Since Kye is out of school this week with Thanksgiving, there was no way for me to go alone to this appointment. Plus I MISS having Zach at my appointments with me and really wanted him there (especially since I’m hoping that maybe it was the last one!). Our appointment was at 8:45 and man they were slammed. I guess being one midwife down (since Stacy is on maternity leave) and having the office closed Thursday and Friday for the holiday and being a Monday just made it more crowded than usual. I hated that Zach had to wait all that time as he needed to get to work but I’m thankful he was there.
Everything looked good! Kye and Zach got to hear the baby’s heartbeat and it’s in the 140’s. Little higher than usual. I asked Teresa about the fundal height measurements and she said they don’t do them there, they just go by the ultrasound for the measurements. I filled her in on where I was last visit (-3 station, 0% effaced, 0 cm dilated). She asked if I carried Kye to my due date and I told her no, that I had him at 39 weeks. At this appointment with my pregnancy with Kye I was -1 station (baby’s head was VERY low), 80% effaced (cervix was VERY thin) and 1 cm dilated. She did my check (and OUCH it was mega uncomfortable. Zach said “she just jammed her hand up there!” haha She did it so fast I didn’t have time to even prepare! I don’t even know if my legs were spread!) and said that I’m -2 station (baby is still high up there which is odd because it feels so low to me), 70% effaced and 2 cm dilated!
This is exciting to me b/c I was NEVER beyond 1 cm dilated with Kye. I stayed 1 cm up until I was in the hospital and have never been told I’m 2 cm. I went from my appointment the day I gave birth at 1 cm to checking into the hospital at 4 cm. With Kye I don’t think I ever changed at any of my appointments from here on out. I stayed pretty much the same the whole time. I told Teresa to do whatever she could down there to help things along and she, of course, said she couldn’t but she had a good bit of blood on her fingers and I had a decent bit when I cleaned up after so I’m hoping she scraped my membranes and just couldn’t tell me she did it since they aren’t supposed to.
Teresa was VERY optimistic and seemed very surprised that I’m at 2 cm already! I’m surprised too! To go from nothing a week ago to so much progress this week makes me hopeful that maybe we won’t be going back up there until my 6 week postpartum check up. I felt like this was a good bonding appointment with Teresa as she hadn’t met Kye before. She went on and on about how cute he is and how impressed she was with his behavior and that he’s potty trained. When I told her it’s been over a year with the potty she was blown away and said we must be doing a lot right with him 🙂 Made me feel good as a parent 🙂
She told me as my contractions become more and more (I’m feeling them pretty frequently now) that I should lay down on my left side and drink plenty of water…if they go away then they aren’t legit ones but if they stick around then they are. I also asked about my cold and told her that NO WHERE in town has Sudafed (Z said he thinks it’s an ingredient in meth and that’s why they can’t keep the shelves stocked?) so she said I can take claritin or something similar to help if needed. I kinda think I’m a day or so from being done with it anyway!
I am getting SOOOO excited!!! Teresa said things were looking good for a baby this week but as we all know…that doesn’t mean much. I could stay this way for three more appointments! Right when she walked out of the room I was giddy with excitement and Zach reminded me not to get too pumped yet. But it’s hard not to just a little bit 😉 Not planning on packing hospital bags until Wednesday before my massage and pedicure. Made my next appointment for next Tuesday with Teresa again! She said if I go into labor on Monday she’s on call so it’s good that if I miss Stacy on Thur-Sun I at least know Teresa will be there Monday.
Be sure to read my earlier post from this morning on some of the wives tales I’ve tried to see if Blitzen will be a boy or a girl!