Monday, July 28, 2008

Home

I am home. On my couch, in my own clothes, having taken a shower in my own bathroom and a loooong nap in my own bed. Oh, and I had some real food. It is a bit surreal-- on Friday night I sort of bid this mental farewell to exiting the hospital or being at home again still pregnant.

I have to say a huge thank you to all of you funny and warm people-- your words made me feel much less alone, and much less confined. Which is saying something when I have barely left the bed for two and a half days.

The last of the mag was done around 5am. I woke up a few times through the night, but was up for good slightly before 7, when a certain occupant of my uterus, having also been freed from the muscle-relaxing properties of magnesium, went on a long wiggling streak. It was plenty painful, but it was very nice to feel that. He had been moving even on the mag, but not as much, and certainly not with the same force.

There were a few mildish contractions through the morning, but they seemed to quiet down with time. We waited for the cervix check until noon, and when that showed no changes, we were released. Dr.Best called me in my room a bit earlier, and said that he would actually prefer that I skip tomorrow's NST (on account of what amounts to a very extensive one we had over the weekend) in favor of limiting the amount of time I would spend moving or being moved. He also wants me to have that "very low threshold for calling and coming back in." No problem there, doc.

I am actually feeling pretty calm for now. Not having had any significant contractions since coming home helps, as does the moving baby. I particularly appreciated the dance party that began not a minute after I woke up from my nap. Of course I know not to expect this to last indefinitely-- the evening is coming, and this is the week. But I am trying to draw on the reserves that got refilled by those two and a half days of hearing the heart rate monitor thump over my ear.

32 comments:

Ya Chun said...

You've accurately names Dr.Best!
Glad your back home and everything is ok. I was unplugged this weekend, so sorry I wasn't here for support!

Antigone said...

I'm glad you're home and so glad you got through the steroids.

I think I'd have that doppler glued to my belly for the next week.

STE said...

Glad to hear you're home with a quiet uterus and an active resident therein.

Hoping this next week is bearable and you get a few more weeks to boot.

Thinking of you.

luna said...

so glad you're home and well rested. low threshold for calling -- that's a good one, right? yes, this is the week. wishing you all continued relative peace for now...

Magpie said...

Glad to hear that your home. Continued good wishes...holler if there is anything that I can do (from afar).

My Reality said...

I am glad you are home. It is the week, I will be thinking of you.

k@lakly said...

Home sweet home! I am in the bad week watch too so I get the anxiety, boy do I get it. I hope we both emerge from it with our sanity intact and our babies still kicking with frequent reminders of life still being lived within.
Here's to a few more weeks of cooking for you and the little one and a safe delivery into your arms, one that is filled with lusty cries of what the heck just happened to me?
xxoo

Kymberli said...

Home again, home again...I hope the rest of this week (and a few more) go by without any worries above maintenance level.

Beth said...

Such good news! My evening profoundity: take it easy when you can, take it one breath at a time when you can't.

kate said...

Wow, i did not expect you to be allowed home, but that is good, right? I am happy to hear your good news!

CLC said...

So glad you are home and in your own bed. I ditto Antigone on the doppler! Hope the days go by fast for you!

janis said...

PHEW. This is like a non-stop roller-coaster ride. Or a thriller with no breather space. For now I can go take a pee.

G said...

So glad you are home, what a ride!

You continue to be in my thoughts and prayers.

Catherine said...

Home sweet home! Yay!

mama o' the matrices said...

dance, dance baby. Or something like that.

Hooray for home! - although I'll admit to a sneaking relaxation when we're actually inpatient, but hey, home is good. Home is where the good showers are.

enjoy the home, and hang in there. Call if you need emergency chocolate, okay? We're in the neighborhood all week (farm camp!)

Aurelia said...

I'm so glad you are home, where I think you will recover and stay well and safely pregnant a little longer.

Home is always better than a hospital, especially when it's one of those weeks.

Rosepetal said...

I'm so glad you're home Julia. This must be extra stressful happening in the anniversary week.

Thinking of you and that occupant.

Tash said...

Welcome back. Any chance you could get the doppler hooked up to the stereo? Surround sound? Just thinking out loud.

Hanging with you this week, Julia, as always.

niobe said...

I know this is a hard week for you. Hoping that being at home makes things even the tiniest bit easier.

serenity said...

Oh damn - I am just catching up. I am glad you're home with a calmed ute and moving baby.

And yes. The week. Call me or email me if I can do anything - we're around all week.

*hug*

Ashleigh said...

watching and waiting with you.

Bon said...

Julia...i'm so glad you're home. and i get the surreality of finding yourself there again when you'd really signed off on hope of that...it's an adjustment, having things go well. but i'm hoping for lots of that for you, for weeks to come.

gwendomama said...

You have ALL of my good wishes. And hopes for you to STAY OFF THAT MAG!! BAD STUFF!
(i was on it for 6 weeks; would never do it again)

I love you and I respect what you are going through right now, but you probably should put my blog on hold until your sweetie is born, hon. I would not want to read me when I was pregnant.

Nicole said...

It is so relaxing to listen to the little heartbeat thumping away. Now go get some rest!

Caro said...

Great news

A.M.S. said...

Whew!

Here's lots of wishes for some uneventful weeks.

Betty M said...

Glad to see you came home and the baby is moving abut nicely. Hope the week goes quickly.

Amelie said...

Wow, this is a roller coaster. Home, good shower and real food sound good. Wishing you all the best for the coming weeks, and in particular, strength and support and time for yourself for this one.

I Believe in Miracles said...

Came over from L&F to say congrats on returning home!! I hope everything goes well.

c. said...

OMG, Julia. You've had a very eventful week. Relieved to hear all is well and you and baby are doing well. Hope the remaining days and weeks are less anxiety-provoking. Thinking of you and your little babe.

wannabe mom said...

I'm glad you are home. Hospital is no place to rest. Take it easy, of course you will, and wishing you a calm this week. Hugs.

LAS said...

I am so glad that everything is okay!!!!!