Tuesday, June 21, 2016

41 weeks - Baby is here!

This is a very late post - but as you can guess, the baby is finally here!

She was born at exactly 41 weeks gestational age, which is June 16th for her. So we're late by a week. I was pretty stressed up waiting for her to be born. I did everything that I could - long walk everyday, going up and down the stairs exercise everyday, doing house chores, lifting boxes, nothing could trigger my water bag to break. What really helped me was eating a bunch of Pineapples!

Anyways ... daddy posted an announcement on his Facebook which I will also share here:

"We are overjoyed by the grace of God to welcome baby Grace Louisa Kurniawan at 2:24 AM on June 16, 2016. She is 19.5 inches and weighing at 6 pounds 13 ounces. The baby and the mommy are healthy. She is gorgeous! We are thankful to have friends who are always there for us. Thank you so much for your support and prayers!"

And here she is... our "Grace"

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Almost ... 40 Weeks Pregnant

Dear Baby,

Today we had our 39 weeks and 6 days check-up. Doctor said everything looks good. The swelling on mommy's feet is very minimal. Mommy's blood pressure is good too. But ... the cervix hasn't dilate yet :(

Your head is definitely lower than a week ago, but we need you to make more effort. Tomorrow was supposed to be your due date, but looking at the state of the cervix this afternoon, slim chance we are going to make it. It's ok if you don't make it exactly on the due date - only 5% of babies do. But please don't take too long even though mommy's belly is very comfy.

Doctor asked mommy and daddy to settle for a plan - since we can't let you stay longer than 42 weeks. As of now, we are scheduled to meet with the doctor again a week from now. If there is some small improvement but we are still going too slow, she will perform a membrane sweep to help kick start the labor. If that doesn't help, we are scheduled for an induction on June 19th. Mommy does not like both options. If it's possible, mommy wants the labor to start naturally without having to go through those two painful procedures.

You know, one of mommy's colleagues actually went through the membrane sweep procedure last February. She warned mommy not to do that. It was very painful for her, and she had a 32 hours long labor. Never in my mind I imagine that I would have to do the same procedure. Somehow mommy always believe you will come sooner than your due date...

Right now mommy is a bit worried. You are very active and moving normally, but mommy keeps on thinking about how the belly might not be big enough for you. If it's comfortable for you to be there. If the amniotic fluid is still enough. Every night before falling asleep, mommy wonders if this is going to be her last peaceful night before you come ... but on the other hand, mommy is also very anxious and can hardly wait to see you!

Do you know that your Grandma is here already? She is really looking forward to see you too!

Not to mention all the aunties and uncles that have been asking Mommy and Daddy about you!

Now, people have been giving a lot of advice for us. Mostly they are telling mommy to move and make herself busy - as if mommy hasn't done it this entire time :( Now mommy is determined to make herself VERY busy in order to help you find your way out. So baby... please please please come out soon.

We love you and really looking forward to see you!