39 Weeks


The third trimester of this pregnancy has not been a particularly easy one, and up until...oh, the last 36 hours or so I was perfectly content to chalk most of the unpleasantness up to stress. Everything DID start going downhill right around the time my dad died, what with the false labor and mysterious aches and pains and the throwing up and the weight loss and then a delightful little interlude of "pre-bedrest" and "pre-pneumonia" and "pre-let's-not-panic-here-but-seriously-you-need-to-stop-getting-sick-and-put-some-weight-on."

Then, over the weekend, my hands and feet started itching. And suddenly -- well, "suddenly" after HOURS of unrelenting itching and twitching and scratching and an entire bottle of moisturizer and  -- a lot of things started to make sense. Stress? Yeah, sure, some of it. But also, gallbladder. 

I don't know how long things haven't been quite right in that department. I managed to develop a bunch of the other symptoms of cholestasis of pregnancy (the ones that could also be symptoms of like, 400 other things) before the most common, telltale one, bizarrely enough. But it's not like I'm doubled-over in Upper Right Quadrant Pain or jaundiced or anything. I'm just...pukey and itchy. And...sensitive-like in the Upper Right Quandrant Area. 

And all of these symptoms should correct themselves and go away soon after I deliver the baby. 

Which will happen tomorrow. Baby IKEA's eviction notice will be served right on schedule, first damn thing in the morning. 


Wish us luck. Catch ya on the flip side. 


Dr. Maureen

Yay! Good luck, and here's to not being pregnant anymore. Can't wait to see the new Storch!


Good luck! Can't wait for news. xox


I'll be thinking of you and baby Ikea and wish you much non-itchiness post-birth.


Good luck!! Can't wait to know baby IKEA's name. XD And have Jason take tons of pictures! And tweet/blog/facebook as soon as you can!



Good Luck!!! Can't wait to meet baby IKEA.


Thinking of you!


Oh good luck Amy! Go baby IKEA!

Amy K

Good luck! How exciting. Can't wait to read all about your newest family member.


So excited to see the new guy! Good luck to all ya'll!


Best of luck! I look forward to pictures!


Baby IKEA! Come soon and easily! Let your Mama's gallbladder get back to normal and enjoy all those boys you'll meet soon.


good luck! looking forward to hearing your good news.

Alison C

How exciting! Can't wait for updates. Hoping you feel much better afterward


Good luck! Can't wait to meet him!


Woohoo! Can't wait to meet Baby Storch. Sorry about the gall bladder itchiness though. That sucks.

But here's to yes, a Bright Sunshiny Day. (Love that poster by the way!)


You know I meant read about him. I didn't mean for that to sound so creepy...


Good luck, dude! Can't wait to see the pictures of your new addition.


My good wishes and thoughts are with you! I had gallbladder surgery earlier this year. My symptoms started during pregnancy too.
Congratulations on the soon to be arriving of baby Ikea!


Can not wait for your bright sunshiny new baby. Enjoy.


Good luck! Looking forward to hearing all about it and seeing the little guy!


Good luck!

I'll be thinking of you and your family!


Oooh! Baby baby baby! Good luck!


oy! sucky, but you get to get the baby out of there already!
Good luck tomorrow. Can't wait to see the baby!


Oooh! Best of luck! I'm so excited for you. Betcha can't wait to nuzzle that newborn. Mine is 6 months old already...holy crap how did THAT happen???!! Hope the delivery goes smoothly and the baby saves the meconium for the diapers.


Best of luck to you and Baby Ikea tomorrow! It's moving day there, pal!


Yay for baby IKEA! Can't wait to hear the name and see pics of him and his brothers! I had gallbladder surgery 10 years ago (when i was 20!) and i was not prego! It was a weird fluke thing! good luck with everything!


Congratulations- so glad the big day is finally here!! Can't wait to "meet" the latest member of your gang!

Best of luck- here's hoping your gallbladder issues resolve completely after the little guy is out!


