Saturday, May 31, 2008

Even Closer

Yesterday I decided to go for a walk and do some curbing to see if I could get the ball rolling. For those of you who don't know what curbing is, it's where you walk with one foot on the curb, and the other on the road so you are off balance as you walk. Anyhow, I got home after a half hour of intense walking and started having regular contractions. For about two hours the contractions were 4-8 minutes apart. The only catch is, I couldn't even feel them. They didn't hurt me at all! I could tell I was contracting because I could see my belly tightening and then it felt rock hard but, again it didn't hurt. I called the hospital and they told me to come in the contractions got under 5 minutes which seemed silly to me. At about ten o'clock I went to bed and slept on through the night. I have no idea if the contractions kept up through the night but I am still having some this morning. Hopefully things will pick up because I am getting a little impatient. Any suggestions?

Friday, May 30, 2008

Hanging with the Twins

On Wednesday Parker and I watched the twins over at our house. Whenever we watch them, it's generally at Mandy's because the twins don't do so hot when they are out of their element. They did really well at our house and I think that we may watch them at our house more often. Several months ago they got a new stroller which allows them to sit up unassisted. Well our cat, Pistol, figured out how to get a free back scratch out of the deal, he is such a moocher. That girls really liked the cats, they get really big smiles whenever they come their way.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Oh So Close

Today I went for another appointment with the OB and to my surprise, I had really high blood pressure. Like, really high! I believe it was 142/90 which is not good at all. The doctor said that if my blood pressure didn't go back down within two to three hours they would induce me. I got really nervous and quite excited all at the same time. Well, I was in the hospital hooked up to all the equipment within 30 minutes of the first blood pressure measurement and it had already gone back down to 122/70! Needless to say they sent me home without a second thought. So here I am, still pregnant, writing on the ol' blog.

As for the appointment, I was still dilated to a one. Ugh, one is the loneliest number! She did say the baby dropped a little more (not much) and she didn't say that whether or not I have effaced anymore. To be honest I was so distracted by the high blood pressure, I didn't pay very good attention. She did strip my membranes and I want to believe that it is working. I don't know if its my imagination but, I think I am having more contractions and they feel a little stronger than what I have been used too. I guess time will tell. The doctor said if it is going to work, labor usually starts within 24-48 hours. I guess that will give me something to blog about tomorrow. Till then.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

The Chronicles of Narnia

With the baby coming so soon, Parker decided that he was going to take me out on a final date before the kid comes and we can't for a few weeks. It was so fun to go to dinner and a movie with just the two of us. I cherish that quality time so, it totally made my week! We went to dinner at Red Robin and then we went to see the new Chronicles, Prince Caspian. It was a great movie! I can't say I liked it more than the first, but I didn't regret paying 19$ bucks for the two of us to see it. To top off the night we went and got some milk and Krispy Kreme donuts after the movie. Thought I would add a little extra weight to the kid since he isn't big enough already. It was a wonderful evening! Thanks babe!

Sunday, May 25, 2008

New Curtains!

You might think this is an odd thing to post about but, it is an exciting thing for Parks and I. Every apartment we have ever lived in had wooden blinds so, we never needed curtains. Well, this house has ugly blinds and no curtains but, we were finally able to change that. After saving up, we finally got curtains for our house. Seeing as we were hanging blankets over our windows, this is quite a change. They are helping with the air conditioning bill and they make our house feel more like a home. Love, love, love these curtains!

You can see my belly in these next two pictures........ this kid needs to make an exit!

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Another Week Come and Gone

I had another doctors appointment today and things haven't progressed as much as I hoped. I am still dilated to just a one, but I have effaced to 50% which I can't complain about. I am so ready to hold this baby, I'm tired of carrying him around in my belly! I did ask the doctor if she had a guess on how much he is weighing, she said between seven and seven and a half pounds. That sounds like a lot seeing as I still have two weeks to go! He could easily put on another pound before he makes his appearance and eight and a half pounds doesn't sound to pleasant. Ever since Mandy said to think of the baby's weight in Costco sized M&M bags (eight pounds means 4 of those bags!) I can't possibly think birthing that many "M&M's" would be at all pleasant! Hopefully things will spontaneously combust and I will have this kid tomorrow. One could only hope!

Thursday, May 15, 2008

37 Weeks and Counting

Welp, another week has come and gone and I had another doctors appointment today. The doctor checked me out and I am still dilated to a one however, I have started to efface (she didn't tell me to what percent) and the baby has dropped further. Last week I was a -3 and this week I am in between a -2/-1. I like to think its -1 but, I know I am getting ahead of myself! I am happy that I am progressing however, I can only hope it speeds up over the next few days.....

On another note. Here are some pictures of my beautiful feet. I know, I know, I look like a relative of Shrek. The worst part is that these pictures were taken on a GOOD day! I am also having some edema....... more like a lot of edema! My legs are swollen all the way up past my knees. I do my best to stay off my feet but that doesn't work so well with substituting. Only a few more weeks and I will be free of swelling!

Before School

After School

The indents that I made with my finger stay for about 15 minutes before they rise back up. I would say they are at least a quarter of an inch deep, probably closer to a third of an inch on a bad day.

Friday, May 09, 2008

36 Weeks and Counting

I just passed the 36 week mark and and I am officially in the ninth month! I had a doctors appointment Thursday and they checked my progress. I am dilated to a one, the baby has dropped but, I have not started effacing yet. I am really, really starting to feel this pregnancy! My hips are sore, my back is starting to hurt, I am having a harder time sleeping and it feels like I have a bowling ball between my legs! I know I have had an easy pregnancy (which I am grateful for!) up to this point but, I am ready for it to come to a close. I am so excited for this baby! My next appointment is Thursday and I will be sure to post my progress.

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Mandy's Surprise Shower

Last Saturday, Mandy's best friend threw her a surprise baby shower. Tons of women showed up and everyone had a great time socializing and eating great food! Ginni (the gal who threw the shower) also told Discovery Channel what she was planning and they flew down just for the day (they flew in early morning and left that night) to film the occasion. A lot of people have been asking how it works when Discovery Channel (they are doing a documentary on the twins) is here so, here is a brief explanation. You can see in the last picture the three people from the film crew. On the far left is Janice (purple shirt), she writes the story meaning she has to sit through all the hours of film and decides what will air in the one hour episode. Chuck is the guy holding the camera and Mark is the sound man. Janice is always standing behind them because she can't be in any of the shots, it's quite entertaining watching her dodge the camera! I will say that Discovery Channel gave us their three nicest people! They are so kind and they are far more interested in the Baileys as people than as a story that will make them money. I think the first day they filmed it was a little awkward but now, it seems totally normal to have them around. They are great people and they are more like family friends than a film crew.

Sunday, May 04, 2008

Baby Shower

Last Thursday, Mandy and Mom Lybbert threw me a baby shower. It was so fun! They kept it simple which was fine with me because I am not huge on the baby shower games. The one game we did play was 2 cents. Everyone goes around and puts two cents into a piggy bank, and they give their best baby advice. Needless to say, there were a lot of laughs with that game! Everyone who came to the shower was extremely generous. I am loaded up with onesies and diapers. Thanks again to Mandy and Mom for doing the shower while Shelly (my sister) was in town, I really appreciate all the effort! Sorry some of these pictures are sideways..... I couldn't get them upright.

Ginni made this awesome diaper cake!

Loving the monkey pirate shirt from Shelly.

Shelly and I after the shower.