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I was determined to have as stress free a day as I could today but got really freaked out on my way to my appointments at the birthing center and hospital. I got a message on my cell from a receptionist in a prenatal care office I couldn't catch the name of on the voicemail telling me she was calling to set up an appointment because they had received a referral from my doctor for me to see them. I got all scared that there was indeed something awful that had shown up on the labs and they were going to bump me to the main hospital and I'd lose my doctor and nurse that I have built up so must trust and confidence in. It was really upsetting. I don't like to get news like that from an outside source, I'm a news from the doctor in person kind of girl after all. My doc apologized and said she didn't think they would call so quickly before she got a chance to speak to me.

Got my shot in L&D, yay I don't have to have any more of those. I was also able to skip being put on a monitor because they had a FULL house of soon to be momma's, only ONE room left available and they had somebody else on the way in so they had to hurry and get me what I needed so they could prep that room. I didn't really need to monitored anyway, they pretty much know the baby is fine and they knew I was headed across the parking lot to my OB's office right then anyway. What fun it must be sometimes to get to see all the new babies. If I didnt have to watch / help them being born I would like that job lol.

Then off to see the doctor for some explaining and a Q & A session. I shouldn't have worried, and I didn't even have to ask any of my questions only the new ones that came up in conversation. She explained everything. My lab work is abnormal and confusing in a way. Coupled with my weird BP readings it's even more so. She said L&D was getting acceptable readings which was good and most of my lab work is fine, urine tests are totally clear no protein which is part of what they are really looking for. It's my liver that is causing concern and since there was no known or even suspected problem with it prior to pregnancy they don't have any tests that give us a baseline normal so she can only assume for safety reasons that elevated numbers are truly elevated and thus abnormal. She consulted with the high risk specialist on what to do, two minds being better than one. He suggested treating me like I was a severe pre eclampsia case to be on the safe side since this condition does cause liver malfunction in severe cases, according to her. So the offical opinion is that I am not pre-eclampic BUT I'm also not cleared of pre eclampsia and am still at extremely high risk of developing it so they are taking steps now. The steroid shots for the lungs were begun as a precaution and partly on the advice from the specialist. This was it is done and we have more leeway if an emergency presents itself. I have indeed been referred to him, the high risk specialist I mean, for at least one visit so he can see me in person and go over me. I hope he doesn't need to get toooo personal if you know what I mean, I chose a woman doctor for a reason and wouldn't even consider a man. So I'm a little nervous about that. I guess I'll survive either way, always do lol.

So now, I have been put on modified bed rest, but was given permission to groom sitting down only, no lifting dogs, feet up if possible until after christmas and then the grooming will be re-evaulated. I did go on ahead and own up to my swollen ankles which made the doc laugh. I then told her it was b/c I had groomed her neighbor's irish terrier Kacey and we had a little chat about what a great dog he was. That was the kicker in her allowing me to continue I think. But Doc P.... Kacey cannot be without his favorite groomer LoL. She checked ankles and reflexes and both were fine so I wasn't put on total bedrest. Yay.
I also have to report two times a week for more non stress testing where they monitor for contractions which I am totally free of, and baby. It's dull on the one hand but kind of fun on the other because you can hear not only the heart beat for such a long time but also any movement or kicks or hickups. Fun:) Not everything can be fun though and I also have to repeat my labs once a week and do a 24 urine test once a week, that is seriously a pain lol. At least I am getting good at it and they make it easy.

And the big news is that at this moment in time anyway both doctors agree that it is going to be best to go ahead and deliver Nicholas early in either week 36 or week 37. That pushes up considerably from the end of Fab. to the end of Jan/first of Feb. It's only six weeks away... omg... I'm not sure how I feel about that. On the one hand I prayed he would be a little bit early because I am selfish and wanted to take Wonder and Nicholas and show them both off at my home kennel club's show which I always try and support with at least one entry in something be it rally, obedience, or comformation. Just to support the club since my guys already have their titles. Now though, with the possibility that he will be much earlier than even I had considered I'm a little flustered. The car seat, stroller, and pack n play are on their way and my sister is moving up plans for my baby shower. It all seems to be happening faster than I thought though and is a tiny bit overwhelming.
 

