The final countdown – and it’s much shorter than we thought!

We went from 3 weeks to go to 2 days to go with just one phone call.

This baby is not going to wait any longer. While my liver function results were fine, the second part of the test showed my bile salt levels were elevated so the obstetrician is pretty sure I have cholestasis.

When I got the call she said, “so I mentioned at our appointment that this would mean being induced in week 37. You were 37 weeks yesterday. So which would you like, Thursday or Friday?” Today is Wednesday, so without thinking I asked for Friday. It was surreal. Like booking in a hair cut, or massage.

This call came half an hour after my midwife had left the house. I had a pretty appaling tension headache last night that kept me up most of the night and lasted well into the day. She instructed me to get back into bed, drink lots of water and take some paracetamol. I had to call in sick for parent teacher interviews and went back to sleep. My midwife came by and did the usual checks and once she was satisfied I wasn’t suffering from preeclampsia she left.

After getting off the phone with the obstetrician, and realising I didn’t know the time of the big event, I text Mr. Million who was at school for parent teacher interviews and waited for the call back.

What followed has been a couple of hours of excited and teary phone calls and responding to texts with many exclamation points. The house is a tip, the car will have to miss its mechanic’s visit, and I have not watched nearly enough TV yet, but we are in the final countdown now, with fewer hours than anticipated.

So that’s it! I have to go in for another ECG to make sure the Peanut is happy in there tomorrow, and then Friday is the big day.

Mr. Million and I are both reeling in shock a wee bit, but also very excited to have a day to be ready for. I’m anticipating I won’t be blogging up a storm in the next few weeks, but I will try and get a post birth post as soon as is realistic.

Next time I blog, I’ll be a mum!

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31 comments

  1. Woohoo! Bring it on!! I’m praying that all goes well for you three. Don’t sweat about all the other stuff; it will get done and if not, then it wasn’t as important as you thought it was anyway.

    Hey at least you got some kinda break; my leave started three days *after* c was born! Enjoy every moment, mama :)

  2. I had a similar phone call with Milin who came early as I had preeclampsia and HELLP syndrome. It does really throw you! Hope you can get lots of rest and sleep in the next day and a half! All the very best for the induction, I’ll be thinking of you x

  3. Wishing you lots of luck for the birth! A very exciting, special time. Mine are 3 & 5 now and I can’t believe I’m out of the baby years already. xx

  4. Congrats! The next couple of days will be very exciting. Take care of yourself and I know I’m not the only reader who can’t wait to hear all about your experience and the peanut!!!

  5. VERY excited for you! I can’t wait to hear the announcement! Btw don’t worry – when you’re nursing your little one (if you plan to), there is *plenty* of time for TV watching. (If you bring her home right away…I just started reading your blog so I’m not up-to-speed on everything).

  6. Oh my gosh, yay!!! This post made my day. From one mom who “wasn’t ready” to another, I promise that you are, indeed, ready. Can’t wait to read your next post!

    1. Thanks :) I have to say this whole booking it in thing does really suit my personality quite well. I wasn’t looking forward to being at home with my midwife telling me not to go to the hospital yet. This way I’ll be at the hospital from the get go!

  7. Hey Tess – Congratulations! That’s exciting news. I was induced with a drip with Annika the way you’ll be induced tomorrow, so if you need it talked through just let me know! x

  8. I’m excited for you guys and praying it all goes smoothly! Looking forward to hearing from you more (when you’ve recovered a bit, of course!!)

  9. Oh how exciting. I can’t wait for a mummy update!!

    Will be thinking of you all tomorrow. Enjoy those precious new baby cuddles.

    Best wishes xxx

  10. Yay!!! I mean, it’s not good that you have some elevated levels and a concerned doctor–the yay is for being a mom and meeting your little beauty! Best wishes for a quick, smooth delivery and a holding a beautiful little one in your arms soon!! PS My girls were born at 37 weeks 3 days–it’s a perfect time for healthy, strong babies. :) Can’t wait to hear how it goes!

    1. I really need to talk to someone about what has happened in the last week. I everyone I think you might be the most likely to be able to relate. Is there anyway to private message on here? Or could I email you?

    1. Not so well no. These April babies are not working out so well. I haven’t started writing a post yet but sufficed to say we are in about the worst possible position you can think of in terms of her prognosis.

      1. I am so so sorry to hear things are not good. It is truly unfair after the roller coaster you’ve been on already. I am sure you’ve got friends and family close by but if you want a listening ear, from one mum going through a crappy time to another, you’re welcome to email me. Otherwise, I will keep you and your little one in my thoughts and prayers xx

      2. I am a huggies Mum that has been following your progress. So sorry to hear that things are not good for your peanut. We are here to support you and your family. Good luck with everything. I do know what it’s like to have a terrible pregnancy as we spoke early in your pregnancy regarding the heart condition.Thinking of you and your family. When you are ready please update us. Take care.

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