Thursday, October 20, 2011

37 week appt.

Had it today and I am 3 cm dilated and 20% effaced. Compared to 37 weeks with Ryker I was 2 cm and 40% effaced at this time and 3 cm at 38 weeks. So it looks like I am a bit further than I was with him at this time as far as dilation goes. 2 days ago I wondered if I was doing anything as I had pretty tight contractions most of the day, but they were tolerable and I was still able to work. I am still scheduling sessions and things as if I have some time, but truth is I never know if I will even have a baby within the next 12 hours. That is freaky to me.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

First batch!

Here is a sneak peak of some of the 35 week maternity pics I got done by one of my best friends growing up. She is absolutely spectacular when it comes to photo artistry. And she just keeps getting better and better. Can't wait to see and post the others when they are done! The last one is my favorite so far. Here is her Facebook, she needs a website I know.

2nd Annual Shiloh Women's Retreat...

Was a great success. My sister went down to Lake Ft. Smith this year with me. The weather once again was absolutely perfect. My feet remained swollen the whole time and no amount of propping them or drinking water helped. It wasn't painful so I just went with it. I wasn't able to take any hikes this year in case I went into labor and couldn't make it back. The fellowship, food, and fun was amazing as usual. I got to lead a couple of the activities and even made my sister help me out. One big surprise was there was Wii Just Dance there and OMGoodness I cannot tell you how fun it was to get out and dance with all those ladies. They were getting down. My competitive spirit came out and I jumped right in despite being 9 months pregnant. It was an awesome work out and now I want a few of those games. It's always bitter sweet leaving because you want to get back to your family but it's such a joy to get away to such a beautiful place. I need to bring some more guests next year if anyone is interested in going. I guarantee you won't regret it. I took some pics and videos, hopefully I will edit this soon to add them.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

36 week assessment

I had my official 36 week assessment yesterday with the APN. All looked good and I finally got signed off on officially going for homebirth. My midwife made our 36 week appt. here at the house today and we showed her around where everything was so she will know when I go into labor. His head is kind of down which means he is getting more engaged. She guestimates that he weighs around 5 pounds right now, which is in line to what his brothers were and sister.

Other than some minor swelling in my legs and feet everything seems to be going really well. I am feeling pretty good for the most part. I am having contractions here and there but nothing like they will be when I go into labor. I am still able to see my kiddos at work and play games and puzzles with them.

I have one more busy day at work before I head off to our Women's retreat. I declined getting checked to see if I was dialated any because I didn't want to possibly get something going with the check itself. Maybe next week. We shall see.

Well I better go to bed, my ambien is kicking in and I have to get up early.

Sunday, October 09, 2011


It was beautiful! The ladies from my church did an amazing job and went above and beyond as always. I loved the fall theme. The board was a game where others were helping us choose a baby name with a combination of street and pet names of the past. Very clever. Seems Stinker Spruce might actually stick!

Saturday, October 08, 2011


This week has been more to my liking. I am healing well and I have been able to do my regular routine. Ironically, work is starting to get a bit busier all of the sudden, just in time for the baby to come. Luckily I am not full time at Vista as they are really getting swamped. My private practice is picking up a tad with the aid of Names and Numbers recently coming out.

Steven and I have been working hard at home to get things ready for baby. Steven set up the pack in play while I was at a session this week. Even though the baby sleeps with me at night, we needed something to be able to lay him down in our room if need be.

I also have a Moses basket to take with me in the other rooms. We finished our homebirth classes this past Wednesday and the midwife will be coming to our house for our 36 week visit this coming Tuesday. My 36 week assessment with the APN is Monday. This is the assessment that finalizes that I am good for homebirth at anytime. I have a Women's conference Thu.-Sat this next week with the ladies in my church. My sister is supposed to be coming with me. I am looking forward to it. Hoping the baby holds off for some time, especially considering I am leading a couple of the activities. Steven's Men's retreat is at the end of the month. I would like for him to be able to go to that even just for a little bit, we shall see if that happens.

My baby shower is tomorrow at the church at 2. I am so blessed to have a church that celebrates every baby, even if it's not the first one.

It's hard to believe I am already this close and he could really make his arrival at anytime. Scary and exciting all at the same time.

Sunday, October 02, 2011

Not a fun one....

34 weeks!!!

Week that is. This pregnancy has for the most part been very easy and healthy. Aside from a 24 hour period of kidney stones at 26 weeks it's been fairly a breeze. I have even had more energy lately and I have been able to walk and do more in my daily workouts. Well, that was until last Sunday. I stayed home from church as I wasn't able to fall asleep until 3 a.m. Well later that day I started getting sick, which was originally thought from something I ate. Soon after I later discover it was from a nasty stomach bug. Soon after I developed a thrombosis in a vein down in the nether regions. Soon I was unable to stand at all, walking killed me, and sitting while the only thing I could do did little to take away the pain. I endured it for day with the help of OTC drugs, kept getting worse. Called the APN who works with my midwife and got a Rx for some pain killer stuff that was supposed to at least let me endure it until it heals. Again, it continued to get worse.

Wednesday I awoke at 3 a.m. unable to get comfortable at all. I decided to take my butt to Talequah, OK to the Indian Hospital. Steven offered to drive me but I told him I didn't want him to miss work. The pain driving there was not too terrible, but as soon as I stepped out and had to walk across the parking lot, I was shaking and almost in tears. Keep in mind I have a high tolerance for pain. I was at a 9 on the pain scale. I was the first one in but it was shift change so I still had to wait awhile. When the Doctor came in I told her my "issues" thinking she would give me more cream and send me on my unhappy way home, but she surprised me and had me show her my business. She said there was no cream that would get rid of that and it would require excising. I had researched this and in all honesty was at the point to cut myself to get the pain to stop. So she gave me a shot and got to work excising all kinds of clots that had developed in such a short period of time. This was my first relief in day. After she was done the pain shot started wearing off and I believe I went through a short period of shock. I remember shaking, sweating, confusion, and this intense burning/cutting pain down there were I couldn't even sit down. I tried texting Steven but had trouble. He said he would come get me. I told him I was waiting on my Rx and then I would leave if I felt better. The Rx happened to be Tylenol 3 which included Codeine which my stomach reacts with intense pain. So I left it alone and took normal extra strength Tylenol, got something to eat and drink, and felt well enough to drive home. The pain was intense but it was still lower than it was that morning.

Thursday, I made myself go to work, but I did struggle. At least the idea of knowing I was supposedly on the mend made it easier on my mind to deal with it. I had Steven go to Terra Tots, which is part owned by my midwife and had him get some herbal bath teas that is supposed to help heal quickly. He has been great about helping out with getting those ready. I am finally able to move a little better today and can tell a big difference in the pain and recovery. Today I varied between a 2-3 which is bearable. Hoping I will be able to start walking for my exercises soon and get back into the routine of things.

This month is continuous "go go go" on my list of stuff to do. Technically I am due next month, but I am hoping I do NOT go this one. I have my shower next Sunday, followed by a 3 day women's retreat with the ladies from my church. My sister is supposed to go with me to that. All the while still working my part time jobs as much as possible. Names and Numbers came out this month and I finally got a client through there, bringing my total up to 4 right now. I will be a happy girl if I can reach 10 in a year, even if it is not all at once. Our last birth class is this Wednesday. I am also only 2 weeks away from the time where Midwife says she can deliver baby at home if I go. I just would rather wait until week 38 or 39 if possible. Each time I think about it, it's hard to believe he will be here in just a few short weeks. Both exciting and scary.