Reiss’s birthday week is here!
Our good friend Lynn Turner from Looking Back Photography took maternity photos for us two weekends ago. We had a wonderful time and the pictures are beautiful! I can’t wait to see the rest of them. You can view a small album from the day on Looking Back’s Facebook page (my hyperlinks aren’t working today, so you’ll just have to google all the information yourself -sorry!). Here is one of my favorites:
Update on last week’s appointments
For those of you who know all the keywords during pregnancy, here it goes. This may be too much information for some. If you are that person, scroll to the next paragraph. As of Friday, I am dilated to 1.5 cm, 70% effaced, and baby is at a -2 station, meaning she is lower in my pelvis than before. I’m hoping because my body is already preparing for child birth, induction will not last the 3 days the doctors said it could last. Feel free to take a guess at what date/time you think Reiss MaeLene will be born. Here are some guesses so far.
- Me – 11:28pm 10/3
- Roy- 7:57pm 10/3
- Mama Gay – 4:10pm 10/3
Over the river and through the woods, to Hope’s house we go…
With much excitement, as well as apprehension, I got everything packed – apart from a couple of items – yesterday for our trek to St. Louis to stay with my good friend Hope while I wait on the induction date. I said my goodbyes to my girls (pictured left), but I don’t think they were paying attention. I’ll miss them over the next 3-4 weeks (enter sad face here).
I’m thankful for great friends and family who have helped us along the way and continue to show their support. Not everyone has a friend who lives in the area and willingly provides housing for what could be almost a month. We are very grateful for that.
Today and tomorrow will be spent doing not much of anything. I plan on resting, cuddling up with Skip (pictured, right) and checking some work emails. Yes, I said it – work emails. I just can’t help myself. I’m ever-connected with my phone and my laptop. It makes it hard to not respond.
Roy will be here Tuesday evening, which marks 39 weeks! Wow. It has been slow, fast, exciting, scary, and everything in between over the past 39 weeks. What have I learned?
- It feels like there is an alien inside my belly. I keep picturing the restaurant scene from Space Balls where the alien jumps out of the man’s stomach and dances around (“Hello, my baby. Hello, my darlin’. Hello, my ragtime gaaaal.”). Fortunately, that hasn’t happened yet. And, frankly, I don’t expect her to come out singing during delivery…although, it would make for a great story.
- Pregnancy is beautiful??? A man or a hippie lady must have come up with that line. The only beautiful thing I can think of that is a result of this pregnancy is Reiss, and I haven’t seen her yet. Other than that…well, I won’t go into detail, but feel free to google “pregnancy” and see what you come up with if you haven’t already experienced it firsthand.
- Having kids is hard – and we haven’t even got to meet her yet! I was talking to a friend this week about the trials and tribulations of child bearing that each of us have experienced. The more people I talk to, the more stories I hear of medical procedures, miscarriages, and infertility. No one ever said getting pregnant or going through pregnancy would be such a challenge! Even for those who experience a “normal” pregnancy, it is hard to picture a worry-free pregnacy with all of the things that could go wrong – am i eating the right foods? working out too much? not enough? did she kick enough today? is that a cramp or a contraction or constipation? is she okay in there? I have a feeling this worrying will not end as we watch Reiss grow. The funny thing is, even going through this, and not seeing her yet, we will probably do it all over in a couple of years.
We know that we are blessed to get this chance to bring a child into the world. Some do not even get that chance. And I know what you’ll say after reading this – you just have to have faith. And that is exactly what we have learned over the past 39 weeks.
Thank you for your support
We have seen an out-pouring of support from a variety of people and places. I would like to extend a HUGE thanks to everyone who has helped us out – you know who you are! One in particular – the Marshfield community who has donated time, money and physical labor to help us out during this stressful time. This past Saturday we had a large group of parents and kids take time out of their weekend to help cut wood for our outdoor wood burning furnace and deliver it to our place so that Roy would have just one thing less thing to worry about this winter. We are grateful and blessed to have people in our lives willing to lend a hand. Thank you to everyone!
The next time you hear from us….we’ll be (gulp) parents! Have a great week!
-Sara, Roy C., Reiss