Thursday, December 11, 2008

Baby Update

Saw the doctor this morning and received quite a shock. Although I feel wonderful (full of Christmas cheer and everything), apparently my blood pressure is too high and I'm "dropping" protein in my urine (sounds yummy, right?). She has ordered me to "take it easy and rest." That means reduced work, stay off my feet (no more Christmas shopping, damn it), stay away from sodium (what the hell can I eat now?), etc. Needless to say, this was not in the plans. I have to go have my blood pressure checked again tomorrow morning. If it is worse, then I have to go in and see the doctor again. If it is okay, then I will see the doctor again on Tuesday. If my blood pressure has not improved, she will probably induce on Wednesday.

I will be 37 weeks on Saturday and that is considered full term, so I guess that is a pretty big milestone that the doctor wants to reach before George is delivered. I completely trust her judgment, so her obvious concern about the situation was a sobering experience for me. I guess I'll just do my best to take care of myself and my baby, and we'll go from there.

As for the normal part of my check up, I am dilated 3 cm - whoohoo! So, maybe little George will make an appearance on his own. My doctor is on call this weekend, so that would be just fine timing for me. Otherwise, I'm still expecting to gaze into the eyes of my precious newborn sometime next week. Little finger, little toes, I can't wait!

On another note, I'm completely jealous of the Houston crew who all got to experience hours of snow. We didn't see a single flake! What a rip. And let me tell you, Luke is totally heartbroken about it too. I mentioned that it snowed at Grandma's house and he asked if it snowed here. I said no. He started to tear up and I asked what in the world was wrong. He looked at me with big crocodile tears in his eyes and said, "Is Christmas over?" --- Ugh - back to this horrible misunderstanding that I may or may not have explained to all of you. Luke and Evie are insistent that it snows on Christmas and it is Christmas when it snows. In their minds, it absolutely, without a doubt WILL snow on Christmas. I've tried to explain that snow is a function of the weather, and not controlled by religious holidays, but apparently this is beyond their comprehension because every Christmas movie they watch shows it snowing on Christmas day. I guess that makes sense. The problem is trying to explain to them in February (when it is more likely to snow) that they aren't getting Christmas presents just because it snowed. Still, it is easier to explain that than it is to explain that they haven't missed Christmas this week and that they will still get their presents and Santa will still visit even if there isn't snow. Instead, they tell me (in their best I'm-smarter-than-you voice that it will snow on Christmas).--- So, I tried to reassure Luke that he hadn't missed Christmas, but he remained upset for at least 20 minutes until I was able to distract him with breakfast.

Any suggestions on how to clear up this misunderstanding?


Joan said...

Boy, oh boy, I'm at a loss. How do you convince them snow has nothing to do with Santa/Christmas? I can't think of even one movie that doesn't have snow on Christmas day.
Wait, what about the one Unaccompanied Minors? The mom lives in California and the kids go the the northeast to spend with their dad, but it does show the mom with no snow and TONS of decorations. Or maybe one of their cousins can call and explain no snow in the south. Let me know, Amy and Colt can call sometime.
On the baby note - Hurrah for dialating, Think "hot bath, warm and soothing" over and over, when they take your blood pressure tomorrow.
And, by the way, have you tried shopping online?

Theresa said...

shopping online would be great if I knew what I wanted. But, really, it is missing some of the christmas spirit that goes along with fighting the bustling crowds and wishing the sales people "happy holidays." You know how much I love everything about the holidays. Right now, my biggest concern is trying to figure out what I can eat that is low in sodium. This sucks!