I'm still here, and still cooking!
It's possible that I had a minor tear, but it repaired itself & the fluid has replenished itself. (where's the "relieved" smiley? :LOL) NewBean is still inside and cooking, and my cervix is very low and a bit soft but still long & closed. Good stuff! Apparently NewBean is also sitting lower in my pelvis than she was, she just shifted and that's why my belly is smaller.
I told my doctor that I felt like I was being paranoid and he said that I wasn't nearly as paranoid as most people, and that he'd be nervous too if he'd been through what I had (not knowing for sure when my water had broken before). He says a lot of people start getting nervous if anything goes differently in the third trimester than it has been, and I actually seem less nervous than most. Funny, I felt like I was totally on edge! :LOL Then again, I am a much more laid back person in general since Eli was born... having a baby in the NICU changed my priorities (and Mike's) faster than anything else I've ever encountered. All of a sudden it felt like I was ridiculously close to the whole life cycle and I've never viewed things the same way since. I've heard that most women feel this way when they become mothers, but I wonder if it's so powerful for women who have nice, uncomplicated, healthy births. It seems to me that most people I've met are temporarily transformed and then slowly morph back into the people they were before... but I digress.
QoC, I totally sympathize about the terbutaline & procardia. Ick! I remember when I got my first shot of terbutaline, the contractions didn't stop... I spent 5 hours in the hospital lying around (they wouldn't even let me sit up in case Eli's head engaged) being miserable, waiting for the contractions to stop. I even got a shot of morphine for them twice, they were horrible..
Ickiness! I had to take terbutaline tablets, and then when those started making me too sick (too jittery to function --I couldn't button a shirt, and Eli was jittery too
) then they put me on procardia. Damn, that sucked! I was in school at the time and I was soooo depressed about missing classes! At any rate, that your contractions stopped after the first shot is a really good sign!
Eli is actively potty learning. Yesterday, I put him on the potty as soon as he woke up. He peed, and then he was dry for our entire car trip! An hour and a half!!
As soon as I got to my mom's house, I put the potty down and he peed again. My younger niece was downstairs and she clapped and said "Hooray to peepee potty! Hooray for Eli BeanBean! Yay! You are a big boy!" It was so sweet!
I just had to kiss her big round cheekies. :LOL He peed on the potty twice more, and I missed a few. I can't help but be impressed, but my mother is totally unsurprised. "You all trained like this, I thought it was normal. I always wondered what the big fuss was about potty training." Yes, but can't you just take a minute anyway and be impressed with your grandson, who is starting this on his own initiative younger than any of your grandchildren so far? (Older niece started at 18 months, younger at 2.5; 2.5 year old nephew is wearing pull-ups because his mother is insane but doesn't use the potty at all, to say nothing of regularly. For some reason, his mother thinks that if he wears pull-ups, he will magically potty train.
) Anyway, *I'm* impressed with Eli. Go EliBean!
My appetite has been sporadic. I don't think about food at all except for Eli, but then when Mike mentions eating and puts something down in front of me I inhale it. :LOL It's so strange. I wish I could just eat during the day, but I'm so busy trying to get things done! I found out last week that I can now get a lot of work done without too much pain from sciatica. In fact, I can't remember the last time I had a lot of pain from it.. I think the endorphine rush from actually getting something *finished* (putting the winter clothes away & reorganizing the dressers & closets for NewBean's arrival) totally cancelled out the pain (which was minor anyway). Kick ass!
Last night Mike found out that his annual physical is this morning (he thought it was May 26 instead of April 29. Turns out that's a dentist appointment. :LOL) He was really ticked off about it, because it meant he had to take his insulin and go to sleep without eating anything. That always puts him in a bad mood, because he used to have huge issues with having low blood sugar in the morning, and now he's got two people in bed with him. He put some birch beer (sugar water!) beside the bed and said if he started to get twitchy to get Eli away from him and start pouring the stuff down his throat, and fasting blood sugar be damned. I totally agreed and went to sleep.
I wasn't worried, though; the insulin he takes before bed tends to keep his blood sugar nice and even.
And now, I'm going to go count beads... you've all mailed them to me, right?
I want to go to AC Moore tomorrow or Saturday.. probably saturday so I don't have to take Rt. 11. :LOL