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June 19th, 2013

Bumpdate: Freak-out and Relax!

This may possibly be my last bump date before baby Pickle arrives. It’s been a crazy week in pregnancy-land.

Last Wednesday I went in to see my OB for a non-scheduled visit for fear that I had ruptured my bag of waters. There was all this fluid and while it didn’t seem as dramatic as my actual water breaking it sure did seem suspect. That wasn’t the case, but while I was there my blood pressure was really high. Certainly couldn’t have been related to the fact that I spent the day worried that this baby was planning his exit strategy 3 weeks early!

At my regularly scheduled appointment on Thursday my blood pressure was still elevated so I was told to keep an eye on it and come back in first thing on Monday morning, but I didn’t get that far. Friday afternoon I was feeling a little off. My heart was racing and my breath felt short. So after reading a bit about preeclampsia I decided I better call my Doctor who advised me to head on over to the Birthing Center and get checked out.

After several hours “hanging” in the hospital everything checked out normal. Baby was looking good, my oxygen was good, blood was good, urine was good. I headed home with some “homework” to spend the next 24 hours collecting urine and bed-rest for the weekend. So much for my plans to help DC paint the old house in preparation for new tenants moving in. Oh and the hoards of boxes in my living & dining rooms? Yah, still there.

Along comes Monday and I am back at the Doctors office. Blood pressure is still high so back to the Birthing center I go.

All the tests come back perfectly normal! What gives? I know Pickle isn’t trying to come early at this point because I haven’t even had the slightest contraction … and I had a talk with him about how once he comes out he wont be getting the direct feed of ice cream he’s been enjoying so much.

Another 24 hour urine collection … it’s a glamorous life I tell ya!

Yesterday we had an ultrasound to check fluids and measurements and all is well with those too, but at today’s follow up my blood pressure was still elevated; however lower than it had been. My doctor advised that at this point she believes I have Gestational Hypertension which could easily turn into preeclampsia so we discussed the possibility of induction.

I’m not entirely sure how I feel about it. For the past 8 months all I have thought about was how I was going to really enjoy my last weeks of pregnancy. Weekends at the lake in my super cute maternity swim suit. Evenings exploring my new town and walks around my new neighborhood. Yet here I am faced with a possible eviction notice on my baby and as much as I can not wait to have him and hols him and give him all my love, well … it just feels so all of a sudden!

I truly thought I was going to be pregnant until mid-July!

Additionally, my due date has been reset back to it’s original date of July 2nd. All this time I was planning for the 7th but my current doctor feels that since the difference was less than 7 days they are going with the 2nd, which means instead of being just over 37 weeks I’m now 38 weeks and induction would happen at 39 weeks!!


And now relax because really I have no reason. I have everything I need to care for this little guy when he makes his debut, though I would rather it be on his terms and not being forced out of his warm and cozy belly-home. His room is ready. My hospital bag is packed. My diaper bag is packed. Clothes, sheets, blankets are all washed and ready. Our car seat is installed.

I just really wish I didn’t have all this clutter of unpacked boxes filled with things that seem so unessential to me right now. If you happen to know of any magic disappearing boxes fairies please send them my way!

Until my next post please keep your fingers crossed for us that we are able to wait out this delivery until Pickle decides it’s time!






April 12th, 2013

Bumpdate: 3 Month Countdown!

So the other day one of the moms in my baby group tossed it out there that we only have 13 weeks to go till baby arrives … wait, WHAT!? How did that happen!? It was only a few weeks ago I was peeing on a stick and now I’m fast approaching the birthday of my little dude!

*Cue The Final Countdown*

So here’s the part of pregnancy when I can kick back and relax, enjoy this growing belly and not having to worry about counting calories (much). I can leisurely nest and prepare my home for baby’s big arrival. I can dive in to some good reads about new parenting, newborn care and what all to expect as a first time mom. I can pamper myself with pedicures and prenatal massages ….


My reality is that I am no where near relaxed. Nesting is a far off dream of mine that I fear may never come true! I can’t even focus enough to get though an ebook right now because my head is so cluttered with all the stuff looming over the arrival of this baby.

I’m staring at a brick wall. Just beyond it is a new home closer to family, friends and DC’s job as well as our eventual daycare center. Unfortunately, we are waiting to sign a lease on the home of our dreams and until we do so I can’t do much of anything that needs to be done. I am so torn up and  anxious awaiting a green light to move forward so I can start to tackle all of the other items on my enormously huge to-do list … not to mention pack, move and unpack!

I’ve been scouring the internet for an alternative home, but every one that I have seen has a major safety issue or doesn’t accommodate our basic needs. It’s quite discouraging to say the least.

I’ve recently decided to change hospitals for my delivery, which means I also need to find a new OB to actually deliver the baby. Kinda late in the game to be making the switch, but I think it’s for the best. I’ll also need to register for birthing classes and such so I have some clue as to what the hell I am doing when it comes time to push. Oh and there is that little thing called a nursery that will need to be set up with a crib so baby has some where to sleep! These are just a few of the things that need to happen, but again … I’m stuck. Waiting.

I keep trying to tell myself it will all work out. Everything has for us thus far and everything will going forward. It just sucks that it is taking longer than I had hoped and these damned hormones are less than helpful!

I’m going to eat some ice cream and try not to think about my stress for 5 minutes. Wish me luck!

April 1st, 2013

Bumpdate: Third Trimester Here I Come!

One more week to go till my Third Trimester!! … and please ignore the fact that I have given up doing my hair and wearing real clothes for my bump pics!

Baby Pickle is pretty active now and spends a lot of time squirming around in my belly and occasionally kicking and punching me for no apparent reason. DC has been able to share in the experience more now too and every so often gets to feel a kick from the lil guy. I sit here and wonder what he is doing in there. I wish I had a video feed to check in on him.

Pregnancy Hormones are starting to get the best of me now. I am finding it harder to focus, experiencing short term memory loss, insomnia and stressing out about everything! I guess this is pretty typical. The pressure is on to prepare as much as possible before baby arrives. We will be (hopefully) moving next month into a new home and my mental to-do list is about a mile long, but much of what needs to be done will have to wait till we are able to unpack.

On the bright side – literally – I think spring has finally sprung here in New Hampshire … although I really wouldn’t be surprised to see some more snowflakes falling from the skies this month. The temps are reaching 50F + now and flowers are starting to poke their heads out of the ground! This makes me even more anxious to move and get a garden planted while I can still manage to get myself up off the ground without help. 🙂

I am day dreaming of weekends at the lake this summer – pre and post baby. Here’s hoping for a warm June so I can put my maternity swimsuit to good use!

I’ll make this a short update since (shocker) I am hungry again and need to get up and make a bit to eat before my next conference call!