A Celebration for Gompers - page 5

To my fellow NICU forum posters, As the countdown indicates, Gompers is getting quite close to motherhood! Since we are scattered far and wide, and unable to come together to celebrate, I... Read More

  1. by   RainDreamer
    How're you feeling, Gompers?! You're getting so close! I remember when your countdown was like 100+ days away ..... and now it's just weeks away, wow! I hope you're feeling well, keep us updated!
  2. by   Gompers
    Quote from RainDreamer
    How're you feeling, Gompers?! You're getting so close! I remember when your countdown was like 100+ days away ..... and now it's just weeks away, wow! I hope you're feeling well, keep us updated!

    Actually, it's more like 11-12 days now! I check into L&D on the evening of the 19th and they'll start my induction, hoping to deliver on the 20th! I saw OB on Wednesday and nephrology today - my blood pressure is starting to rise and I'm officially on maternity leave now because of it. Hopefully I'll hold out until the 20th - I'll be basically 38 weeks - but if I spike any higher or start spilling protein, they'll probably induce even earlier. Reason they're inducing in the first place is size-related (hoping to avoid a c/s and baby is very large), plus with the BP increasing they feel that after 37-38 weeks this baby is more safe OUTSIDE than IN.

    So I'm freaking out now that it's almost here! My mom thinks I'm going to go into labor at any time now. My 36-week belly meaured 38 weeks on Wednesday and today I suddenly started to have a lot of tenderness in my lower abdomen, right over my pelvis. She said she felt the exact same thing a few days before she had me...

    I just hope it's after Tuesday. Monday night is our second to last childbirth class, but it's the one where we learn Lamaze breathing so I really want to be there! Plus this whole weekend is devoted to getting the baby's room totally ready and putting all our stuff that WAS in there in storage (aka my parents' basement). So after Monday night's class, I should be good to go.

    After my appointment today I went up to the unit to turn in my FMLA papers and talk to my bosses. Then I went to see which fellow would be on call on the 20th, because the attendings leave around 4pm so if I deliver after that it'd be the fellow and on-call resident coming to the delivery. Luckily, the one scheduled is a favorite of mine and my mother-in-law's (y'all know she's also a nurse in my NICU, right?). She asked if they could please come to the delivery even if it's a non-complicated vaginal one - she said even if they have to stand outside the door to protect my privacy, she'd just feel a whole lot better to be seconds away from helping the baby if necessary, rather than having L&D page her and lose precious minutes if there's a problem. I feel very well cared for and hope to have the vaginal delivery I've always wanted.

    This is craziness!

    Thanks again to all for their support, interest, and advice!
    Last edit by Gompers on Dec 8, '06
  3. by   suzy253
    Thanks for the update Gompers. Will be thinking about you!
  4. by   RainDreamer
    Wow, less then 2 weeks away!! And you should be home just in time for Christmas huh ....... awwwww, that's just PERFECT!!
  5. by   Gompers
    Quote from RainDreamer
    Wow, less then 2 weeks away!! And you should be home just in time for Christmas huh ....... awwwww, that's just PERFECT!!
    Yeah, if everything goes well, I should be discharged on the 23rd if I end up with a c-section, the 21st or 22nd if it's vaginal without complications. If I end up preeclamptic, who knows? I just hope that the baby is okay and can come home with me! I just packed my suitcase tonight. I'm such a freak, I even packed ready-to-feed bottles of formula because I want to use Carnation Good Starts and our hospital doesn't always have it available - usually just Similac and Enfamil. (Breast feeding most likely won't happen due to an extensive breast reduction 11 years ago.)

    Such a nurse!

    Hey, that makes me think...to all of you who have had babies, anything special I should pack? I've read up a bit and so far, besides the formula, I have...

    Nightshirts and a robe
    Socks and underwear
    Tight sports bras
    Flip flops to wear in the yucky shower
    Post partum belly binder
    My own pack of decent maxi pads
    Toiletries for both DH and I
    Change of clothes for DH (sweats, t-shirt, socks, boxers)
    Snacks for DH and I (gotta have my snacks!)
    Hair scrunchies and headbands for labor
    One of those funky-shaped plastic back massagers
    Altoids and lip balm (for all the heavy breathing)
    Car seat with warm Bundle-Me cover is in the car
    Going home outfits for baby (one pink, one green - who knows??? )
    Digital camera with extra batteries

    Suggestions???
    Last edit by Gompers on Dec 9, '06
  6. by   Jolie
    Quote from Gompers

    Suggestions???
    Got a laptop? Just kidding, we can wait until you're home to hear the good news!

