Awesome birthday

One of the unit secretaries brought me a cake, the ladies at the nurses’ station pooled together and got me a bouquet of flowers, and Joe and Nana and the kids brought me dinner from Texas Roadhouse.

It was way awesome!

I’ll tell you more later, but right now I’m very sleepy. I was up kinda late last night.

Of interest:

* Another ultrasound this morning, and the AFI is 14 (I don’t think that’s terribly accurate – I’m getting pretty good at gauging these things), the biophysical was 8 of 8 (very good), and the Systolic/Diastolic ratios on the cord’s blood pressure were both 2.9 (not the greatest, but not terrible, either).

* I knitted my first sock yesterday! I realized as I was working on the second one that 1) I did it wrong and skipped several rows, and 2) it’s way too big for Daniel, but I can fix both of these things after I finish this second “model”.

* Dr. Randall just explained the whole amniocentesis thing a lot more completely to me, and I feel much better about it.

* I’m starting to feel a lot more emotion when talking about the birth and the processes that are going to go on around it. I take this as a good thing, and I really hope I can work through most if not all of it by next Monday.

And with that, I’m going to knit a little more until it’s time to check my blood sugar, and then I’m going to take a nap.

10 Replies to “Awesome birthday”

  1. HAPPY BIRTHDAY DAWN!!!! the hospital people were always really cool with me too…and the food network did help a lot…seriously i think i watched it all day (i dont watch TV at home so it was a luxury to me 😉 )

    1. Our official due date was mid-December. If the amnio goes well – and there’s no reason it shouldn’t – he’ll be born by c-section next Monday, the Fifth of November.

  2. I’m curious what the doctor said about the amnio. That was one of the things I was very nervous about with Rhett but with the meds I was taking in the beginning, I needed to know everything was okay (or time to prepare if it wasn’t). If we decide to go ahead and try again, I’ll be looking at another one so anything you could tell me to make it less scary would be great. If you feel like it, anyway. 🙂

    I’m glad you had a Happy Birthday!

    1. Basically, what was explained to me is that the needle they use is roughly the width of a human hair. They can apply lidocaine or shoot the site with novacaine, but it’s pretty pointless since the poke itself doesn’t affect you any more than an insulin injection – and that’s done with a very, very thin needle, relatively painless. (I would know, I get shot all the time these days.) The hardest part physically is that besides the little pin-prick, the uterus generally has one really strong contraction, like a really intense Braxton-Hicks. The guide the site of the needle with live ultrasound, the needle goes in, they draw some fluid into the syringe, and that’s that. They don’t even have to cork it. 😉

      The needle is, of course, long, but it’s not anywhere near as scary as the pregnancy books make it sound.

      Because the gauge of the needle is so small, there is little to no chance of hurting the baby or rupturing the cord or anything like that. In fact, in rare cases where they want to give the baby an injection in utero, they use the same device.

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