Senate Race

Monday, January 18, 2010
Exciting times here in Massachusetts. I don't want to say much more, don't want to jinx things:)

Scott Brown Tops Martha Coakley in Latest Polling

Did you hear that Martha Coakley called Curt Schilling a Yankee fan? Everyone knows Curt Schilling of the RED SOX and his famous bloody sock. A Yankee fan, I think not.

Just goes to show how far removed from the voters she actually is.

Updates

I’m starting to get tired of hearing myself say things like “nothing happening yet,” but alas, that is still the case. We’re starting to think the baby’s original due date (January 9th) was off. I know that I ovulated late the month we conceived, which would push my due date back a week to January 15th, and which would also mean I am only 3 days overdue as opposed to 10.

We had a crazy busy week last week. After the fire which destroyed a portion of our birthing center, we found another birthing center about an hour away. It was actually recommended to us by the director of the Cambridge Birth Center (our original birth center). So after transferring all my medical records, meeting with a midwife there and having the doctor sign off, everything is all set for me to deliver at the Beverly Birthing Center. I’ve had two appointments there so far and am thrilled with the quality of care. The midwives are awesome and are so patient in answering all of my many, many questions. Plus, one of the midwives called my baby “sweetie” and “honey” when she was trying to figure out the position of the baby. I’m a sucker for any person who likes my child. The midwife also estimated that the baby is about 7.5 pounds right now, further proof that I can’t be that overdue. Oh, and the baby is perfectly healthy and content, which in my opinion, is all that really matters at this point.

To make things even more interesting, my parents decided to come for an impromptu visit this past weekend. My dad has a business meeting in DC this week so he and my mom thought they would come to Boston for the weekend to visit us. I’ll admit, this stressed me out a tad because I felt pressure to have the baby before they came to visit, knowing they were hoping to meet their grandchild this weekend. Oh well. My mom is still planning on coming back up here once the baby is born, which will hopefully be soon.

So amidst transferring to a new birthing center, my parents coming to visit and worrying about being overdue, this has been a stressful week. But my parents visit ended up being a blessing and we had a really nice time. We went out to dinner with them in downtown Boston and they came over to our apartment for lunch and we showed them around our town, which was fun. All the activity kept my mind off worrying about being overdue. Now I feel a lot more at peace about this baby’s arrival. Everything in God’s time, right?

So despite knowing that I am not really that overdue, modern medicine still has me on a deadline. I have to go in for another appointment on Wednesday to have an ultrasound to make sure the amniotic fluid levels are still okay (I’m sure they are) and that the baby is still thriving (I’m sure he/she is). However, if I have still have not had the baby by Wednesday, I think we’re going to try Dinoprostone, a prostaglandin gel that they will put on my cervix to try and induce contractions. I’m not too crazy about the idea of inducing, but I’ve researched this and feel comfortable trying it. The midwife said that if my body is at least thinking about going into labor, this will encourage it to do so. So please pray that this helps to safely induce labor.

Hope to have more exciting news for you all soon!

Still Here

Thursday, January 14, 2010
I've been running in place trying to get this baby out. It's not really working...

Nada

Monday, January 11, 2010
Nada happening yet. Stronger Braxton Hicks contractions and definitely more pressure, so hopefully soon...

Due Date

Saturday, January 9, 2010
"All my bags are packed, I'm ready to go..." (I have that song stuck in my head.)

Today is the baby's estimated due date, but apparently he/she is not quite ready yet. Supposedly, first babies arrive, on average, 8 days after their due date. And white women tend to have longer gestational periods than other races, isn't that weird/interesting? Soo...we wait. Has anyone else felt like this was the longest week ever?

Last night I felt like I was having some early labor pains, but they were gone this morning. Maybe it was wishful thinking. It's funny to get excited at feeling pain.

We're headed to the mall to walk around a bit. Hopefully that will help get things going. I'll keep you all posted...

Special Intentions?

