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I haven’t been as motivated to blog this time around. Not sure why. Maybe because it’s numero dos and I feel like, “I’ve done this before”.

Lots has happened since last time. I’m going to do a list a updates and will come back later to write more. Hope you all are well and happy out there. I’m really, really looking forward to spring weather.

 

– I’m on bed rest now. Have been so since 28 weeks

– I was gutted, but kinda expected it

– So grateful to be 33 weeks now!! Hooray

– I found a new doctor because my old one sucked it

– LOVE my new doc

– She’s been amazing so far

– I’m hoping I can make it to 38 weeks like I did with Esther

– I’ve gained TONS of weight this time around

– I’ll blame the baby

-I’m sure she’s gonna come out weighing 20lbs ūüėČ

– OMG we’re gonna have 2 children!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

– I have no clue what we’re gonna do about daycare

– Do you want to watch her?

-OMG we’re having a baby!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

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I’m still here. Already this second baby is getting the short end of the stick- ahhhh poor second baby. I suppose I’ll probably not even wash off her pacifiers and let her tongue kiss the dog too. Oh the joys of parenthood the second time around. You figure out they are actually kinda¬†resilient and you don’t have treat them like glass. Of course, we’ll see how all of this goes when she gets here.

Which leads me to my update and check in. I thought I’d blog a lot more than I am, but of course, we live with a toddler who actually wants us to pay attention to her *sigh*. And then there’s working and Jim’s still in school and (insert many other excuses here).

I went into this pregnancy already at an anxiety level 10+ and it’s only increased from there. Because of our journey with the last pregnancy- which thankfully had a wonderful outcome- I was a little worried about how things would progress this time. I knew I wouldn’t have my guru/savior/most awesome doctor teammate around this time because she moved out of state (HOW DARE SHE ABANDONE ME!!!) and that made me sad. I stuck with the clinic I had before and took on a new doctor. Immediately we clashed and were not on the same page as to how we should treat this pregnancy. I wanted to go to war with Iraq and she wanted to sit back and have tea with Canada. What I mean by that is, I wanted to be as proactive and aggressive as possible. For me that meant getting a stitch on my cervix to close that sucker up. Traditionally this is most effective if done earlier in pregnancy- 12-14 wks. She wanted to just “wait and see” how things went. That meant doing bi monthly ultrasounds and cervical length checks. ¬†I didn’t like that answer so I did what any good millennial would do and I went to find someone who would give me exactly what I wanted- a “Yes of course you’re right”. I sought out an office of specialists who are supposed EXPERTS in this ¬†sorta thing,¬†http://www.uofmmedicalcenter.org/Specialties/Maternal-FetalMedicine/index.htm.

I made an appointment straight away and went skipping into the appointment expecting to be booked into an OR in a matter of days. Imagine my shock and disappointment when the doctor there mirrored exactly what my doctor at my OB clinic said. Again, not ¬†satisfied with what I was hearing (see, total millennial) I reached out to my old doctor I had¬†with Esther¬†¬†(so glad I saved that cell number, lol). I shared ¬†with her the advice I was given by the other doctors- which was in contradiction to what we had originally planned- and asked if I should get a 3rd/4th opinion. She put my mind at ease a tiny bit, and said it sounded like a good plan. She was encouraged that I made it to 38 wks with Esther and said I’d probably do fine again and to just take it one step at a time. Only then did I finally accept that maybe the universe was trying to tell me something. So I acquiesced ¬†and tried to walk into this pregnancy with a mustard seed sized spec of optimism.

That bring us to today. ¬†I’ve thrown that tiny spec and ran over it with a semi. We’re on the same road we were with Esther. My cervix is failing, it’s now too risky to do a stitch and I’m bitter and angry feeling like, “I TOLD YOU SO!!!!!”. I’m trying to trust and believe that maybe this is meant to be. Maybe the stitch wasn’t the magic silver bullet and that things will be fine. I’m trying to trust my body and believe that it can do this again, but it’s tough. I’m currently not at a place where I can be hopeful. I hope that’s coming. I need it to come soon. For my sake, and my family’s. I want to be wrong about all of my deep, dark imaginings.

I’ve had several doctors appointments over these past few months. I almost have one a week, for sure one every other. Today’s appointment was a follow up to Monday’s when things looked grim.

