Saturday, March 30, 2013

Easter Eve




Just a quick (okay, it probably won't be that quick) Easter Eve post...
Baby girl is still in my belly.  

Muffin tried to pack herself in our bag earlier this week.
Hey, if the hospital allowed pets, surely, she'd be coming along.  Who needs an epidural when you have a Muffin?!





 Monday, we went for our non-stress test.  I hadn't eaten much yet that day
so they had me drink an apple juice.  Baby loved it.  And moved all around like a crazy circus monkey.  Though, she was rather ticked off at the loud sound of the monitors on my belly.  Her heart rate was all over the place (which is a good thing, because it means she's a mover and shaker).  She passed with flying colors.  And even managed to scare the crap out of Steve and I when she "hid" from the monitor and we lost her heartbeat for a second.
 Tuesday, we went for our fluid check.  We got to see a bit of baby, though she was mega squished in there.  Still, we saw her head, her heartbeat thumping away and even an eye socket.
Her fluid checked out great.

As far as progress...
When my doctor checked me on Monday, I was still 70% effaced and 1 centimeter dilated.
She shook her head and prescribed us some interesting "homework" to help dilate my cervix.  (Sorry, no photos...and no, it didn't work).


Lunch with smiley, handsome man, Daxon and his mama! 
Our last lunch together before baby girl joins us. <3 


One of our last dinners as just the two of us.



We received a sweet surprise from my friend, Nicole this week - a bunch of awesome kitty books for baby girl!!  We can't wait to read them to little miss.  The illustrations are so fun and pretty!



Muffin jumped right on the rocking chair and requested I read them to her tonight.
Thank you so much, Nicole!! <3



Muffin totally senses something is up! 



Thursday, we had another non-stress test.  Baby passed instantly.
And after getting checked....
I was STILL 70% effaced and 1 centimeter dilated. 
Whatcha gonna do...
I wasn't that surprised at all.  Either was Steve.  I didn't really feel any different.
Our doctor sat and talked with us about the next steps. 
The instructions are, that if I don't go into labor on my own by Easter night, then we begin induction.
It could be a long process if my cervix requires some "help" before induction.  But let's face it, it could be long even if it doesn't.  Maybe baby will shoot right out. ;)  Ya just never know.
I left the appointment and cried for a bit.  I needed to just have a few tears about the whole process.  It wasn't being induced that bothered me...more so, the extra drugs that may be introduced.  But I love and trust our doctor and know she has our (and baby's) best interest.  
She left us with the words that it is wonderful that baby and I have remained super healthy throughout this whole pregnancy.  And told us that we are going to be great.  And she's right...I am so very, very thankful for that. 
 Isn't it funny how it took so long to get baby "in there" and now...
Now, she doesn't want to get out of there. 
<3

These past 41 weeks have been so insanely rewarding.

They have been the most beautiful 41 weeks of our lives.

A part of me is going to miss baby's kicks and hiccups and dance moves.
I'm going to miss hearing the breathtaking sound of life growing inside of me.

But, I know, that within the next few days, I will be holding our daughter and feeling a new kind of love...one that is indescribable (until that moment comes).


Baby girl's strong and steady heartbeat on Thursday <3



To all of my sweet and beautiful friends...
Thank you so much...for your amazing and constant love and support.  I can't thank you all enough for the encouraging words and thoughts you've sent our way these past years.  
So many of you have taught me so much about life and love and what beauty can come from opening yourself up to the world.
Thank you.  Thank you.  Thank you.

It has been one hell of a ride.
One hell of a "country song."
And I can't wait to return...
I know my next post will be just the beginning of a new, exhilarating chapter.
 And the "song" I'll be singing...it will be the most beautiful one yet.


Wishing everyone a happy and blessed Easter. <3

I'll be seeing ya soon.  
I'm gonna guess baby will be here by sometime Monday or Tuesday.
<3


So Much Lovin',

24 comments:

Aleisha McD said...

AAAAHH!!!!! Little girl, little girl!! Come out, come out!!! Auntie Aleisha is DYING to see you!!! (Love and miss you, mama! Hang in there!)

Kathy Radigan said...

I have been thinking about you! It's so funny Maria, my first baby was 10 days past his due date. I think after all the losses my body was going to give him up to easily!! Lol! Wishing you much love!!! Enjoy!

Whitney Cypert said...

Ahhh! So soon! I will definitely be thinking about you for the rest of the weekend and on Monday and Tuesday! Can't wait till I log in and see that you have posted again and that she is here. So excited for you and Steve! Lots of love sent your way!

Kiara Buechler said...

Such a long journey it has been. But very very soon your girl will be in your arms. We will all be waiting for the good news of her arrival. I think an Easter appearance would be quite fitting.

Kerry said...

