Here we go!

February 6th, 2010

This is Jeff Bigham, writing a guest post as Jen tries to encourage labor!

Jen had heard that you’re supposed to try to walk every day during your pregnancy. Yesterday (2/5) she went first for a walk, then went for a 2.5 mile run.  She wrote me at work to say that she had felt great and wanted to run for a whole hour, but thought maybe that wasn’t the best idea.

Around 4pm, she got the first hints of a contraction.  I stayed late at the office yesterday, but she didn’t want to tell me to come home because she wasn’t sure.  Around 6pm, the first “real” contractions started and they got progressively worse and more frequent during the rest of the evening.  The oddest thing for me was that I started to time them and they were coming every 5 minutes and lasting about 90 seconds each – that’s when you go to the hospital!  We called the doctor, and she advised Jen to wait until they were strong enough that it was hard to breath through them.  We went to bed thinking for sure that we’d be heading to the hospital sometime that night.

Jen had a really hard time sleeping – but, she finally fell asleep around 3am.  The next morning, the contractions were still coming, but had slowed a bit.  She was feeling pretty bad, so she decided to take a walk.  After getting back from the walk, the contractions came on a lot stronger, she called the doctor again, and he advised her to go to the hospital to get checked.

So, we packed up all our stuff (who knows if we’d be there for a couple hours, or a couple days) and headed to the hospital.  We get there and they put us in a “triage” room.  Nurses ask her questions, and then ask the same questions again. They tested her to see if her water had broken, and they found that it had! Eventually, we got to our own private room – it’s really nice!

At this point Jen was really hungry, and although we had food with us, we weren’t sure if she was supposed to eat.  I snuck a piece of a Cliff bar out of my bag and gave it to her.  Just as she took a bite, this really loud alarm went off!  We knew it wasn’t because she had that bite of food, but we both looked at each other and then laughed.

Now, her contractions have slowed down so we’re going to walk around the hospital and try to get them going again!

39 Weeks Exactly, Pictures!

February 6th, 2010

One week to go people! Here are my pictures:

Jen's Baby belly at 39 weeks

Jen's baby belly at 39 weeks.

Doctor today

February 4th, 2010

Well, I had another appointment today. Baby progressed since Friday’s appointment! I was 75% effaced and 1cm dilated. The doctor said, feel free to give birth whenever you want! haha! That’s all for now!

Stupid Things I Do, and Pelvis Pain

February 2nd, 2010

Well, the nausea thing is still lingering. Of course any time I feel good, I do something stupid to make myself feel bad again. For instance, yesterday I felt pretty good. Went to the gym and walked 2.5 miles on the treadmill then did some shopping. Got home around noon and relaxed, read, slept. Then I remembered that I had a check to deposit at the credit union. I thought, oh it’s just a mile away, might as well walk. I also wanted to go to the Carters store right across the street to get Baby some sleep sacks. Well, by the time I got to Carters I felt totally sick and I still had to walk the whole way home. Then I started to think how stupid it is to be that far from my house when I’m so close to my due date! Jeff and I decided I shouldn’t be walking to the store anymore!

Also, all during the day I kept almost falling and running into things! I am so clumsy it’s ridiculous! It’s like every time I stood up I almost hurt myself. When I told Jeff he said I just need to lay down and do nothing all day! hahaha… Actually, after all of my adventures yesterday I ended up staying on the couch from 5pm-midnight without really moving at all, other than to move from a sitting to laying position and back up to sitting.

In other news, for the past 2 weeks I’ve had pelvis pain that keeps getting more intense. It’s not like my hips where I would expect to be sore, it is like right in the middle of my pubic bone. It just feels like there is pressure and sometimes sharp pains. Sometimes I can barely lift my legs to walk. Good thing we have hardwood floors so I can just slide my feel easily. Usually I don’t get to this point until nighttime so that’s a positive.

Date Night!

January 31st, 2010

Jeff and I went out to Lento for what could be our last dinner date as a family of two! We took a few pictures beforehand. Here they are!

Jen's baby belly at 38 weeks, 1 day

Jen's baby belly at 38 weeks, 1 day

Jen's baby belly at 38 weeks, 1 day

Jen's baby belly at 38 weeks, 1 day

Jen's Baby belly, 38 weeks, 1 day

Jen's baby belly at 38 weeks, 1 day

Dr. Appointment

January 30th, 2010

The doctor appointment went well today. I was a fingertip dilated and 50% effaced. I made an appointment for next week and one for the week after. We’ll see how far I make it or whether I need even more appointments! After the appointment I tried to go to the gym, but was cramping from the cervix check so I went to the grocery store and the Carters store instead. Got some really good deals at Carters! They were having 30% off of already clearanced items! Woohoo!

38 Weeks Exactly, Pictures!

January 29th, 2010

Wow, two weeks to go! That’s 14 days. Ahhh! Here are the pictures. We have the usual, then one funny one with our dinosaur.

Jen's baby belly 38 weeks

Jen's baby belly at 38 weeks

Jen's baby belly with dinosaur, 38 weeks

Nausea!

January 27th, 2010

I’m feeling really nauseous still. Today especially, I am having waves of nausea followed by moments of just feeling “ok”, then another wave of nausea. Bleh. This is definitely the worst part of pregnancy and makes me want to deliver soon! I can’t stand feeling this way. I can’t even sit and knit because I will feel sick so I have to just lay around and do nothing. And I have so much to do! My doctor said it’s just because there is less space in my stomach for the baby so my intestines and stomach are squashed which can make me feeling queasy.

Another problem is my dreams. I’ve been dreaming that I’m either giving birth or having contractions every night! Two nights ago I dreamed that I checked my own cervix (I wouldn’t ever do that!) and felt the baby’s head! Then last night I kept dreaming that I was giving birth. It makes me wake up in a panic!

Feeling more and more ready to give birth every day!

Nursery is Ready!

January 25th, 2010

I feel so much better after the past two weekends. Before then, we had a lot of baby stuff waiting in Ohio, and the only piece of furniture we had was the crib. Last weekend, the Bighams came and brought the rest of our baby stuff, helped us find a dresser, and helped get it into the baby’s room! During the week, I worked on getting stuff into the baby’s room. Then this weekend, my parents visited and my dad fixed some minor problems with our house while my mom helped put together the baby’s room. It looks so good and is totally ready for the baby now! That makes ME ready for the baby now! Sure, I’m still happy for her to stay put until she’s due, but at least I feel much more prepared now! Thank you to both parents! YAY!

Here are some pictures!

Baby Bigham's Bedroom

In other news, I’ve been feeling about the same. Things are definitely still harder for me than usual. I’m sore in my lower stomach and groin area which makes getting up and down and moving around a lot harder. However, I can still exercise some… just not much. Two nights ago a slept for 6 hours straight! I couldn’t believe it! While my parents were here I didn’t sleep a whole lot but now I’m back on my napping schedule so that’s good. I guess that’s all for now!

37 Weeks Exactly, Pictures!

January 22nd, 2010

Well, here I am at 37 weeks! I’ve been feeling nauseous, and tired. Last night I slept quite well. Woke up a few times but went right back to bed. Got up after maybe 9 hours then went back to bed an hour later and slept for an hour! Awesome! I had my 37 week appointment today as well. It took 2 minutes. The doctor felt the baby’s position (head down, butt on my right side, feet on left side), listened to baby’s heart (sounded great), told me I tested negative for the Strep B test (yay!), then said “see you in a week”. Here are the 37 week pictures!

Jen's baby belly at 37 weeks

Jen's baby belly at 37 weeks