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37 week doctors appointment! Finally full term! Time to celebrate!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Well another amazing appointment to report! Everything is going well and my doctor was super excited to see how fast I was progressing. He really feels as if I only have about 10 -12 days or so left. Again, he said it is just a guess and in his words my body is on auto pilot and I will go into labor when I am supposed to, however based on my exam today as compared to where I was last week, he is thinking around March 28th - 30th I will have Michaela. He said I have dropped, BIG TIME which I already was thinking as I am feeling so heavy and so much pressure down there. That is a good thing though, she is getting into position for her big day!

However, he also said I could go sooner, so it is anyones guess now as to when it will happen! I am currently 2 cm dilated and already 70% effaced! So one thing is for sure, he said I will NOT be making it to my due date. For whatever reason my body is getting ready for the big day and she is almost ready to come and see us! Her HR was strong and wonderful at 145.

We discussed the deep menstrual type cramping I have been having along with my back pain. The doctor had a big smile on his face and said that it was wonderful news as that is supposed to happen and it means my body is getting ready. I just need to hang in here. Some of them have been VERY strong, as in knocking me to my knees and others are mild and more of a deep discomfort. I am just trying to keep a smile and through each contraction or deep pain know that it is a blessing to have having these as it means all is well and my body is doing what it is supposed to.

All my numbers came back well this week which is always wonderful to hear. My BP was a tad higher than normal reading 120/68 but that is a wonderful BP so that is fine. My weight gain this pregnancy is now at 22.6 lbs which I am thrilled with. I feel so happy that I stayed well under my range. My next appointment is a week from today, if I make it that long! LOL! So this week will be an exciting one!

My dear husband and I are looking forward to a nice dinner tonight to celebrate making it to 37 weeks! We are both kind of in shock right now, as my husband would say, he is in a daze. It is hitting us so hard that is this really happening and SOON! When we were at the hospital we were signing papers for the delivery and I had to sign a form for Michaela and next to the signature it said, relationship to patient. As she is the patient, I put down for the first time, the words, Mother. I began to cry in the office as my husband was there with me. It was an emotional time for both of us and so real. I am about to be a Mother. What a HUGE responsibility and blessing it is. I feel so blessed right now and I am trying my hardest to soak in each and every moment before this journey ends and another beautiful one begins.
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  • RHALES199
    yay for making it to full term!

    Here's hoping that all is well with you, since you haven't blogged for a couple days now...
    4072 days ago
    Oh God! Jen! I got choked up with a piece of whole wheat toast in my mouth! LOL! When I read about you crying, signing papers in the office, I started to cry! So sweet! I can't wait to go through the same experience!

    Soak it up Girl! You deserve every glorious minute of it!! I'm so happy for you! I can't believe she could be here in a week!! YAY! Sorry about your painful contractions. Relax & feel better.

    Smooches! to you & Michaela! emoticon
    4075 days ago
    What great news from your doctor's appointment! Your body is getting ready for the BIG day! I am so excited for you! You are going to be a wonderful mother!
    4075 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/20/2010 12:46:51 AM
    YAY! You are so close! I'm glad to hear you continue to do well. Enjoy your last few days of freedom. Can't wait to see pics of your sweet Michaela. xoxo
    4075 days ago
    Awww, I think I just felt a tear come to my eye - how sweet! Wow, sounds like you are going to go sooner than planned - very exciting! Maybe your next blog will be about delivery!
    4075 days ago
  • KATELOSS2009
    how wonderful!!!! just wait till you see her beautiful, perfect, sweet face...


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    4076 days ago
  • no profile photo CD2219650
    How exciting! I'm so thrilled for you! Can't wait to see her and hear all about her arrival.
    4076 days ago
  • no profile photo CD4600117
    OH my goodness, now I'm sitting at my desk crying. Just as you said you wrote down the word "Mother." OH MY WORD! My clock is ticking!

    Congratulations on a healthy and wonderful pregnancy - you are a terrific example of maintaining your health and sanity during a crazy time in your body!
    4076 days ago
  • AWOLF24
    I am getting teary just reading your blog. Congratulations!!!!
    4076 days ago
    Ohhh! I'm so excited for you guys! (And a bit jealous that your body actually WANTS to go early - mine fights it tooth and nail!). Any day now... yay!!! You're gonna be a great mom.
    4076 days ago
    Congratulations!! You deserve to celebrate!! Making it to term is so exciting!! I can't believe your daughter will be here soon! I can't wait to hear all about it!!!