Oh Maria you gave me goosebumps with this beautiful post!! And knowing it is inevitable that baby girl has to make an appearance either Monday or Tuesday is such an exciting time (I am anxiously waiting halfway across the world for the news!!)
So good to hear that everything is going wonderfully for you and thank you for the update. Every day I am thinking of all three of you and I am sending all my love your way along with big hugs!!! I love you xoxoxo

mail4rosey said...

I keep thinking of you and wondering if your little one is here. So many bloggers, myself included, adore your family and we've never even met you! Wishing you so much happiness and a fast, safe delivery! What a great Easter evening gift. :)

Happy Easter to you and yours!!

P.S. Daxon is a little cutie pie!

E and R said...

I am so excited for you guys!
Lexi didn't want to come out, either - and I had to be induced - its just because you are such a good momma ALREADY and she is SO comfy in there! Hope everything goes smoothly and baby girl arrives safe and sound. I will be thinking of you and praying for you guys! I can't wait to read your next post - when she is HERE!!! Good luck to you all - enjoy today!
Much love coming your way.
Happy Easter :)

lovejoy_31 said...

Dying here, Maria! We went at 41 weeks 1 day too. So excited for you guys. I need THE text tomorrow since I'll be at work. I will be praying for a healthy delivery. Much love to you.

Xoxo
Joy

Our Journey Through This Lovely Life said...

*tears!!! I am so excited/happy/overjoyed for you and Steve! You have come so far! In just hours you will be meeting your sweet girl! Scott and I are sending so many prayers and well wishes your way!!! So much love! And big big hugs!! Xoxo!

Maria said...

Sending you some nice and easy labor vibes, Maria!! C'mon baby girl! Come on out and say hello! You have so many fans already and you haven't even had your first cry! <3 <3

Ericka said...

I've been checking back often and am so glad to see that all is still going so great! I can't wait to see little miss and to hear your description of a love that is pretty much indescribable...you have a wonderful way with words and painting the pictures in a story.

Melissa said...

This gave me so many goosebumps! I'm sending you tons of healthy, easy labor vibes. I can't wait for the next post!

Hanna said...

No worries on the dilation And effacement. With my first I was only 1 centimeter and 60% effects. He came out in 5 hours.
Have they stripped your membranes yet?? Hurts like a mother but works sometimes.

Praying for you. Xoxo

Jodi Stuber said...

that silly little girl wants to stay where its warm and smooshed, doesnt she? Hope things go smoothly, whatever the process includes :) take care sweet lady!

Rachel said...

Baby girl is coming soon!! Good luck with the induction. Just go with the flow and don't beat yourself up if you need pain meds because being induced isn't easy to say all aural is either. I had this bulb thing because my cervix was only at like 1 or 2 and I had PIT ughh..... But she did coming shooting out in the end. But I had to get an epy so I would relax because the pain was so intense (4 hump contractions).

So be so excited and just go with the flow :-). I'm so excited!!!

Rebecca said...

Wow, I got goose bumps thinking about your next post as a mama! Come on baby girl! GL with the next few days, Maria!

Judy Haughton-James said...

Hi there Maria,
I am looking out for Beano!:) It is great that everything is going well. I can't wait to see pictures of your little girl. Muffin is so cute! I think she will be going to see the arrival of Beano. Look how she is looking at those cat books and she loves the rocking chair. For sure she is going make sure that all is well with Beano!:) As always I love the beautiful pictures. I am thinking a lot about you, Steve and Beano this weekend. I am so happy for you all and wish you all so much joy! Lots of Love, Friendship and Best Wishes.
Judy

Katharine (LauraKat81) said...

Eeeeee!!!!! I cannot wait for your next post!!!! Praying for a quick and easy delivery and for a healthy mama and baby!!! So excited!

Miki said...

AWE, Maria! Can't wait to see baby girl! All the best of luck and great vibes your way! ;D Please, let us know when she's born whenever you can; you'll be in my thoughts ;).

Tight hugs!

Heather said...

Ahhh!!! You're so close to meeting your little girl!!! So excited for you. Thinking of you tonight and lifting up many prayers for a healthy and quick delivery! Can't wait to hear the news!!!

Love,
Heather

Mrs. E said...

We all love you guys and are sending so many thoughts, prayers and quick-n-easy labor vibes your way!!! Xoxoxo!

Moosey Mommy said...

Praying for you and baby girl right now! Soon she will be snuggled in your arms! How she gets here isn't what matters, just that she will be here! :) (I am a double c-section, induced momma, and it all worked out)

Ashley said...

Tears and more tears! I don't even really know why I am tearing up, either! Probably because I am so excited for you!!

Sending lots of love and prayers!

Olivia {i am still learning} said...

Oh I remember that week of being overdue like it was yesterday, the tears and everything.

I saw baby girl's photo on instagram yesterday and couldn't believe it! She's here! :D

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