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It sounds like you are in great hands with your docs. I think their reasoning on better safe than sorry makes total sense. Wow, so a Wonderpup sibling pretty early in 2010! Exciting!
 

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It sounds like you are in great hands with your docs. I think their reasoning on better safe than sorry makes total sense. Wow, so a Wonderpup sibling pretty early in 2010! Exciting!
Yeah I don't think Wonder is happy about it though. She knows something is up and I'm a big believer it talking to your dogs and telling them everything you can. Suddenly though she is more demanding that EVER wanting to be in your face 24/7 just about and getting upset when you won't let her. Actually all four dogs are being more affectionate, Saleen included and the two cats are about to drive me crazy with wanting to be close enough to touch me all the time. Wonder is the most noticeable difference though she has always been the little princess of course and still gets as much attention as she needs and is used to but we've been slowing teaching the dogs that lap time isn't the only kind of affection. This apparently doesn't sit well with her and would you believe she actually dig a hole under our fence yesterday and ran away. At least I thought she had run away, turns out she was in the front yard on the side of the house the whole time but I didn't see her b/c she was under a bush. I walked all over the neighborhood crying and calling and fearing the worst yesterday morning before I spotted her tail sticking out from under the bushes. So I yelled for her and she came flying over to me like nothing was wrong and I hadn't been calling for her for the last half an hour. Little turd!! She was the second pet in less than 12 hours to make a break for it as our cat squeezed out a cracked window through a hole she made in the screen the night before and John and I both were freaking out trying to find her. Turns out Saleen had chased her up the tree in the back and she was stuck. So John had to climb up in this wet tree (it's been raining here almost every day since thanksgiving) in the cold in his boxers to get the cat down. LoL

Only mojo the guinea pig has retained his personality haha
 

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She was the second pet in less than 12 hours to make a break for it
Uh oh, they're all abandoing ship! I'm sure they're also picking up on the tension you guys have been feeling and that's unsettling everybody as well. Hopefully now that you have a better idea of what's going on, your guys will stop trying to run away from home now. :) It will be interesting to see how they all react when the new baby's there!
 

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As serious as your pregnancy condition is, you always make the stories about it so darn funny! Im glad to hear the docs are being precautious and taking steps to prepair for a early delivery. Looks like we'll be having are little bundle's right about the same time now.

I hope things get steady and remain that way. Enjoy your soon to be baby shower and new baby gear....thats the fun stuff!
 

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Yeah I'm hoping everyone will decide to stay home. At least the spoos wouldnt leave, they are ruled by their tummies and know where the food is. Especially Saleen LoL. Howie too to an extent maybe.

Well Jenn laughter is the very best medicine right? I hope so... except its hard to laugh with chronic heartburn. Humor and then detachment are my defense responses to stressful situations. I was SO PROUD that I didn't shed a tear or even get all worked up in the OB's office or in the birthing center or the lab... though I cracked as soon as I left the lab the other day which was kind of mortifing. I guess poor Nicholas might be doomed to share my warped view of the world and off sense of humor. My mother had really severe pre eclampsia and I was delivered early as well, only they didn't catch hers early and she developed siezures and what not during and after delivery. No fun I'm told. Anyway the point is I don't think I got to cook long enough which explains me... Nicholas looks like he might share my fate though I had hoped he would bake a little more evenly... Oh well. I never was very good at baking the bottoms of my cookies ALWAYS burn and I cant make a cake that doesn't stick to the side of the pan to save my life. LoL

Have they set a date for your c-section yet? I remembered it was going to be around 37 wks but didn't know if they had pinned down an actual day for you yet.

I am trying to decide if anyone will be upset if I take both the poodles for a walk around the block after my spastic spoo owned y the grouchy client goes home. John wouldnt let me yesterday so I took Wonder, since she was so eager to explore yesterday anyhow. Probably he won't let me go today either since I've spent the last four hours working on goober poodle trying to make her perdy for christmas.
 

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Yeah I'm hoping everyone will decide to stay home. At least the spoos wouldnt leave, they are ruled by their tummies and know where the food is. Especially Saleen LoL. Howie too to an extent maybe.

