Guess what?! Our baby is finally here! 9 months are OVER! Here’s an overview of Pregnancy: Month 9. Our birth story is coming soon! If you’ve missed our Pregnancy Announcement, the First Trimester Overview, Pregnancy: Month 4, Pregnancy: Month 5, Pregnancy: Month 6, Pregnancy: Month 7, or Pregnancy: Month 8 make sure to read them first!
I decreased my step goal on my Fitbit this week, and not for the reason you might think. I can’t remember if I wrote about this before, but I decreased my step goal several months ago from 10,000 to 5,000. I was noticing that if I took 6,000 to 7,000 steps in a day I was worn out and that’s when my feet would swell and get welts. I didn’t want to leave my step goal at 10,000 because at the time that was unreachable without being in a lot of pain and I didn’t want to constantly think I’ve failed…so I lowered it. Well, I lowered it again from 5,000 to 3,000. Monday and Tuesday I took almost 5,000 steps and both nights I couldn’t sleep well and Wednesday I felt like I got hit by a bus! I took several naps during the day and rested, but still didn’t feel normal. After looking at my steps from the previous days, I realized that I should be taking no more than 3,000 steps per day. Basically I have come to the conclusion that if I reach 3,000 steps I need to stop for the day or I overdue it and pay for it later. My ‘step goal’ is no longer a goal but a ‘stop before you hurt yourself’ warning!
Tuesday I had another doctor’s appointment. It went pretty well. Nothing really new except she said the pain in my hips and back is normal and that I should try going to a chiropractor. She also took a swab to test for Group B Strep. Otherwise, I have graduated to weekly appointments now and I have to take it easy.
We had our last baby shower on Saturday. It went very well and we got a ton of stuff! I think we have everything we need now except for a nursing pillow and a few things for me. I’m not sure if they will read this, but I would like to thank everyone that helped with the baby showers and everyone that brought us a gift. We definitely appreciate it!
The rest of this week went ok. I’ve come to the conclusion that I’m uncomfortable…no matter what. If I work on the computer, my feet swell and my back hurts…if I stand too long or walk a lot, my feet swell and my back hurts…if I sit all day and watch tv or read, my feet swell and my back hurts. I’m constantly uncomfortable and I’m almost constantly in pain. I feel like I’m popping Tylenol every day just to subside the pain a little.
My fingers hurt! Yep…that’s one pregnancy symptom that I haven’t read about. I feel like every joint in my body is hurting and won’t stop…even my finger joints! My wrists, fingers, and legs hurt more at night but I noticed this week that they are a little sore during the day as well.
I had yet another doctors appointment on Tuesday and everything went well. His head is still down and we heard his heartbeat again. Sometimes I hate going because she squishes my belly around and it makes him upset and he kicks me quite a bit afterward. Regardless I’m happy that she is feeling him to make sure he is where he needs to be.
One word…nesting! Trash and dirty things are starting to bug me really bad! I made a list of things we need to clean and get done before baby comes. We started on the list on Thursday and we just kept finding other things that needed done that weren’t on the list. The only room we’ve fully gotten done is the living room…it’s frustrating but hopefully we can get everything done in time.
Unfortunately I got sick today…I’ve had a little bit of a stuffy nose the last 2 days and then I threw up my breakfast this morning. We tried going to church anyways and I barely made it through the first hour. I got a headache and my stomach wasn’t feeling the greatest so we went home and I slept for a long time. On top of that, our little one has been kicking me all day and so that’s made me feel even worse.
I’m fairly sure I’m having false labor contractions. Last Sunday I wasn’t feeling well and when I stood for too long my stomach would hurt and I would have to sit down. That night it happened again and I felt my stomach and it was really hard. I thought it might have been a contraction but it went away within 10 seconds of sitting down. Monday I read a bunch of things about labor and delivery and it said that false labor contractions change when you walk, sit, or even roll over. That made me pretty sure that what I was feeling were false labor contractions. I felt these pains Monday and Tuesday.
I’ve come to the conclusion that I hate relaxin! For those of you who don’t know, pregnant women produce a hormone called relaxin that helps our bodies get ready for childbirth. It helps relax the muscles and ligaments so that our hips can spread…and it relaxes every other muscle and ligament in your body as well. So because of this hormone every joint in my body hurts and I’m very clumsy. If I tense my knee in the wrong way it hurts really bad, my fingers still hurt, my hips hurt almost constantly, and I have heartburn a lot because it’s even relaxing the sphincter between the esophagus and stomach that keeps stomach acid down. I really can’t wait until my body isn’t producing this hormone anymore. It will be so nice to be able to walk without hurting myself!
