Well, here I am right on the brink of Week 36. Fun fact, I was born at 36.5 weeks :) For those who are wondering about the latest update, my most recent bile acid test was not great but my doctor still wants to wait another week to induce. As of now, I'll be induced next Wednesday, with the baby set to arrive a few days later most likely. However, I'm insisting on repeat tests this Thursday so it's possible I'll check my self into Labor and Delivery this weekend and insist on an induction. I don't even know if I have that power, so let's just cross our fingers that my tests look WAY better this week. Here are the updates on the last two weeks of pregnancy:
This week began on New Year's Day and included a crazy blizzard and the return of work to my life. The two week vacation worked wonders on my back issues, which was a nice bonus. I guess this was the week that I just quietly settled into the routine of having a high risk pregnancy. It was a very strange and emotional journey to go from being my doctor's healthiest patient, to suddenly being a ticking time bomb. I would imagine many of you can relate to having a health issue or an injury and feeling like: but I eat so healthy! but I have worked out! but I have rested! but I have drank a lot of water! Fortunately, despite my lack of stellar health, Max continued to pass all of his tests with flying colors. Since he is a very active baby, I like to picture him karate kicking the bile acids so they cannot bother him. I'm sure that is exactly what is going on.
Since I received the news I mentioned above about my liver being worse than before, I would not say Week 35 has been my favorite yet. I have spent a lot of it staring at my stomach willing it to move just to reassure me that Max is still there and my liver has not been able to hurt him. That being said, there have been a lot of positives. I did crazy amounts of laundry over the weekend and all the newborn and 0-3 month clothes are washed and put in the dresser. Both Max and my "hospital bags" are packed. Eric and his dad installed the car seat. We are physically ready. We have also continued to get so much support and love from our families and friends. On Monday morning I went into the doctor for a non stress test and I left my phone on loud for the rest of the day so that I would hear it if the doctor called. She did eventually call, but before that my students were amused at the number of times my phone was beeping because everyone was checking in about how the appointment went. And, Caroline took some photos of us...
I still have many, many fears about having a baby. I don't think I'll ever truly be ready. But, I have had a good enough taste of mom worry, and I'm ready to face it with an outside baby. Hopefully I'll get one more set of updates out before Max arrives, but in case I don't- thanks for reading and supporting me in this crazy journey :) I'm sure this is just the beginning!