26 years ago today, my mom sat in a hospital bed, watching the winter Olympics, awaiting the arrival of her little baby.
Today I did the same thing.
I was on clear liquids until noon, so I had a delicious breakfast of popsicle and Italian ice.
We stopped the mag a little after noon. Contractions have been every 2-10 minutes since then, but they aren’t that strong, and Calvin is doing great through them.
I took a shower – it was the most glorious shower I’ve ever had in my LIFE. Probably the best birthday present ever.
Nate’s parents brought lunch over for Nate and my parents (they flew in last night). I hadn’t eaten since Monday morning, so I started off slow with a Jamba Juice.
By dinner I was feeling a little better and ordered some mashed potatoes and a Shirley Temple. Food services noticed it was my birthday and sent me a cake.
Nate got me roses – 1 dozen for me and 1 dozen for Calvin.
OR 1 dozen for my birthday and 1 dozen for Valentine’s day. I got to pick.
I got lots of cards too
(post best shower of my life)
My wonderful Aunt Kristen sent me birthday flowers.
My awesome Uncle Garry and Aunt Natasha sent me a Valentine’s package that came early, so I got to open it on my birthday – that was exciting.
We nervously waited all day, waited to see if Calvin was going to make his appearance.
We watched some downhill skiing and some couple’s figure skating.
But mostly we watched the monitor.
By the end of the night contractions had slowed to every 10 minutes or so.
I wouldn’t have minded sharing a birthday with our little guy, but I’m so, so glad he held out. I guess HE wanted his own birthday.
We are so proud of him.
The first 48 hours after rupture of membranes are the trickiest, and if you can get past that, odds are good you can make it at least another week, if not more.
The biggest risk at this point is infection. We will watch closely for that, as well as monitor his heart and contractions. I will stay on the latency antibiotics for a week.
If I am still pregnant at 34 weeks, they will deliver him then. 34 weeks is when the risks associated with low fluid levels, and the risk of infection outweigh the benefit of keeping him inside.
Here’s to making it to 34 weeks!!!
(oh, and these packages came the next day)
From Erin Mohler – she’s the best!
And my co-worker Jonelle, who is amazing!