Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Green light - red light

Thank you so much for all your support and comments. I actually feel so much better about things for writing it out... Realizing where the fear stemmed from helped me start to get over it.

So here's where we stand today...

Last night at around 8:30 I had a gush of bright red blood. Panic! I've seen that before, and the last time was when I had the miscarriage at 11.5 weeks. I called the midwife immediately and, after a lot of questions about pain, how much blood, any other symptoms, she instructed me to lie down, drink a big glass of orange juice, and count fetal movements. Baby was moving about every 2-4 minutes, in between Braxton Hicks contractions that were happening every 10 minutes. The concern is placental abruption, but because I didn't have pain or a rock-hard abdomen that didn't subside, she said that probably wasn't it.

When I spoke to her again an hour later, she said it sounded like early labour, to take a nice relaxing bath, go to bed and let her know when we're at 5-1-1.

Well, I had two (two!) real, although mild, contractions at around 5 am - and nothing since then.


Phooey. I spent the day off my feet (as much as I could stand) as per instructions from my midwife. So boring (although my husband rented Little Big Planet 2, which is fun!).

So I am going in tomorrow for my appointment and membrane sweep... Not looking forward to it, but I can handle it. And if it helps get this baby out, sounds good to me. My back is aching, my belly is so full of baby that it feels stretched to the limit and so uncomfortable, my feet are swollen, and I am DONE!

Hopefully that will be the beginning of the end - and the start of a whole new life!


  1. Well sounds like your body is progressing some! Good luck, hope the sweep works for you!

  2. Oh I SO remember that done feeling! But it would be long now. You will be holding that sweet girl in your arms in no time :) Can't wait to hear all about it and see pics!

    Wishing you the most wonderful labor and a really sleepy baby! Update when you can :)

  3. I meant to reply to your post yesterday, but never had time to organize my thoughts... I'm just so sorry you had to have that experience (along with all your other losses, and you have had more than your share of those too). I tend to think of people as living BT ("before tragedy" - happy, but blissfully unaware of how painful life can be), or living AT ("after tragedy" - kind of scarred and more cynical, but also more empathetic to the world around them, and more appreciative of life in general). I don't think either state is better than the other, and you certainly don't get to choose when you cross that line. But everybody does cross it eventually, I guess. And we just have to appreciate the journey.

    Anyway, enough babbling. I hope that everything goes well today. Focus on how strong and useful your body is, and how you are about to meet your little one. We're all rooting for you!

  4. Any chance it was your "bloody show" & muscus plug? I had a freaked out moment of panic with my first and was in the bathroom on the phone with the midwives in a scared out of my tree. I didn't expect so much or so bright red?

    False alarms are a good way for your body to get ready. Soon, soon.
    *so excited*
    We should have a baby guess!

  5. Good luck! sending lots of positive thoughts!


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