Archive for February, 2010

Here we go!

Saturday, 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!

Saturday, 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

Thursday, 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

Tuesday, 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.