I went to my doctor appointment last Tuesday and they had me do another Non-Stress Test. The NP told me that things were looking good and then said, “So, do you have a date scheduled for an induction yet?” I was like, “ummmmnooo….” She went on to explain that since they were monitoring me so closely for my blood pressure, that they would schedule me to be induced because they never let ladies with high blood pressure go to their due dates. Then she said, “I’ll go check with the doctor who’s here today – I’ll be right back.” I sat there waiting for her thinking about how whenever they’d talked induction previously, I’d always thought that they meant that if my blood pressure went super high again then they’d pull the trigger on it. I didn’t realize that it was something that they’d do as a matter of course.
The NP came back in the room a few minutes later and said, “OK, you’re going to come back on Friday for your scheduled ultrasound. Then on Monday, you’ll check in to Bellevue at 6:30pm. We’ll give you a cervix softener and then the next morning you’ll get pitocin. Then the doctor will be by to deliver your baby – probably sometime in the afternoon.” I was so taken off guard that all I could do was say, “OK!”
So now it’s almost 5pm on Monday and my bags are packed and I’m ready to go. This all seems so very surreal. It was nice to have a bit of warning last week so that I could finish things up at work and make sure that everything would be covered while I’m out. I also got to spend some time with Alex last week and this weekend just enjoying being together. We went out Saturday nigh for dinner a Aperetivo, which is probably my favorite restaurant. We also got a lot of things done that had been lingering. Alex put together some baby gear and hung a big shelf in the nursery while I put the finishing touches in there. I am so happy with the way it turned out!
To view a flickr slideshow of photos of the entire room, click here: http://www.flickr.com/apps/slideshow/show.swf?v=109615
I’ve been alternately excited and nervous today. I’m sure that everything will go well tonight/tomorrow – and if things don’t go according to plan and I end up with a c-section, it will all be fine in the end. I can’t believe that by this time tomorrow I will likely have a baby in my arms!! Wish me luck!