Friday, September 15, 2006

taught my last couple of classes before the day of induction

This morning, I taught two classes, an Intro to Logic class and an Ethics class. That's the last of classes I'll teach until baby has joined this world! Having finished teaching those classes is a relief. But, I must also confess that I'm utterly exhausted. . .

Thursday, September 14, 2006

The due date is here, but baby hasn't joined us in the world yet

me today, september 14, 2006, at 40 weeks
the picture's taken by my hubby

we have reached the due date of this little one. she's decided not to come just yet. i am dilated, at best, 1 cm. not effaced. uterine lining is still pretty thick.

given that nothing monumental occurs over the weekend, i'll be induced monday morning, between 4:30 and 5 AM. once i am induced, no more food for me. only clear liquids, until labor and delivery starts. then i get nothing. moral of the story for me? eat until i get to the hospital! no good can come of a hungry lily.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

my hospital bag is finally packed!

alright, alright, this procrastinator is finally packed for the hospital. what got packed? here's the list:
  • hand-held fan.
  • a little electric fan.
  • calling list, with phone numbers.
  • shampoo.
  • conditioner.
  • other toiletries.
  • film camera.
  • film.
  • non-skid flip flops.
  • hairbrush.
  • nursing bra.
  • nursing pads - 4.
  • 4 pairs of old panties.
  • going home outfit.
  • robe.
  • 2 onesies.
  • 1 receiving blanket.
  • a baby hat.
  • 2 pairs of baby socks.
  • 2 pairs of baby gloves.
  • a few diapers (just in case).
  • cosmetics - in case some silly person wants to take my picture.
and, i mustn't forget the following:
  • cell phone.
  • cell phone charger.
  • phone card.
  • check/money to pay our portion of the hospital bill.
  • insurance card - just in case they want to see it again; i've already pre-registered at the hospital.
  • infant car seat.
  • boppie - to sit on on the way home; my bum may be VERY sore!

Tomorrow is her due date

Normally, I would be teaching at this time, from 7:10 - 9:55 PM. But given my uncomfortable hemorrhoids and the fact that one is supposed to not stand or sit for long periods of time, Troy is teaching my class for me tonight. I did teach my morning clases, though.

Tomorrow is baby girl's due date. Don't think she'll be arriving tomorrow. You never know; things could always change drastically last minute. . .

Anyways, I have my weekly doctor's appointment tomorrow morning, at 10 AM. I get to tell her about my yeast infection and hemorrhoid problems. Wonder what she'll think of me. . .

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

the due date is the day after tomorrow

Alright folks, the baby's due date is the day after tomorrow. Any signs she's coming by then? I'm not certain, but I don't think so. She's content being in the womb - where the temperature's regulated, she can eat 24/7, and she is safe. Plus, she's knocking, with her feet I think, the crap out of the top of my uterus on the right side of my body, thus making me feel quite sore at times. I wonder if she's bruised some tissue there.

being pregnant and having sex

Some people may believe that with my many blogs, my life is an open book. Not true. I leave that to celebrities.

Each blog actually has its purpose. This one is to provide pregnant women (and mommies, once I give birth) with possibly helpful information. Some of this information, people don't discuss and leave others to find out on their own. All I can say is that I really appreciate a few close friends who have been very candid about their experiences. So, I am sort of returning favor, by passing my experiences on to others.

I have a bit to say regarding the subject of being pregnant and having sex. I don't, however, want to turn this posting into a confession of the topic in my life. Having sex while being pregnant is fine and even perhaps more enjoyable for some women. However, as the pregger woman's belly swells, the couple may have to be creative in finding new ways to unite. Many women I know simply don't enjoy sex that much. But, I believe that the Lord has made the physical union between wife and husband a very important and exuberant part of a marriage, and there is still much to be enjoyed even when the wife is preggers. Having sex will not somehow harm the baby in utero. No worries there. Well, unless there are other symptoms following intercourse, such as bleeding and such.

Maintaining that special bond between husband and wife, I think, is really important, even through pregnancy. Just think, from pregnancy onwards, the dynamic of the couple's lives will forever change. A couple grows into a family, but what need not be lost is the intimacy the couple shares, whether physical, spiritual, emotional, or intellectual. In fact, that intimacy should not be lost, but fostered and grown!

my body temperature regulator is off!

I don't know what's going on but I keep switching between being hot and being cold. No, I am not experiencing hot flashes. And, I don't think I'm sick; I don't seem to have any other symptoms of being sick. Blame it on raging hormones!

