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Week 29
~ Are we having an alien? Or a troll?

My doctor's appointment went well yesterday. We had to be there by 6:45 our time, which meant we had to leave by 5:45 our time. Have I mentioned that I hate mornings? I am definitely a night owl, not an early bird! But, we made it, and everything went relatively smoothly and stayed mostly on schedule. I went to the lab first, for the lovely orange drink for my sugar test. I have to admit that I don't really think it's that bad. It reminds me a lot of the orange HiC my kids like to drink at McDonald's. I got it down with no problem, then headed back to the waiting room to wait for my ultrasound. They were only 15 minutes late calling me for that, which was a huge improvement over last time! The very first thing the ultrasound tech told me was that since my placenta was on top, she wasn't sure how clear the pictures would be. That actually ended up being the least of the problems. Between the cord, the baby not turning his head, and him sticking his feet in his face all the time, we really didn't get many pictures. We did get a couple, however. Enough that we think his nose looks exactly like my youngest's nose when he was born. Lol. We also know without a shadow of a doubt that he's most definitely a boy. I was convinced, anyway, but I don't think my husband was. He is now! When we showed the pictures to the kids, Grayson said he looked like an alien. Toby thought he was more troll-like. Both of them cracked me up.

After my ultrasound, I went back to the waiting room once again to wait for my doctor's appointment. He was running a little behind, but again, not too badly. I ran through my list of questions and got some answers I wanted to hear, some I didn't. I guess the main thing is he is going to push to induce me at 39 weeks, and I'm going to push to go into labor on my own. With both of my boys, I went to the hospital when my contractions were 2-3 minutes apart. I was 4 cm dilated with G at that point, 3 with T. With Grayson, I had my epidural, then my doctor came and broke my water. With Tobin, my doctor was there before I was completely at a 4. I let him go ahead and break my water since he was already there. Before my epidural. BIG MISTAKE!! He left, I went from 3 1/2 cm dilated to 10 cm in about 10-15 minutes and had Tobin before my doctor even made it back. Without an epidural. Ugh. I firmly believe I did not push him out because I was doing kegals for all I was worth trying to keep him in. There was no way I was going to have that baby without an epidural. The nurse ended up delivering him reaching between my ankles because every time she pried my knees apart I slammed them back together. T slid out all by himself. The whole birth, from 3 1/2 cm, took 15-20 minutes I think. He was two weeks early and small. Thank goodness. I didn't even tear.

So, needless to say, the concern is that if my water breaks on its own, which has never happened, I won't make the 45 minute to 1 hour drive to the hospital. I'll deliver in the car on the way. I guess we'll see how it all works out. If he's anything like T, he'll be earlier than 39 weeks anyway, and it won't even be an issue! My doctor did agree that whenever my contractions do start, as soon as I'm sure it's the real thing, I can head to the hospital, and they won't send me home if I'm not at a 4. I know it's still a little early to be worrying about these issues, but I wanted to get some answers now, for my peace of mind. Even if the answers aren't necessarily what I want to hear, I'd still rather know so I can plan.

I still haven't done much by way of getting prepared. I keep thinking I should. Procrastination is my middle name right now, however, so I'm guessing when it gets to crunch time, I'll get with it and get stuff ready. I guess the big things at the moment are a Pack-n-Play and a car seat. As long as he has a place to sleep and a way to ride in the car, we should be good. We do have some clothes and diapers. I also need to get a breast pump. The guilt has gotten me, and I'm going to pump for this one as well.

We're off to Chicago tomorrow for a fun weekend with our kids and some of our best friends! I can't wait. I've been several times, but I've never taken my kids. They are beside themselves with excitement. I'm sure next week's entry will be all about that!

~ Kristen

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