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40 weeks 5 days (Update)

Today Meg and I had, yet another, OB appointment. Avery kicked when they tried to listen to her heartbeat. That was pretty cool, but everything went downhill from there...

The doctor asked Meg how she has been feeling. She then performed an internal exam. Despite feeling resistance, she continued to push. She even made Meg cough. Meg was extremely uncomfortable..to the point where she was sweating and nearly in tears.

The doctor told us that Meg is still less than 1 cm dilated and that we need to come back for another appointment on Wednesday.

The chance of Meg dilating between now and Wednesday is pretty slim, so I asked the doctor to give us a timeline (I wanted to compare it to the one we were given on Wednesday). She said that Meg should come back Wednesday for a nonstress test and then again on Monday. Assuming Meg does not go into labor, she would schedule her for an induction next Tuesday.

Our mouths dropped...next Tuesday?? 1 day before two weeks?? Is she crazy?

I don't kn…

40 week photos

Still no baby...

Update (40 weeks!)

Avery must have sensed our frustration because she gave Meg some bleeding this morning. Doc said congrats and that it's one of the earliest signs of labor...The only problem is that it could still take hours, days, or even a week before Avery actually comes...


Meg was still dilated about 1 cm and was 50% effaced. They moved our next OB appointment to Monday (it was originally scheduled for Tuesday)


Here is a list of the natural induction methods we tried:


Walking
Dancing
Galloping
Bouncing on an exercise ball
Wall squats with exercise ball
Circles with exercise ball
Swinging on a swing (We both felt motion sick!)
Bumpy car ride
Spicy food (buffalo chicken pizza for lunch!)
and...
Lavender oil bath (the guy at GNC told us to "behave and be careful"...awkward!)


Time will tell...interesting fact..tomorrow is technically Avery's due date if you follow the leap year schedule!

Dance Video and Stranger Danger!

If tonight's events don't naturally induce labor I'm fairly certain we will have to wait until May 3rd to meet Avery!

Rewind...A few weeks ago I found a video on youtube. I encouraged Meg to follow the moves exactly, but she just glared at me. Tonight she suggested I play the video (At this point, I think it's safe to say, she's ready for Avery to come out!)...Meg wouldn't let me videotape her, so you'll just have to imagine!!!

Here is the video...


After dancing to the video, Meg and I danced the Cha Cha Slide, Cupid Shuffle, Electric Slide, Cotton Eyed Joe, and Crank That (lol)

Meg was pretty tired and was having a little cramping, so we decided to take a break. We went into the kitchen to pack lunches when ALL OF THE SUDDEN...

The front door opened. Without even thinking, I walked towards the foyer (about 4 steps from the kitchen) to find a young man standing INSIDE our house. "WHAT ARE YOU DOING IN MY HOUSE?" I asked in a very deep, protective …

We'll call it progress!

Meg and I went to our 39 week OB appointment this afternoon. Meg gained another 2 lbs (I think she's starting to freak out!) The technician couldn't get a clear reading of Avery's heartbeat, so she made a note in Meg's chart.

The doctor checked Avery's heartbeat with the doppler and concluded that she was in the 120 range (she's usually between 140-160). She told us that it is normal for their rate to slow down as they grow and that it was nothing to worry about. I asked her if it was an indication of labor, but she said Avery could just be sleeping.

The doctor then performed an internal exam. Meg was a "fingertip" dilated (half a cm). We'll call it progress!

Our next appointment is Monday!

38 week and 39 week photos...

I just realized that I posted an update from our last OB appointment on facebook, but failed to update many of you...

The appointment went well, but Meg still hadn't dilated. Apparently morbidity rates increase the further you get from the due date, so the doctor said she would induce Meg by May 3rd. 
We're still holding onto the hope that Avery will come within the next 3 days. We go back to the OB tomorrow, so cross your fingers for some progress...
Here are Meg's 38 and 39 week photos...
Last week (38 weeks), Avery was the length of a leek (over 19.5 inches!) She weighed roughly 6.8 lbs.









































At 39 weeks, Avery is the weight of a mini watermelon. She is approximately 20 inches long and a little over 7 lbs.






















Meg is doing well. She handles people telling her that she doesn't look 9 months pregnant in stride and is determined to work up until her due date! Her sciatic nerve pain has made sleeping more difficult. Her feet are a little swollen and she is becoming more and more…

Update (38 weeks 5 days)

I know. I know. It's been a while. I'm sorry for leaving all of you on the edges of your seats. To ease your minds, I'll start by telling you that we're still without child.

Here's what you missed...

Meg left work early on Wednesday because she felt "weird"-she experienced lower back pain and some cramping. Essentially, she just didn't feel like herself. We thought Avery was getting close, but nothing progressed.

Meg stayed home on Thursday because she still wasn't feeling right. She actually had a few contractions in the middle of the night (the ones that start in your back and radiate to the front) Naturally, we thought that was it, but again, nothing progressed.

By Friday morning, Meg was throwing up and was insanely emotional. She had warned me about the hormones at the end of pregnancy a while back, but nothing could have prepared me for them.

While I'm not proud to admit this, I went through half of the alphabet making up nasty names for…

OB appointment and overall update

Today marks 37 weeks 5 days. We have approximately 15 days until Avery's due date!!! Megan is feeling extremely crampy today. She is also experiencing some pressure "down there."

At the OB appointment, we found out that Meg gained 3 pounds since our last visit...This brings her total weight gain to 23 lbs (there were a few weeks where she maintained and/or lost weight)

It took the technician a few seconds to find Avery's heartbeat. I probably would have been freaking out had we not felt her move in the car. Fortunately, she was hanging out on the left side and holding steady in the 130's (apparently they noted Meg's chart that Avery is usually on the right) She's not even born yet and she's already proving to be a stubborn little ram!

The doctor came in and asked us if we had any concerns. Meg told her about the cramping and diarrhea. She said that it sounded promising and that the human body does amazing things when preparing for child birth.

She per…

Birthday wish, 37 week photos and maternity photo sneak peak

For those of you who don't know me, today is my birthday. My only wish was for Meg to go into labor. I gave Avery a pep talk early this morning and Meg tried to use "brain control" to will her to make an appearance. We even took a long walk. All she gave us was some cramping and overall uncomfortableness!

I was born at 7:33pm, so technically my wish still could come true. BUT, I think it's pretty safe to say that I will be heading back to work tomorrow (I had off all week for Spring Break, so it's going to be rough).

While I am deeply disappointed, I am trying to remember that Avery is happy and healthy inside Meg's belly. That being said, I am determined to enjoy the rest of my birthday (and Easter).

Thank you to my friends and family for making today special (I loved all of the texts, emails, and birthday wishes on my facebook wall). Thank you, mom, for making me an organic breakfast, dinner AND awesome birthday cake!

Thank you, Megan, for trying everything…

36 week photos and OB update

Today we had, yet another, routine OB appointment. The doctor told us that Meg's Strep B test came back negative (which means she won't need antibiotics during labor). She also told us that Avery's head should be able to fit through Meg's pelvis...still not quite sure how they figured that out, but whatever. Lastly, Meg had to sign a consent form saying she agrees to let them deliver Avery and administer medicine and such. Our next appointment is scheduled for Monday, April 9th.

Here are Meg's 36 week photos...Avery is the size of a Crenshaw melon. She weighs more than 6 lbs and is more than 18.5 inches long! (sidenote...the melon tasted like a cucumber...not a fan)



















Baby Pool

Today is April 1st. We have 24 days until Avery's expected due date. In order to pass the time, we started an online baby pool. Please click on the link below to enter your guess! Good luck!!!

Our Baby Pool