    4076 days ago
  • NAENAE1213
    How exciting! I kinda figured you beat me! LOL!
    I remember signing Jacob's name for the first time (and "Mother" beside it) and I remember that feeling you described. Those first few days are all so sureal. You're gonna do great and I can't wait to see the pics!!

    In case you go soon, I want to wish you a speedy, easy labor and delivery!!!!

    Take care, Mama!!
    4076 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/19/2010 9:59:03 AM
    I am SO excited for you! I have been reading a lot of your blogs and I kinda feel like I am going through it with you! I can't tell you how many of your blogs I have teared up at. You are going to be an amazing mother!!
    4076 days ago
    How VERY EXCITING! What a wonderful BLESSING you are about to have arrive into your life and change everything! I have a daughter, Hannah that turns 20 years old in April. As your husband felt.. I feel a little in a DAZE when I think of that! Where did all those years go? It makes me feel so old to hear myself talking about how fast they grow up but it is so TRUE! CHERISH every day (even when you want to pull your hair out).... there will be UPs and DOWNs but they all have their purpose in our life and development as your beautiful daughter grows (and as you grow as a MOTHER!)... CONGRATS Jen! I am so Happy for you and your husband! I am praying for a smooth delivery of your DAUGHTER!
    4076 days ago
    I am so happy for you!!! I get excited for you just reading your blogs!!! Keeping you guys in my prayers!
    4076 days ago
    What a wonderful last sentence wrap up & so true!
    As an outsider, it feels like just recently you announced your pregnancy & it has all gone so fast! Amazing. Your weight gain is quite impressive, especially if you account for whatever Michaela's birth weight is, the weight of the placenta, etc. I'm sure you're a dream patient for your doctor!
    We all can't wait to "meet" Michaela!!!
    4076 days ago
    Love it Jen... I am so happy that your appointment went just perfect.. I love hearing all the good news.. and I love hearing that it is almost time.. we are almost there. I just hope I can make it til April. Sunday I will be full term and that is my goal.. I am so excited for you and can not wait to see your precious little baby!!! Good luck and be strong.. you are an amazing person and I know you will be the best MOM ever!!! Take care and keep in touch!!
    4076 days ago

    Praise the Lord!!!!
    4076 days ago
    Congratulations on making it to 37weeks...it is count down time now! This blog was beautiful, totally made me cry at the end. You will be such a wonderful mommy! Keep up the good work...its almost over!
    4076 days ago
  • no profile photo FITSARAH2012
    Congratulations, Jen! I am so excited for you! You are so positive and wonderful, I am so happy you and your husband are excited and ready to embrace such an amazing blessing of life! Congratulations on 37 weeks!
    4076 days ago
    How exciting! I love being able to live through your delivery like it was mine a little more than two months ago. Praying for a safe and quick delivery!
    4076 days ago
    So excited for you!!! Can't believe the time is almost here...your almost a mommy!!!!! Great news
    4076 days ago
    Wonderful news! :)
    4076 days ago
    How exciting! Praying for you all as you go through this amazing experience! Can't wait to hear about it all and see the first baby pictures! emoticon
    4076 days ago
    Thats the sweetest blog! You are almost DONE girlfriend! This is the most exciting time, to wake up and wonder if its today.

    Tomorrow my son will be 14. At this time, 14 years ago, I was having contractions, 5 mins apart, at my mother's house.
    4076 days ago
  • MIK113
    Awesome! You are right on track. I hope when I am 37 weeks I look half as good as you do and have your positive attitude! Good job!
    4076 days ago
    WOW , Where did the time go! how exciting! wishing you all the best! You are going to Love being a mom!
    4076 days ago
    YEAH!! Very exciting news!! But, yes, as someone else cautioned..don't be set on a date-babies come when they're ready. (But, my first was born at 37 weeks!)
    I'm so excited for you and got tears,too when I read that you had to sign, "mother"....what a thrill!!
    God bless you and Michaela and her daddy!
    4076 days ago
    That's so exciting! I'll be praying for you to have her sooner, rather than later! Congrats on your baby girl!
    4076 days ago
  • JEM0622
    ooh those are contrax, dear! i bet all your fitness is helping to get you ready sooner than later. that is great! thinking lots of easy labor vibes for you as the final days pass by! how exciting!
    4076 days ago
    How exciting - she is ready to meet you both!
    I must confess that when you said that you wrote "mother" for the first time I had watery eyes and then I was talking to myself "why are you getting emotional, it's not you, it's not your baby, what is wrong with you!?" but then I realized that it's just such a powerful think. I am so happy to see that you do not take anything for granted and do appreciate your blessings.
    Congratulations jen!!!
    4076 days ago
    Hang in there til March 28 - that is my birthday and I am partial to the date. Just waiting to hear that she has arrived...
    4076 days ago
    Almost there!! What an exciting time, cherish every moment!
    4076 days ago
  • L_A_C_E_
    YAY!!! So happy for you :D Not to get you discouraged, however, some women can be 2cm and 70% effaced and have camping and still go over their due date. I'm hoping this is not the case for you as you seem soo overjoyed to see your little one. And why not, all mothers are lol. I just don't want you to get discouraged if suddenly you find that due date coming and going and no hospital in sight. But in light of TMI I won't say what typically helps things along, I'm sure you've been told *wink wink* lol

