Thursday, December 11, 2008

Scratch That Last Post

So, there I am: lying in a hospital gown that is oh so flatteringly open in the back and won't even fully close due to the enormity of my belly; a very painful (and it turned our poorly inserted) IV in my arm; in a hospital bed with a two in thick foam mattress and plastic covered pillow when a resident comes in and asks if he can do an ultrasound.

That's the thing with teaching hospitals - residents are in and out constantly doing only somewhat necessary procedures. I'd only been in an hour and my health and pre-natal history had been taken twice by different doctors. Very annoying.

But, an ultrasound? Who doesn't want to see their baby swimming around inside? So, he asked why I was having a section and I told him because I'd been presenting breech since my 37th week.

"Umm, are you sure? Because that's a head in your pelvis. This baby is vertex," said Dr. Liu, and he spun the monitor over and showed Nelson and I.

And it WAS a head. Pointing down. In vertex. The ideal position for birth.

Nelson and I were shocked. Shocked. We still are.

My doctor arrived shortly after that and confirmed via pelvic that the baby is indeed head down.
"This is good news! If your midwives will still perform a home birth, you can go ahead with that now," he told me.

The did a non-stress test to make sure the baby was okay - my placenta is fine, my fluid level is good. So, that's where we stand. The midwives were ecstatic, as was my birth assistant. We are ON for a home birth, assuming the baby comes before I'm 42 weeks (next Saturday.)

And, in all seriousness, I don't think there has EVER been a woman more happy to be on the verge of 41 weeks pregnant.

Babies don't turn after 38 weeks? My ass!

26 comments:

Susanica said...

OH MY GOD!!! Su just called me all excited and started reading your post aloud! What a little McGyver this one is! Fantastic Jenni! Just great! -Monica

Kate said...

Holy crap. This is great! Also, unexpected. But I guess I don't have to tell YOU that...

Amanda said...

It's a Festivus Miracle! That's awesome news Jenni. Yeah for not having to have or recover from abdominal surgery.

crazylovescompany said...

Hope you've got that placenta bowl!

Xbox4NappyRash said...

I'm hearing Christmas bells in the distance...

PRM said...

I have to say Jenni, after talking with you on the phone and now reading this, if I didn't know you, I would think all this is just to keep the traffic n your blog going... it'll make a pretty good book or miniseries. Ha ha... You know how happy I am for you!

Krystal said...

wooo hooo!!! I am so happy for you!!!!

This is so totally awesome!! I am dancing a jig in your honor

jen @ negative lane said...

I have chills!

My browser window sat open all day since this morning waiting for me to get 5 minutes to comment on your last post and wish you well, but I decided to refresh the page before I posted, just to see if you'd updated how the surgery went.

I could not have been more shocked and more happy for you. That is so freakin' awesome! I'm so glad you get to have the birth you want.

And this kid? She/he is going to be a real practical joker, I bet!

Keely said...

That is AWESOME. Babies can turn in the last friggin' five minutes. Anyone who tells you different is an idiot ;)

Yay for things getting back to the plan!

1invermillion said...

Wow!!! So so happy for you!!

Cameron said...

A few weeks ago I jokingly said in one of my posts that you are 47 weeks pregnant. Hmmm...maybe not so much a joke anymore. Congratulations on your unbirth!! Now, get down on the floor and start scrubbing. Don't they say that induces labor?

moo said...

You have given me hope woman. Because bob has been breech since our first sonogram at 14w. And I am tired of it.

GOOD LUCK. I am so freakin' excited for you!!

Veronica said...

WOO! WOO! WOO! YAY!

I have happy tears for you! That is absolutely fantastic news.

Although, now you are back to waiting. Hehe.

Veronica said...

Oh and aren't you so pleased they offered you an U/s first?!

Tara said...

Oh My Goodness!!!! That is AMAZING news, absolutely AMAZING AMAZING news!!! I am so happy for you!! CONGRATULATIONS!!! FWIW, I went to nearly 43 weeks and had a completely perfect home birth with our daughter -- I AM SO HAPPY FOR YOU!!!!

Stimey said...

Hooray! Hooray! Hooray! I am a little sad to not see cute baby pictures today, but if that means you don't have to have surgery, I suppose I can wait. Fantastic news!!

EllenMarie said...

I hae to agree with CRAZYLOESCOMPANY... after I talked to you today I was wondering if you eer did get around to getting a placenta bowl. :) Hope labor comes soon!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Casey said...

Woo hoo! This is awesome news! I hope you kept the hospital gown as a souvenir for the home birth? YAYAYAY, this is just what you wanted and I'm so happy for you....

Mom to 4 said...

OMG, that happened to me with my second!! The doctors told me she was breech and after dragging my huge stomach out of bed at way too early in the morning, making my 2 year old get up, driving thru a hurricane to get to the hospital, only to be told that A-my C-section was never scheduled, but they were pretty sure they could work me in and then B-that she had flipped over (this is after they came in and tried turning her manually - it wasn't happening). You would think they might have done the ultrasound first, just to check. Here's hoping for an easy home birth and best wishes to you!!!

Baby Bunching said...

Such awesome news! Can't wait!!!!

blissfully caffeinated said...

Jenni, that's awesome! I personally can't imagine giving birth at home because I am a hypochondriac freak, but that's so great for you. And no surgery to recover from. Good news, lady.

Now go get yourself a garlic and jalapeno pizza and wash it down with some castor oil.

;)

Sarah's Blogtastic Adventures said...

Spicy food and lots of sex...I know two very unappetizing things when you feel like you have been pregnant for 3 years!! BUt they work I swear!
I am so excited for you that you dont have to do a C-section!!! Good luck!

kittyconcerto.com said...

That is amazing! What a Christmas present indeed!

bsouth said...

Blimey - that is bloody fantastic news! Well done Sir Sprout. Good luck with your home birth!

Veronica said...

I'm dying with all the waiting. Is anything happening? Nothing? arghhh!

Talina said...

That is amazing! I've heard in due time they'll turn on their own. Can't wait to read the birth story!