible. 

After some fetal monitoring, and determining that baby is still healthy and everything is fine, I was sent home.  The doctor called later and said that if I want to try an external version, she is willing to give it a go, but the success rate is not high…especially after the 37th week.  Since I’d like to say I tried everything possible to have a natural birth, we’re going to head in on Wednesday morning to see if it can work for us.

I am pretty sure baby flipped on Saturday morning.  I was on the couch watching TV and I felt something very funky going on, and then I looked down to see my stomach was lopsided.  Later that night I felt the baby’s hiccups, and they were much higher than usual, and off to the side.  In the back of my mind I had a feeling that baby was no longer head-down, but I kept telling myself to stay positive.

Between now and Wednesday morning I’ll be spending a lot of time on all fours with my butt high up in the air, so if I don’t answer the phone, you know why!

 

The Final Countdown July 25, 2008

Filed under: Pregnancy — hjhadams @ 9:10 am

We’re officially at week 38 of this pregnancy today, and I don’t think I’ve ever been more anxious in my entire life.

On Monday I had my weekly check-up with my OB/GYN and I had some pretty good progress since the week before.  Still only 1 cm dilated, but I was approximately 60% effaced and the baby had dropped a LOT.  When I talked with our doula that evening, she said she thought that if we don’t have a baby this week, it will definitely be next.  She does NOT think I will make it to our due date of August 8th.

As of today, there’s not much going on.  If I’ve had contractions, I don’t know it.  I have had some other ‘signs’ of early labor over the past week, but I will spare you the details. 

The nursery has been complete for a while now, and I feel like there isn’t anything else we could possibly need for this little person who will be joining us.  (I’m sure that feeling will fly right out the window one second after we bring him/her home.)

 

Giving it a go July 23, 2008

Filed under: Miscellaneous — hjhadams @ 9:35 pm

I’m taking the plunge into the blogging world…let’s see how this goes!