Thursday, February 25, 2010

The good, the bad and the ugly

The Good:
All is well with the babies. They are busy and bouncy and everything babies are supposed to be. Last weeks ultrasound showed them practicing breathing and the little girl was sucking her thumb. The ultrasound tech estimated their weights at 4 pounds 3 ounces and 4 pounds 5 ounces. Elle was 8 pounds 8 ounces when she was born so with every day that passes I'm carrying more baby than I ever have before.

The Bad:
The little girl is breech, with her head planted firmly under my ribs. Unless she flips (and I'm starting to give up hope on that happening) I'll have to have a c-section. I'm less than thrilled about that. I don't like the idea of surgery and I really hate that I'll have to miss out on the whole birthing experience. I know it will be ok but I'm still a bummed.

There is a silver lining to a c-section though. Right now I'm having horrible, burning pain by my lower left ribs. Everything in that area is stretching and expanding and the pain it's causing sometimes just takes my breath away. When I have a braxton-hicks contraction the pain gets about 10 times worse. The idea of going through labor and delivery with this pain is pretty scary. At least with a c-section I can avoid laboring with this rib pain. See? There's a bright side to everything!

The Ugly:
Augh! Look away! It's a nightmare come to life!

Oh, wait. It's just my stretched out belly button complete with a gall bladder surgery scar. You still probably shouldn't look directly at it for too long. It has soul damaging properties.

Man, my camera phone takes disturbingly detailed pictures.

One year ago today I was worried about Joseph's hand writing.


shyestviolet said...

Thought #1: OMG, IT'S A NIPPLE


Ethan, Zach, and Emma's Mom said...

I totally thought it was your nipple too. Eeek.

Emma thought it looked like "poopy mud", so I guess that's better than a nipple. ;-)

ALW said...

My belly button poked out like an inch and I only had one baby in there. I had to restrain it with band aids.

Is yours three dimensional, or flat?

Stimey said...

Wow. That is quite a photo there.

With all three of my kids I had what I referred to as Crippling Side Pain, or CSP. It sucked. It sounds like just about the same place yours is. But it goes away right at birth. Woohoo! (Maybe it's that kid's head crammed up there.)

CharmingDriver said...

Showed your belly button to the 15 year old. Best birth control I could give her.

jenn said...

Dang, your camera phone does macro-quality photos.

Bummer about the probable c-section. Here's advice from someone who had one: read about them NOW. The actual surgery is no big deal (and this is coming from an easily-terrified hypochondriac), but the recovery does take a while. I wish I'd known more about the recovery end of things before living it. It would have been so much easier to know what was normal and what wasn't. Instead, I just freaked out at every little thing and probably wound up dragging out the recovery process.

Jen said...

I think it kinda looks like the Milky Way. Galaxy, not candy bar.