Tuesday, January 24, 2012

{Bump} 36 Weeks

Warning: as this is a post about pregnancy there may or may not be some "lady business" talk.

My face in this picture pretty much sums up how I feel right now:

I am so tired! This past week I have had two false alarms. Such a TEASE!

Thursday evening my contractions were 5-7 minutes apart for an hour, then 3-5 minutes apart for 45 minutes and then they went to 2-3 minutes apart for 30 minutes before I decided to head to the hospital.
They had me on the monitors for 4 hours with contractions 2-3 minutes apart and had to send me home because there was NO progression.

Friday evening I lost my "plug". (Can't believe I just wrote that...Eeew)

Saturday evening the baby dropped.

Monday(yesterday) I had contractions all day and then in the evening they picked up to 2-3 minutes for 2 hours and were much lower than on Thursday night. I headed back to the hospital 
and after an hour was sent home...AGAIN.
Blarg.


Apparently I am having a crap ton of useless, but perfectly timed, contractions that have done NOTHING!
Nothing, that is, except turn me into a freaking basket case who has had to do
the Labor & Delivery ward "Walk of Shame" twice now in one week:

Get dressed, look around to make sure you have all your belongings.
Was I wearing a bra?
Walk down the long, brightly lit hallway hoping nobody sees you with
yesterdays mascara smeared under your puffy eyes.
Wait for the elevator just outside reception, which takes FOREVER considering its 2AM.
Walk out the door, past the same people who buzzed you in after hours, avoiding their looks of pity.
Climb into your cold car and drive home to cry yourself to sleep.

I know that I am early, but with all these signs of labor, I am just tired of the guessing game.

Just FYI:
My daughter was born at 35 1/2 weeks and was 6lbs 10ozs.
My son was born at 37 1/2 weeks and was nearly 8 lbs.
So for me, having the baby now would be perfectly normal.

Oh, and with each of those pregnancies I did not feel a single contraction until I was in the hospital in active labor...so this whole contraction thing is new for me.


 

11 comments:

Jenna said...

So sorry for all the false alarms, what a bummer! Hope baby Declan (sp?) comes soon for you! Also, how nice your other babies came so early, less pregnancy to deal with. I'm sure this boy will be here any day. :) can't wait to find out!

Amy at Ameroonie Designs said...

Hang in there sweetie! Know you are not alone in the waiting/hoping/praying/anxiously anticipating the end of this crazy long ride called pregnancy. Happy thoughts and prayers coming your way!
xoxo,
Amy

Kristie said...

You look gorgeous!

My third was the most overdue.....felt like forever because I thought she would be early! I know how the days can feel like years. Hang in there!

Anna said...

Wow, when did you get that pregnant! Seems like just yesterday you announced that you were pregnant!!!

Anna

Jenny said...

OH man! that is rough! I mean, I thought most "false alarms" were because people headed to the hospital too soon but with contractions that close and consistent I would have done the same- craziness. I hope that next time is for reals! You still look adorable (even though tired) :)

Pootle Handmade said...

Hope baby arrives soon! Im 21 weeks at the moment so have all this "fun" to look forward to. x

tracie said...

you're beautiful! hope sweet one arrives soon and gives you the relief i know you are ready for! hang in there!! blessings!

Lorene (just Lu) said...

Oh, Amy, I am SO sorry. We were only at the hospital 40 minutes before Anna was born because I did NOT want to be sent home -- that is the worst feeling EVER! My contractions didn't ever become regular, but it's good that we went when we did. :)

I will be praying lots of *productive* contractions your way and a healthy baby boy soon!

My Captivating Images said...

I know how you feel. I had to go to the hospital with my second about 7 times before I actually had her. However I had the opposite problem, I was in labor at 6 months along and they had to stop it on average every 2 weeks until 8 months. She was surprisingly healthy but by the end I was just in so much pain and tired of being poked and prodded with needles and so on that I was relieved when they finally let me have her. Then I immediately felt guilty for wanting her to come early. Hopefully the contractions you are having will make for a faster labor! :)

charis said...

i so understand! i am the queen of hours of time-able and painful contractions for the last 2-3 weeks before having a baby. it is the worst and unless people have experienced being up all night with contractions to not be holding a baby in their arms in the morning... well, then it is just hard to understand the tears of still being pregnant. hope labor is short and sweet when it actually is time.

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Gwen @ Gwenny Penny said...

I can't believe you had two false alarms! That stinks! Hang on... you're almost there. Keep thinking about seeing that sweet face very soon :)

The most important thing she’d learned over the years was that there was no way to be a perfect mother and a million ways to be a good one."
~Jill Churchill