Monday, September 11, 2006

Why some women consider permanent sterilization

I was just reading an excerpt from "Your Pregnancy week by week," by Dr. Glade B. Curtis, Ob/Gyn and Judith Schuler, M.S. I was reading some stuff from Week 39 that made me laugh. I've got to share it:

It would be unusual for you not to be uncomfortable and feel huge at this time. Your uterus has filled your pelvis and most of your abdomen. It has pushed everything else out of the way.
At this point in pregnancy, you may think you'll never want to be pregnant again because you're so uncomfortable. Or you may be sure your family is complete. At this point, some women consider permanent sterilization, such as tubal ligation.
Glade B. Curtis and Judith Schuler, Your Pregnancy week by week, 5th edition (Cambridge, MA: Da Capo Press, 2004), 393.

What? Think of our family complete, with . . . oh, bad acid reflux problems, hemorrhoids, a very itchy body, very little to no sleep, other hormone related problems? No, no, I want to experience these symptoms again, as soon as possible! I can definitely understand why women desperately want their little ones to join the world at the end of their pregnancy.
I was just reading an excerpt from "Your Pregnancy week by week," by Dr. Glade B. Curtis, Ob/Gyn and Judith Schuler, M.S. I was reading some stuff from Week 39 that made me laugh. I've got to share it:

It would be unusual for you not to be uncomfortable and feel huge at this time. Your uterus has filled your pelvis and most of your abdomen. It has pushed everything else out of the way.
At this point in pregnancy, you may think you'll never want to be pregnant again because you're so uncomfortable. Or you may be sure your family is complete. At this point, some women consider permanent sterilization, such as tubal ligation.
Glade B. Curtis and Judith Schuler, Your Pregnancy week by week, 5th edition (Cambridge, MA: Da Capo Press, 2004), 393.

What? Think of our family complete, with . . . oh, bad acid reflux problems, hemorrhoids, a very itchy body, very little to no sleep, other hormone related problems? No, no, I want to experience these symptoms again, as soon as possible! I can definitely understand why women desperately want their little ones to join the world at the end of their pregnancy.

the last days of pregnancy and hemorrhoids

The night before last, during one of many times I went to the bathroom in the middle of the night, I apparently created a problem for myself. Didn't quite dawn on me until now or perhaps I was merely in denial until now, but I realized that I have hemorrhoids! Yuck, yuck, yuck. Well, reality is more . . . ouch, ouch, ouch. A part of my anus (I don't mean to be profane or gross) has been hurting for a day and half now. So finally, given how much it hurts the moment I sit down or the moment I get up (from sitting down), I decided to get help - in the way of Preparation H.

Well, while I was at Target, I figured that I would go ahead and pick up other medical supplies baby or I might need, along with other aids I will need soon after giving birth. All I have to say is thank goodness I look really pregnant or I would be pretty embarrassed with the lot of things I ended up purchasing. Here's what I got at Target:
  • Tucks pads - 100 count (these are good for hemorrhoid care as well as vaginal comfort).
  • Preparation H.
  • Glad Press 'n Seal - hey, it was on sale.
  • Cotton Swabs - to use with rubbing alcohol for cleaning around baby's stump.
  • Poise 16 count incontinence pads with wings - right, so, um, regular maxi pads won't do the job the first two weeks after giving birth. Just think, got to shed nine months worth of uterine lining built for the baby! Need thicker stuff that will do the job, such as incontinence pads. Don't want to wear the incontinence underwear.
  • aspirator - to suck those buggars out of baby when necessary.
  • Concentrated Tylenol Infants' drops - oh yes, babies do get sick!
  • raisins - will that add a good bit of fiber to my diet? I really don't want more hemorrhoids. Don't want to do Metamuccil (sp.?) unless the situation is extremely dire.
  • Saline Nose Spray/Drops for baby - the pharmacy at Target keeps that behind the counter. What's up with that?

the due date count down!

Right, so, the baby's due date is September 14. That's this coming Thursday! No more than three more days before that day is here. Have been sensing changes in my body, but none that scream baby is coming any moment.

