The Donnell Family...Life Chronicled for Paige, Drew and soon to be Gage Donnell

Friday, March 25, 2011

Home Updates

Ok, this is a short post, just a bunch of photos of what we've been doing these last few months. I think I already posted pictures of the other bathroom, so here are remaining photos of home updates. I don't know where my original pics of the house are, but you can believe if I can post before and after photos, I'll do it...

Master Bedroom and Bathroom

We added built-ins in the closet, we just need to add knobs and pulls!

One of the guest bedrooms, the other guest bedroom won't be decorated until after Gage gets here.

Gage's room -- All ready for bringing him home!

I'm going to put his newborn photos above the changing table...

Tuesday, March 22, 2011


So, I went to the doctor yesterday for the final time before being induced this Saturday. I'm still 70% effaced, but I'm 2 cm dilated... which could mean a lot, or it could mean absolutely nothing. Oh well... I'll just keep walking and see if this kid pops out on its own.

I went to lunch with my friend Sissy on Friday and my stomach was hurting so bad at lunch, I left work after that and went to the doctor thinking I was going into labor. Let's get one thing straight -- contractions VARY. I have contractions every day, all day. Sometimes they're a minute apart, other times, they're 20 minutes apart. I'm clearly well aware to ignore these... But, when they change to feel like cramps in my lower stomach that's when I started getting worried. Anyways, when I went to the doctor, she just gave me a hug and told me to go on home. I think she knows I'm at the end of my rope.

So, the house is pretty much all finished and I have to say it looks wonderful. I'm so relieved we've got it done before the baby gets here. One less thing to worry about, that's for sure. Drew took my car to work today, so when he gets home, I'll have to take some photos of everything and post it.

Yesterday I went to the doctor, like I said, for the final time, and the head nurse examined me. She said, "Do you have any questions/concerns?" And I said no, I just needed directions on what to do for Saturday and she was unaware I was being induced Saturday. So I said, "Ya, apparently the babies measuring big, so they're going to induce early to be on the safe side. And she responded with "Macrosomia." I said I don't know, I'd never heard that word and she said it means "Large baby". That's the medical term for having a big baby evidently... and it's the term they use to fill out paperwork with. That made me feel like Gage was even bigger than he is...

I'm HOPING he's only like 8 or 8-1/2 pounds on Saturday and maybe the measurements were a little bit off. I don't know what the heck I'm going to do if he's a 9 or 10 pound baby that's for sure. BUT, I am glad he's not a 5 or 6 pound baby, that would just stress me out. And, it's nice knowing things are happening on Saturday, because Drew will get a 9 day break at home since he's taking off a week. So, as of right now, I like the plan. Except that I don't really want to be induced. Not that it's bad, I just feel like I'm going to sit and think about everything that will happen now, instead of just reacting to my water breaking or something. Anyways...

We went out last night for our anniversary and sort of a last "date night out" before Gage gets here... That was fun. Now, just hanging out and hoping the baby comes soon!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

8 lbs and counting

Ok, SO... As of last Thursday, the baby was meauring 39 weeks and my cervix was facing the front. Well, because he's gone from 33 weeks in size to 39 weeks in size in about a month's time, my doctor recommended I get an ultrasound becuase that's a lot of growth frankly. SO, I set this up for 7:30 Monday morning... So I went in and the lady did the ultrasound and she took all these measurements and at the end, she said, "do you want to guess how big he is?" So I guessed 8 pounds. And then I said, "Wait, are you going to guess?" And she (her name is Diane by the way) said "8-1/2 pounds".
Now, before she did the actual calculation, I sat there for the few seconds and thought... Holy cow... this lady looks at people like me every day and she thinks he's already 8-1/2 pounds!!! So She responds with "Nope, 8 lbs, 1 oz." Now, my weekly doctor's appointment isn't until today technically -- I go every Thursday... But when I heard this news, I thought huh... I think I need to call my doctor, because I'm not pushing a 9 pound anything out of me!

So I called and the nurse told me to come in on Monday afternoon. So Dr. Mata came in and said they won't induce before 39 weeks, so as of right now, Gage is coming March 26th -- a week ahead of schedule. But then she examined me and I am 60% effaced and 1 cm dilated (whatever this means) and I'm having contractions... SO technically he can come at any minute. And let me tell you, I sure hope he does. I'm so ready for the pregnancy part to be over... I can't WAIT to sleep on my back.

Anyways, so besides the closeness of everything, I've been having contractions... Not the kind that matter just yet, but I've been having them nonstop since Monday. Sometimes they're a minute apart, other times they're 20 minutes apart -- it's real special. Especially when you have to sit there and sort of pay attention to them. So Monday night, they kept me up ALL FREAKING NIGHT... So I worked from home on Tuesday because I was so worn out. And all I kept thinking in all of these moments was, this is a time when that la maz class really would've come in handy. Instead, I had to call the hospital and ask when to know it was "go time".

