Yes, not only am I having a baby, I’m having a baby on Friday September 17, to be exact. Or it could possibly be Saturday, September 18, or, but let’s all please pray it’s not…Sunday, September 19. It really just depends on my cervix. Who knew I’d ever care SO MUCH about my cervix?! Who knew you’d ever have to hear so much about my cervix?
BUT! Regardless of what the cervix says…this baby will be here before the week is through! Which is exciting and somewhat overwhelming. (Somewhat being and understatement.)
If at this point you’re thinking to yourself…”Isn’t that kind of early?” Or, “Is Alison the type of girl, like a high-paid celebrity, who scheduled her induction and her tummy tuck all at once?” Well the answers are yes and no, respectively.
Though a tummy tuck WOULD be nice, what really happened is the midwives and doctors decided that our sweet little lady needed be brought into this world in September instead of October, exactly 4 weeks early. Why? Because I have a liver condition, or disease, or thing, which I’d like to add was not brought on by a secret childhood drinking habit, but just by pregnancy hormones, called cholestasis. Basically what this “disease” causes is increased liver enzymes which make me itch, specifically on my hands and feet. And not just your normal pregnancy-induced itching, but itching from within, palms-of-hands and souls-of-feet on fire with itchiness itching. Let’s just say it’s been a rough month with lots of blood tests.
So now that YOU’RE feeling itchy, just hearing about all MY itchiness, let’s all take a moment to scratch.
Ahhhh, that feels nice.
But other than just being itchy, cholestasis can be a problem for the baby, so they generally deliver women with this condition at 36 or 37 weeks. In my case, 36 on the dot! The good news is she is looking like a big girl, and is already about 7 pounds! Or so they say, I know they are usually wrong. So we shall see…soon. Very, GASP, very GASP soon…
So all in all, I’m SUPER excited, although it took a bit to get over the disappointment initially, because I had hoped not to be induced in any way, and to have the baby all naturally. But that’s why we get pregnant right? To be reminded, time and time again that we are not in control of everything.
Also, I know the midwives I’m with are doing what they need to do to keep us all safe and alive! They are fantastic and I feel very confident with them.
So! Long long story short, I don’t have to be pregnant ANY MORE! HOORAY! And people keep telling me that the baby will make it all worth it. We’ll see, won’t we? I JOKE! I KID. I’m sure she’s more than worth it!
Because I will soon just look pregnant, but no longer be pregnant, here is what an “about to give birth Alison” looks like.
Yeah, she looks the full 40 weeks, I KNOW. The ultrasound technician said, “Whoa, you’ve got a lot of fluid!” Which is actually good, because the more weight that is fluid and not butt cheek…the better.
And the look on my face is also saying, “Missy, I love you, but if you don’t get out of my ribs I’m going to have to reach in there and remove you myself.”
So please keep me, the baby, Eric, and my cervix…in your thoughts and prayers. Think “RIPE!” And I’m sure I will have a melodramatic tale of my birth and endless rants and raves about how my baby is the most beautiful baby in all the world, in no time.
This is childless, non-mommy-blogger Alison signing off for good, soon to be replaced with Uber Mom 2010.
*****At this point I’m going to ask that all horror stories, opinions on induction, and general negative comments of ANY kind having to do with anything baby, birth, or itchy disease related are kept to yourself. And if you really REALLY feel the need to share these thoughts, write them in a letter and perhaps send them to your mother, a close friend? Just not the pregnant lady. THANK YOU! ****