Originally a CaringBridge post. Link to original post is the date.
So I said I might post on Monday after my appointment, I obviously didn’t. My appointment ran late, then the next day I was busy. Therefore today, as always, became my day for updates. Sorry for any suspense I put you in! Thank you for everyone who has checked in with me/us! I know I can’t and don’t always respond to everyone but I really do appreciate it.
Well 41 weeks. That’s a momentous feet for a baby with Anencephaly. Apparently there’s only a 5% chance of this happening. Although knowing many in this community, I don’t think it’s quite that low. At the current moment my body basically wants to give up. I washed windows today and within a minute of doing it was winded and my back hurt. I’m pretty sure if I laid on the couch all day, my body would like me much more. Aerilyn is still being a wicked active little girl, growing stronger by the day. Although I do love her kicks, being this far along, they hurt. And not hurt like ouch every once in a while. No, she makes her movements and kicks hurt for minutes if not hours. Feisty little thing.
On to my doctors appointment. We officially picked our induction date; Tuesday December 15th, 2015. We have less than a week left with her and trust me when I say the minute a date was narrowed down was the minute my anxiety kicked into high gear and it certainly hasn’t stopped. I will have to call on Tuesday morning at 6:30 am to find out when I need to go in. Once I’m there we’ll start with the induction process. With Kanin, it went pretty quickly. Although because we’re attempting to keep my waters intact, it might take a bit longer than it did with him. Who knows! It’s a guessing game on how long it’ll take. Some inductions take days! Uhh no thanks! From start to finish, Kanin’s took 8 hours. We’re still hoping she goes/stays breech when I’m in labor. At the moment she’s in a cat like position in my ribs. Definitely not feet or head down.
This week has already gone by really quickly and I’m not too happy about that. Between cleaning, last minute prep and trying to make the most of the time we do have.. it’s wayyyyyyyy too fast. Tomorrow night my sister, BIL and nephew will be here, followed by my mom and step dad a few days later. It’ll be nice having them up here to help with Kanin and spend a day or so with me before I give birth. None of them have ever seen me pregnant! Guess 41 weeks is a good time as any to see someone. LoL. Today while at Target, in less than five minutes I had two women ask me how far along I was. Then to see their faces when I said 41 weeks and I’m being induced on Tuesday was interesting. I couldn’t kill their spirit and tell them she’s not going to be the “Christmas present” they were imagining. Sucks that even now I can’t be excited about her birth. Don’t get me wrong, I’m anxious to meet her like any other parent. It’s the after that I’m not looking forward too. That after part kills much of my joy. Bah hum bug.
Squeakers the kitten is still doing well. She’s a bit mischievous and still has to be watched, but still adorable. More cat-dog-meetkat than anything. What cat eats things off the floor, sniffs for food and loves belly rubs? Apparently mine. Kanin is doing well as well. Today he was blowing on my belly saying his sister was in there. Seems today everyone is about Aerilyn.
Well I’m not sure what else there is to say at this point. We’re trying to enjoy our remaining days with Aerilyn as best as we can and be prepared as possible. I may or may not write another post before I give birth. Same goes with afterwards, there may or may not be an announcement once she is born until we’re fully ready. It’s all up in the air. So until I post, see or talk to anyone again, I guess just keep us in your thoughts a much as possible and know we appreciate everything everyone has done for us and Aerilyn. She truly is a special little girl who deserves so much more than the hand she’s been given. ❤
Happy 41 weeks Baby Girl.