Sunday, September 10, 2006

bacterial vaginosis and yeast infections

okay, for those who are squeamish about bodily functions, read no further.


this past thursday, when i went to see dr. garza-montalvo, she told me that lab results show that i have a touch of bacterial vaginosis (a.k.a. gardnerella). yup, this is the same thing i had a month and a half ago. she prescribed a five day treatment, which involves depositing something vaginally once a night for five nights. um . . . hooray (not).

nearly 24 hours after the first treatment, this white curdy discharge stuff shows up in my panties. then, in the last two nights, around 11:30 pm, i noticed the same thing. wasn't sure what it was. suspected something to do with the bacterial vaginosis or perhaps the mucuous plug. spoke with my sister tonight, and she thinks it's a yeast infection. great. this happened last time, too. after taking antibiotics for bacterial vaginosis, i got a yeast infection; the antibiotics kill the bad and good bacteria. great, great, great!

that's all for now. got to prepare to teach for tomorrow. bye.

Saturday, September 09, 2006

it's 4 am, and i am still pretty awake

i went to bed around midnight, and i haven't been able to sleep since. i've got a pretty itchy body, and i don't know, can't sleep. about two hours ago, heard the cat throw up; got up and cleaned that up. i've put away baby clothes that i aired dried after washing - baby clothes that have been ready to put away for three or so days. completed a church survey. read a furman alumni magazine. now, i'm ready to try again and sleep.

unfortunately, we have a philosophy "retreat" (i'm not sure why it's called a "retreat," given that we'll be doing a lot of work) starting at 8 am. unfortunately that means that this preggers woman's getting very little sleep. though the retreat is supposed to last until 5 pm, i may have to bow out to get some rest and sleep!

toodles.

Thursday, September 07, 2006

I'm 39 weeks today

I'm 39 weeks today, just seven days shy of my due date. Went to see Dr. Garza-Montalvo today. Cervix is still closed and uterine lining is still thick. Baby's happy cooking in my belly.

This is our plan at the moment. I'll go to my due date. If she doesn't come by then, we'll induce on September 18, if Rio Grande Regional Hospital gives Dr. Garza-Montalvo the green light to do an induction for that date. Given that I am induced on the 18th, I won't be spending my birthday, September 16th, at the hospital!

Don't know whether I'll be having any birthday celebration this year, with the baby coming so close to that time. We'll see what happens.

I fessed up to Dr. Garza-Montalvo, and nearly cried doing so, telling her that I've been feeling rather stressed lately. I'm not sure whether there's any one set of events causing such stress. I told her perhaps a combination of working, worrying about delivery, etc. added to the stress. Her expression became one that was extremely caring, concerned, and compassionate. Dr. Garza-Montalvo urged me to take life a bit slower and rest whenever possible. She told me to let go of anything that did not absolutely need to be done. And she suggested that I find relaxing activities to do. Sounds like a good plan; I shall do my utmost to accomplish this.

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

one of my pregnancy vices - i'm addicted to ginger ale

in the last few weeks, i've been downing canadian dry ginger ale like it's going out of style. i even drank three cans yesterday. bad, bad, bad. i'm going to have to quit buying the stuff to get off this pregnancy addiction.

in other news, i'll be 39 weeks tomorrow. count them, baby! getting closer to time for her to make her grand debut.

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

my biggest struggles with pregnancy - itchiness, acid reflux, and very little sleep

some people say that the third trimester is a revisit back to the first trimester, in terms of symptoms. that's definitely true of me, especially now and this past week. but, the problems are magnified.

my entire body is so itchy, there are spots in which i've scratched skin off near my wrists, on my feet, and elsewhere. my face is extremely rough, which really sucks. itchiness haunts me not only at night but during the day, too.

my acid reflux is so bad that sometimes i want to cry. it hits me a few hours after i've had something to eat, a really bad burning sensation in my throat. perhaps that and stress might have contributed to me losing 3 pounds in a week. dunno.

i don't sleep well anymore. if i get even a few hours of deep sleep, i'm ready to celebrate!

no wonder so many women late in their pregnancy want their little ones to join the world asap. can't believe i'll be 39 weeks the day after tomorrow.

gotta go and finish preparing to teach for my long day of teaching tomorrow. bye.

my face is rebelling!

with all this hormonal fluctuation, not only am i having acne problems (not unlike acne of teenage years), but now both of my cheeks are exhibiting this rough, ugly texture. great! just what i wanted and needed. what can i do?

a comfort for me to read

It doesn't help that I have a high level of hormones to mess with my emotions. Furthermore, it doesn't help that some are candid in sharing thoughts, such as, "you're huge! how many are there in your belly?"

I saw pictures of my sister at 37 weeks, and she doesn't look anywhere near the size I was at 37 weeks. I think she looks a good bit smaller. Then, I started thinking, "she's been a lot healthier about exercise and eating than me."

