Friday, March 19, 2010

well my friends...

Today I'm 36 weeks pregnant & I went to the doctor for a routine appt. I've been having some pretty strong contractions at night that keep me up, but I've kind of ignored them b/c I felt like it I'm in labor eventually I'll know :) They've always gone away...teasing me, but they've gotten pretty painful the last couple of days(cramping & pains in my thighs & lower back pain) so I mentioned it to the doctor, and she decided to check me out to see if anything was going on.

Well ladies & gentlemen...I'm 1 cm dilated, 75% effaced & my cervix is soft & ready. When she told me this...I said what!!??? Considering the fact that I was long and closed and my cervix never did anything with Jack I was quite suprised. Also, my water broke with Jack at 1 cm now I'm nervous about being that girl in Target whose water breaks in front of everyone. I know every pregnancy is different...but I can't help my thoughts. Anyways, since I'm 36 wks...I'm going back to check on things at 37 wks rather than 38 wks. We did schedule a c-section for April 12th, but if I go into labor before then and things are moving along well I might try for a depends on how I"m feeling at the moment :)

So for now I leave you with a slight bit of panic b/c I'VE GOT LOTS TO DO before this little girl arrives.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

mommies ONLY :) I need your advice....

Okay all my mommy friends....VBAC or repeat c-section????? I'm really having a hard time deciding. After all the research we've done, for me, no one way is better or safer or thats what we'd be doing :) Both options have their risks. SO, any thoughts would be helpful....

My thoughts on VBAC
  • Quick recovery...especially since I'll only have help for the first two weeks post partum
  • Just the experience of having my baby naturally(with an epidural of course)
  • No worries for future births(placenta attachment issues become more common with more c-sections, we definitely want three gets more worrisome with the fourth baby which we aren't sure if we want to have, but I get unsure about ruling it out--people have four c-sections all the time, but your risks increase 3x with a fourth baby for placenta problems so it would be a risk)
  • nervous about the possible damage that can be done down there...if you are brave enough...I really want to know the truth
  • uterine rupture & detachment DOES happen--I would be closely monitored, but an emergency c-section could occur--while most of the time everything turns out okay, some do result in really bad stuff
  • get to have my baby girl with me right away

My thoughts on repeat c-section

  • can be planned
  • uterine rupture or detachment is less concerning
  • its a thats always more risky
  • longer recovery
  • scar tissue build up later in life with the more c-sections you have--can cause all kinds of problems
  • increase my risks for placenta attachement issues for my next baby or babies

Okay...bring it on...ANY thoughts I'll take them! I'll take some prayers too for us to make the right decision :)

Tuesday, March 16, 2010


Jack has perfected his “cheese!”  I took this picture just for his Aunt Mary because he is wearing a shirt and boxers that her kids wore when they were little!  I’m sorry I know these are the same pictures basically but I just couldn’t decide when one to post…b/c if you ask me…both are precious!

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Thursday, March 11, 2010

4 wks to go ladies & gentlemen

Sweet Madeline will be arriving in 4 weeks…unless I decide to go for a VBAC, which will put her here in 5 weeks.  Today I bought Jack a baby, so we can start practicing.  So far he’s been really sweet with his baby, who I had to redress in boy clothes b/c I couldn’t find a boy baby anywhere!  We put a diaper on the baby, which Jack went and got for me.  We’ve been feeding the baby, and of course we’ve been giving the baby lots of love & kisses :)  I got Jack to pick out a blanket from the closet for his baby, and he chose one with balls of course :)  When I tell him the baby is sleeping he says “awwww.”  What a sweet boy!  If you ask me, he seems like a promising BIG BROTHER :)

I’ve been feeling great…although I’m definitely ready to have this baby! I’ve still been exercising which has helped me ALOT.  In fact, when I don’t go I find my back hurts more and I have more swelling.  I decided to put a picture up of my lovely self…but I’ll warn you…my face is deformed due to the fabulous effects of being with child.

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Thursday, March 4, 2010

the days are flying by…

here are some recent pictures of my sweet jack. 

i sometimes think about how i wish i were living closer to home, how i miss my family so much & how sometimes life just stinks, but i have to say that jack is truly my inspiration to live each day to the fullest and leave all my worries behind.  life goes by too fast to worry about what you’d rather be doing, who you’d rather be with & where you’d rather be.  it dawned on me awhile back that i could be sad in San Antonio and wish while i waited to be in Lake Charles again some day, then all the sudden it would finally be that day & jack would be 8 yrs old & I'd most likely have a 6 yr old, 4 yr. old & possibly 2 yr. old…did i really want to spend some of the best years of my life waiting for something else?  I've kind of made a commitment since then to really try and make the best of what's around.  I'm not going to lie and say i don’t have my down days, but I'm finding them fewer and further between my good ones :)  

jack is such a joy—and he’s getting big waaayyy too fast.

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