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Monday, May 26, 2008

Eric is one week old!

We were in the hospital for three and a half days, it seemed like forever before we could take our little miracle home. The puppy has really taken to Eric, the kitten is indifferent. We are all so happy to be home and together as a family!
(I was shocked to find that hospital food isn't as horrible as everyone says! I actually enjoyed my meals and was given a menu to pick what I wanted!)

Monday, May 19, 2008

Eric William has arrived! (5 days early)

He was born May 19th, 2008, at 6:32 pm.  We weighed 6 pounds 12 ounces and was 20.5 inches long.  I was in labor from 5:40am to 6:32pm.  Eric arrived with his umbillical cord wrapped around his neck not once, but TWICE!  The Dr was able to remove it with no problems.  Eric's APGAR scores were 8 and 9 (unfamiliar with APGAR:  http://kidshealth.org/parent/newborn/first_days/apgar.html). 

I woke up at 5:30am because I thought I had to go to the bathroom, but it turns out my water broke and I was leaking. At first I wasn't sure if my water had broken because I hadn't had any braxton hicks no less actual contractions. Scott was in the shower and I went into the bathroom to tell him I thought my water broke but I wasn't sure. He said to call the dr, so i did, but the dr wasn't open for another 3 hours, so I called the maternity ward at the hospital. The lady who answered asked me a few questions and decided my water had broken and I was indeed in labor. She said to go on with my morning routine, showering, eating, etc and to come into the hospital around 9am. Scott decided to go to work for a bit and get some things taken care of before he took his long paternity leave. I was helping Kellie write her final paper for her English class so I had to email her the little bit I had done and tell her I was going in to labor and she would have to finish the rest on her own, lol! I had already had my bags and Eric's bag packed, so I put them by the door and gathered a few last minute items. I already had the carseat professionally installed and Scott had made plans for Jan to come and check on Mook and Bailey. Scott came home and got his computer and some DVDs for us to watch, we packed the car, and off we went!

Friday, May 16, 2008

Week 39 (about 8 days to go!)

We went to the Dr. yesterday and I am still just 1cm dilated and 70% effeaced. How dissappointing is that? Eric measures about 20 inches and weighs a bit over 7 pounds, like a mini watermelon. I can tell he is getting bigger, I can't bend as well as I could just last week and my bump is increasing rapidly! Eric is definatley in the correct position, according to the Dr. and I have realized this as well since his head is lodged into the right side of my pelvis. Every right-footed step I take is excrusiatingly painful and I keep telling him that its a straight shot to get out, there is no right turn, but he is stubborn like his daddy. :)

Apparently there is no way even for the Dr. to predict exactly when Eric will be arriving, but if he doesn't want to come out on his own, the Dr. said we can discuss inducing labor around 42 weeks. I'm not real keen on that, but then I don't want a c-section either if Eric grows too big to deliver, so we will have to cross that bridge IF we come to it.

Friday, May 9, 2008

Week 38 (about 15 days to go!)

Thought of the month: "Life is tough enough without having someone kick you from the inside."

On Tuesday, at our Dr. visit, the Dr. said I was one centimeter dilated and 70% effaced! I had been feeling pressure for two days, but I thought it was just the baby's head wiggling around and bumping into my pelvis. Eric weighs about 6.8 pounds and is over 19 1/2 inches long (like a leek). My feet are constantly swollen, even after laying down for hours at a time, it hurts to walk without socks and shoes on and even then, I can't walk for very long. I need a new word for "exhaustion" because I am beyond exhausted all the time!

Friday, May 2, 2008

Week 37 (about 22 days to go)

Fun Fact: A pregnant woman produces as many horomones in 9 months as a non-pregnant woman would in over 150 years of life!

This week, its official, Eric is now full term! This means that if were to arrive today, his lungs should be fully mature and ready to adjust to life outside the womb.

He now weighs 6 1/3 pounds and measures a bit over 19 inches, head to heel (like a stalk of Swiss chard). Many babies have a full head of hair at birth, with locks from 1/2 inch to 1 1/2 inches long! And then, of course, some babies sport only peach fuzz. I had the peach fuzz when I was born and Hub was completely blonde!

Still no Braxton Hicks contractions, even though the doctor asks me each week. It's harder than ever to get comfortable enough to sleep well at night, so I try to take it easy during the day. Even though Eric's "compartment" (as my Dad calls it) is getting cozy, he is still as active as ever! The doctor also said Eric seems to have moved down further into my pelvis.

There's no real good way to predict exactly when labor is going to start. But there are signs that it is coming:
• A few weeks before labor starts, baby descends lower into the pelvis, this is called Lightening. There might detect a heaviness in the pelvis as this happens and less pressure just below the ribcage, making it easier to breath.
• More frequent and intense Braxton Hicks contractions can signal pre-labor, during which the cervix ripens and the stage is set for true labor. Some women experience a crampy feeling during this time.
• The "plug" may come out and create "show."
• The bag of waters breaks. Most women start having regular contractions sometime before their water breaks, but in some cases, the water breaks first. When this happens, labor usually follows soon.