Monthly Archives: April 2014

Slipping through the cracks

We are officially in the third trimester! I’ve become a bad blogger and I don’t even have a good reason. I have a surplus of thoughts, opinions and things going on, I have just not been motivated to keep track of them.

We met with the MFM OB a few weeks ago and had an ultrasound. Still complete placenta previa. She said it had improved a little, which I guess is good. The part that is covering my cervix is a thin little tail like piece of placenta. I jokingly asked if we could just go in and trim it off. She didn’t think it was very funny. She responded that I would bleed out, not a good idea. She said she thought it had about a 50% chance of resolving and explained a couple different scenarios for us.

1. Placenta is still covering cervical opening and/or up to 1 cm away: Need a c-section at 37 weeks

2. Placenta is 1-2 cm away from cervical opening: Can attempt vaginal birth in hospital with team ready for an emergency c-section

3. Placenta is 2 cm + away from cervical opening: Free to have a home birth

Obviously # 3 is our preferred plan.

We go back on May 23rd for the next ultrasound to check on things. Fingers crossed. Is there is still a  previa we will have another scan at 36 weeks. If there is still a previa then, the c-section will be scheduled for somewhere around June 19th.

In other news, Activist Genius is for sure moving to Cali, probably before our baby gets here. Well, if we have a c-section at 37 weeks she will be here, but it’s looking unlikely for a home birth. We decided it would be best to meet another home birth midwife she has worked with and possibly use her if we are able to birth at home. She was okay, no Activist Genius, but I trust she would work and believe we can develop a relationship with her over the next 12 weeks enough to feel comfortable with her. We are going to have the rest of our prenatal appointments with both midwives unless something changes.

So many unknowns, way too many for folks who like to control and plan things, ARGH!

In other news, the mural for Bubbles’ room is very slooooowly coming along. We bought all the paint and other supplies last night and the sketch is done. I just need to paint the smaller version and then get started on the actual mural. Our backyard looks awesome thanks to Wifey’s family. They helped us stain the fence and “barn”, till the garden and an area that needs new sod. We painted our bedroom, remodeled our closet and bought a new giant dresser. Now all of our clothes are in our room and not in Bubbles’ closet. This is especially important because Bubbles’ wardrobe is growing exponentially.

I caught a cold from someone, jerks. I never get sick and don’t have the time for it right now. Nesting is kicking it, but that second trimester energy burst never really did. I feel like there is so much to do and not enough time to do it. Everything is just slipping through the cracks. Something is always a bigger priority. We need more cloth diapers, a carseat, a crib mattress, a finished mural, a cleaner house, to go through our childbirth education stuff, hire a doula, and on and on and on.

It’s crazy to think we might have a baby on the outside in 9 weeks, or sooner. We are hoping 9 weeks at the earliest. Apparently week 28 is when most women with complete placenta previa bleed for the first time. Week 28 starts tomorrow for us. I’m going to try not to think about any more than normal and hope the next 5 weeks goes by quickly.

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