Tuesday, June 25, 2013

37 Weeks and Ready

We're finally here...37 weeks...and I am so done with being pregnant.  Let's face it, I've been done this time around since about 30 weeks.  My gestational diabetes has been more difficult to control this time around, but over the last few weeks my numbers have been more normal.  I've been pretty diligent about my diet, and have been exercising just about every day of the week.  Walks have also helped to keep some of the swelling down (this south Texas heat is for the birds, by the way).  I also have a prenatal workout DVD that I do once or twice a week.
Evelyn likes to exercise with me :-)
So, two weeks ago, when I went in for my weekly BPP and check up, I was really encouraged that things were going well.  She seemed to have slowed her growth, and my glucose readings were staying pretty steady.  Then came yesterday's appointment at 37 weeks.  Talk about the walls crashing in, the wind being blown out of your sails, and feeling completely overwhelmed all at one time.  According to the ultrasound, she was measuring 39 weeks (1 week further than the last measurement two weeks ago) and 9 pounds, 2 ounces - ummm...2 pounds, 2 ounces more than the last measurement two weeks ago.  Yes, you read that right - 2 pounds in 2 weeks.  Jeepers, girl!  The ultrasound tech that I had measured slightly differently than the others I have had, and I really think that played into part of it.  She was also really not my favorite - when you are working with pregnant women, you should know not to comment on how big that baby is and "do you know you still have 3 weeks to go, this baby is going to be huge."  Gee, thank you, ultrasound lady, can I wipe the gel off my belly and go crawl in a closet now?

I sat in the waiting room to see my OB for about 30 minutes fighting tears the whole time.  I was expecting her to be around the 8 pound range and was completely deflated.  The hormones aren't helping much either.  Enter my OB, who I love.  I started crying in front of her (actually having to talk makes it harder to fight tears!), and she made me feel normal for feeling overwhelmed.  We talked for a while about my delivery with Evelyn and she looked at my chart with her.  At this time, Evelyn was measuring bigger in the head and stomach, but smaller in the leg - so Dr. Nowitzky thinks that this baby's weight is more from her height than her girth like Evelyn.  (Remember, tiny little E was 8 1/2 pounds when she was born!).  Dan says maybe we'll have a point guard-center sister duo.  She looked at my delivery notes with Evelyn and saw that I delivered her pretty easily, especially given that she was my first.  Once I was fully dilated, she was out in less than 20 minutes and 3 pushes.  Evelyn also was measuring 9 1/2 pounds via an ultrasound at 37 weeks (a week before she was born).  So...she is open to letting me still try to avoid the cesarean - I am thankful that she has one of the lowest cesarean rates in Corpus.  At this point, the plan is to induce at 39 weeks (when we can without having to prove medical necessity with the new ObamaCare crap) - which will be July 9th.  Of course, she may come on her own before then - but at most, I'm 14 days out.  Let the countdown begin!  I go in again next Monday and if something looks off or my glucose numbers go crazy again, they would induce next week.  July 9th works better for both Dan (who is starting a new job next Monday) and my Mom (who is coming to take care of Evelyn) - so I suppose July 9th can work....so long as I don't have to have a cesarean! :-)  14 days...

And for anyone wondering...after I deliver I can't wait to eat these things again (in no particular order):
1.  Scotcharoos (thankfully, I have a pan frozen in deep freeze that may or may not be packed to take to the hospital)
2.  A chocolate milkshake from Sonic
3.  Pasta
4.  Chocolate chip cookies - homemade ones
5.  Donuts - a plain sugar donut, a chocolate frosted glazed donut, and a cinnamon twist from Shipleys.
6.  A Caramel Frappuccino from Starbucks - decaf since I'll be nursing :-)

Can you say sweet tooth?  
I'll give myself a couple of weeks to indulge...then it'll be back to a better diet!


  1. Thanks for all the updates P! You are in my thoughts every day. Part of me hopes she arrives soon for you but it sounds like logistically it would be better for you if she didn't so I will just hope she arrives when she is supposed to! Can't wait to see pictures and learn her name!

  2. You are going to do great, Stace! Let me know when you head to the hospital! :-)