Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Benjamin James Santos is here!

At 1:06pm this afternoon, Benjamin James Santos finally graced us with his presence! Weighing in at 6lbs 8oz and 19 1/2 inches long, he's doing great! Here is one quick picture to whet your appetite. I'll post more as we take more and get the labor/delivery story up soon!


Thank you all for your prayers!!! This delivery was so blessed by the Lord!


In Christ,

Terra Santos

Saturday, April 25, 2009

One day shy of 39 weeks: Frustration

Frustration: that could explain my attitude this morning. I pray the Lord gives me grace and patience that I desperately need right now.

At about 10pm last night, I started getting regular contractions. They were increasing in strength and coming between 8-10 minutes apart. I tried falling asleep (with no luck)and about 1 am, I decided I must be in true labor and might as well get ready. I showered, finished packing, James cleaned around the house and I played around on the internet a little to pass the time. At about 3am, I decided to sit down and actually time the contractions again as I'd been ignoring them for a bit. By 3:30 or so, they completely stopped!!! Contractions weren't the only sign that made me believe I was in labor. I had a great increase in pelvic pressure that left me hardly able to walk. The other sign will remain undescribed. SO... all that being said, I got about 4 hours of sleep last night and for no good reason. :(

Benjamin is still moving around like a little jitterbug... just not moving out yet. One day...

Take care,
Terra

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Week 38: Nearing the End?

That's the question... AM I nearing the end of this pregnancy? I just got home from my weekly OB visit and it was a semi-exciting one. First, I've gained the weight back that I lost last week so that was good. My BP was great (100/71). As I write this, I'm 38 weeks, 4 days pregnant. You may recall that last week, nothing had changed with my progress. I've continued to have tons of contractions this week, thinking labor was near on several occasions, only to then have nothing happen. Well, apparently the contractions are actually doing something again. Today she said I was almost 3 cm dilated, 60% effaced and at a -1 station. Definitely more exciting news than last week. I know this still doesn't mean labor is necessarily right around the corner... but it does excite me that the contractions are actually doing something! She mentioned the possibility of stripping my membranes, if I was interested. I've heard that it was painful and she said it was uncomfortable but not much different than the exam itself. I then asked her what would be the chance that it would cause my water to break sooner than later as a result. She said it would probably increase it. I told her I was hoping to keep my water as long as possible as I remember how much stronger the contractions got with Hannah once it broke. She totally understood and said in that case, she wouldn't recommend the membrane stripping. Glad that was an easy decision. If this baby doesn't come in the next week... I may reconsider... we'll see.

Another thing that was encouraging was that Benjamin was still head down. In the past week, he's been moving around like crazy and I was a bit anxious that he may no longer be head down. She estimated (by feel) that he was probably right around 6 lbs, give or take.

We finished off a semi-busy week this week and now there is very little scheduled for the next several. I'm very excited about that. I got to visit my friend Sarah in the hospital yesterday after she delivered little Maggie. I'll officially be the last of the 4 of us girls to have her baby. Oh well! ;)

Well, I know this was kind of short compared to usual but Hannah is down for a nap and I'm going to try to sneak one in as well. Please continue to pray for us!

Take care...
Terra

Saturday, April 18, 2009

My friend Courtney's Delivery

This is too funny and happened last Sunday night. You have to read it for a good laugh... ;)

http://thebells.wordpress.com/2009/04/17/the-birth-story/

Take care,
Terra

Week 37: The Wait Continues

I was hoping to skip this week's journal and go straight into a Labor & Delivery journal - so much for that! ;) Well, here's the scoop.

Had my OB appointment Thursday. No further dilation or effacement. The only exciting part was that my cervix was now "really easy to get to" versus a challenge to reach. I had actually lost 3 1/2 lbs in a very short time but since I was sick last weekend, they attributed it to that and didn't seem concerned. I was happy about that! I really liked the doctor I saw this time. She was super nice and helpful. Just had an overall spirit of joy - I wonder if she happens to be a Christian... hmmmm... But when I deliver, it's whoever is on call so I don't want to get my hopes set on anyone in particular. The nurse was really sweet too.

All that being said, we're anxiously awaiting this little guy. More than anything, we're just excited to meet him and see what this new member to our family looks like. I mean, it's always up in the air with a biracial baby... Of course, the chances of him looking primarily Asian are still incredibly high but you never know!

It was a pretty low key week overall (which is always nice). James had 3 days off work from Meijer and so we actually had a decent amount of family time. Of course he still had to work his chaplaincy as well as finish preparing for tomorrow's sermon but it was still peaceful as a whole. Easter was a joy. You can see pictures on our last post. James' parents come into town this week so it'll probably be a little busier - in a good way.

