|In front of Independence Hall - 38 weeks pregnant!!|
To fill you in:
The morning before my boards I went to visit my Ob/Gyn before the drive to Philadelphia. Turns out that I was ALREADY dilated...nearly 2cm...FREAKING TWO CENTIMETERS! And...oh yes...there is an "and"...I was 80% effaced. not to mention, the baby's head is already "really low." The lil thing is actually a hearty girl at 7 lbs 10oz already - with two weeks to go (I really could have a 10 pounder!)!! My doc was not excited about me going to take my boards so far away, and made it clear that I could go into labor at any minute. Given the baby's position, size, etc. she even recommeded I get induced this upcoming Tuesday - a full week EARLY! (If, that is, I don't go into labor this weekend.)
|wow....THAT is a baby belly! MY baby belly!!!|
Needless to say, no baby happened in Philadelphia. It was nearly impossible for me to concentrate during my test knowing that at any moment I could go into labor. Well, and knowing that I only have a couple more days to get everything ready for her arrival...my mind was in a million places....not ideal for boards.
The worst news came my way on Monday when I found out that if I take a personal leave after having my baby (6 weeks) I will lose my health insurance. The benefits coordinator at the hospital suggested that if I could not afford the full insurance premium (of $1700!!!) that I should consider cancelling my insurance and taking the risk of paying cash as she "was sure nothing bad would happen." Clearly this lady is an idiot - if there is ever a time I would truly need health insurance it's around DELIVERY time...complications are scary...and risks like that just aren't worth taking. Obviously, this financial news really really super insanely stressed me out this week. Where does someone get $1700? Throughout my pregnancy I tried to convince myself that my 13 days of PTO (paid time off) would have to suffice. But really - it's not long enough. It's not. Life is too short, we all grow so fast, and babies are only babies a little while. It's just all so frustrating.
|we adore the City of Brotherly Love|
It's been a heavy week...lots of shock...a few stressful tears...sleepless nights of studying and bathroom visits...and a 4.5 hour boards exam. Anyway - did you catch that? Our baby girl will be joining us next week. One entire week earlier than expected.
I can't wait to meet her.