Our (Failed) ECV Adventures

Wednesday was our external cephalic version (ECV) to attempt to turn Baby Girl Clinard into the correct position for birth. She is sitting frank breech. Her head is at my ribs, bottom towards my pelvis, and her legs & toes all the way up to her mouth. She sucks on her toes a lot.

Let’s just say the videos we watched on YouTube were a lot more tame than what they did to me.

When we got to the hospital, I was wondering why I had to be there 2 hours before the procedure. I figured that out quickly… They literally prepped me completely for a c-section, just in case. Lots of needles being stuck in my skin… Let’s face it, I’m ginger and they can NEVER find my veins. They did use this awesome contraption called a “vein finder” on me. It is new to them, so they were pretty excited to test it out. Well, it found my veins alright. But it didn’t make it any easier for them to get me. I have horrible veins and a huge bruise on my left arm that currently matches my tattoo.

Once they finally got my IV in, I also got doped up on an epidural. That was an interesting experience. I wouldn’t say it hurt going in. I definitely giggled, and the nurses definitely thought I was strange. I did have a horrible achey back for about 24 hours though. But it was such a funny feeling not being in control of my body! Lots of giggling happened in the c-section room.

So an ECV is basically a big old belly massage. I had two doctors- mine and another in the practice- going at it to turn this little girl. They DUG their nails and whole bodies into my belly. Good thing I barely felt it at all. The husband said it was BRUTAL to watch, and I was on display for about 10 people that day with more watching through the window. It was a big teaching day at the hospital, and most people had never seen a version. Sadly, though, Baby Girl Clinard had a mind of her own and did not cooperate. She is still sitting breech.

We stayed at the hospital for a few hours so they could monitor me and her. At first, she wasn’t really perking up. Turns out she was just hungry because her momma hadn’t eaten in 20 hours. So once they fed me, she perked right up. The doctors said she did great through the whole thing; you know, minus the fact that she wouldn’t budge!

When they sent me home, though, I was contracting every 2-3 minutes. But not strong enough. Well, here it is Saturday… Going on 72 hours since my contractions began, and I am still contracting. But I’m not dilated at all, and I don’t have to breath through them yet. They are also not consistent. I believe my doctor expects them to stop, but I’m skeptical.

Our c-section is officially scheduled for July 6 at noon. But I am hoping that we don’t have to wait that long. I am actually wanting my contractions to get stronger over here! I think this girl is ready to get out… She has moved more the last 3 days than she was before. She’s cramped and ready! EVICTION NOTICE.

All Good Things Must Come to an End

Funny how I sign on here to start an “end of my pregnancy” post, and there I find waiting for me is a “beginning of my pregnancy” post that I never published. I had every intention of publishing that after we told family, friends & coworkers. Oops. This is just one of the many reasons that I stink at blogging.

Well, even though I stink at blogging, I’m hoping to be better at it once I have something, or rather someone, to blog about. Yes, I am hoping to be a Momma Blogger. It’s so important that it needs to be capitalized. We have so many friends and family that live far away that I thought it would be important to let them know about our baby’s life via this blog. But don’t hold your breath for anything epic…

Tomorrow, I go in for our ECV. It’s really not a big deal, but there is the slightest chance that something could happen, and we have ourselves a baby girl! No matter what happens tomorrow, the fact is I am 37 weeks along so this part is almost finished. With that thought in my mind, I have been thinking a lot about what I will miss about pregnancy and what I can’t wait to be able to do and, mostly, eat again.

Let’s start with my first list.

Things I Look Forward to After Pregnancy

  1. Sushi. Omg. How much I miss you! I’ve eaten some of the “safe” sushi, but I really want like 13 different types of salmon rolls right now. I cannot wait for my favorite food to be back in my life. Nom nom nom!
  2. Coffee. Yes, I have still had some coffee here and there, but I’ve tried to be good about it. I look forward to not having to worry and enjoying it as much as I want.
  3. Alcohol. I never thought I would miss this one as much as I do. I’m not a big drinker, but I miss the occasional wine night with the ladies. Or the summer time beer outside in our hammock. Even though this has never happened before because we just got our hammock a couple weeks ago, but it will! I know I won’t be able to go crazy once baby girl is here because I plan to breastfeed, but I look forward to that first glass of wine knocking me on my butt drunk the first time.
  4. Bike riding. I am really sad that I haven’t gotten to enjoy any spring or summer bike rides. Maybe in the fall… Considering I don’t think my nether-regions will be tolerating it for awhile.
  5. Sleeping on my belly. Omg! I am such a belly sleeper! I can’t wait to get this position back.
  6. Not having to pee 9 times a night. Now, everyone says that I will still have to pee all the time after a baby because that’s life. But I’m positive the amount of times I get up in the night to pee will decrease compared to what they are now.

This post ended up longer than I planned. Therefore, I will save my  “Things I’ll Miss About Pregnancy” post for another day because believe it or not, there are a few.