Hospital adventure

Yesterday afternoon I weighed myself on the Wii Fit. Despite showing a different weight for me than the doctor’s scale shows (partially because the Wii will take off for the weight of your clothes), my weight gain according to the Wii has tracked perfectly with my weight gain according to the doctor’s scale. So when the Wii Fit told me I’d gained 4.9 pounds from the previous week (I weigh once a week on Mondays), I was really surprised. According to the doc’s scale on Friday, I’d lost a pound from my previous appointment (probably because I’d worn jeans at that appointment), which made me think my weight gain had happened over the weekend. And sudden hefty weight gain is bad, can be a sign of preeclampsia. I’d also had shortness of breath on Sunday that was bad enough that I stayed in bed all afternoon. So we went to Walgreens so I could check my blood pressure — um, my Walgreens doesn’t have a blood pressure cuff, what is up with that? So we bought one and came home. I had to check my BP three times just to make sure the numbers I was seeing were right. 130/80 on the left arm, 140/90 on the right. And at the doc’s office on Friday, it had been 105/70. So we called, and the on-call doc told us to go ahead and go to triage at the hospital so they could run tests and make sure everything was ok.

I’ve been having contractions on and off since Saturday evening, and they started up again right before we got to the hospital. They don’t hurt so far. We got in and I got all hooked up to the monitors, and I was having contractions every 2 minutes that lasted for a minute each time. That went on the entire 2 hours we were at the hospital. (The tests all came back good, my BP came down while we were there.) And when we came home. And all night. And all morning. And all afternoon.

But they’re not intense enough, and I’m only dilated 1 cm (or was last night). They’re still regular, and basically, I’m on one minute, off the next. Sometimes I feel them all over my uterus, my low back, pelvis, and down my legs. And sometimes I just feel tightness in the uterus.

So I’m in early labor, and I could be there for days or weeks, I could have Princess Buttercup today or two weeks late.

I just want her to wait until at least Friday so she has a better chance of having mature lungs. Friday will be 37 weeks.

15 Responses to Hospital adventure

  1. Bad Penny (tq1)

    If she’s born Sunday her first word will be arrrrr. #talklikapirateday

  2. My prayers are with you and the baby.

  3. Here’s hoping for Monday! But I have my clothes washed and am packing my suitcase tonight just in case! You call if you need me ok? I love you !

  4. Just remember that the 37 weeks thing is a general guideline and high-probability point. At 37wks-2days, the lungs are most likely more than ready to do their job.

  5. I pray that Buttercup’s lungs will be more mature than I am. They may already be.

    Be well!

  6. I hope everything will be alright, and PB will arrive on time and healthy :)

  7. God bless you and Buttercup (and that Frank guy) and keep you all safe and healthy and happy, and without inconvenience.

    Oh and Terry Thomas says to “please hurry up, we really must press on with all possible dispatch”.

  8. My wife and I just moved to Emmett a few weeks ago, and she just started early labor as well. Maybe we’ll end up at the same time…lol

  9. Happened to my wife with all four–she was in early labor for awhile (largely unnoticed) and then the BP spike, w/o weight gain. First one was a panic of check-in, check-outs for almost two weeks until they finally induced at 37-3. We had a healthy baby girl with no distress at all–Apgars 9 & 9. Second baby (Son & Heir) induced at 36-4 was slightly smaller but just as healthy. Last two each induced after 38 weeks, big as horses.

    I’m sure y’all are in good hands, and you’re certainly in my prayers.

  10. Wonderboy was born at 34w6d and was perfect, lungs and all:) He had to spend the night at the NICU because of hospital policy, but that was all. I was induced too, because my water broke. Good Luck and I’ll keep you in my prayers.

  11. As a dad of 4 I’m telling you the the princess is saying “I’m as done as I’ve ever going to be so GET ME OUT OF HERE !!”

  12. A tip on taking BP’s. If you are going to take it more than once, you shouldn’t do it “immediately”. I know nurses do this all the time (drives me crazy – I will sometimes tell them to wait a minute – LOL) and they have apparently forgotten what they learned in nursing school!!! For that matter I learned this WAAAAAYYYY back in the day when I was taking Nurses Aid classes.

    Wait a couple of minutes between measurements or you will have an artificially inflated number. Because of the pressure of the cuff on the blood vessels, directly after you take your BP, there is an increase in blood pressure to those arteries. It needs a short amount of time to settle to be sure you’re getting the right info.

    You will also have different numbers depending on whether you are standing, sitting, or laying down.

    Just thought I’d throw that out there. ;-)

    PS – I have a very dear friend who just reached 30 weeks with triplets. She was zapped into the hospital last week because her protein levels went up just a tad and they were worried about pre-e. It was her only symptom. She’s trying to get them to 32 weeks which is excellent for triplets.

    It seems to be a year for babies. LOL.

  13. Prayers & good thoughts are with you all!

  14. good luck and godspeed.

  15. Well? It’s been a week. Status update please, young lady.