Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Eviction Day

Well, I am done with my last doctor's appointment.

I am 3cm dilated and 75% effaced.  And we are going to induce on Monday, Oct. 4.  I will get to the hospital at 5:30am and they will start my pitocin then.

So the eviction notice has been inssued!  If Eli doesn't decide to come earlier, he will be here on Oct. 4. 

Doug says Eli has been waiting because he's already a big football fan and we can all watch the Troy game on tv on Tuesday and Oct. 9 is an off week for Alabama.  I don't know if I believe that, but if it's true, he's definitely his Daddy's son :)

Monday, September 20, 2010


I am home from my appointment.  We have definitely made progress.  I am 2 cm dilated and my doctor has said that at the absolute latest we will induce at 39 weeks, which is just 2 weeks from now.  She seemed to think that I will labor on my own before that, but at least we know we will NOT be waiting until 41 weeks to meet our monster man!

My doctor said that I definitely do not have an incompetent cervix, which basically means that the problems we had with Logan were simply bad luck, not a failure of my body. 

I was contracting quite a bit yesterday and last night so my doctor told me to go walk and come back when I'm having contractions every 5 minutes for one hour.  I am hoping that time comes sooner rather than later :)

Monday, September 13, 2010

Please Excuse the Exclamation Points...

I am finally done with my shots!  It is crazy to me that next week will be the first week in 21 weeks that I haven't gotten a progesterone shot! 

And on top of that, my stitch is scheduled to be removed at 7:30am this Friday!!  Friday is my doctor's surgery day so she's going to have me go to Labor and Delivery to have the stitch removed and then they will monitor me for a little while just to make sure there are no problems.

The appointment today went great.  I'm still doing really good, but there has been a slight change which just means that we are getting closer to bringing Eli home!  Dr. H did tell us that Eli is measuring slightly ahead at around 37 weeks instead of 36 and that he weighs around 5.5-6 pounds right now. 

Doug and I are both getting sooo excited!

Friday, September 10, 2010


A couple of weeks ago, while Doug and I were in Birmingham for a doctor's appointment, we got a call from my sister telling us that her husband had found a snake in between our screen door and door when he went to feed the dogs. 

The next day Doug dropped me off at work and went home with plans to mow the grass.  But when he picked up the gas can, he found another snake.  He killed it and then took pictures so that we could get it identified to make sure it was indeed a rattlesnake like we guessed.  I think we were both hoping it would be some kind of rat snake.  I mean it's bad enough to have a snake problem, but why do we get so lucky as to have a poisonous snake problem!

Our snake was identified as a rattlesnake and after a little bit of research I found out that they are born in groups of 5-20.  We let all of our neighbors know so that everyone would be paying attention.  Then we got some Snake-Away to put out around the house.  As much as I want the snakes gone, I was afraid the Snake-Away might be harmful for our dogs so I wouldn't let Doug put any in the backyard.  The next day a couple down the street found another snake in their carport.

Since then, we've been pretty vigilant, but we haven't seen anymore.

That is, until last night. 

I wasn't feeling very good so after dinner we went and got ready for bed so that I could sleep while Doug watched the Auburn game.  We brought the dogs inside for the night, but they were restless and Callie kept ringing the bell (yes, our dogs ring a bell when they want to go outside!) so Doug decided to let them back out for a little while since he was going to be up anyway. 

It wasn't long before we heard Callie barking like crazy.  She barks for lots of reasons, like people passing by, other dogs wandering the neighborhood, frogs in the backyard....  So Doug got up and looked out the window to see what was going on.  He could tell that all three of the dogs were surrounding something and snapping at it so he grabbed some shoes and a flashlight and ran outside to see what it was.  The next thing I know Doug's knocking on the side of the house with the flashlight and telling me to get the door. 

I opened the door somewhat hesitantly because I wasn't sure exactly what was going on.  Doug told me to get the dogs in and with a little bit of his help we got them all inside, even though they really wanted to be outside.  That's when Doug tells me what's going on.  When he got outside, Levi picks up a snake and comes running towards him.  Doug told him to leave it and thank goodness, he dropped the snake.  Doug said that Levi had killed the snake, that it's head was separate from it's body so we weren't worried about the snake going anywhere.

We looked the dogs over and didn't see any signs of snake bites so we put them in their kennels and Doug went outside to get rid of the snake.  I decided to turn on our computer so I could find out what the symptoms of a bite were just in case one of the dogs did get bitten and we just missed it.  While I was waiting on the computer I looked out the window and saw the snake laying in the grass, but didn't see Doug anywhere.  And that's when the dead snake started moving.  I was ready to run out the door to warn Doug when I saw his shovel come around the side of the house.  He had been right around the corner where I couldn't see him but he saw the snake moving too, and after a couple of swings the snake was really dead :)

When he came back inside, I asked if he was okay.  He kinda played dumb, not knowing that I had seen the whole thing, acting like the snake had been dead already.  When I told him that I saw it moving he told me that what he originally thought was the head separated from the body turned out to be the middle of the snake! 

Just call him Doug, The Snake Hunter :)

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

An End in Sight

I went to the doctor today, just like I have every Monday since late July.

But now there is an end in sight.

Next Monday I will get my very last progesterone shot!

And the following Friday, Sept. 17 my cerclage will be removed!!

I am so excited to see the end of my pregnancy approaching so quickly because that means I'll be seeing the beginning of our life with Eli very soon.

Everything went really well at my appointment today.  I'm still just cruising along, everything is completely normal and there has been no reason for worry. 

Just 4 weeks and 4 days until my due date :)

Wednesday, September 1, 2010