WE-are about to get real personal. If you’re not ready to know me that well, turn back now.
We went to the doc today, and they did another ultrasound to check my amniotic fluid levels. They are less than they were last week (12.3), but are at a fine level nonetheless (9.5-ish). I wish I could say the same for Lake Lanier. So, I am not suffering from my own personal drought, just my own personal heatwave. It’s nice to finally feel that nip in the air. But I digress…
I told the doc that I’ve been having these shooting pains low in my abdomen and down my legs, but they don’t really feel like contractions. They are getting more frequent by the day, however. She says that they are just the baby pinching a nerve. It’s a put up with it till delivery kind of thing. Ugg. Then she did a cervix check. I love the look that docs get on their faces when they go to check a cervix. It’s like the look you get when trying to find the hood latch on a Chevy. Sure you pop the hood from the inside, but then there’s always that fishing around that happens to actually release the lid and get to the dipstick. Docs always make that face. But I digress…
Doc says that I am FINGERTIP DILATED!
We are in uncharted territory! Last time, I was clamped down tighter than Cheyenne Mountain at DEFCON 4. It just so happened that fissile material couldn’t even break through that gate for Elly’s birth, and now I am at fingertip dilation!
Before I got too excited, I asked the doc if she thought I would go into labor before the scheduled C-section next week, and she said she really doubted it, but that stranger things have happened (and there is a full moon tonight…).
Although Saralyn is head down, the doc says my cervix is way high and the head is higher still. She says that every once in a while a baby that high does get delivered vaginally, but she is pretty sure she’s gonna beat the baby to the punch. Oh, well. As my best friend occasionally reminds me, there is no actual trophy for pushing the kid out myself. Doc B. also promised that this scheduled C-section will be much more pleasant an experience than the last one. I’m thinking that the only way it could be any less pleasant is if a shark attacks me in the recovery room. But I digress…
It’s down to this: today’s meeting with the doctor was the last visit I will have before the C-section this Wednesday. (I will go to the hospital on Tuesday for a pre-op meeting with the anesthesiologist and to have some blood drawn.) IF I go into labor, I will try for a normal delivery, but most think that is not likely, so I resign myself to the c-section. My parents are coming on Tuesday to stay the night and take Elly for the next few days. The doc seemed to think I could go home on Friday if all goes well.
There will be updates here and pictures at the baby status.com site. I will send an update to remind folks what the password is for babystatus. I’m just so excited that I began to dilate on my own. No matter what happens now, I know that it’s a whole new ballgame!