Friday, January 8, 2010
“Let us strive to face suffering with Christian courage. Then all difficulties will vanish and pain itself will become transformed into joy.”
~St. Teresa of Avila


One of the many things I love about being Catholic is our belief in the merit and meaning of suffering. As I am about to embark upon what could possibly (and probably) be the most painful and physically challenging experience of my life, I am hoping to meet this suffering with what St. Teresa called “Christian courage,” and to transform the pains of childbirth into a beautiful gift for God.

About a year ago, I read about the idea of offering up the pains of childbirth for certain intentions. At the time I thought it was such a beautiful notion and hoped that one day I would be able to do the same. Well, here I am about to give birth, with the opportunity before me. I’ve decided that my general intention will be for friends and for women who are hoping to conceive a child soon. Because we waited 11 long months for this pregnancy, I feel on some small level a kinship with women struggling with infertility and those couples forced to wait for a very much longed for child. Infertility, especially for Catholic women, can be heart wrenching. If I can ameliorate their suffering in any way, I hope to do it.

However, with that said, if you have any special intentions you would like me to remember during my labor, please leave a comment or email me. I promise not to forget you.

“Suffering out of love for God is a signal favor, but we do not realize this. For we thank God for prosperity and take no heed that afflictions would be a much greater grace.”
~St. Joseph of Cupertino

Almost 40 Weeks...

Thursday, January 7, 2010

I haven't quite mastered taking a picture without blocking my face. But that is fine with me since I'm not really liking how chubby my cheeks are these days.

Busy Day

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Happy Feast of the Epiphany! Happy Birthday to my Papa! Today is my grandfather's birthday and I was kinda hoping the baby would come today since it would be really special for the baby to share a birthday with my grandfather, but no such luck.

We were busy today. We finally took down our Christmas tree and all the Christmas decorations. It was pretty sad, but it was time for the tree to go. I cleaned (of course). We went to the mall to walk around a bit (I'm still trying to walk as much as possible to get this baby moving). I was able to get my eyebrows done, have to get them picture ready:) We bought a couch and a coffee table, which will hopefully be delivered before the baby comes. Picked up some hangers and a blanket and comforter for the guest bed. (See Mom, we're making your bed nice and cozy for you, packing an electric blanket really isn't necessary.) And then we went out to a delicious dinner with Matthew's mom. Now I'm watching Ghost Hunters (a guilty pleasure) while Matthew's trying to get some work done.

All in all, a good day.

No News Yet

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

No baby yet. I’m starting to think this baby is never going to come. In theory, I know that eventually this pregnancy is going to end and soon I’m going to be able to cuddle and kiss my little one. But that’s all theoretical at this point. In actuality, I feel like I’m going to be 9 months pregnant for the rest. of. my. life. I mentioned this to my parents the other day and my dad said, “well, it does run in the family.” Ha! (My mom had 6 kids and her mom had 13.) So here’s hoping that some real contractions get this party started soon.

Oh, and you know how I mentioned that I am calm and collected about not being able to give birth in the birthing center? Well, that tranquility went out the door. At my last appointment my midwife mentioned that the birthing center would be back open this week, but then another midwife said that it may not. Then yesterday they told me on the phone that it should be open by Friday, but they’re not sure. I told the receptionist, “here’s the thing, I’m due Saturday, so it would be really nice to know.” Nobody can give me a straight answer and it’s driving me crazy!

Deep down I know everything will be okay and the baby will be born healthy when he or she is ready, but all these uncontrollable factors have really been doing a number on my need for control. I just have to take a deep breath and relax and let go. God’s in charge.

Happy New Year!

Monday, January 4, 2010

Happy New Year! Many blessings to everyone for 2010! I have a feeling it's going to be a great year.

I have several resolutions for this year, which I'll post at a later time, but the main one is to get my body back. It may seem sort of vain, but oh well. I want to be fit again, I can't help it. So in order to achieve this goal, I plan on running a marathon in the fall, either the NYC marathon or the SF marathon, I havent' quite decided which yet. Any suggestions?

Hope everyone had a lovely Christmas and wonderful New Year's!
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