that sweet little heartbeat

I had my 36 week appointment today, and let’s just say that today has been quite the adventure for this procrastinating mama-to-be. First and foremost, I had a frank discussion with my OB about our due date and the impending PCS, which is taking place on December 18th. He agreed with us that the timeline is too tight, and we officially have a mandatory induction date of December 7th if no baby has come by that point…that said, he seemed confident it might happen before then.

I had a non-invasive visual check and was 1 cm dilated, and then I had my Group B Strep test, which is totally not an aggressive thing. I left after scheduling my appointment for a week from now, and started having insane cramping while dropping by the commissary for some groceries. When I got home, I noticed blood for the first time, so I immediately called my OB, who told me to go straight to Labor and Delivery for monitoring. Guys, I’m no alarmist, but I felt like it was definitely necessary.

After about an hour of monitoring, baby’s heart rate was consistently between 140 and 148 BPM, and the bleeding had stopped, so they sent me home with strict instructions to rest and look out for signs of labor.

Down side of today? Panic. Plus side of today? Listening to this feisty peanut dance around for an hour on the monitor. Also…we’re officially pre-registered at the hospital, I’ve had my vaccines now and I finally figured I should pack my hospital bag…

Needless to say, folks, the countdown is on!