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My Birth Story- Part 1: Still Pregnant

November 29, 2011
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Yay! Finally I am sharing Carter’s birth story. Since I didn’t start this blog until Carter was 3 months old, I haven’t shared my birth story here yet. I did keep a pregnancy journal and am sharing a couple entries here. Here is the first one from 4/9/11. I had forgotten about how miserable I was! I really hated being pregnant from month 7 on.

I was a little embarrassed of my birth story at first. I really wanted to avoid being induced and having the dreaded “pitocin” drug to speed along contractions but that ended up being my story. I was ashamed because I wanted to start off naturally and really enjoy the process. It wasn’t until recently that I decided “who cares?” Carter is here, happy and healthy and that is all that matters. Side note– We didn’t name Carter until a couple minutes after he was born. Frank and I made a big deal out of wanting to keep the baby’s name a secret. Joke was on us because we couldn’t decide on a name so we didn’t even have a name to keep secret.

4/9/11
Still pregnant! I started having contractions yesterday morning and I got really excited. I started planning, packing, took off from work, and then….nothing. They just went away. I got pretty depressed about it. I had a ton of pressure on my lower abs and back. I still feel some pressure but no more contractions šŸ˜¦ Today has been hard. I’m bored out of my mind trying to start contractions again. I don’t want to see anyone. It’s hot outside and I can’t fit into my summer clothes and don’t have any summer maternity clothes. (It literally got hot 2 weeks before I was due and I wasn’t about to go buy clothes I could only wear for 2 weeks) On top of that our air stopped working again so it is 75 degrees inside. In pregnancy degrees that is like 85. I’m so hot and uncomfortable.

I was so excited the baby was on its way and now I’m crushed. In the back of my mind I know he is still coming and that it will be soon, but I can’t help being upset. My carpal tunnel has been hurting bad, (all my fingers were numb and swollen my last 2 months of pregnancy) my feet are permanently swollen. The swelling started in my feet and has now reached my face. I’m all puffy and gross. The only thing good about the weather is flip flops. I don’t have to try and shove my feet in my tennis shoes anymore. I can’t do anything about my face though.

The thought of having to go back to work on Monday still pregnant kills me. I have the strength to see everyone’s pity looks. I am so annoyed at strangers. They literally feel they have to comment on the fact that I am very pregnant. “Wow you are huge!”, “Your going to go into labor any second!” and my favorite, “Are you sure you’re not having twins?” But I want to get out of the house sometimes too. So bored! I’ve gone for a walk, rolled on the exercise ball and I’m about to look up more stuff to do to get this thing going. I’m 39 weeks and 2 days.

Not Sexy

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