So, like I've posted before, I have partial placenta previa, and the doctors are trying to get me to 39 weeks, at which time I'll have a c-section.
Well, I'm not quite 36 weeks, and I have been having a lot of contractions on and off for a few days. I thought they weren't a big deal because they are Braxton Hicks, but apparently they aren't good. I pulled a muscle jumping out of the pool to chase DD yesterday, and went to the doctor because it hurt "down there." They hooked me up to the monitor at the hospital, and I was contracting every 5 min. I'm not dilated, so that's good, but because of the previa, they are concerned about the contractions since I can't go into labor on my own. They gave me an IV for a couple of hours to rehydrate me in case that was the problem (I drink a lot of water and milk, so I really don't think that's the issue, but it is super hot outside, so maybe I'm not drinking enough for the weather).
Anyway, they finally sent us home, and now I'm up after having a ton of contractions for the last few hours. The doctor seemed pretty concerned yesterday, and has set a tentative c-section date for 38.5 weeks, but said she wouldn't be surprised if the baby comes before that, and now they are just focused on getting me to 37 weeks. :-(
I am so worried right now about this baby staying in there long enough, and I'm worried that I'm just going to start bleeding or my water will break, neither of which will be a good thing. DH is staying home today so I can rest since I'm still sore from yesterday, but I SAH with a toddler, so I can't exactly sit and not move. The doctor said sticking her in front of the TV for two weeks won't hurt her, but seriously, how realistic is that??? She loves Sesame Street, but watches it for about 30 min/day. I'm pretty sure she would get over the excitement of all day TV really quickly. And we can only read her favorite ten books while I sit on the couch for so long before she starts to get antsy, grabs her shoes, and waits by the front door to go play. :-)
And I know this sounds silly, but I have SO many things I want to get done before this baby is supposed to be here, and I feel like every time I do anything DH and my mom are going to be giving me a hard time. He said he will take care of everything, but you all know how it is. You want to prepare for a baby. I feel like I'm entering that nesting phase, and I can't just sit here. For the record, I'm not officially on bed rest, but I was told to keep my feet up as much as possible and calm down our crazy activity schedule. Blah.
On top of all of this, our screened porch/deck contractors are starting sometime in the next two days, and are supposed to finish up in two weeks, which was going to be a full week before baby. Now I can't help but think that they may still be here when baby comes, which isn't the end of the world, but just one more thing to deal with. We've already paid the deposit and they obtained permits yesterday. I just want it over and done with.
If you've made it this far, thanks for reading. I just needed to vent. I thought getting to 39 weeks would be tough, but now I'd just be happy to get to 37 weeks. The thought of a preemie baby in the NICU scares me to death.