I have absolutely loved being pregnant. Besides the typical problems (swollen feet and ankles, getting sick more easily, and constantly being exhausted) I have had a pretty easy pregnancy. I've had very very little morning sickness, and no extra concerns about our little girls progress. I am very grateful for this. I feel so bad watching family members who are also pregnant feeling awful and being very sick, when every time someone asks me how I'm doing I can honestly respond "I'm doing great, thanks!"
Things can change pretty quickly though. On March 5th, I went in for a doctors appointment and left very happy because everything was going exactly as it should be. Our doctor had no concerns about the baby, so we just scheduled our next appointment for two weeks later. The next morning, I woke up and kissed Scott goodbye as he left for work. Moments later, I started to get cramps. My first thought was that they were Braxton Hicks, or the false labor contractions. I remembered my doctor and the teacher from our Childbirth Prep Class saying that by drinking water, going to the bathroom, and laying down in different positions should make them go away pretty quickly. I tried, but they wouldn't go away, in fact it was getting worse. I tried to wait it out but after about two hours, I was getting nervous. I called the doctor and went in to see them early that afternoon. They hooked me up to a monitor to watch Chloe's heart rate and check to see if I was having contractions. And... I was! I was at 33 weeks, so it was scary thinking this could mean Chloe could be getting here sooner than expected. She wasn't ready or done developing. My contractions were only a minute apart and were not going away. They sent me to the hospital where they continued to monitor me. I was given a shot to help them go away, and when that didn't work, they gave me a pill instead. This helped dull the contractions. After they watched me long enough to know there was no concern of Chloe coming that night and my contractions were going away, they released from the hospital with a prescription to continue taking that medication if the contractions came back.
Though this scare made me worry, I felt so bad for Scott who just sat by and had to hope everything would work out. He was so nervous. On our way home, he started making a list of things we needed to get for our bag when we go to the hospital. We hadn't had the baby shower at this point and he was very concerned because we didn't have most of the things we would need once Chloe is born, most specifically the car seat! We decided it was best to wait for the baby shower before going out and getting everything. If she were to come early, we knew it would work out and we would have help from family and friends to get the necessities. We did however, get most of the things we would need for our hospital bag if I did go into labor.
The contractions have continued coming back since then, but the prescription has helped them to go away temporarily. Now that I am 36 weeks, they had me go off the medication because she is developed enough that we know she would be okay if she were to come early. She could be here anyday. This has both Scott and me with a crazy amount of mixed emotions. We have our concerns and are nervous, but how can we not be. Mostly, we are excited and can't wait for her to get here. We already love her so much and just want to meet her.
Now, we have had the baby shower, which was absolutely wonderful. It was so nice to see everyone and celebrate our little girl on the way. We are so grateful for all the gifts we have gotten to help us prepare for her arrival. So thank you to everyone who participated in that celebration with us. It means so much!
We took lots of pictures, which I want to share and I also wanted to keep a record of all the awesome memories and a reminder of the gifts we received. Here are some I want to share! Thank you to all of you who shared that day with me and helped to spoil our little girl!