Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Details and a Contest

I am officially counting down the hours until Friday. We have to be at the hospital at 6 a.m. for my induction. First off will be i.v. antibiotics as I tested positive for GBS, so I'm not quite sure how long I'll be on that before they'll start the induction. They want me to have four hours of it before the actual birth and my last labor was only 2 hours, so it'll be interesting to see how they want to time it all.

I went to my regular doc on Monday and I'm 1 cm dilated. I'm hoping to be farther along come Friday, since I'm no longer on modified bed rest and am back to my regular routine. Which means I'm still not doing much since I'm sooo tired all the time. And the contractions are getting more intense.

Anyway, we will appreciate all prayers on Friday. After Caleb is born, they will test his hemoglobin and bilirubin levels via the cord blood, to determine whether he needs a transfusion and whether he'll need time under the bili lights, which is common for antibody babies. I'm praying to have as much contact with him as possible and to be able to get breastfeeding off to a good start. We are planning at this point to bring the laptop to the hospital (and a camera, of course), so we can alert people to his arrival as soon as possible.


Guess Caleb's birth weight!

You have until we post/email info. about his arrival to guess what he weighs. Please pay attention to what those have guessed ahead of you as I will take the first correct (or closest) answer.

What do you win?

If you know me at all, this is easy to figure out! Homemade dishcloths. Whatever number in his birth weight is biggest (lbs or oz), that's how many I'll send you. So if he weighs 8.6 you get 8 dishcloths or if he weighs 9.12, then you get 12 dishcloths. And to help you in the guessing, here's a little info about my other babies birth weights:

Ethan: 8lbs,4oz. born at 39 weeks and 4 days

Elijah: 9lbs, 3 oz. born at 39 weeks and 3 days

Felicity: 9lbs, 15 oz. born at 41 weeks and 1 day

I'll be 39 weeks gestation on Friday.



Jennifer Ross said...

8 lbs. 5 oz.

I can't wait to meet him Rachel!

Cortney Heath said...

Cant wait to see the little guy! You will be in my prayers all day =) 8 pounds 7 ounces =)

Sharleen said...

Getting so excited for you. Praying all goes well and Caleb doesn't need a transfusion.

My guess is 9lbs 9oz

Persuaded said...

I will be praying for you from now 'til Friday!!

And I'm going to break from the high birthweights and say 6 pounds 7 ounces☺

Ebe said...

I'm super excited for you guys! Wow...I bet you are ready to jump out of your skin already.
Hang in there...you are doing a fantastic job!!

I can't wait to hear the news of your sweet Caleb's crying entrance!

Um, I'm no good at guessing birth weights but I'll say 8 lbs 13 oz.

Can't wait!!!


Bethany said...

Praying for you, Rachel!

Tonya said...

I'm terrible at guessing. Just wanted you to know that I'm very excited for you and praying for you tonight and tomorrow. May God's love and peace surround you. Can't wait for the update!

Love and blessings,

Anonymous said...

You are on my mind often--

Jenni W.

I'll pray for the frequent contact and breastfeeding part! :)

Anonymous said...

Hi, Rachel -
I'll guess 9 pounds 2 ounces. Praying for a healthy baby with lots of opportunities to cuddle with mom, dad & brothers. I cannot wait to receive my dishcloths.
-Deanna in Stacy

Persuaded said...

Just wanted to let you know that I am praying for you all this morning, my dear♥

May the Lord's best blessings overflow onto you!

Carolina said...

Rachel- I say 8 lbs 12 oz... praying and thinking of you today!

Sara said...

my comment didn't save from yesterday... been praying all day... so excited to hear all about sweet Caleb. Praying for strength and endurance and especially an inexplainable peace for you my friend... you are so on my heart today. My guess was 9.3
Rachel, may your heart be filled with His great love today... sending our OK love to you and your whole family.