In our appointment on Wednesday, the midwife checked me for dilation and said that I was 1 cm dilated. She said this means I could go into labor at any moment or I could stay dilated at 1 cm for 3 weeks…just never know. I was slightly disappointed that I wasn’t dilated more because it would hopefully mean he would be coming sooner, but I’m trying to be patient and bear through it.
I now know why many women jump at getting induced. This whole pregnancy I have been pretty adamant about not getting induced and just letting him come when he is ready…but this last week or so has been so painful that I just want it to be OVER! I know that I will say something different later, but I’m about to the point that I would rather have no sleep than all this pain…because I can’t sleep very well anyways because of all the pain. My feet and hands swell every day and my hips hurt like crazy!
On Thursday I woke up with a headache and my face, feet, and hands were swollen slightly. I remember this being something to watch for so I looked up the reason and it’s because you may have high blood pressure. I had Emilio check it and it was about 118/85 so I tried to calm down and not worry. I figured if it didn’t go away it would be something to worry about but it went away by the afternoon/early evening.
This baby has dropped a ton over the last few days! It’s more uncomfortable to sit and I can’t bend down without him getting really angry that I squeezed him. Also, today in church he kept hitting my tail bone which sent pain through my low back. When we got home I had to lay down for a little bit to ease the pressure on my tail bone because it was hurting so bad. Today has also been one heck of an emotional roller coaster. I hate crying…but I got really emotional today thinking about the changes that are coming and because I’m nervous about being a mom. I know that everything will work out but sometimes I just feel inadequate because I think Emilio will be a better dad than I will be a mom…and that’s not fun feeling like that a week before the baby is due. Despite this feeling, I hope that our little boy makes his appearance very soon (preferably tomorrow because it would be very ironic if he came the day after Easter because I was born the day after Easter).
Monday night I had some contractions but they only lasted about 45 minutes and then they stopped. They were very mild and they barely hurt but they were definitely contractions.
Tuesday we had another doctors appointment. She said I was still 1 cm but my cervix has thinned out some. Still have no idea when he’s going to come but at least there’s progress. I really wanted him to come in March but I guess he wants to wait.
I think I lost my mucous plug Friday morning. I’m not positive about that but I think.
Now it’s Sunday and still no baby…I’m technically due tomorrow so I hope he will come soon. Both Emilio and I are very anxious and I really want this pressure to go away and start getting back to my normal self again. I’ve had several contractions off and on but nothing regular. Still just waiting. We’ve been taking walks about every other day to see if it will help induce labor.
Even though he is due tomorrow, if he doesn’t want to share a day with anyone else he’s going to have to wait until the 9th…maybe he knows that so he’s waiting until everyone else’s birthday is passed.
This week has been rough…but we finally have a baby! We had another doctors appointment this week and she said if I don’t have him by Monday, April 11th, then she will schedule his eviction notice. She said she would have given me a non-stress test and an ultrasound to see if we could buy him a couple more days to come out on his own but otherwise she would have to induce labor.
This waiting game is awful! I’ve had so much to do all week but didn’t know what to actually do because I didn’t want to get in the middle of something and go into labor and have to drop it.
We’ve continued going for walks this week and finally on Thursday I pulled out his pregnancy massage book to see if there was anything he could do to help induce labor and it said that he could do a belly massage and rub 2 tbsp castor oil with 3 drops of lavender, 2 drops of jasmine, and 2 drops of clary sage on my belly. We had gotten pretty desperate so we tried it that night. We didn’t have jasmine, but we had lavender and borrowed clary sage from a friend to use. The castor oil is very thick and he couldn’t use the whole thing because it wouldn’t all soak in. We woke up Friday and I still wasn’t in labor, so he put some more of the mixture that we had (with only lavender and clary sage) on my belly before he left to work. I also called a local store and they had jasmine so Emilio picked some up on the way to work so we could try the full mixture that night. We didn’t even get a chance to use it because we headed to the hospital that night because I hadn’t felt Sebastian move very much that day.
I was actually in labor Friday night and didn’t even know it. They hooked me up to the monitors and said that I was having contractions 2-3 minutes apart. They kept me that night but sent me home the next day because my contractions got farther apart and were irregular. She said it would be better if I labored at home and came in when I was in active labor. Well…long story short, after about 48 hours of back labor and my cervix swelling Sunday night and having a C-section, now we finally have a wonderful and cute baby boy who barely made it before being evicted! To read the whole story, please read Our Birth Story and thanks for following along during my pregnancy!