on monday, i went to my OB appt in the morning. keep in mind that the hospital that i'm delivering at is about an hour drive (each way). so two hours round trip. after my appt, i stopped at the grocery store a few blocks from my house to pick up a few things. i had some trash in my car that i was throwing away before walking into the store. one of the wrappers blew out of my hand onto the ground. i didn't want to litter so i started walking and bent over to pick it up. and boom…next thing i know i hit the ground and felt the impact in my abdomen.
it was a bad combo…
my equilibrium being off because i'm so front-heavy, the curb tapering down and wearing my mom's uggs (which are two sizes too big for me) because my feet and legs are so swollen they're the only shoes that fit on my feet.
thankfully i was able to brace myself somewhat as my hands, right forearm and right knee are bruised and scraped up. that tells me that i at least took some of the impact away from my stomach when it hit the ground.
but i was a mess.
in tears. on the ground of the parking lot in front of the store. panicked that i hurt the baby. a nice man who was driving through the parking lot when i practically fell in front of his vehicle was the first to jump out of his car and help me. a store clerk called 911. and the ambulance came.
the minutes that i was laying on the ground assessing how i felt and waiting for the baby to move or kick were the longest ever. finally once i was on the gurney and in the back of the ambulance, the baby start kicking and they were the best, most reassuring kicks i've ever felt.
at that point, i felt like baby boy was fine. but i still went back to L&D at the hospital to get the baby on the monitor and make sure everything was okay. i just needed peace of mind. the midwife said that he looked perfect and "his strip looks textbook, exactly what they want to see when they look at a baby's heart rate." such a huge relief.
although i'm in love with the nursing staff who've been so kind to me these past few weeks, i'm really hoping to stay out of L&D until baby boy is ready to make his appearance.