Last night I commented to Dave about how crazy the past few weeks have been. The bus drama at school, some sick family members, and the impending birth of the baby have all come together to create a bit of chaos over here. Dave said "The past few weeks were crazy? What about the summer?" I thought back to the genetics results, the app lawsuit and removal from iTunes, the hospital trip for my breathing issues right before I flew out for the ISAAC conference . . . the list continues on. It's been a busy season, for sure.
In the past 24 hours (literally) things have started to come together a little bit. The bus situation is resolved, finally. Maya rode the bus both ways today, with the same pick-up and drop-off times as last year. She was a bit wiped out, but happy.
And really, the resolution has arrived just in time . . . because her brother is going to arrive on Friday.
This next two paragraphs includes the words "placenta" and "dilation." If these are too detailed for you, skip ahead.
When I was pregnant with Maya, I never went into labor. They suspected that she might be small (she turned out to be totally average) and so I was having weekly ultrasounds from 36 weeks on. They decided that I could go 1 week overdue if I wanted to (which I did) and then they would have to induce (which they did). When Maya was born, we could see that the placenta (while still being functional) was showing aging along one side, and we were glad that we induced when we did instead of waiting longer.
Because of the aging placenta thing (and the fact that I'm not having those weekly scans this time to assess the function of the placenta), and the fact that this baby seems to be trending on the larger side, my doctor decided that I shouldn't go past my due date. He offered me two possible induction dates if I didn't go into labor spontaneously, and we decided on this Friday. I'm hoping that this induction will be a bit faster, since my body seems to be inching it's way naturally a bit (some contractions, some dilation--- neither of which happened with Maya until I was a few hours into the induction).
So, here's to Friday :)
And now, belly progress pictures. I took a bunch of belly pictures but never really got around to posting them. It's funny, I remember thinking so early on that I looked really pregnant right away. Now I look back at the 11 week picture and think about how I can't wait to shrink back down to only looking 1 trimester pregnant. So, from the start to the end(ish):
January 23, 2012
11 weeks, 4 days
13 weeks, 4 days
18 weeks, 4 days
21 weeks, 5 days
38 weeks (one week ago)