    You might want to bring a few decent pillows from home, just put brightly colored pillow cases on them so they don't get mixed up with the hospital's ever-so-comfy plastic pillows!
  7. by   Gompers
    Quote from Jolie
    Got a laptop? Just kidding, we can wait until you're home to hear the good news!

    You might want to bring a few decent pillows from home, just put brightly colored pillow cases on them so they don't get mixed up with the hospital's ever-so-comfy plastic pillows!
    I thought about that, but I don't want to bring GOOD pillows - I don't want hospital germs on them. I might take an old pillow or two and then just chuck them when we leave...
  8. by   txspadequeenRN
    Two things I make sure I have is a focal point and my CD player with my favorite music... For my focal point I always have found that a family Pic is good. Something i can really zero in on. This is one thing that helps me tremendously with contractions.

    The list


    * focal point
    * CD player
    * extra change for hubby snacks out of machine
    * cell phone charger
    *I always bring my own linen from home ... I am about to bring life in the world and it's hard work so I'm making myself at home....



    Quote from Gompers
    Yeah, if everything goes well, I should be discharged on the 23rd if I end up with a c-section, the 21st or 22nd if it's vaginal without complications. If I end up preeclamptic, who knows? I just hope that the baby is okay and can come home with me! I just packed my suitcase tonight. I'm such a freak, I even packed ready-to-feed bottles of formula because I want to use Carnation Good Starts and our hospital doesn't always have it available - usually just Similac and Enfamil. (Breast feeding most likely won't happen due to an extensive breast reduction 11 years ago.)

    Such a nurse!

    Hey, that makes me think...to all of you who have had babies, anything special I should pack? I've read up a bit and so far, besides the formula, I have...

    Nightshirts and a robe
    Socks and underwear
    Tight sports bras
    Flip flops to wear in the yucky shower
    Post partum belly binder
    My own pack of decent maxi pads
    Toiletries for both DH and I
    Change of clothes for DH (sweats, t-shirt, socks, boxers)
    Snacks for DH and I (gotta have my snacks!)
    Hair scrunchies and headbands for labor
    One of those funky-shaped plastic back massagers
    Altoids and lip balm (for all the heavy breathing)
    Car seat with warm Bundle-Me cover is in the car
    Going home outfits for baby (one pink, one green - who knows??? )
    Digital camera with extra batteries

    Suggestions???
  9. by   rn/writer
    Breast pads. Some of my patients have enough milk to need them, some don't.

    Boppy pillow. Much better than trying to arrange two or three hospital pillows. If you can find that many.

    Personal phone book or list of people to call.

    Cell phone AND charger (If you're allowed to use one in that part of the hospital).

    Writing paper and pens.

    Large envelope to keep all the important papers--footprint certificate, your copies of consent forms, scripts, follow-up info, etc.--from getting lost, scattered, or junked up. Anytime someone gives you a piece of paper, into the envelope it goes.

    Q-tips for itchy ears.

    Nail clipper and emery board. A nail snag is irritating enough under normal circumstances. Far worse when you're trapped for a couple of days and don't want to scratch the baby.

    A back scratcher. I take mine any time I stay somewhere, even to the hospital when I stay with my grandson. I even have one in my car. Walgreens sometimes has them for a buck or two.

    Our affection and support. Of course, you don't have to pack that. We're sending it with you.
  10. by   prmenrs
    I would take some nicer baby wipes than the hospital gives out as freebies (I really like the CVS store brand).

    A do-it-yourself epidural kit??? just kidding!!!

    Write our names down on an index card, stick it in your suitcase so you can take all our prayers and good wishes w/you in a very concrete way!
  11. by   adrienurse
    Good luck hunny. Hope all goes well and safely!
  12. by   sddlnscp
    Don't forget to take something to keep you busy while you're waiting, if you wait. Some type of easy crossword puzzle or a coloring book or something - magazines if you like those. I am one of those types who has to be kept busy, so this helped me a lot.

    Best of luck, can't wait to hear the news!
  13. by   ElvishDNP
    Speaking of hearing the news, when/how will we find out about Gompers' new arrival??

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