So… the version done to flip baby didn’t work :(. I had prepared myself to endure whatever the doctors wanted to put me though (marathon/training mental prep works for other things as well!), but with no avail. It was painful, I’ll give it that, but not as bad as it could have been. I was pretty bruised for a while, and even running two days later hurt since the bruised/swollen area didn’t like being jostled.
I have a scheduled C-section for the 15th of October
, unless baby decides to turn on his/her own before then! The doctors will check at each of my appointments and also right before the C-section is performed.
At first, I was bummed. A tear or two quietly rolled down my cheeks in the hospital after the doctors had left and it was just Nate and I in the room.
I had always pictured having a natural birth: having my water break, looking at Nate with “Can this be real?” eyes, feeling contractions, etc. Now instead I’d pack my bags the night before the 15th, and the morning of the 15th I’d be holding our little one by about 8 am. No suspense.
After a day or so of thinking about it, though, I am much more accepting of what will happen. First, there’s nothing I can do about it, so I had better accept it! 🙂 Second, it has been really nice to plan things out. Nate knows when he’ll take off from work, my mom and mother-in-law have dates on their calendars when they’ll come down to help with the baby/housework/cooking/etc. Nate has done a wonderful job in planning out everything for me – I asked him to – and I’m really thankful.
I am a little bummed that the recovery back to running will be a little slower with a C-section, but my doctors have been great. They’ve said that they think that 2 weeks out I’ll be able to hop on an elliptical (well, probably more like “step slowly onto”), and that I can try run/walk workouts shortly thereafter. I am very hopeful…
So — that’s the plan! That means there are just 2 weeks until baby arrives. That just doesn’t seem right! Time crawled by for the longest time, and now it seems like it’s flying by. Both Nate and I have “Before the baby comes” to-do lists.
|Non-pregnancy related picture: Nate and I at my brother’s wedding last weekend.
-Working ahead on my athlete’s training plans, a TNC newsletter and other team promos, so that I can take a little downtime immediately after baby is born.
-Oil changes and minor fixes on vehicles
-Selling a few things that are cluttering up our garage. Yeah, Craigslist!
-Making re-useable wipes from old fleece sheets
-Finishing my Irish Chain quilt. My mom gifted me professional quilting for this quilt, and it turned out just awesome. Now I just need to sew on the binding and then blind-stitch it!
|My Irish Chain quilt! Just waiting for a binding! Didn’t it turn out awesome?
-Making some meals and freezing them. Does anyone have good ideas for healthy freeze-ahead meals?
-Communicating with Chris about training when baby comes, solidifying sponsorship contracts, and all-around getting excited about trying to get back into shape!
-Organize a few piles of stuff/areas of our house that still need it
-Run as much as my heart feels like. So far I’ve been feeling great, and last week I had two great runs just under 5 miles each. I know I’m lucky that I’m not having any pregnancy-related running issues!
-Finish taking out the plants in front so that the landscaping company can do its thing in the next week. That meant that last night he cut down a beautiful hibiscus tree that was in front of our house. The new sidewalk will curve to where the tree was, so it had to go 🙁
|And… it’s gone
-Buying or making a rod for the Pack N Play that we bought at a garage sale. It’s in wonderful shape (and apparently a really nice model, per my MIL), but was just missing a support bar. Hence the $15 price tag.
-Keeping an eye on me 🙂
Both of our lists include:
-ENJOY THESE LAST TWO WEEKS!
I have been so lucky that this pregnancy has gone well, other than frequent vomiting. I don’t have back-aches, my energy is fairly good, I have no trouble sleeping, I’m not uncomfortable, and I’ve been able to run without hip/joint/other pain throughout. I’d say I’m lucky!
Questions for all of you devoted readers:
Anything else to put on the 2-week to go to-do list?
Freezer-friendly, healthy meal ideas?
If you have experience coming back to running after a C-section, I’d love to hear it.