Alright folks, it’s show time!
We had a prenatal appointment yesterday morning at 8 a.m. While waiting in the examination room for the doctor, the nurse came in and told us the doctor was called to surgery and wouldn’t be back in the office until two hours later. However, she did offer to give us an ultrasound, which we most gratefully accepted. Well, when the doctor’s away, the nurses play, lol. She definitely took her time with the ultrasound, letting us ask beaucoups questions and see Hannah from all angles. Let’s just say Hannah’s got plenty of energy! Her heartbeat was 137 beats per second and the nurse estimated her to be 7 lbs./1 oz.
We told the nurse we’d come back, and in the meantime we did some shopping and then got online to purchase VIP tickets to a comedy show on New Year’s Eve. Of course at that time we were going off of my 1/6/11 due date and I’ve been feeling just fine. Lots of Braxton Hicks contractions, but not intense and not intensifying. Well, this is the way to speed things along… buy non-refundable, not-cheap VIP tickets, or make ANY financially committed plans around your due date. Guaranteed that will be when things get started!
Sure enough, when we got back to the doctor’s office, he did a cervical check and exclaimed, “You are SO READY.” He recommended we come to the hospital at midnight Wednesday night to start the induction. Of course we asked if that is what he thought was the wisest thing to do (I was iffy about induction), and he was pretty emphatic about it being the medically safest route to go. So, here we are! I am going to the hospital at midnight TOMORROW NIGHT to get the ball rolling. Hannah will be here Thursday and, from what I gather, we’ll all be celebrating New Year’s Eve in the hospital. Not that I’m complaining one iota. We’re both just so floored and flabbergasted at the pace that has picked up rather rapidly. Just when I thought I might be ready, I now find myself faced with: putting away the Christmas decorations, recycling the tree, vacuuming, cleaning out the fridge, cooking/freezing ready meals, laundry, floor scrubbing, car maintenance (wash, gas fill up, put in car seat), RE-packing my hospital bag (I have done this countless times), getting all the chargers/cables/USB sticks ready, etc. And most importantly? Spending today and tomorrow on one long “date” with my husband…we’ll have a very nice dinner out somewhere tonight (I am wise enough to NOT make reservations, however) and tomorrow we’ll just take it easy at home and go to bed early to have the alarm clock wake us up around 10:45 to get ready for the hospital.
We can’t yet fully grasp the fact that Hannah will be in our arms DAY AFTER TOMORROW!!!!!!
We both had a lot of nervous energy to spend last night, so Christian offered to make some homemade pesto pasta while I did my “nesting,” i.e., lots of organizing, throwing out trash, etc.
So, I just may be out of commission for the next few days, with the possibility of photo updates…but I can’t promise it will be before Friday. May all of you have a wonderful, safe New Year, and I’ll see you next year! (Okay, maybe earlier, but let’s just see how tired this mamma is!)