Thursday, December 13, 2007

It's go time...

Well, after months of waiting, it is time to have a baby.

One way of the other, Jim and I will be parents tomorrow.

Dr. Gibbs has decided to induce me, with no argument from this peanut gallery. I have been feeling progressively worse the last few days, and my pressures have been very unstable throughout the day.

I will be given an IV and a Cervidil suppository Thursday night between 8 and 9 pm. This will prepare my cervix for labor. Friday morning, I will be moved to a Labor & Delivery birthing suite, where the Cervidil will be removed and Pitocin will be administered. The Pitocin will start and/or intensify my contractions. I will be able to get my epidural very early in this process, so I'm not really too fearful of the whole labor thing (I'm more apprehensive about the IV tonight....that never goes well).

Dr. Gibbs said that we will know fairly quickly if the induction is working, as he does not plan to let me labor for more than 8-12 hours. If Sprout hasn't made his appearance by early afternoon, we will begin discussing a c-section.

As I'm typing this, I'm realizing how absolutely exhausted I am. Ambien is no longer working too well, and I'm running on about 4 hours of sleep....

So, I'm gonna take a nap and try to store up some strength.

I will close with this. PLEASE do not take offense to this, and know that it is NO reflection of how grateful Jim and I are for the support and love you all have shown: while we will happily announce the birth of our son as soon as we can, we are asking that once you receive word of his birth, please respect our wish for privacy while we are hospitalized. I have been told repeatedly that I will regret asking friends and family to refrain from visiting while we are still in the hospital, but this is a decision that Jim and I have made together. There is a very great chance that I will not be allowed to have visitors, and given the high-risk nature of this pregnancy and delivery, we -- and Dr. Gibbs -- feel it is best that we use the first days of Sprout's life to bond as a family and for me to recover.

Once we are home and settled, we would welcome friends and family to stop by, and celebrate with us the arrival of our son. Thank you, all, for your continued love and support. More updates to come!

13 comments:

Diana said...

Best wishes for tomorrow, I hope everything goes smoothly! It's very exciting!!! Can't wait to see pics of Sprout!

Juliacooks said...

Woo Hoo! I bet you are excited. We will be praying for a safe delivery.

Steve&Heather said...

Good luck tomorrow, we'll be thinking of you!

You're going to be mommy and daddy soon!

Just a girl in the south said...

Good luck!! Can't wait to read all about it!

Katie said...

Good luck tomorrow. I will be thinking about you and TNO!!

Aunt Cathi said...

Aunt Cathi,
Well, here is wishing you all good luck and can't wait to hear the good news.I am sure all will turn out with great joy for you all. We are praying for you all and thinking of you.THERE IS NO JOY GREATER THEN A CHILD.

Love Aunt Cathi

Mandy said...

i was just thinking about you the past couple days, so i'm glad i checked in on ya! how exciting that the baby will be hear before you know it! i wish i could pass on my quick labors to you, but it doesn't sound like it's gonna be that way! i'm glad you can get the epidural at least. i never had time to get one, cuz it was all so fast, but if it was gonna be slow i totally wanted one! i'm so excited for you guys! i can't wait to see pics of the little cutie and hear all about the labor details! :) praying for you guys!!!! so i should fly down to be there for the event, that's what i was getting from what you wrote. lol :) jk. enjoy the bonding time! :)

Michelle said...

We will be praying for you today! Happy Birthday Sprout!

Joshua and Michelle

Crista said...

M,
Just saw this post tonight. Wanted you to know that I love you and am praying for you. Hope everything went well for you today and that it didn't take too long :O) I'll be praying for you as you recover! Take care, girl.

Love you,
Jeremiah and Crista

sara & doug said...

Congrats on the HEALTHY baby! I'm so excited to meet him!! And a note from THIS peanut gallery, I really don't think you will regret asking people to stay away while you are in the hosptial. Been there, done that. I'll tell you more later. :) Love to you all!

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Aunt Cathi said...

Aunt Cathi and UNCLE MERT both say way to by the way baby was born 6:06 wt 5lb2oz and 19 in long i will let monica and jim tell you name but they are both doing fine as is daddy
Love ya kids and take care of S oops i will just say sprout. lol
Love Aunt Cathi

Aunt Joyce said...

Such happy God-blessed news!!! So glad to hear the health of Monica and baby are doing just fine - according to Grandpa Gregory. A time of rejoicing!!! So glad for you three. Enjoy counting fingers and toes and planting kisses for growing. with love, Aunt Joyce and Uncle Paul

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