The next day we had a Dr's appointment. Dr. Folkestad confirmed that Laken is very low and head down. However, the cervix is still closed and thick so he is hopeful that she will hold tight for another 3 weeks, when it would be OK for her to come! I have been telling Chase that I can feel that the end is near. I just feel different: my belly is lower, the contractions feel like they are getting stronger (despite the terbutaline to stop them), and there is now a lot of pressure. I am certainly not hoping for an early delivery, but my intuition tells me to get ready NOW! Our bags are packed, just in case. If Laken is able to stay in, we are tentatively scheduled for induction on the 11th of August.
We are now all moved into the condo in Chandler! Special thanks to Grandma Peggy and Cousin Michaela.....we would not have been able to do it without you! Pictures of Laken's finished nursery to come!
Newsbreak: Laken's little friend was welcomed to the world by our good friends Mike and Lindsey Roughton on June 23, 2010. Brynnlea Opal Roughton was 9lbs 11 oz, and 21 inches long. Both Brynnlea and Lindsey are doing well and we can not wait to meet her!
Aunt Dusty makes really soft and comfy blankets for the whole family. She made a special one fore Laken too!
Chase's first week in Flagstaff was a hard one for us all. I cried when he left and I think he had a tough time saying bye to Laken too (he rubbed my belly and said, "bye baby" for a little longer that usual when he left:) When I arrived home from work I was so surprised to find little notes to me and Laken all over the house! The final one was a poem under the covers on my side of the bed!
"I have been watching your tummy video and thinking………
I wonder what that little bean of yours is doing in there? Do you suppose she is a dancer and dancing to the rhythm of her mother’s heart? Do you suppose she is a scientist testing the walls of her little world all warm and cozy with curious noises from an outside place? Do you suppose she is a caring person worried about the welfare of her mother (I know she feels your tears of concern, you know). Do you suppose she is an athlete stretching her muscles and testing her stamina to see how long she can kick just so? Do you suppose she is a traveler anxious to see other places and go wherever her wee legs can take her? Do you suppose she is a dreamer who after a whirlwind of activity and stimulation falls asleep in mommy’s tummy and dreams of things known only to her? She very well could be any of these things or all of them but mostly I think she is a little angel sent to spend the rest of your life with so that you will know the miracle of life and know how very precious we all are in God’s love. You are never closer to feeling God’s hands until you are part of the miracle of life and you indeed carry a wee miracle in that tummy of yours right now.
I love you sweetie,
Today we went in for another Dr.'s visit. I am still having the central pain in my right abdomen and back. They ran a few tests and my kidney infection is healing! However, we discovered that the pain is a result of gallbladder issues. They did an ultrasound to take a peak at it and the gallbladder is misshaped (from the pregnancy) and also appears to have stones in it. It is quite painful but they are unable to remove the gallbladder since I am so far along. If it continues to cause me problems after delivery I may have to have it removed. For now I have to take pain medications and change my diet to help alleviate the pain. Since we were there, they said we could do our 3D DVD ultrasound as well! Here is a picture from this. Laken has her eyes open and her chord is covering her lower lip and chin. Once again she is camera shy so they decided to schedule another appointment for the actual DVD on the 28th. We are hoping to be able to post the DVD on the blog later this month!
Laken Rain Simpson