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Barbara's Pregnancy Journal

Week 38
~ My Last Week of Pregnancy?

Hello Everyone,

This has been an exciting, busy, and emotional week. My daughter came safely home from Dominican Republic. I knew she would. My husband and I picked her up. My sister Lynne watched my kids at the house. She is such a blessing to me. When we got to the airport we didnít see Stephanie right away. Then I saw her; she looked tired from the plane and had a little trouble getting back on track with the three hour time difference. She told us about her adventures and hard labor. She really enjoyed visiting the children in the village Cercadillo. She even enjoyed some of the food there like plantains. She apparently loves them. I am so grateful that she had this experience. My little girl grew up a little while she was gone. I can tell she was touched deep in her soul from this experience. It will last a lifetime and I think she will probably attend more mission trips in the near future.

On Monday I let everyone sleep in for a while. The kids were tired, I was tired. I guess that is nothing new. We didnít do too much. My husband made lunch, which I was more than thankful for. I am extremely emotional lately. I start crying for no reason at all. All of a sudden I will just get so upset and feel overwhelmed. I tell my husband all the time that I just donít feel ready and everything is happening so fast. I want him to say something to make me feel better. I am sure I am just a little bit hormonal these days. I want everything just right and I am busy with all my kids. I donít feel like there is enough hours in the day and even if there was I would be too tired to use them. Later, we went to a park close to the house. It had the spray fountains and my kids were running through them. It was a lot of fun and relaxing. The kids and I needed a little get away. We had plenty of left over taco ingredients from lunch, so when we got home we just heated it up. It was nice; all I had to do was chop up more lettuce and tomato.

I had my doctor appointment on Wednesday. Everything went well. I was dilated to 3 1/2 and 70% effaced this time. That made me happy. I finally got over where I had been for the last four weeks. My doctor brought up induction. He saw my last ultrasound results I had last Friday. I forgot to mention that last week. The ultrasound results said my little girl was approximately 9 lbs 1oz. I know they can be off by a pound, but knowing my past experiences I donít think they are too far off. I didnít really want to be induced, but at the same time I donít want to have any other doctor than my own delivering my baby and my doctor will be going out of town next week. So, after I found out that my cervix was progressing I went ahead and said yes to the induction. It is scheduled for Friday morning. I am supposed to be there at 7:30. I am a little nervous. I feel like I will never get everything done. My husband and I went to Sears and picked up Alainnaís bassinet. It was the one thing that I still really needed. I set it up when we got home. It is very pretty and has this mobile that has lullabies, birds chirping, cricket sounds, little teddy bears that turn with a very soft light. I really like it.

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Thursday was my baby shower. My sister Lynne was the host of the event. She did a fabulous job. The cake was delicious and beautiful. It had a cream cheese frosting; yummy. It was so good. It was held at my church in our fireside room. We had a really good turn out and it was a lot of fun. I really enjoyed it. I registered at Babies R Us and received quite a few things off of my registry. I also received some really adorable outfits for Alainna and a few things for myself. It was a great night. Both of my daughters were there with me of course and Stephanie even won the prize for the person who had the most clothes pins for not saying the word baby. She even stole mine. Afterwards I went to Wal-Mart to pick up nursing pads, an extra toothbrush, and a few other miscellaneous items that I needed still for my hospital stay.

Today is Friday and the day I am supposed to be induced. I called Labor and Delivery this morning and a nurse said that the charge nurse would call me back. When I received my phone call the nurse very apologetically told me that they had ďno room at the inn.Ē She said that it was still early though and so I would be getting a phone call back. She was going to see if they could discharge a few ladies and fit me in. She also told me she would talk to my doctor and after he got out of surgery. So, Iím waiting; taking advantage of the time and finishing my last journal entry. I might have my little girl today or maybe I wonít. I donít know, but waiting to find out is hard. I took a little nap which was good for me because I only got four hours sleep last night. My husband is making lunch for my children. Our friends that are taking our children are on standby. Stephanie, Katie, and Jacob are anxious to find out rather or not we are going to be having this baby today or not. My husband is patiently waiting; helping with whatever he can. I have to be honest though, the longer I have to wait the harder it is. Part of me still doesn't feel like I am ready. I really want to see my baby girl, but at the same time I feel like maybe I'm not completely ready. I don't understand why I am so apprehensive, it is not like this is my first baby. I just wish I knew what was going on today.

Thank you for reading and keeping up on my journal entries. The next entry I will be writing will be my birth story. I will send it in as soon as possible.

Until Next Time,

~ Barbara

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