It’s the final countdown

I am 36 weeks and 2 days. There has been a lot going on since my last update. I had two beautiful baby showers- the first on January 8th thrown by my mom and sisters. I was sick as a dog but it didn’t matter- everything was perfect. They put so much love and detail into the planning. My godmother came from North Carolina. So many friends and family members were there. The theme was nursery rhymes.

The second shower was a surprise work shower thrown by my department on my last day of work.  My work family gifted me a gift certificate for a newborn photographer! I was so excited!

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I feel so grateful that our baby girl is going to be born into such a thoughtful and kind support system.

There has also been some bumps along the way. I had some funky symptoms over the past few months- seeing floaters and protein in my urine. I had to do some extra bloodwork and a 24 hour urine test (where I was given a lovely jug that I had to keep in my fridge and pee into over a 24 hour period). Last weekend when my notoriously low blood pressure spiked I was sent to the hospital by my doctor. All turned out well. Baby girl was looking great and besides a sky high pulse that wouldn’t come down from 130 for a few hours, I was ok too. We were discharged after a few hours of monitoring and only missed the first hour of the Super Bowl. They are still monitoring me closely for preeclampsia and I’m told to call with any symptoms.

The other bump in the road was my car being totaled by a drunk driver. The driver hit my car parked in front of my house, pushed it about twenty feet into a wall and then proceeded to drive over two street signs in front of the school I live next to. Thank god no one was in the car or on the sidewalk at the time as the driver could have easily killed someone. My husband was actually a matter of minutes from getting in my car to pick up lunch for us. When I realized how close he was to getting run over, I started hyperventilating. It certainly made me think about how fragile life is and how quickly everything can change. It was a scary ordeal. This event may or may not have been the cause of my blood pressure spike.

So I am hoping the days or weeks up to the “main event” are uneventful. I have some important things left to do on my “Before Baby Girl Arrives List.” I know when and how she arrives will be out of my control so this type A is just trying to go with the flow and control my excitement and nerves. I just can’t believe there will be a new person here in the next month. Even after all of this time and the long road to get it here, it doesn’t feel real yet. I can only describe the anticipation as how my 8 year old self awaiting Christmas morning felt….times a thousand.

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