Friday, August 31, 2007

No Baby Yet

Can't say I am shocked though. I feel like this baby is settling in for the long haul. I am not having much pre labor or Braxton Hicks contractions. I'm not dilated or even effaced. He is not even engaged as he called that off soon after he became engaged a few weeks ago. : ( BUT...thankfully he is not breached. : )

My midwife's sixteen year old son died last week. She was waiting for him at the bus stop. He tried to cross the street in front of the bus and was hit by a car passing the bus. She saw the whole terrible thing happen. I can not imagine the pain she and her family are going through right now. And to see it happen...that scene is going to play through her mind over and over for the rest of her life. Where is he spending eternity? is the question playing through my mind. It breaks my heart...

So, needless to say, I will not be having the midwife I wanted to. I have met 3 of the 4 other midwives now. I especially liked 1 of them as her favorite kind of birth is a water birth and she seemed all for doing things naturally. The NHS (National Health Service) policy has just recently changed to support water births. So I don't have to be the rebel and go against the policy to get my water birth.

On a different note,
Paul looks like he has been in a fight. He fell down the stairs last night. This morning his cheek is bruised and he has a black eye. Poor little guy!

Sunday, August 19, 2007

A New Name

Seth keeps telling us that his name is not Seth anymore.
He says we need to call him Johnny John. :D

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Comparision Pictures

Seth at 12 months. He was by far my lightest baby. Wearing size 6-9 month clothes and weighing in at 12 1/2 lbs.

Jason at about 12 1/2 average sized baby. He wore size 12 month clothes and weighed about 18 lbs.

Paul at 12 squeezable chunky baby. Weighing nearly 10lbs more then Seth at 21 1/2 lbs. Wearing size 18 months.

Besides all of them having the same beautiful blue eyes and blondish hair I think they each look very different. I am excited to see if our newest son will take after one of the others or if he will bring a whole new look to the family.

Monday, August 13, 2007

Diaper Model

Our diapers came in the mail today. I am very happy with them. Paul is too! I must admit it will take some adjusting to get used to them. But with the amount of money it will be saving us the change is worth it. I am glad I have a bit of time before I have two in cloth.

Friday, August 10, 2007

36 Weeks and Counting

Had a midwife visit today. Baby has turned back to the correct position and has dropped. So hopefully he will stay put now. I am measuring 36 weeks at 36 weeks! Yeah! So maybe Baby isn't as big as we were thinking. All of the rib soreness is gone now and I am just left with difficulty walking because of a dropped baby, but I can deal with that.

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

A Meme

Four Jobs I have had:
**Cashier in a Mr. Z's grocery store
**Plate Maker in a print shop

Four Films I can watch over and over:
**Sarah Plain and Tall
**Sense and Sensibility
**Pride and Prejudice
**Ever After

Four Places I have lived:
**Moscow, Pennsylvania
**Downingtown, Pennsylvania
**4 years on the road
**Groeslon, North Wales

Four of my favorite TV shows:
**Little House on the Prairie
**Murder She Wrote
**Baby Story

Four favorite foods:
**Ice Cream
**Life Cereal

Four websites I visit daily:
**Baby Zone
**Ebay UK

Four places I would love to be:
**An allergy-free place....I know it's out there somewhere!
**On the beach
**My own house
**In recovery from childbirth!

Four people to tag:
**Everybody who looks at this blog has already been tagged! : )

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

A Medical Mystery

I've had a new experience for the pregnancy archives. Baby decided to go transverse. He also thought it would be cool to take out my lungs while he was at it! I woke up Sunday morning with my rib cage on the right side aching and it hurt to breathe. By 10 I was getting a sharp stabbing pain in my right shoulder with each breath and I couldn't expand my lungs more then short gasping breaths.

It was quite scary...but it only got worse. By evening all of the right sided pain I had was on both sides. It felt like my lungs were being crushed...kind of what I imagine an asthma attack would feel like. I couldn't lay down at all because that made the breathing pain unbearable. Sunday night was very, very long. I spent most of it in my birthing tub because the water alleviated the pressure from my lungs so that I could breathe. I also got a very strange symmetrical red line about 16 inches long across the top of my belly in a semicircle shape.

I did get a couple hours of sleep in the birthing tub. At 5am the symptoms were as I described, but by 7 they were getting better and by the time the doctor's office opened it was all nearly gone. I went to see the doctor anyway because I didn't want to chance it happening again that night and not being able to fix the problem. I didn't really think it was pregnancy related...I never read about anything similar in baby books or websites.

The doctor said it was pregnancy related. He had no idea what caused the breathing pain because my lungs were clear. He confirmed that the baby is transverse (laying across my belly) and that could have possibly been the cause. The red line is a bruise and his profound medical opinion was..."That is weird."...with no idea what caused it.

So here I am today with a breeched baby. The inability to breathe deeply, laugh, or cry. My rib cage feels bruised. And I have a red smile across my belly!

Thursday, August 2, 2007

Midwife Appointment

I think I am in the clear. The boys are better and I am still healthy. So, Yeah! for me!
I saw the midwife yesterday. My glucose intolerance test came back very good. 7 is high and I was a 4...well within normal! I am 35 weeks and Baby is measuring at 37 weeks. She says he feels big, too. Guess I should dig out the 3-6 month clothes for him. lol! (Just kidding.) My blood pressure is good, too. With my others my blood pressure went up a bit in the end, but hasn't so far...happy about that. Baby is still in the head down position.

I will be seeing her every week from here on out. So I see her again on Friday. I will also be meeting the other 4 midwives who work the area. Now this part is really strange for me. If I go into labor during the day I could get any one of the 5 midwives that I would have met. If I go into labor at night I will get a midwife from a town 1/2 hour away who I will not have met. So, most likely I will get a midwife who is a perfect stranger! I don't like that at all. Maybe, we will call her after we already know it is too late for her to get here in time!