Archive for February 13, 2008

“Prodormal” Labor

February 13, 2008

This site has a whole section dedicated to describing “prodormal” labor that fits almost exactly what we have been going through the past few days.  I’m sharing it because it describes even better than I could what is going on and because it made me feel a lot better that things are normal and progressing.

No new news to report though.  Today was pretty much the same as yesterday.

Baby Update #3

February 12, 2008

No baby yet, but yesterday we got pretty close.

Yesterday afternoon I started having regular contractions and they stayed regular into the evening.  Eventually I decided to go to sleep but when I woke up a couple hours later I was having contractions every 5 minutes.  After an hour (it was now 1am) we decided to go into the hospital to get things checked out.  We knew there was a good chance we’d get sent home, but went in anyway because we weren’t really sure what to expect.

In the hospital I was 2 cm dilated and 70% effaced (up from a fingertip on Friday in the doctor’s office).  I also continued to have regular contractions.  However, they did not increase in frequency or intensity while I was there and when I was checked at the end of the hour I had not dilated any further.  So, they sent me home.

Afterwards we stopped and had some Del Taco tacos and then went to bed.  I was able to get to sleep and slept really well, which meant that the contractions still weren’t getting any more intense or more frequent.  Eventually they stopped.

Today has actually been kind of a dissapointment.  When we left the hospital last night I was sure we had just come in too  early and that we would be coming back in a few hours.  However, the contractions were pretty much stopped this morning and when they did start up again this afternoon they never got any closer than 15 minutes apart, averaging closer to 30-45 minutes apart.  While the contractions are stronger than most of what I had yesterday, they are very spaced and have stayed that way all evening.

I spent most of the afternoon on my feet and moving around, but all that caused was maybe a few more contractions than I would have had and making me very very tired.

So,  the lesson we have learned is that the baby is going to come when she is ready and not before or after.  We’ll be sure to keep everyone posted and call as soon as there is real news.

Also, I should explain that while I can definitely feel the contractions they do not hurt (yet).  The reason we decided to go into the hospital last night even though I wasn’t really in pain is that my mom’s contractions also didn’t hurt until after she was well into labor, so we weren’t sure if I was just taking after her.  The only thing that hurts is when the baby pushes herself down into my pelvis, hitting nerves in my hips and forcing me to squat or sit down quickly.  So, really, I’m doing pretty good and not in pain or anything – just lots of really annoying “Is this it?” moments that don’t pan out.

Baby Update #2

February 10, 2008

No baby yet, although we are getting tired of waiting. 🙂

On Friday we saw the doctor and I was still a fingertip dilated and 50% effaced, although he did say the baby’s head was down pretty low. He also said that things could change very quickly. The doctor also said that 90% of babies are born within the week before and after the due date, so we’re really getting into that time.

Last night I started having contractions every 20 minutes, but they quit after a couple hours. This afternoon I’ve had some similar. I’ve been having Braxton Hicks contractions for weeks, so it could mean anything.

This whole waiting thing is getting harder than I thought it would be. It’s not so much a case of being tired of being pregnant as it is being in a constant state of not knowing when the baby will come, but knowing it could be any time.

We are planning on calling when we head to the hospital, and we’ll definitely call the first chance we get, so you can be assured that if we haven’t called it’s because there’s nothing to report.

The following pictures document my largeness. Consider them “before” pictures. 🙂

Get Out and Vote

February 4, 2008

Everybody, don’t forget to vote tomorrow. There will be primaries tomorrow in Utah, California, and Idaho, and that means if you’re reading this blog you probably need to vote. No matter who you vote for, it’s your civic duty and privilege to let your voice be heard. So don’t forget!

Edit: Apparently, Idaho is only having their Democratic primary today.  Sorry about the confusion, I heard talk about from the Obama camp about the primary today in Idaho and assumed it was both parties.

And, by the way, apparently there are Democrats in Idaho.  I know what you’re thinking, but 14,000 of them showed up for an Obama rally in Boise.  The only reason they even had a rally in Idaho is because they canceled the one in Salt Lake at the last minute so as to not conflict with or show disrespect to President Hinckley’s funeral.   Everybody involved was shocked by the huge turnout… hence my hearing about it… hence my confusion as to the Idaho primary.

New Arrival in the Wessman House

February 4, 2008

Today we had a new arrival.  Actually, we had several.  One of our female guppies apparently gave birth today (or in the past couple days, we really have no way of knowing since we didn’t see it).  We found four fry (baby fish) swimming around at the top of the tank.

We read that we should normally expect anywhere between 12 and 50 fry at a time.  So… where are all the others?  Most likely the fry were eaten by the other fish before we could find them, although there still may be one or two hiding in the plants.

At this point we’re just going to see how things go.  We got a cheap little net area that sits in the aquarium and protects the fry from the other fish.  IF the fry survive, we’ll then have to answer the question of what to do with them.  Guppies are kind of like bunny rabbits so it’s not feasible to keep all the fry they “produce”, but we might be able to give them away or keep just a few or sell them to a pet store.  We figure we’ll see if they live first.

Our baby is still chilling out in utero, with the occasional kick to the sciatic nerve to make sure mom doesn’t forget she’s there.  We’ll let you know when she comes… and we’ll call first, not just post it to the blog. 🙂

Baby Update

February 3, 2008

We are still anxiously awaiting the baby’s first appearance.

We saw the doctor on Friday and everything looked and sounded good.  I haven’t had an increase in contractions or anything yet. They decided to wait to check dilation, etc., until next week so no new news there.

The baby, though, is definitely head down and often seems to be trying to push herself out all on her own.  She likes to try to do this when I am standing around doing stuff, causing me to make strange noises and funny movements, as I try to get into a position where it doesn’t hurt so much.

Saturday I got a jury summons in the mail.  I’m all for doing my civic duty, but the timing is such that I probably will be getting out of it this time.

Sometime soon we are going to take some pictures to document my large size.   We will get them up here so you all can see how big the baby and I have grown.

Oops!

February 3, 2008

So Tim wiped his computer with XP on it and reinstalled Linux. He has been running Linux on his laptop for 6 months now and feels like there is no need to have windows anymore. He very carefully backed everything up so nothing would be lost. Unfortunately, he forgot to pull a copy of the mysql database (the thing that keeps the text, users, comments, and so on of our webpage) which was stored in a different location then the website files. This means all the old posts are gone. The pictures and everything are all safe, but the old posts will be unavailable from now on. Oh well.

Funny Baby Pictures

February 3, 2008

I think these pictures are quite funny, so I am going to repost them. I think these would make some funny shirts for baby or dad.