Tuesday, November 11, 2008

LIBERATION

I screamed it in the car as we pulled out of the doctor's office, "I'm free." Free from the side effects of tocolytic drugs. Free from the confines of my bed, my room, my second floor, my house. At 36 weeks and 3 days I have been released to be a "normal" pregnant lady for the few weeks that may remain before I give birth.

Unfortunately, nearly 16 weeks of inactivity have left my body in a state that resembles jello. My muscled are weak. My back aches if I even sit up for too long. I am trying to take it slow. Stretching. Alternating time on my feet with time resting. I even have to lay down every now and then.

But last night, I prepared dinner for the first time in months. It was so lovely to feel like I contributed to the family cause in some way other than being an incubator. Today I am preparing curried acorn squash soup. In the fall months, I am a soup making junkie... And this is my first go for this season. Cooking is so glorious. I forgot how much I love it.

My brother and mom are coming for the day. My mom will be helping with the usual: laundry, housework and the like. My brother will be finishing the semigloss in the baby's room - which will finish the interior. By tonight, the dresser should be in and that will allow me to fill it full of baby clothes. It is a first step towards really being ready for the boy to come. I'll post more pics as I can. I hope the remainder of the furniture may arrive this weekend.

My OB jokes that he thinks I will go past term. I am hoping that I go into labor before thanksgiving. I am 2.5-3 cm dilated and 80% effaced. So I have a head start. We'll see. A little less that 24 hours off of the meds and I can not say I feel any different. I am not having a lot of contractions. Some cramps through the night. But that is it. I am scheduled to go back to work in mid-January, so going past due started to present a very real problem. Oh, the irony!!!

8 comments:

heather moore said...

I'm so happy for you Meredith! Enjoy your last few days with just you and your hubby.

Another Dreamer said...

Yay! Sorry for the wobbly jello feeling though.

jenn said...

YAY!!!!!!!! Welcome to the world normal pregnant lady! Enjoy your last few days (weeks?) & walk proud in all your jello glory!

Susanna said...

Wow this is such good news!! So so happy for you. xoxx

G$ said...

OMG, you totally need to listen to the song Freedom by George Michael, on repeat all day, every day til D'J shows.

sara said...

Happy liberation!!! Sorry for the long radio silence - just things have been crazy. I've become a slave to the breast pump as gross as that sounds. It seems like if I don't do it every 2 hours things slow down and Brynn is actually starting to eat a bit more, thank heavens. I am so excited to see this post from you. Does it feel surreal? You have somewhat rejoined the rest of the real world. But saying that is completely useless i know. You and I both know it will be a while before either of us feel completely apart of it again, LOL! I need to get back to my emailing - because I miss ya something awful. Sorry - you've been too good of a support to me through this - now you're stuck with me! ((hugs))

Jenae Freed said...

Congratulations!!!! Have fun with your freedom and baby prep!

Meg said...

Wow, you are such an inspiration Meredith! I am a huge fan of a doula - they can also tell your hubber that the demon in the bed is actually normal and beautiful!!! How can you not want something as magical as that?