Thursday, March 29, 2012

Skippy Says: 21 Weeks (Pregnancy Journal)

21 Weeks

Dear baby girl,

You may still be little, but I'm not going to sugarcoat things for you-- this has been a rough week, with an especially rough day today to top it off. Some might even say a horrible, terrible, no good, very bad day.

First of all, I should tell you that you've officially earned your very first spanking. What's that you say? You thought I didn't believe in spankings as a form of discipline? Well, you just may have changed my mind. You see, earlier this week my stomach felt really hard at night. I mean, it always feels hard, but it felt rock solid hard. And I felt some tightening, as well as some pain that went along with it. So naturally I turned to the internet for comfort. And this is probably a good point to remind you it's not nice to laugh at your mama. Google told me this could be a sign I was going into pre-term labor. Um, that's not comforting. What up with that google? I thought we had an agreement. It was about 11:30 at night at this point, so I frantically called the hospital. The doctor on call I spoke with was just about as comforting as google. She said it could be pre-term labor, and if it was there was nothing they can do because I wasn't far enough along yet for you to be viable, so, you know, just try to get some sleep. Um, right, sleep.

At this point, the only thing that could even mildly comfort me was the thought of feeling you move so I would know you're ok. Except you refused to. All. Night. Every single other night you have moved multiple times. But that night, the night I really needed you to, you refused to budge. I tried eating, drinking, and laying super still in a ton of different positions. And still nothing. I called the hospital the next morning and spoke with a much more helpful doctor who explained that this was normal, and could be caused in large part because I had a cold. And then, only then, did you begin wiggling around again. Like, JUST KIDDING MOM, I really pulled your leg there, huh? I think we could all agree you deserve a serious spanking for that little stunt.

And then there was today. The horrible, terrible, no good, very bad today. How about you let me complain about it, I'll carry you around in my tummy for 9 months and go through labor and delivery with you, and then we'll call it even. Deal?

The baby girl I nanny for was sick and fussy. My computer crashed and the people at the store told me I had to get my entire hard-drive replaced. Oh, and the fact that I haven't backed up my computer for the last 7 months means that all the photos, music, documents, and new data accumulated in that time was lost. Unless of course I want to pay anywhere between $600-$3000 to maybe get it restored. And then when I got home I realized I had lost the key to the house so I sat on a stoop in the rain waiting for my dad to come with a spare one to save the day. I have to warn you, if you grow up to be the kind of person that responds to my first world whining with "don't you know there are people starving in Africa?" I'm going to have to kick you in the balls.

Here's hoping for a better week next time.




  1. Oh, how scary! I am sorry you had to go through that, but luckily all is well and baby girl is just fine. And I am so sorry for your horrible day. That really sucks about your computer. Ugh. I hope the rest of this week and weekend start to look up for you! xoxo.

  2. I'm sorry you had to go through that! Thankfully, everything is better now. It definitely poured on Tuesday night - I'm sorry you were stuck out on the stoop :( Thankfully, the weather is supposed to get a bit better over the next week or so!

  3. Inna,

    I'm sorry that you had a no good kind of day/week. :( Hopefully, next week will be better with no more stunts from baby!

    xo, sam

  4. Oh my goodness, you know who I want to kick in the balls? The night doctor/nurse who told you to "just sleep" after giving you unreasonable cause for concern. NOT COOL.

    I'm relieved the scare is over, and I hope today is better :( All day yesterday I was worried because, after three days of very frequent movement, I hardly felt the little guy move once. Apparently this is normal until 28 weeks or something? Still, scary.

  5. Aww thats crazy with your lil dramas! You def weren't having a good day but its good that baby is safe even though she refused to move at the last minute :)

  6. Ugh -- rough week! Doctors can be so unhelpful sometimes. But I bet the upcoming week will be wonderful -- you certainly deserve it. Glad that baby's OK!

  7. Hang in there Skippy!! I remember getting all sorts of weird tummy aches during my pregnancy too....especially towards the end (braxton hicks) I totally laughed about the spanking :) I hope this week is better for you, and that you can get some rest too!!

  8. oh dear...sorry to hear about your rough week. I had hard tummy periodically as well, not sure at which trimester. Maybe I had a small womb...when I was at full term, people still think I was at 24 weeks. When i was at 24 weeks, people didn't know I was pregnant. I was very petite to be begin with. But my baby was 8 pounds at birth. Hope you will have a good week ahead. Your cute sense of humour... I'm sure will help you through

  9. I'm not sure what kind of moron doctor told you there's nothing they can do.
    First of, if you're having a lot of contractions, your doctor should check to make sure your cervix is not dilating. If the doctor has any suspicion that you're actually going into early labor, she could and SHOULD give medication that will stop the contractions. It doesn't always work, but it's better than nothing. Also, make sure to drink a lot, as dehydration can bring on contractions as well.
    Hang in there, I know how scary it can be. Hopefully you will not have any more scares, but you should always fight for your rights when it comes to doctors and hospitals. Sometimes they tend to be lazy and brush off real concerns. Does your doctor/midwife have a call service through which she can be reached after hours? It's best to address your concerns to a doctor that's responsible for you, rather than a random Dr on call at the emergency room.

  10. Aw, I'm so sorry that you had such a rough night and day :( Poor Skippy...that just sounds incredibly rough. I know you made your letter somewhat humourous, but I've been through similar days and it's NOT funny at the time. Hope you an catch up on some sleep and find moments to rest and be more joyful as the week continues. Do something relaxing and give yourself a treat!

    <3 Cambria


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