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Heather's Pregnancy Journal

Week 36 ~ September 3, 2002
~ No Need for Black Market Pitocin

I was going to write about whether Pitocin could be found on the black market, but after today's OB appointment I feel so much more positive about pregnancy, labor and delivery.

There is so much to report this week-I think all good news. First of all, while my blood pressure is still high, it seems to have leveled off around 140/90 or so. It does get higher sometimes, but other times it is as low as 128/78. So all in all, I'm pleased with that. I did have some protein in my urine this week, but not a large amount. I can remain on partial bed rest for now, but that is subject to change when I fax my blood pressure log to Dr. F's office this Friday. So I can still work part-time and contribute to our finances! The best news is this: We are in the process of scheduling an induction on September 18th or 19th. I'm anxiously awaiting a phone call with the final date and time, but we know it will be on either one of those dates. I was also 1 centimeter dilated and 50 percent effaced. And (can you believe there is more?) my tailbone does not seem to in the way of vaginal delivery. So it looks like no C-section for me, barring any complications.

So, as of today, just 15 days until we get to meet our little boy. I just couldn't be any more excited. I was so depressed about the thought of waiting four more weeks to deliver, especially if those four weeks were going to be spent in bed. But now, there is a light at the end of the tunnel (sorry about the cliche-let's see, bad poetry last week, cliché this week-maybe next week I'll incorporate puns!). I think now I understand how women can forget the trials of pregnancy. Everything will be okay because we've ONLY 15 MORE DAYS TO GO!!!!!

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In other news, we bought a Toyota 4-Runner over the weekend. (Don't worry-I wasn't running around the car lot looking at the different options.) We had a Ford Explorer, and it was absolutely killing our backs. We did not look forward to strapping Sam in the back seat of a car that imitates a roller coaster. Poor Sam, he'd get shaken baby syndrome just going to visit grandparents! The 4-Runner has a much nicer ride, and Steve will enjoy driving it. We hated the idea of driving to our cabin in that bumpy old car, but now we'll have a smooth ride. I'm hoping this means we can get away from the city more often! Anyway, now that we have a new car, it is time to get the car seat base installed. We are going to order an extra base for the infant seat, so we will have one in each car. Steve is going to install our one base this weekend, and then he will stop by a local fire station to make sure the seat is installed properly. (I hope this is a service all cities provide.)

I did waddle my way into my first class this semester on Saturday morning. Steve was kind enough (kind enough? He actually didn't have a choice!) to drive me to class. He dropped me off right in front of the door. Fortunately, this semester's class is completely online, so I do not have to make another appearance at the university until December. I am going to try very hard to work ahead so that I don't have to worry about due assignments immediately after Sam is born. I just can't believe how everything is falling into place. I feel so lucky!

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