Well, the jury is still out but today’s appointment went/looked better than Monday.
The baby looks great, as usual. Moving around and is very active. That’s no surprise if she’s going to be anything like Esther.
The cervix is still measuring short and there still is a tiny bit of funneling, but it’s better than it was on Monday, so perhaps the progesterone I started after Monday’s appt is helping with strengthening the cervix- which it’s supposed to do. So that’s a win.
The doctor today was one I haven’t met before. He was ¬†much nicer and understanding. I told him everything I was told by the other doctors. He seemed upset and said that he wished doctors would stop saying that bedrest doesn’t work. Instead he wished they would phrase it like , “we have no hard evidence that is works, but we also don’t have evidence that it doesn’t work.” I told him that for me, I felt bed rest for sure made the difference and got me to term with Esther. I asked if he felt the current course of action was a good one. He said at this point he feels the risk of a cerclage/stitch is greater than keeping an eye on the cervix and maybe ending up on bed rest again. The surgery itself could either burst my bag of waters- which ¬†of course means demise for the baby at this point, or send me into labor- again with a bad outcome.
So, I still have my appointment tomorrow with Clinic Sofia and another one to measure the cervix on Monday with Maternal Fetal.
Currently I’m not on bed rest, but he recommended very limited activities other than work. I asked for specifics and he said basically evenings and weekends are for resting. No housework- laundry vacuuming etc (Oh bummer *sarcasm*.) No exercising or extra walking (Oh shoot *sarcasm*.) No lifting and anything that causes me to strain my abdominal muscles. All of these restrictions until I’m at least 32 weeks. He said that’s the short term goal. Babies born then have less brain bleeds if any- and tend to have very good outcomes.
I’m trying to be optimistic, I really want to be wrong about everything. I hope I am. I hope that I can make it this time around as long as I did with Esther.
I guess, currently anyway, it’s still just a waiting game.
The only bright spot was seeing the baby and I’m pretty much giving birth to Esther’s twin…just 2 years later.
Here she is in all of her peaceful glory (hope that means she’ll be a baby who barely cries and sleeps ALL NIGHT LONG) Ha! ūüôā
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Hiya everyone! Me here.

We had our 39 week appointment today. I am in a much better state of mind now than I was earlier today. I’ve been experiencing a wave of anxiety in regards to labor/delivery and making sure baby is fine these last few weeks. I’m not sure where it came from, just woke up in a panic one day and haven’t been able to shake it. The doctor says it’s normal and that most women feel that way at this point. That’s reassuring. I’ve been trying to meditate on relaxing and letting go. I know that this entire process is not something that I can control, although it doesn’t stop me from trying. Isn’t insanity doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results? Yeah- seems maybe I need a little more time to learn that lesson, right? (:

In other news, baby is doing fine. She is still moving around in there head down and she seems nice and cozy. I fear she never wants to come out . A few days ago I had convinced myself that she was never going to come. Jim just laughed at me. Next time, he’ll be the one to carry our child. I’m sure medical science will have figured out a way to make that happen by the time we have babes #2. The doctor checked my cervix this time (ouch!!!!!!!!!!!!) and it’s soft and I’m dilated ¬†to 1 cm . What does that mean? Absolutely nothing (: I could go into labor 30 minutes from now or 2 weeks from now. The good news is, is that my cervix is soft and progress has been made. Also, she said that if I wanted, I could drink castor oil. ¬†That’s probably because she could see the look of tiredness and desperation on my face. Well, and that fact that I said “This needs to happen soon!” I’m back at work now and while I’m not digging ditches, I’m usually exhausted by noon each day. In addition I have a TON of pelvic pain and pressure. I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned this on the blog before, but our doctor was a doctor in India before moving to the states to practice medicine. ¬†She’s done her residency twice and knows her stuff. She said that in India that is how they’d “induce” women. It’s worth a shot,¬†no? Well, I’m going to try it! What can it hurt ? She told me to be patient though and that when the baby is ready she’ll send a signal to my brain to begin labor. I also asked her how much she thinks this little girl weighs at this point. She estimates about 7 lbs. ¬†So, time will tell. We also talked about what happens if she doesn’t come on her due date. If she’s not here Monday the 6th, we’ll come in on Sunday the 12 for induction so she’ll be born that Monday.

So I can do it. I know that at the very most we have less than 3 weeks before we meet our baby girl.

Hope you all are well. Thanks for reading as always.

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We just got back from our 38 week appointment. Things are good. She’s still comfy inside her home and I fear she doesn’t want to come out any time soon (HOPE I AM WRONG). ¬†Jim seems to think it might happen next week once I’m back at work and moving around more (HOPE HE’S RIGHT). I don’t want to force her out, especially after telling her to “stay put” for so long. She’s just being a good girl already and doing what she’s told. So smart already!! (:

In other news my group b¬† we took last week came back positive. It previously was negative when we took it at 31 weeks. It’s no big deal. Most people have this bacteria on their body. For adults it’s no big deal, for babies it could cause issues. This just means that I need to have an antibiotic when I’m in labor.

No other major news here at the Minneapolis Andrews Household. We’re both just ready to have our baby and meet her. Making last-minute purchases and arrangements for Spark once the big event starts. I think we’re ready.

Tick Tock. Tick Tock…

28 weeks

38 weeks (see, I am getting bigger)

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Hi All!!!