I guess that's it for this week. The wait continues.....

Take care,
Terra

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Week 36: OB Scare & Anticipation

What a crazy week this past week was and I'm glad it's over! ;) First off, the baby shower. It was a great time with family and friends but definitely a busy weekend. My family all left on Monday and I crashed from exhaustion. Tuesday afternoon I had another OB visit. It started off very typical. I've bumped up to 33lbs weight gain, normal everything else. I had dilated to 1cm and nearly 50% effaced. That was exciting to hear. However, we had a pregnancy flash back with the measuring of the belly!

Nurse Practitioner [NP] (after measuring my uterus size twice): What did the doctor say your measurements were last time?
Me: She didn't give specifics. Just told me they were fine.
NP (measures again, seems concerned).
Me (starting to get anxious): Why?
NP: Well... (measures again) I'm only measuring you at 32, maybe 32 1/2 weeks.
Me (trying not to freak out): ummmmm......
NP: You have an ultrasound scheduled next week, right?
Me (still trying not to freak out): yes.
NP: I'd like to go ahead and have you do the ultrasound today, just to make sure. Hopefully, he's just in a strange position and it's throwing off my measurements.

At this point, I'm remembering my pregnancy with Hannah. Almost the same conversation, same plan (though different OB office), etc. With Hannah, after the ultrasound revealed her waist was measuring 3 1/2 weeks behind, I was quickly induced the next day. Would this be a repeat?!

Long story short (and in a good way), the ultrasound revealed nothing frightening. Though Benjamin is measuring small (26th percentile), there was nothing worrisome or abnormal about him. He was well proportioned (according to the U/S tech) with no signs of distress or any problems. He WAS in an interesting position. His head was about as low as it could be and he was curled up in a tiny little ball. Yet normal! Praise the Lord! I was scheduled to come back in to my next visit next Thursday... Whew!

The busyness continued through the week. There was pretty much something going on every single day. Thursday night, I'm almost certain I felt Benjamin "drop." I didn't experience that with Hannah. Then Friday, I came down with a horrible bug. It felt like the flu again but by God's grace, only lasted about 24hrs. It was a miserable few hours but short - praise God. Saturday I was still trying to regain strength but finally felt better today. I've also had crazy allergies acting up for about 4 days now... What's with me and sickness?

James and I think this baby will be here this week. I'm full term now (as of Easter Sunday) though I'm not due till May 3rd. However, with the progression that I've made and the fact that I continue to have tons of contractions, we don't think it'll be long. I actually thought I was going into labor last night. I had pretty regular contractions about 15-20 minutes apart for a few hours... then I fell asleep and didn't wake up again for 4 hours. Rats. Any day now Benjamin... any day. ;)

As I write this post, my friend Courtney is in labor with her fourth child. I pray the labor and delivery go smoothly and look so forward to hearing about it all! She's one of the 2 awesome ladies that was due about the same time as me. Yay!

Well, I feel like I've written a book, so I'll stop. Maybe the next time I write it'll be my labor and delivery story!!! ;)

Take care,
Terra

Friday, April 3, 2009

Week 35: Exciting stuff!

Yesterday was my latest OB check up and it was nice and exciting. I'll be 36 weeks pregnant Sunday - almost full term! Good blood pressure 102/60, only gained 1 lb (for a total of 31), and my uterus measurements were right on target. The best part? I was a fingertip dilated and starting to soften... whoo hoo! At 38 weeks with Hannah, I still had a "long" cervix with practically no dilation - and I was induced! I know it could still be several weeks before Benjamin arrives but it's exciting that my body is preparing none the less!

And I finally decided to try and go natural again - unless I have to be induced unexpectedly towards the end. This time, I'm going with the help of a doula named Betsy. She's a friend from church, trained and working towards certification. What a blessing it was that the Lord lead me to her! I'm very excited. Though I know it will not be a piece of cake, it's exciting anyway.

Benjamin continues to grow and move around regularly. He has a preferred location - bottom up, feet in my right side. Unless I'm laying on my left, he's almost always hanging out in that position - at least since my last ultrasound.

Today Hannah and I accompanied our neighborhood playgroup to a local nursing home to visit and give Easter wishes. Afterwards, we were treated to lunch and enjoyed time with friends and moms at Chick-fil-A's playground. I've really enjoyed getting to know the ladies in my neighbhorhood and have become great friends with them.

With my mom coming into town tonight, my sister and her kids tomorrow, it should be a busy weekend - but a fun one!

Until next time...
Terra