Baby L is approximately 17 inches long and weighs 4.5 lbs. Hard to believe we still have 7 weeks to go! Or at least we think...
For those of you who didn't hear, we had a "trial-run" in Labor and Delivery on Wednesday. Early Wednesday morning (about 1am) I woke up with really horrible chest pains. They were so painful that I wanted to cry! I was awake until about 4am - I tried taking Tums (in case it was heartburn), walking around the house, sleeping upright, etc. and nothing seemed to help. We tried calling the on-call doctor, but the extension wasn't working, which was extremely frustrating. I didn't really feel like going to the ER and having to sit around for hours. Eventually my body was just so tired that I fell asleep. I woke up a few hours later and although tired, I didn't have any more chest pains so I headed to work for a 1/2 day.
I called my doctor as soon as they opened (8:30am) and told the nurse what I had experienced. She said she would talk to Dr. Webb and call me back. She called back about 30 minutes later and said that Dr. Webb wanted me to go to the hospital to Labor and Delivery. This totally freaked me out!
My principal came to my classroom and covered until the guest teacher arrived so I could head to L&D. Patrick left work and met me there.
They were expecting me so it didn't take long to get a room. Instead of being in the Birthing Center Triage (it was full) they gave us an actual L&D room, which was kinda nice.
The nurse hooked me up to the monitors and monitored me and the baby for about an hour. Baby L was kicking around and having a great time! Her heartrate was great and she was definitely making a ton of movement - so no concerns there! However, the nurse said I was contracting, about 3-4 an hour. She called Dr. Webb and within about 5 minutes she was in my room. She examined me and didn't seem too concerned. She did however tell me to take it easy for the next few days.
We still don't know what caused the chest pains - it could have been the contractions or heartburn, made worse by the fact that I have an awful cold. I have been taking Zantac for the last two nights and haven't felt any chest pains, but I can definitely feel the contractions. However, the worst thing right now is my cold. My body just isn't strong enough to fight it off like it usually does. It is pretty limiting what I can take to relieve the symptoms, which is frustrating too!
But really, the most important thing is that the baby is healthy! Who knows?! She might come early or she could just as easily wait until the 40 week mark. It was quite the experience - and actually kinda nice to get a "trial-run" before the big day is actually here. I will admit I was pretty nervous the other day - I can't imagine how I will feel when I am in labor:)