Another week down. Now that I’m officially to term this little girl can come anytime she’d like. Jim is taking his GMAT ¬†test today and I’m not to go into labor until after 4pm today (: I think I’ll make it.

Our appointment went well yesterday. It was pretty simple. We just went over my birth plan and did the strep¬†B swab, which was easy and painless. Our birth plan conversation was pretty comical too. We basically told her that she’s the professional and in charge. We’re expecting to show up, have a baby and healthy mom at the end. I also made it clear that I do indeed want an epidural. That’s my only requirement. My hope is to move around a little, get an epidural, take a nap and wake up ready to push. We all (3 of us) agreed that that would be the perfect labor and delivery (: So, that’s what I’m hoping for.

Next week my doctor will fill out paperwork that allows me to return to work (pending I’m still pregnant then). Returning to work will at least give me something to focus on besides just waiting around for my water to break of contractions to start. Every day I feel like my body gets a little stronger so that’s really good. I still have some aches and pains, but overall I feel good- just BIGGER! Holy moly it actually feels like I’m carrying around a 10 lb bowling ball attached to the front of my body.

It’s surreal to be returning to my normal activities. It’s a great feeling and I’m glad I’m able to get out before the baby comes and I’m inside for a few weeks again. By the way, in case you are wondering, I plan to keep this blog after the baby comes. It started out as a project for me while on bed rest, but I want to keep it as a family blog so everyone can follow up¬†on our¬†Andrews Family Happenings throughout the years (:

Hope everyone is having a great Friday and enjoy your weekends!!

37 week bowling ball.

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Life was good before too, but now it’s good ¬†good¬†now that I can move my body!! The doctor released me from bed rest on Thursday and I could not be any happier. I got the “ok” to start moving around and building up my strength and endurance before little girl gets here.

After out appointment we ran a few errands. We went to Amma Parenting Center  (this is where we took our parenting classes) where we purchased our Moby Wrap and a Belly Bandit for me. LOVE Amma and also the helpful staff.  After Amma we went to a nice lunch at our favorite neighborhood restaurant, Tilia. It felt so good to be back in crowds again. After lunch though, I was definitely ready to go home and rest a bit. I have to remember to be patient and know that I have to walk again before I can run.

I’ll be 36 weeks tomorrow and that was our “make it to” date. Now, if I should go into labor before Feb 6th the doctor would not stop labor and if she looks good at birth she won’t have to go to a special care nursery. She can stay in the room with us. I like the fact that this is an area of concern for my doctor- meaning that she doesn’t like to separate the mommas and the babies if she doesn’t have to. I’m really happy to hear this because after this little one is born my main focus will be on establishing breast-feeding.

My plan here on out is going to be preparing for the little one and also getting out the house at least once a day. The little amount of walking I have done so far has done wonders for my body already. My hips feel much better. My back still needs some work but we’ll get there. I have a message scheduled on Monday and I’m really looking forward to that.

Our next appointment is on Thursday. We have weekly doctor’s appointments now that we’re down to the final weeks. At our next appointments I’ll do the Step B test so my doctor will also have a look at my cervix at that point to see if I’m dilated or effaced at all. EXCITING!! I know one can’t predict these things, but I just have a feeling that she will come sometime this month. Maybe that’s just wishful thinking though. After trying to keep her in so long, it feels odd to be wishing her out now (: I’m just ready to meet her and for the two of us (and Jim) to make it through labor in one piece.

Until next time!

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We have our 36 wk appointment on Thursday and I couldn’t be more ¬†anxious/excited! Our doctor said she’d release me from bed rest once (if) we made it to 36. What I’m hoping is that she’ll count our appointment as that milestone instead of Sunday when I technically turn 36 weeks. When I say I CAN.NOT wait to be off bed rest I really mean it. It’s time. I need to start moving around a little. The big question people have been asking is if this freedom will mean I can go back to work. Probably not. One, it’s going to take time for me to build up my stamina and endurance. After almost 10 weeks of laying around I have lost a lot of strength. Just getting dressed and travelling to the doctor’s office leaves me winded and in need of a nap. At this state there’s no way I could survive an entire day at the office- even though I’m usually sitting at a desk for most of it. At our last appointment I asked my doctor if I’d be able to return to work once bed rest was over and her response was not promising, so I’m not holding my breath. It seems weird to think that after maternity leave I will have been away from work for almost 6 months! That’s crazy! Hope I will remember all of my passwords (: ¬†I Never thought I’d miss working, but I do. I miss the purpose to my day and the interaction with my co workers. I’m lucky enough to have great ones that I enjoy and appreciate. Oh well, soon enough I’ll be back. I know once baby girls gets here¬†unfortunately¬†those 12 weeks off will FLY by.

I’ll be back on Thursday or Friday to update. Until then, be well. See ya next time.

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