Well Jenn laughter is the very best medicine right? I hope so... except its hard to laugh with chronic heartburn. Humor and then detachment are my defense responses to stressful situations. I was SO PROUD that I didn't shed a tear or even get all worked up in the OB's office or in the birthing center or the lab... though I cracked as soon as I left the lab the other day which was kind of mortifing. I guess poor Nicholas might be doomed to share my warped view of the world and off sense of humor. My mother had really severe pre eclampsia and I was delivered early as well, only they didn't catch hers early and she developed siezures and what not during and after delivery. No fun I'm told. Anyway the point is I don't think I got to cook long enough which explains me... Nicholas looks like he might share my fate though I had hoped he would bake a little more evenly... Oh well. I never was very good at baking the bottoms of my cookies ALWAYS burn and I cant make a cake that doesn't stick to the side of the pan to save my life. LoL

Have they set a date for your c-section yet? I remembered it was going to be around 37 wks but didn't know if they had pinned down an actual day for you yet.

I am trying to decide if anyone will be upset if I take both the poodles for a walk around the block after my spastic spoo owned y the grouchy client goes home. John wouldnt let me yesterday so I took Wonder, since she was so eager to explore yesterday anyhow. Probably he won't let me go today either since I've spent the last four hours working on goober poodle trying to make her perdy for christmas.

No scheduled c-section as of yet. I still have placenta previa (placenta is blocking the birth canal) but they are hoping it moves. Its at the point were the chances of that happening are slim but it still can happen. They'll be doing another sono to see if it's moved in a few weeks. Im a little nervous though about delivering vaginally this time though (if it happens). My belly is pretty big...as big as it was when I delivered my last son which was 9lb 7oz and Im only 33 weeks right now. My doctor didnt seem to think I was having a large baby before I delivered last... but I did. I fear he will make that assumption again. I just dont want to harm a big baby trying to fit through the birth canal. Thats what worries me most. I have a appointment this wednesday and I plan to ask many questions.

Thats really all thats happening with me. Your case sounds much more complicated and high risk then mine. You better get your bag backed as your delivery may be very soon. Did you have a chance to finish up your nursery yet? Im sure things are a little more rushed then you previously expected.

Well I have you in my thoughts and take care in the mean time.

Here's my belly from 2 weeks ago. Its even larger now. lol
 

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Awww your belly looks cute :) I need to take a picture of mine, maybe John will do that for me later? Mine is a pretty good size though it's harder to tell with me because I am heavier anyway. I can't roll over in bed anymore though and don't ask me to get up in any kind of hurry 'cause it won't happen LoL.

You're right about the bag, I have been meaning to pack one up for a week now but keep putting it off. I don't know why but I want a certain bag and it's in the attic at my mothers house. She said she would get it down when she puts her christmas stuff away later. We were talking about that today actually and I said it would be a good idea to keep it in the car when I go to appointments, just in case they won't let me come home which is what happen with my mom when I was born. John and I decided keeping it in my car might not be the best idea in case I went into labor on my own at home. We are most likely to jump in his car and head for the birthing center and leave it to me to forget the bag is in MY car LoL. So he is going to keep it in his office at the hospital, that way it will already be there and no worries so long as I don't have to go to the other hospital to deliver.

Had my first two non stress tests this week and got good reports on baby both times. I did recently start having contractions though they showed up on Monday and were frequent enough for them to order more fun and games in addition to my labs that I had to do every week anyway. Yay. They were really weak of course I didn't even notice them until the nurse pointed them out on the monitor and the little paper thing it spits out. When I started really paying attention I could feel them. I had always thought that feeling was Nicholas sticking stretching out or sticking a foot against my side and thats why it felt kind tight. But when I started noticing those "movements" were making any sound on his monitor I looked at the paper and sure enough the little line started to go up and make a little hill. I thought "hey Neat!", but it made the nurse unhappy lol.
Today I got griped at because I was dehydrated (again) and the L&D nurse warned me that I was having what she called "irritations" which I guess are little spasms that she said were most likely because I was dehydrated and could turn into contractions which would be bad at 31 wks. She didn't know for sure I was dehydrated but I went ahead and admited I probably was since I had slept really late and hadn't had much time to catch up on fluids before the test. Oh well, I'm caught up now and I can't stay out of the potty!!!:rolffleyes:
 

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Ya Im just finishing packing my bag myself. I started mine a good few weeks ago but still had a few minor things I needed to get before I called it finished. Ive been having a few spells of contractions myself but havent spotted or had any other signs of labor. Its prob just braxton hicks contractions Im having but I see the doc tomorrow morning so we will see if Ive dialated at all. They did schedule my c section for the 28th of January but I doubt ill last that long. Thats only one week before my due date and Ive delivered both babies 1.5 weeks early each time.

