March 2, 2011

37 Weeks!!! FULL TERM!

Today Evie is 37 weeks and is considered full term! Among other things this means her lungs should be fully developed and she should be well suited to life outside the womb, and should require no extra treatment or care at her birth!

Evie is the size of a swiss chard! I've never eaten one, but I know what they are at least! :)

We had our 37 week appointment and got some news. I am 1cm dilated! I know it's not much -- but I feel like I have overcome a huge hurdle. I was very prepared to hear that I was not dilating yet (and to NOT freak out about it this time). My OB says even though it's just a little and I am still barely barely effacing (not really at all basically) it's a very good thing because it means that I have officially gone into labor. Early labor. Not gonna have a baby anytime soon, but real actual labor.

On that note, the doctor actually went ahead and scheduled my induction for March 21. She said that she didn't want to do it before my due date, but she didn't want me to go past my due date either. She said two days before my due date was good -- so Evie will be here with us either on or before March 21, 2011. It is really nice to have a day to focus on. I am still hoping to go into labor on my own, but I have made my peace with the induction. I have just decided that the way she gets here is not important, and what is important is that I have a healthy baby girl. Part of the reason my OB said she did not think it would be good for me to go past my due date, is because even though Evie is a small baby (or is likely to be), she is still going to be a big baby for me because I am smaller. She said with every day that the baby is in there, she grows and gains weight and chances of fetal stress and c-section increase. That was kind of scary to hear. You never want to hear the words "fetal stress" bandied about, even in the most oblique way, in reference to your child. However, I am confident that she will be fine and that my OB and the doctors and nurses at Methodist are wonderful and will take great care of us.

Evie is still doing well and has a strong heart beat. She has dropped considerably, which helps with the out of breath feeling, but with my history of acid reflux, does very little for the heartburn. It also makes my bladder feel like it is the size of a tiny medicine dropper. Luckily though, when I lay down Evie likes to curl herself up into a ball in the upper part of her house (we call my uterus her house -- don't ask why) and stay there and not sit on my bladder. So, it's quite nice that my sleep is only being interuppted 2-3 times a night to go to the restroom and I am still sleeping well, with the help of the ambien for the restless legs. Evie is continuing to gain weight, and if my appetite is any indication, probably pretty quickly!

I am excited and ready to meet my little girl, but I am also finding a real sense of patience in the last few weeks. I am comforted by the knowledge that the end is coming soon (19 days at the most) and that a baby will be the result. It sounds weird, but it's like being full term just knocked patience into me and all of a sudden a real feeling of what is going to happen has come over me.

37 weeks down, 3 to go!!!