Monday, August 21, 2006

at least he's happy

A quick update:

More contractions last night, staying steady at 15 minutes apart from 1 a.m. to 4:30 a.m. After that, sporadic again. These contractions were in my belly, not my back, which is a good thing.

This morning, we went to the OB's for a non-stress test (a.k.a. NST) and a biophysical profile (a.k.a. BPP), which for the English-speaking world are two tests commonly done to make sure babies who are past their due dates are still doing OK in the womb. Haven't heard the BPP results yet (although the ultrasound technician did say he measures in at about 9 pounds, but probably weighs less than that because those estimates are famously inaccurate). (Tuesday update: He scored 8 out of 8! And he's on the high end of healthy weight.) But our boy passed the NST with flying colors! His heartrate did what it was supposed to do — went up when he moved, went down when he rested. He's a healthy little guy, and that thrills me. I practically promised him a car for his 16th birthday!

Our next round of NST and BPP is Thursday, followed by a meeting with the OB. If the Lemmondrop has not been born by then, that is. In which case, we are going to have to think very seriously about induction because I don't think the doctor is going to let us go past 42 weeks, and we'll be pretty close by then.

Today's mood: cranky and pissed off in the morning, more calm this afternoon. This patience thing can be pretty challenging. Plus, I almost blew a fuse when we checked in for our appointment at 10 a.m. and discovered they had us down for Tuesday, not Monday. Uh ... no. It was definitely Monday, and there was no way I was going to drive back home and wait another day for this. In the end, they were gracious and apologetic and managed to squeeze us in — and paid for our parking, too.

Tonight, if things don't get started in the labor department, we're going to attempt to hit the town and go see Low at Loring Park, part of the Walker's Summer Music and Movies series. It will be an adventure to see if I can handle an hour and a half of live music while sitting in a camp chair, but I'm game to try it.

Meanwhile, thanks as always for your thoughts and prayers. They are much appreciated!


liz said...

Tee hee - I bet when his 16th birthday rolls around you will want him nowhere near a car!

I'm so glad to hear that the tests went well. I'm reminded of a line from "Friends" when Rachel's baby is long overdue: "You've made such a nice home for her for the last nine months, she probably just doesn't want to leave!" Small comfort, I bet!

We continue to think of you... Have fun at the concert (but I hope you don't get to go)!

Susanne said...

Thanks for all the updates, Em. Sounds like in the long haul, things will be just fine.

Was talking to a lady at work, who had a very similar situation with her second child. She told me to tell you you're not alone!