Aren't you kind of glad you didn't figure the cholestasis thing out until the second to last day, though, I mean all the stressing that saved you-- not to mention itchiness! Good luck, we'll be rooting for you!


My friend had the exact same problem last summer before her son's early arrival (only two weeks and he was 8 lbs at birth). Everything cleared right up after he was born and they're both happy and healthy today. :) Good luck to ya!

Sarah S.

SQUEE! Wishing you a bright sunshiny day tomorrow ... and also wondering if the picture is a clue to IKEA's name? Nash? Cliff?
Good luck and can't wait to see pics/learn what awesome name you've chosen to go with your other awesome kids' names!



Jessica V

Best of luck to you Amy! I'll be thinking about you - can't wait to hear all about it!


Best of luck, Amy! I am so excited for you, Jason, Noah and Ezra!


Hooray, IKEA incoming! Good luck!


Yay! Break a leg! (but not really)

Twice Five Miles



Best wishes to you and your family!


Good luck, good luck!


Yay, & I am scared that you are going to name the baby IKEA. Ike is OK, though! Had the whole gallbladder thing as well. Had to have mine out when my now almost 12 year old was a year old. Doctor said that if he sees a woman under 60 in the ER for gallbladder, it is usually within a year after childbirth. Good luck tomorrow-can't wait to hear about your new addition to your family!


Best of luck! Can't wait to see another gorgeous boy. Thank you for sharing this with us.


Yipee! Mine is 3 months....and the sleepless nights do get easier with each one. I think we become numb to it all...
Good luck and God bless!


Good luck!!!


So exciting! Sending you lots of love and wishes for an uneventful delivery and speedy recovery. Can't wait to see Baby IKEA!!


Congratulations and good luck and all good things. Hooray for babies and for, uh, getting rid of crappy gallbladder stuff!


Good luck! Welcome Baby Ikea!!


My husbands cousin just delivered her 2nd baby, after her 2nd bout with cholestasis. She never made it past 35 weeks with either. Good thing you're done because there is something like a 90% chance you would get it again with the next pregnancy. Good luck tomorrow! I can't wait to 'meet' him!

Suzy Q

Wheeee! We're gonna have a bay-beeee!

Ok, technically, YOU'RE having a baby, but all of us Internet aunties are SO excited!


I had cholestasis with 2/3 of my pregnancies. The itching was awful, just absolutely awful. I feel for you. Just one more way that babies destroy your body. Best wishes for a peaceful delivery tomorrow. You will both be better off with him out than in!

Life of a Doctor's Wife

Happy delivery, Amy!!! Welcome to the world, Baby #3!


I had that with all four of my boys. And the itching started earlier and earlier each time. It was horrid. Thankfully by the time I was pregnant with #3 there were drugs to help with that. Good news is itching goes away soon after the baby is born (at least 24-48 hours for me). Good luck with your little guy! Being a Boy Mom Rocks! :)


Good luck and Congratulations! Can't wait to meet the newest little one!


Good luck! I'll be thinking of you!


So excited for y'all. Go for it, Baby Ikea. Welcome to the party!


Good luck tomorrow! Can't wait to see smooshy newborn pics:)


Good luck! Hope it all goes well x


Good luck tomorrow! Can't wait to 'meet' the newest little Storch!


Good Luck tomorrow! Hope all goes well and exactly as planned!


Good luck! We're sending healthy thoughts for you and baby. Can't wait to see pics.


Yippee! Best of luck, Amy and family! Will be thinking of you!


Good Luck!! and sorry about the itching..hope u feel better soon..


Good luck Amy!!! I'm sure everything will go just fine. I can't wait to meet your new little one! hugs!!!

Springsteen fan

Luck, luck, luuuuuuucccckkkkk!!!! We will be pulling for you here on the interwebs!!! XXOO


Good luck!!! So exciting. Hope everything goes well.


Good luck, Amy!!


