Wednesday May 15th, I got the call. Preeclampsia, get thee to the hospital. They started the inducing meds at 10 pm and I gave birth on May 16th at 11:08 am with only 10 minutes of pushing. Being induced is highly unpleasant. I went from relaxed to screaming, “I NEED TO PUSH!!!” in about five minutes. The pain was so much more intense, I completely panicked. Sadly, I was on the verge of hyperventilating and threw up during labor.
It was so worth it. Lucas is absolutely perfect. 7 lbs 2 oz with a full head of hair. We had to stay the full two days due to my preeclampsia. My blood pressure was high, and they struggled to get it under control. I will be on medication for the next month. But the swelling is finally going down.
The doctor says it will take at least two weeks before its completely gone. Most of my pain and discomfort is gone. My skin is incredibly sensitive, but that’s not really a surprise. I was so dang swollen!
We are all settling in nicely. Grace loves holding her little brother, and he loves being held. I sleep better now than when I was pregnant. Chris is so overjoyed, I’m afraid he’ll burst. He is such an amazing father. I feel so blessed to have this beautiful family. So lucky. I’m actually pretty sad this will be our last child. I would love two more. But I know I could never go through another pregnancy like this. So I will be content with what I have. My little family is complete. And everyone is happy. What more could I really ask for?
Lord, why am I still pregnant?! I have gained 7 lbs since Wednesday. All water, all in my legs. It’s getting harder and harder to move my toes. Or bend my ankles. My blood pressure was 164/99 when I arrived at the doctor today. After an hour and a half, it was down to 146/74. Better, but not good. There’s protein in my urine which means more preeclampsia testing. Also, I’m not dilated enough to schedule an induction for Monday. Unless I do have preeclampsia. Is it wrong that my fingers are crossed?
Maybe it is. But I’m exhausted. This pregnancy has drained me dry. I’m running on empty. My body aches, and I just want this chapter to be over.
The weather is finally getting nice up here. If only I could go for a walk! At least the baby should be here by planting time. I can’t wait to get my veggies in the ground. There’s nothing quite like eating a salad you grew yourself!
Feel free to show up any day now, little one. Mama’s feet are so swollen, the right one has a stretch mark. Seriously. No matter how high I elevate my feet, or how much water I drink, my feet are permanently swollen. Jiggling when I walk. Sometimes they swell so much, it’s painful. Sure, I could wear those special socks, but they would simply push the water into my thighs. Those bad boys are big enough, thank you.
I finally got the results for my group B strep test. I’m positive! I’ll have to be on antibiotics during labor. If I’m not on them for at least 4 hours before Sumo is born, he has to stay at the hospital for 48 hours to make sure he doesn’t get an infection. It’s always something.
We will get through this. One day, one step at a time.
As it is, little boy is still looking very healthy. That has never changed. That is the one thing we hold on to. Baby is healthy. It’s the only thing carrying us through this. Our son is healthy. For that we are thankful.
I hate waiting. It seems that’s all I do these days. Wait for baby. Wait for test results. Wait, wait, wait. Spent an hour and a half at the doctor yesterday. Blood tests and I had to be hooked to a fetal monitor. Sumo is fine, my blood pressure is still high. I can’t even remember what the blood test is for. My kidneys? Eventually the results will come in and I’ll know what I’ve been tested for. Although, now that I think about it, I took a strep B test last Monday and I still don’t know the results. Oh well.
Yesterday I finally became a true Minnesotan. I made (with a lot of help from Chris!) a tater tot hotdish.
2 lbs browned hamburger
2 boxes all-natural cream of mushroom
1 small bag frozen corn
1 bag Trader Joe’s tater tots
1 bag of cheddar cheese
Preheat oven to 400. Brown the burger, season with salt and pepper. Stir in cream of mushroom and corn. Pour into 9×13 pan and top with cheddar cheese and then pop the tater tots on. Bake for around 20 minutes. Done! It was absolutely delicious!
I’m going to spend the rest of the week with my feet up. I need to rest and relax. Take my mind off my numb fingertips and toes. Soon. Sumo will be here soon.
Last week was rough. My elevated blood pressure spiked a bit. There were multiple blood and urine tests checking for preeclampsia. The last of the results came in today. I’m free and clear for now. I can’t lie, I was a little disappointed. Had I tested positive, I would be getting induced now. But baby is healthy, even if I always seem on the brink of some new complication.
At most, I only have three weeks left. Grace scolds Sumo every day that it’s time to come out. She wants to hold her brother already! I am in complete agreement!!!
I can’t wait to be able to sleep pain free again. I was up most of last night. My right hand was on fire, and of course, I had to pee. The contractions are steadily becoming more intense. Sometimes I panic and start to hyperventilate. Nice deep breaths. Chris is having me track them now. It’s still varying from 1-3 per hour. They don’t become more frequent or regular. Just more painful.
Yesterday I did a little vacuuming and folded laundry. For whatever reason, it made my whole body swell. My feet looked like giant blisters. Lots of water and hours of having my feet propped up brought the swelling down. It’s a real pity I can no longer knit. Sitting stagnant for hours is pretty depressing. And look how nicely the blanket was coming along!
On Monday, I baked the most delicious chocolate cinnamon bread. Thank God for standing mixers. This really should’ve been easy to make, but I’m unable to stand for more than a few minutes. This bread was totally worth the pain and discomfort. I didn’t make any changes to the recipe. Grace is i love with it, she’s had a slice every day. The recipe makes two loaves, which is really great. I froze the second loaf, but I know I’ll be pulling it out next week. Gotta satisfy my pregnant sweet tooth.
I am so thankful for Chris. He does pretty much all of the cooking now. I sit on a chair and supervise. I can’t handle a knife or anything. He’s a good sport. I’m really looking forward to taking back control of my kitchen. And my knitting.
34 weeks, only 3-5 left to go. Ready, I am so ready!!! My hands and feet are really, really starting to swell. Chris says they look like they’re going to explode. It’s painful, my friends. The carpal tunnel and joint pain is also getting worse. Isn’t pregnancy supposed to be beautiful and magical? I guess that costs extra.
My complaints aside, I have finally finished knitting Sumo Baby’s hat and mitts.
I can’t post links to the patterns, sorry! I googled them, and they were so simple I just wrote them down. The yarn is just some cute, cheap stuff I picked up at Michael’s. I’m still working on the blanket. It just takes so long to get a few rows done. I’m really looking forward to being able to knit with abandon again.
The hospital bag is pretty much ready to go. I just need a pair of cheap jammies to stuff in there. As long as we remember to grab our pillows on the way out the door, we are all set! Oh, and a phone charger. I feel so mature and responsible. It’s quite pathetic. I am not ashamed. Hurry up, Sumo, mama wants to squish your cheeks!