I’m convinced that my unborn child enjoys worrying me. Which worries me. Just imagine once she gets here! Crawling at a furious pace toward that cracker that’s been under the couch since who-knows-when. Hanging precariously from the edge of the couch. Running at breakneck speed towards sharp corners and breakable objects. Lavishing attention on outlets that I could have SWORN I put little plastic protectors in. *sigh*
On Tuesday, in her latest round of her favorite game:”Let’s Scare the Crap out of Already Paranoid Mommy” my unborn child decided that she wasn’t going to move. ALL DAY. (Even though the night before, while sitting in the first of our childbirth preparation classes, she would not STOP moving against my bladder while I was trying to hold it until the break, so I wouldn’t miss anything.) She would not do anything! I ate candy, drank super cold liquids, laid on my left side, poked her, prodded her, all the things they recommend to get the party going. She.would.not.respond. This was further complicated by the fact that I had been having pretty crazy cramps all day.
At first, I tried to convince myself that I was just being paranoid. Maybe she’s just asleep, right? RIGHT?!?!? Yeah, so I called my Dr’s office, fully expecting them to tell me that everything was fine, I was being paranoid, just come in for your regular appointment next week, etc. Receptionist answers, I tell her what’s going on, thinking she’s gonna have the nurse call me back, since that’s what they always do when I call. She put me on hold. what? WHAT?!?! Wait a minute, why are you putting me on hold?! The nurse comes right to the phone, which is an anomaly in itself. I repeat my story, and this is the part where she says “Oh, you’re fine, it’s just first time mom jitters.” But that’s not what she said. THAT’S NOT WHAT SHE SAID AT ALL!! She told me to come in, right then. As in, immediately. Like, get your butt in the car, right now.
So I got off the phone, and I panicked. Byron isn’t home, I have to drive myself! What if something really is wrong!? What if I get there, and they’re all “emergency c-section!” What if I have a car accident on the way? What if Byron has a car accident on the way home from class? Wait, that’s right, Byron is in class, he can’t answer his phone! What if I have to have the baby TODAY and he’s just 30 miles away, but doesn’t even KNOW what’s going on, because he’s in class, and even if I call and leave a message, he won’t know it’s an emergency and AAHHHHHHH!!! Oh yeah, I’m supposed to be going to the Dr’s office. I should probably do that.
So I get there, and give the standard urine sample, and get and ultrasound, and of course everything is fine, but how was I supposed to know that?! I got to see her little heartbeat, and Dr.Cole poked her some with the ultrasound wand thingy, but she still wouldn’t really move. She wiggled a little, as if she wanted us to leave her alone, and then settled back down. Because of the cramping, he also checked me for dilation and effacement (which of course there was none of either of those things going on).
After that, they wanted to put me on the fetal monitor, to get a ten minute reading, and to also see if I was having any contractions. And in true Izzy fashion, she wasn’t letting THAT happen very easily. They needed a continuous reading, so of course, she kicked and pushed at the monitor so that it wouldn’t pick up her heartbeat steadily. I was on that thing for a good 40-50mins before we got a good reading!
So luckily, everything was all good, and Izzy is doing well. She would really move for me yesterday either, but she’s TOTALLY making up for that today, by being very wiggly and very kicky, which is what im used to! Good to have you back kicky girl!
How far along: 33 weeks
Net weight gain: 15lbs (I think. It was 14 last week, so I’m assuming I’ve picked up a pound. Won’t know definitely until next week, at the next Dr. visit. I forgot to ask when I was there Tuesday.)
Maternity clothes: No new clothes, but I’m going to need some low-heeled boots soon.
Stretch marks: Keeping belly lubed with cocoa butter, so none yet!
Belly button: Flat, but getting a little puffy, like it might pop out.
Sleep: Better than last week, but a little insomnia from the frequent bathroom trips.
Baby movement: See above story.
Food cravings: Turnip greens. mmmmmm.
Food aversions: Plain milk still makes me a little pukey.
What I miss: Sleeping on my tummy.
Looking forward to: Baby shower on Saturday.
Best moment this week: Seeing her heartbeat on the ultrasound after being really worried about my little ladybug!
Milestones:Her fingernails have reached the tips of her fingers! Her eyes are now open while she’s awake, and closed when she’s asleep!