    I so can't wait to hear of her birth!!! I guess it's safe to send some labour dust your way now :D
    4076 days ago
  • EAZYE2302
    I can't wait to hear you good news - How wonderful a beautiful Easter Baby just like Christ...... emoticon
    4077 days ago
    Oh Jen, this is all so exciting, I can't wait till you post the pictures of her...I so know what you are going through and you should enjoy every min. I missed being pregnant after Mikey was born and he has been such a blessing for us. Take everyday slow and enjoy it!!! Mikey is 10, turning 11 this August and I got emotional filling out his school papers for this coming Sept. to MIDDLE SCHOOL!!! Every year on her birthday you feel as special as she does, you are giving her life and you will always have that bond with her, be warned girls get very attached to Daddy:) I am really excited for you to start your parenthood journey, it is so wonderful and you will have many emotional moments as a Mom:) Keep us posted!!
    4077 days ago
  • BELG64
    Jen, how exciting!!! I walked around with 3cm for about a week before I delivered my son. All the walking helps to get it going faster! But don't overdo it!
    4077 days ago
    Jen - so glad you had another wonderful appointment today. It sounds like it won't be long and you'll be adding a new picture to your Spark page. You have kept your weight gain to a minimum, you sound just like my sister, she left the hospital weighing less than her pre-pregnancy weight, it was amazing. Hope you'll have a laptop with you at the hospital so you can let us know when the baby arrives. Take care.
    4077 days ago
  • SINGER73
    Let the countdown begin emoticon
    4077 days ago
  • NANC304
    4077 days ago
    Congratulations Jen,
    This is a journey unlike any that you will ever embark on again because it is a journey of firsts. It will never be the "first time" for any of it again so I am very happy that you have been wise enough to soak it all up. I know that at this point you are more than ready to cross the finish line and have that beautiful daughter in your arms. It will be here before you know what hit you. The next thing you know, you are going to be an old pro, offering advice to others and looking back, amazed at how time flies.
    It sounds as if God has blessed you many times over. He must see how you treasure each and every gift He has given to you and your husband and how you in turn bless people that come across your path. Spark People has been a special way for you to touch lots of lives and make a difference. Thank you and may God continue to bless you and your husband and beautiful baby.
    4077 days ago
  • JBMT08
    This is such a beautiful time!!! ENJOY IT!
    4077 days ago
    You are at that magical time! What is the best part is when it is all over and you are holding that little angel. My first born will be 22 years old in a few weeks and I can still remember everything about the day she was born. Enjoy everything you are going through right now.
    4077 days ago
    emoticon Tears of joy!!! Yes, a Spring baby!!! YIPPY!!
    4077 days ago
    22lbs! That is so awesome! You did so amazing, I agree with one of the commentors on your page, you should write a "how to: Jen's guide to a beautiful healthy pregnancy!" haha I'd read it and I'm not even pregnant!
    Aw this brought tears to my eyes, reading how you got to write "mother" for the very first time! Yay she's almost here!
    Sooner rather than later definitely!
    4077 days ago
  • FITAT50
    So excited and happy for you!!
    4077 days ago
    that is so awesome! wonderful news & glad to hear ur doing well! She will be here soon! i know sometimes the last part can be super painful & exhausting but those little cries u hear once they are here are well worth it!! emoticon
    4077 days ago
    Oh Jen, I'm so happy for you. Imagining you signing Mother for the first time brought tears to my eyes. Congratulations. You're doing so well. Can't wait for Michaela to join us :-) You'll be in my prayers!!
    4077 days ago
    Jen, your posts always make me smile! I am so excited for you and really, really happy to hear that everything is fine with you and the baby. Any day now you will be welcoming your little girl! I can't wait to see photos! And WTG on keeping your weight right on track... you will back in fighting shape in no time!
    4077 days ago
    AWWWWWWW that last part made me Tear up!!! Signing papers.. Wow. I didn't know you had to do that. I am sooooo excited for you!

    Omg, she will be here soon! When was your normal delivery date? How early will she be?

    4077 days ago
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