Today we go into hospital for our baby to be induced. It's been a strange few days as we prepare ourselves for this moment. I have mixed feelings about interfering in fate. Of course I will do whatever is required to ensure our baby is safe, but at the same time its an odd feeling. I suppose though it is fate really, this is the path we must take.
I woke one day last week complaining of severe itching of my hands and feet. I wasn't terribly concerned about it, itching often being part of pregnancy with all the stretched skin and crazy hormones. I googled it, was mildly alarmed by what this could be and called my doctor or reassurance. He immediately ordered a blood test, and surprisingly at this late stage it turns out I have cholestasis which is a liver condition that can be caused by an abundance of pregnancy hormones hindering the breakdown of bile salts.
Fortunately my case is on the mild side but needs to be monitored very closely as it can impact on the babys health quite dramatically. It usually disappears after giving birth, and fingers crossed it does.
We've spent the last few days tying up loose ends, preparing for the beginning of the school year and getting organised. I won't be there at school tomorrow as my boys march into their new grades with Nana, and it makes me so sad.
Today I'm feeling very emotional. Not knowing what to expect, having never been induced before, its unsettling. At the same time, I'm 38 weeks and I can feel my body preparing. There is so much going on around here, phones ringing, people in and out, hubby trying to organise shoots and processing around this babys birth. Its all a bit manic, but I have this way of dealing with the big stuff, I've talked about it before, where I somehow, subconciously tune myself out so that I am focused on the most important things. I feel a bit like the craziness of life is all abuzz all around me but I'm numb to it and all that matters is that my boys are doing ok, that they are relaxed and ready for school and for me to prepare to birth this baby.
Our little guy woke this morning and announced with so much excitement and joy "today is the day the baby comes!!"
A very special day indeed..x
Have a beautiful day. Many blessings for the birth, and fingers crossed that the cholestasis does disappear for you :) take care. sarahReplyDelete
Oh Mel what a mix of emotions for you to deal with at the moment with so many big things going on. May everything go well today how exciting for you to meet your new little one soon. I hope that your boys have a fantastic first day and that lots of photos are taken so don't miss too much of their first day. Take care, thinking of all of you. Hugs Catherine xxReplyDelete
Oh, Sweetpea - I know that rollercoaster. Tune in to the stuff that matters. I'll be thinking of you and looking forward to hearing your news on the flip side. xxReplyDelete
A very special day indeed. Wishing you and your baby a safe arrival. I look forward to future baby posts. Big hugsReplyDelete
Such a special day for you and your family. I hope everything goes well and you will be home with your boys soon. I look forward to meeting the new member of your family. xReplyDelete
All the very best Mel. I can relate to this so well, being induced 8 weeks ago after zero intervention with the previous babies but it was absolutely fine. Your body already knows what to do. Interestingly, I also have been diagnosed with a large gallstone and was probably the reason the baby wasn't thriving in the last week and hence the induction. So grateful for modern medicine. Good luck and look forward to hearing the happy news. Mel xReplyDelete
I'm so excited for you all! We cant wait to meet this new little person. Good luck with it all. xxxReplyDelete
Oh Gorgeous. Wishing you only the best, sweet lady. Can't wait for the news! J xReplyDelete
What a special day! I love your boys excitement.ReplyDelete
Sending you lots of love Mel x
Thinking of you. So special. xoxReplyDelete
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Today is a very exciting day. Keep that focus and your precious baby will be here in no time. Looking forward to hearing the news xxReplyDelete
Such a wonderfully emotional time for you! Wishing you courage, strength and peace as you welcome your new angel into the world. Much love :) xReplyDelete
gasp...you have your baby in your arms. right. now. i can't wait to see. xReplyDelete
Good luck. My first grandchild is two weeks late. Mum due at hospital tomorrow (Friday). God speed all goes well for you both.ReplyDelete
Love Dianne - Hereford - England xxxx
What a special day! I hope it went smoothly. I can't wait for a peek!ReplyDelete