Thursday, October 29, 2009

Ironic! I want my mom!

After I wrote last night's post, I woke up at 11:30 pm with terrible contractions. They lasted until about 12:30 am when I took a bath. I was still up for a while after that, just waiting for my body to relax.

On top of this, it would seem that my precious 1st born is now sick. She was coughing a little on the way home yesterday, then more in the evening, then she woke up at 10 pm coughing. I gave her water, Vicks, honey, and held her in my lap (not an easy thing to do these days) in the easy chair so she could sit up. The coughing eventually subsided.

Until . . .

2 am. I'm still awake from my bout with the contractions and I hear her coughing . . . a lot. I go and wake her up, give her whatever I can to soothe the cough and put her back to bed. She laid there and coughed for another 30 minutes or so but they seemed to be tapering off, so I let her sleep.

I woke again at 5 am with her coughing. I went down and checked on her but she was asleep so I left her that way.

I mean . . . seriously! Why this week does my child get sick? She had a slightly runny nose this morning, which could have been from the coughing, but no fever to speak of. Her temp was 99.1 and then 98.5 so it wasn't much.

So, if you're the praying sort, please pray that the #2 child will wait just a while to come out (so we can gather ourselves and be ready and healthy) and that #1 child will recover very quickly (and that it's nothing serious). Oh, and it would be very nice indeed for me and Andrew to stay well so that we can attend to the matter of giving birth to another child!


I want my mommy! (How am I almost a mother of 2? Impossible.)


Anonymous said...

Wish I lived next door! At least, my prayers are with you.


Anonymous said...

How did you know that you didn't need to go to the birthing center?


Jaime said...

Jenny, this is a very simply explanation for something that usually takes a while to explain.

Real labor usually consists of contractions that get longer, stronger, and closer together. You can't usually talk through the contractions and they don't stop after switching activities. Usually practice contractions will stop if you switch activities (for example, I was laying down, so I got up and walked around a bit and got in the bathtub and they went away).

As far as how long you should wait, it is different for different people. Your birth coach should know the signs for active labor or transition and head to the hospital when those things happen.

I'm trying to explain something that we took 12 weeks to learn, so I'm probably not doing a good job. A birthing class and book are always a good idea!