Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Update on the Up and Coming Baby Jenkins

Yes! We're expecting again. We just haven't taken the time to post anything on the blog much or fb. But I did want to pass along an update on the pregnancy.

From what we can gather, since it was somewhat of a surprise, we are due at the end of October. That's from our guesses, the midwives doing their calculations, my belly measurements, and a couple of ultrasounds. Blast! In nearly 8 years of marriage, this is one of the only cycles I did not chart. Charting is helpful for me because my cycles aren't normal, but we're all pretty confident since everyone's numbers are putting the arrival of Baby Jenkins somewhere during that last week in October.

I've been spotting some throughout the pregnancy, but nothing too irregular until the other day. I had a prenatal appointment a couple of days later and knew I would bring it up again. We talked about things with a couple of my midwives (Yes, we're hoping to use The Farm again), and we decided to investigate. They did an internal check of my cervix, and baby's head was real low, my outer os was 2 cm, my inner os was 1 cm, and the called my cervix fibrous and easy to manipulate. They didn't want to give me strict bedrest because it seems so dooming with 3 months still to go, but I'm definitely limited. No lifting (even River), no long walks, try to stay off my feet as much as I can, no hanky panky, and take it easy. I've gotta keep this baby cooking.

The next day they had me see the doctor. She monitored me for contractions. No contractions and only a minute or two of some sort of irritability. I can't believe I didn't ask more about that. By her check, my outer os is 1 cm and my inner os is still closed, and that active child growing inside me has turned breech. I did another ultrasound, the actual length of my cervix is measuring in at a whopping 4 cm. That's good news. But I'm still given the same Take It Easy Orders.

I'll start seeing the midwives every other week now so they can keep an eye on what's happening. And if anything happens like more spotting, abdominal pain, or some contractions, then I'll need to get to a hospital to be monitored. So, I'm really having to be in tune with what my body is telling me. If my back aches, no ignoring it. I need to lay down and get it to stop. I just need to pay close attention.

So, please send some good vibes this way. Baby Jenkins is healthy and active, but my body needs to keep him/her cooking. I'll try and keep the blog up as we learn about the progress or lack thereof of my body over the next few months.

Timer is set for Baby Jenkins: Must Cook Until At Least Mid-October!!


Misty said...

Thanks for the update on how you are doing. We're sending good healthy vibes to the Jenkins! Can't wait to meet the next beautiful human you two create :)

Mary Lindsey said...

Hey Kari,
Just wanted you to know we are praying for that sweet baby to STAY IN MAMA!! Congrats on Baby Jenkins! We are due with #5 in December :-) I know it is hard to stay put and not lift River. I hope you can do your best to enjoy this time with some good books, movies, music, and belly rubs. I will be checking your blog much more to see how all is going!

frenchpress said...

Beautiful update, Kari. You are in our prayers!

(Oh, and Mark and I are...engaged!!)

Love you all!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the update! I am praying God keep him/her cooking until she/he is finished!! Love you!

Anonymous said...

what a great visit we had with with you guys. River is growing up so much. I am praying God will keep the little one where he/she belongs until it is prepared to meet the world. Give River a hug and the baby a rub from Grandma.

Anonymous said...

Congrats Kari--We are very excited for you guys!! Callum and I watched the video of your little man singing--He is beautiful Kari. We are thinking of you all and pray for the very best for you and little baby J :o)

Take very good Care,
Michelle, Mark, Callum, Katie

Kinsey McLean said...

Wanted to let you know that you all are in my thoughts and that I'm sending positive energy your way. And by the way, I think October 20th is a great day for a birthday, just saying :-)

Galit Church said...


We need you to slow cook that baby longer!
Please keep us posted. The Jenkins will be in my thoughts! Big hugs!

Mom and Dad said...

We cannot wait until October. We are praying that everything will be normal and there will not be an early delivery. We have a lot of our friends here in Tennessee and in Georgia praying for you. We are here for you. Mom and Dad