This morning, I was reading Pregnancy Weekly's Newsletter, and I found comfort in what I read:


Do you catch yourself looking at other pregnant women and wondering why your belly is bigger or smaller than theirs? The three factors that determine your size are your body type, the way your baby is positioned, and how much amniotic fluid you have produced. Remind yourself that as long as your baby's measurements please your doctor, your own measurements should please you.

Frankly, reading that was a huge relief. These days, I have too many people who keep me on my toes about not getting too big. I'm sure people mean well, but at the end of the day, that makes me feel bad. This is not to say that everyone is telling me I need to watch how much weight I gain or I look huge.

Truth of the matter is that people at the doctors' office think I am coming along just fine. Size of the uterus is fine. Weight gain is fine. I'm doing well, they say.

Monday, September 04, 2006

good bye ants

felipe came by and exterminated the ants with his magical spray late this morning. i am so excited. the ant infestation was bad enough where if niao mi (our cat) dropped some food on to the floor while eating, moments later, ants were surrounding it. same with the counter space. even even a crumb or spot of something-or-other was on the counter, loads of ants could be found in the area moments later. now, they are gone, exterminated, annihilated. let's party! don't have to feel prisoner in my own home anymore.

Saturday, September 02, 2006

preggers gal got a bit too ambitious today

troy and i slept in quite late today. i got better sleep last night than i've gotten in awhile. that's not to say that i slept through the night or that i didn't have periods of laying awake. blessed i was with longer periods of sleep than usual.

by the time we were up and moving about, it was around 11:30 AM! well, hey, it's a long weekend, and we're entitled to grab rest, while we can, before little one decides to join us. so, rest we did.

though troy would have been perfectly will to go to the store, i wanted to give him some time to get his stuff done (guitar playing, reading on the web). so, i drove on to target and heb (a grocery store). a little over two hours later, i came home hot and exhausted (wiped out is more like it). and, i looked at the clock, horrified in realizing company would be here in three short hours. why was i horrified? we had the following things to do:
  • finish washing our bed sheets.
  • was our comforter.
  • put away groceries.
  • clear the dining room folding table of my mess.
  • cut 3 onions.
  • wash a tomato and cut it.
  • peel and cut 3 cucumbers.
  • cut 2 packages of tofu.
  • wash and cut celery.
we're having a colleague over for dinner. he had us over around two weeks ago. his significant other is still out of town, and guys don't do too well being alone for long periods of time.

anyways, troy was a trooper. without much or any complaint, troy helped lay the sheets on our bed. he helped put away groceries. he even put away his clean clothes from a week or so ago! then, he changed three lightbulbs that had burnt out. and, he cut, peeled, and washed everything i needed. what i guy.

i tell you what - i really needed that help. munchkin in the belly was letting me know that i was doing too much. had to slow down. now, i have ten minutes before julian comes. need to start cooking . . . got to convince myself i have the energy to do this . . .

julian is a vegetarian. he's not a vegan, because he eats eggs. also, he eats some other stuff, too, like fish and eggs. i've come up with an ambitious menu (ambitious for a preggers gal):
  • cucumber salad (with tomatoes and some onion).
  • stir-fried celery.
  • an asian dish that involves stir-frying tofu until it's red with soy sauce - it's really yummy.
  • eggs stir-fried with onion and tomatoes.
here we go! got to go cook.

urine samples

again, just like last week, they made me provide a urine sample right after taking my weight and blood pressure. why doesn't anyone warn me about this ahead of time? luckily pregnant women almost invariably have pee ready to go at any time, even if she's gone to the bathroom recently. i asked for what purpose they needed this urine and how frequently they would be asking for urine samples. they will be asking for a urine sample every time i go for check-ups from now until baby's born. they're checking to see if any sugar or protein is spilling into the urine. well, at least i know now!

my doctor's appointment yesterday

i went for my regular weekly checkup yesterday, with my primary ob-gyn, dr. garza-montalvo. was 38 weeks and 1 day yesterday. heartbeat is still going strong. cervix is still closed and the uterine walls are still thick. baby's happy cooking in my uterus. tune in next week to see whether any changes have occurred!

by the way, found out that i tested positive for group b streptococcus (not the same thing as strep throat). it's not transmitted sexually. somehow it occurs off and on in a lot of pregnant women. what that means for me is that they will give me antibiotics when i deliver in attempt to prevent baby from getting a streptococcus infection.