So that's pretty much where things stand at this point. I'm really hoping he comes every day -- I have bets he'll come on St. Patrick's Day, Drew thinks he's coming on our anniversary, March 21st... and if we're all wrong, we can at least bank on March 26th I guess.

On another note, our master bedroom remodel should be complete tomorrow, so at least the baby waited until that was finished before he got here... It'll be nice to have everything organized and put up and stuff...

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Ready to Pop...

So, I think I have a lot to say in this post, but we'll find out as I start writing it. First thing -- my new company threw me a surprise baby shower this week! And while I vow to never write anything about work, it was so amazingly sweet and I just can't believe they thought enough of me to do that!! It was so great, they got us gifts and went through the trouble of decorating and had a cute cake and even had Drew there as a surprise! Anyways, I LOVED* IT!

Ok, so I went back to the doctor Wednesday, and while I only gained 1 pound, the baby went from measuring 37 weeks to measuring 39 weeks. Oh, did I mention I'm 36 weeks??? SO.... I now have to go get an ultrasound early Monday morning to see how big the baby is, and if he's too big, he's coming out early (yahoo!, I can only hope this is going to happen for my sake)... Ya know, before I was worried about what the heck I'm going to do with a newborn, but now, I'm so sick of being pregnant (wait, that's been going on), that I could care less about the delivery or anything after that... GET THIS KID OUT!

Nothing's really changed except everything is horribly uncomfortable and my cervix is facing the front, which apparently has to happen before your water can break or you can go into labor... So let's get this thing going as far as I'm concerned...

SO, here's a recap of the last 9 months:

Weeks 1 - 10: was told we can't have children, was preparing for surgery and meeting with infertility specialists
Week 11: I'm Pregnant! Surprised? -- that doesn't even begin to cover it...
Week 12: baby is good, but I have a blood infection
Week 13: Hello nausea and weightloss
Week 14 - 33: More nausea and some weight gain, two viruses which required trips to the hospital for IVs, one trip to the hospital for unexplainable bleeding, and about 5 severe colds
Week 20 or so: Baby drops
Week 33 and on: Crazy weight gain some weeks, Braxton Hicks contractions, baby growing like he's on steroids...

It's really been an awesome experience... I would honestly say the last trimester has been the easiest on me, except for the discomfort with sleeping and moving and all that...

Oh, and since we didn't know we were expecting we had just put in wood floors in half our house and remodeled the guest bathroom. Now, we're in the middle of remodeling our master bedroom, closet and bathroom and it's getting down to crunch time. Hopefully everything will be done right before the baby gets here, but I'm about to have a meltdown over it... I can't have a baby in a house with a bunch of paint fumes...

Anyways with all the complaining (and I could go ON and ON), I cannot wait to meet Gage and see his sweet little face!! I wonder how big he is, what he looks like, his expressions, etc!

Say a prayer the bathroom gets done immediately and that Gage comes soon! I'm sure I'll have more later!

Sunday, March 6, 2011

35 .... or 37?

Geez, I have just completely hit a wall this week. I mean, not only do I look and feel over it, but my doctor completely confirmed it. So I went to the doctor Wednesday and Gage, who was measuring 33 weeks last week is now measuring 37 weeks. The nurse said he was really stretched out, but I think Gage is using steroids or something in there because I've been gaining weight really fast lately, and I haven't really gained that much previously. So then, she goes to do the pelvic exam, and says, "Oh my gosh!" And I'm thinking, the baby's coming out... And all she says is "He's really low." And I said, yes I know, the doctor told me he's sitting abnormally low... And she said (the head nurse) NO, he's REALLY low... And I'm like ya Lady, I know, I've been dealing with this since about 20 weeks, except now he's weighing in about 6 pounds! So anyways, we talked a little more and because I've been having contractions, she told me I could trigger labor...

Actually, that's not exactly how she phrased it... She said... Are you active? Now really, who is "active" at 35 weeks? Is anyone? No. By the time I go to work and run any kind of errand after work, I am NOT active. Seriously? So I respond with a very clear "NO." and that's when she said that if I start walking I could put myself into early labor... which if you've been reading my blog at all, you know that was music to my ears.

So needless to say, I've been walking some and have decided I better get that car seat in the car and have my bag packed because I just don't physically feel like I can do this another week. So we'll see.

Other than that, we're frantically trying to get our bathroom and closet/bedroom remodeled before the baby gets here because I don't think I have another month left in me. At least that baby's room is complete I guess. So lots of things happening in our world and the next few weeks should be fairly exciting. There's really nothing else to report. I go to the doctor again on Wednesday, so we'll see what happens then.