Sunday, November 28, 2010

practice run to the hospital

Sooo. . . Tyler and I got to go test out the Labor & Delivery floor at Centennial Med Center Monday night! I ran a bunch of errands Monday and did a lot around the house. . . apparently a little too much because I started having pretty frequent contractions that evening.

I was just relaxing in the recliner watching Oprah and noticed my Braxton Hicks contractions which normally only happen a couple times per hour had started coming every 10-15 minutes or so. This went on til probably 8:00 amidst watching tv, then eating dinner at Chuy's (YUM) and driving back home. From 8-10:00 they started getting even closer together, probably every 7 minutes or so. My doctor said to call if I had more than 4 b.h. contractions in an hour so I figured at 9-10 an hour she might want to hear about it! I called the after hours line and spoke with another obstetrician at the practice. She said she was pretty sure I wasn't in labor (here's where I expect her to say just go to sleep and it'll be fine) but to go ahead and come in to the hospital to get checked. What?

Poor Tyler had gone back to work after dinner that night so I felt bad dragging him to the hospital with me, but neither of us wanted to risk having the baby early so I'm glad we went and got checked out! They hooked me up to the baby monitors for heartbeat and contractions and checked my cervix. I wasn't dilated at all so that was good news, but she said I have an irritated uterus. They weren't sure what was causing it but watched me on the monitors for probably another 45 minutes until the contractions had slowed down and weren't as strong. I had a few that were probably only 3 minutes apart!

My mini-contractions on the bottom chart & baby's heartbeat on the top.

After a while the nurse told us to go home, call back if it started again, and follow up with our doctor. I haven't had them nearly as frequently in the days since then and I've been trying to do a little less and rest a little more during the day. We'll see what happens Tuesday, but I think everything is back to normal as long as I take it easy and don't let that darned uterus get irritated again. . .

Sunday, November 21, 2010

long awaited nursery pictures!

Here's the progress we've made so far on our little baby's room! He'll be in the sun room which is actually connected to our bedroom by french doors so I'm sure I'll be hearing every little squeak and cry. I haven't put anything away yet from the shower so the changing table and bookshelf will be filling up quite a bit more in the next few days!

The cats really want to come in and play under the crib.

Oh yeah, and here is the cute OU diaper cake that Ashlee made for my shower!

Saturday, November 20, 2010

31 weeks & baby shower

I'm nearing the dreaded days when my small t-shirts will no longer be wearable without me showing an inch of belly above my pants, (a minor example pictured above). Probably not school appropriate, huh? I had such a good time at the shower that my wonderful friends Ashlee and Erin put together and I can't wait to look back through all the cute gifts and books! They asked everyone who came to bring one or two of their favorite childhood books so we could start a little library for baby Gump. I think it's awesome because Tyler and I both like to read a lot and hopefully our little boy will too! We had delicious food and it was neat to have family and friends from different parts of my life together to celebrate. Here's a new belly pic!

Monday, November 8, 2010

29 weeks!

Ouch! Getting bigger. . .my skin is stretching and hurts, especially when I sneeze. If anybody out there has their belly button pierced- beware! That section of skin the piercing went under is being pulled super tight and I now have a jagged red stretch mark right in the middle of my stomach!

On to better news though, I'm feeling the little guy move a LOT lately and when he's really stretching out you can see my belly move as a elbow or foot protrudes. I can definitely tell when he's upside down because he's starting to stick his feet up under my ribs- mostly when I'm sitting hunched over with bad posture and he needs more room I guess.

Tyler and I got back from NYC today! He did really well in the marathon and we got to see lots of the city. I experienced the subway for the first time and had some GREAT pizza in Brooklyn courtesy of a recommendation of my coworker Megan. The plane ride there on Thursday was a little uncomfortable- I wouldn't recommend flying any more pregnant than I am right now. My ankles and feet were so swollen by the time we got off the plane!

We went to FAO Schwarz in New York City and bought the baby a couple things which was really fun. They had some super cute board books so we picked out one about dinosaurs and I got some Winnie the Pooh plush chimes for the car seat handle. It will be fun to look back at those things and remember our last pre-baby trip! I really need to take some nursery photos, but here is an updated belly profile in the meantime. . .