It's been a while since I posted anything. Been pretty exhausted. It sure does take a lot of energy to create a person! However, this is still not anything compared to the extreme physical toll that the first trimester was. I still remember typing at my desk at work and almost falling asleep. I had to keep moving around to stay awake. Matt would pick me up from work and we would eat dinner and I would go to bed at 9. Now, though, we are so close to meeting our little Roo! Things are getting very exciting around here....
This weekend, Matt and I read a blog update about one of our closest friends who has been battling leukemia for a year. The prognosis has been so positive, until about a week ago. The decision was just made to transfer him to hospice, where he can be comfortable and have his pain managed in a more serene environment. Matt and I are extremely sad and sending out our love and prayers to him, his family and his lovely girlfriend as well. What an emotional roller coaster this past year has been for all of them, and for everyone at the Duck Store who cares about him. He is an amazing, strong, beautiful person, and he is loved by everyone that meets him. We are hoping and crossing our fingers that after little Roo is here we can go visit him in hospice and they can meet each other. He and Matt became the closest of friends through work, and I know how much it would mean to him to get to see him again. We have missed him greatly and talk about him every day.
Well, on to baby news......our wonderful OB, Dr. QB, had told us last Friday that if my blood pressure remains the same, he would probably want to induce me this Friday (4/9), as I will be 39 weeks in a few days. I had a reading of +1 protein, which means that I have developed full, but still mild, preeclampsia. However, he doesn't want to be impatient, as inducing can prolong labor and increase the chances for a c-section. In an induced labor, the hormones that are normally present during naturally occurring labor aren't working in the proper feedback loop, and so it can take a loooooong time for things to get started, unless your body is pretty close to being ready. Basically, this has to do with the cervix being more ready, but I don't really feel the need to discuss that in detail on here. lol :) Anyways, bed rest has definitely been working its magic, as my blood pressure on Monday was 118/80!!!! :) QB wants to check me again on Friday, and we shall see where we go from there.
I am really, really hoping that I get to go into labor naturally, but I also don't want to push the preeclampsia. The tricky thing with it is that it can go from mild to severe quickly, and managing severe preeclampsia means delivering the baby ASAP. It can become an emergency situation so quickly. So, I am willing to do whatever it takes to stay rested and go with the flow. I'm also willing to do whatever it takes to get our little girl here safely. That's what labor is all about-being flexible. So, it could be a few days, or a week, but probably not much longer.
Thanks for reading! I promise to make this prettier soon, and to post some photos, too. :)