Im personally not comfortable with the date scheduled because I really shouldnt be allowed to go into labor ecspecially with this being my 3rd pregnancy and having placenta previa. I dont like the idea of "hoping" I have time and then I have a really fast labor and lose the baby because the docs werent cautious enough. I'm having a good talk with my doc tomorrow about my concerns though. I certainly dont want the baby out too early but I also dont want to wait to long and chance losing him.

We will see..... :eek:hwell:
 

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Wow if you last till the 28th we WILL be having our little ones almost at the same time. The first of my possible induction dates is the 27th. Weird, Haha I'm catching up!! ROFL... Guess thats maybe not as funny as I think it is but hey if you can't laugh at your own situation then you're feelings get hurt because other people sure will :p

I can understand your concern though especially with your history of earlier deliveries. Were your last two labors fast? I'm the weirdo and am looking forward to labor, yeah I bet I change my mind when the time comes though.

My NST was really good yesterday. No contractions and no irritations though I was sooooo well hydrated that I nearly pee'd the bed waiting for the nurse to come unhook me after the 30 minute test was done. :rolffleyes: I am kind of hoping that since my blood pressure was so low (haha in spite of little to no bed rest) that they will decide I don't really merit the twice weekly testing and weekly lab work. That would be kind of nice.... maybe I don't need the extra rest either? I go next week to see the high risk specialist at the main hospital campus. We'll see what he says and then after that my doctor will be back from vacation and I will see her and if nothing has changed continue my NST's in her office instead of up in labor and delivery which is what I'm doing while she is on vacation.
 

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Wow if you last till the 28th we WILL be having our little ones almost at the same time. The first of my possible induction dates is the 27th. Weird, Haha I'm catching up!! ROFL... Guess thats maybe not as funny as I think it is but hey if you can't laugh at your own situation then you're feelings get hurt because other people sure will :p

I can understand your concern though especially with your history of earlier deliveries. Were your last two labors fast? I'm the weirdo and am looking forward to labor, yeah I bet I change my mind when the time comes though.

My NST was really good yesterday. No contractions and no irritations though I was sooooo well hydrated that I nearly pee'd the bed waiting for the nurse to come unhook me after the 30 minute test was done. :rolffleyes: I am kind of hoping that since my blood pressure was so low (haha in spite of little to no bed rest) that they will decide I don't really merit the twice weekly testing and weekly lab work. That would be kind of nice.... maybe I don't need the extra rest either? I go next week to see the high risk specialist at the main hospital campus. We'll see what he says and then after that my doctor will be back from vacation and I will see her and if nothing has changed continue my NST's in her office instead of up in labor and delivery which is what I'm doing while she is on vacation.


Well my first son's labor began at 10am and I went to the hospital at about 2pm. He was delivered at 10 pm that night....so about 12 hrs for my first baby which isnt bad for a first pregnancy. My 2nd son labor began at 2 am and I went to the hospital at 9 am and had him by 12 noon....so about 10 hrs. But Im counting from the very begining signs were the contractions aren't too strong but Ive lost my plug.

Dont worry about feeling like a weirdo...I LOVE the idea of going into labor. Ive always had the best times (with an epidural of course) giving birth and yes many people think Im crazy because how much I love the birth/labor experience. Im even excited about this delivery which is gonna be a c-section. Dont get me wrong, I do have more concerns in the back of my mind about hemoraging (sp?) or needing a blood transfusion because of my previa but Im good about staying positive.
 

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I wanted a c-section when I first starte thinking about it, but now the thought terrifies me. I'd rather labor now and I'm not a hero type personality I want the epidural lol. That actualy at the moment my biggest fear about labor. What if I go into labor on my own at home and am one of the people who have super fast labors or I don't reconize the signs early enough. It horrifies me to consider that by the time we make the hour drive to the hopsital I could be to far along for the drugs. I keep reminding myself that that isn't the norm I should have plenty of time lol but I've had nightmares about it.
 
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