I was all ready to hear that I’d be delivering my little Love Note by the end of the day. That was until Dr. John Leone’s pelvic exam erased all hope. During last week’s appointment, I was told I was two centimeters dilated. But, for some reason, I only measured 1 1/2 centimeters during Monday’s visit. Again, a Pretty Preggie isn’t ready for delivery until she’s 10 centimeters. So, I wondered whether that meant my incredible cervix was shrinking? Doc said no – just that his measurements differed from the OB’s from last week. Maybe she had smaller fingers! Thankfully, everything else measured just fine: blood pressure, blood sugar levels and the baby’s heartbeat. With a uterus size measuring 37 centimeters, and Braxton Hicks throughout the day and night, D-day could happen at any time.
Last year, I was in labor at my daughter’s track meet – but didn’t even notice.
In fact, earlier that same day, my doctor’s pelvic exam showed I was only two centimeters dilated. I delivered the next day within minutes of making it to the hospital. Poor Dr. Leone had to rush to the hospital from his home to make it to the delivery room. He hardly had time to get his scrubs on!
With baby number three, we’re taking no chances. I’ll be delivering early – doc’s orders. We’ve chosen a date – and my hospital bag is almost packed. All that’s missing is something handsome or beautiful to bring the baby home in. We’ll get to that after I see what Love Note is! Can’t hardly wait.DeShong Perry-Smitherman The Secondhand Pretty Preggie