Yay, good luck! I love that poster.

Parsing Nonsense

Woo hoo! Good luck, keep calm, and carry on. Can't wait for an update!


Good luck good luck good luck!


Best of luck! Can't wait to meet the new Babalah.

Hope the gallbladder issues clear up as well. Ick!


woohoo babies!!!!

sure hope the gallbladder starts behaving itself after baby makes his appearance. i had it with my first (although with severe pain, like ZOMG I AM DYING IF I EAT ANYTHING WITH MORE THAN .00001 GRAMS OF FAT!!!) and it persisted afterward. boo.

on the upside, i ended up way under my prepregnancy weight. not that you need to do that. cause you don't.

eagerly awaiting pictures of baby in the (HOPEFULLY NOW FIXED!!!) swing :-)


Very best wishes! :) :) :) :)

Goddess in Progress

Ugh, sorry about the itching!

Good luck tomorrow, I hope everything goes super smoothly. I know, at the end of my pregnancies, all I could think was "thank god it's almost over." No mushy, magical thoughts of this sweet new person. Just "OMG PLEASE LET THIS PART BE OVER."

Can't wait to hear all about Baby IKEA!


Good luck!!! I hope you have a wonderful experience tomorrow.


Yeah! Can't wait to meet the next little Storch. Best of luck!


Good luck! Can't wait to see photos of the new little guy!


I absolutely cannot wait to meet him. And good luck tomorrow!


Wishing you the very best of luck!


Good luck with the baby, the gall bladder and all! He's gonna be so darn cute, he'll be worth every second of itchiness - I just know it. :)


So thrilled and excited for you and your whole family! Can't wait for the good news!

Martha H.

Congrats, can't wait to see him! Hope it all goes as smooth and easy as possible! Oh, and have a quick recovery!


Good luck tomorrow!!


Can't wait for the name unveiling! what a blessing are little boys :) praying for you and Jason.


Good luck!! And, yay!


Good luck tomorrow!!! and hurry up tomorrow and get here cause I'm kicking out my baby on Friday morning and OMGITCANNOTGETHEREFASTENOUGH :) yeay for babies! :)


Thinking of you and wishing you nothing but the smoothest and most joyful arrival of Babalah v 3.0! We can't wait to meet him. xx


Good luck Amy. Not that you need it, I think everything is going to go fantastically. Can't wait to see pictures of Babalah 3.0


Good luck Amy! I hope it all goes smoothly for you! Congratulations and welcome to the big guy!


I'm kinda jealous of your DEFINITE date. The last weeks are so endless (especially with all the CRAP you've been dealing with!), and knowing they will end on a certain day must be very nice. My first was a week early, my second ... one week LATE. Here's hoping number three will be more like his brother than his sister ...


Best wishes for a wonderful delivery! I have had PUPPs since 35 weeks and am now 5 weeks PP...so I feel you on the unBEARable itching :(. I hope delivery takes care of the ICP for you! Can't wait to "meet" IKEA! And 6/1 is a great birthday...it's my 28th bday tomorrow too!


Awesome! Good luck, I'm sure you know it'll all be worth it in the end! :)


Good luck!!!

I'll go to IKEA for you if you'd like :D I'm post-partum nesting :D


OH, I'm so sorry that you are still just feeling crappy here at the end. :( But I'm so glad the final day is in sight. Sending you strong and healthy vibes for you and baby IKEA.


good luck! can't wait to see pictures! Also.. your cholestasis link tried to install a virus on my computer.. I don't know if it's a wrong address or if someone has hacked the website that it links to.. but... just saying.


Ahh!!! Can't wait to hear about the new fella. Good luck!


Good luck to you guys, I can't wait to see photos of baby Ikea!


prayers Amy, hope it goes well.
Looking forward to seeing your little man and hearing his name!



Hooray for new babies! Good luck! And damn the gallbladder straight to hell! All gallbladders! I am having mine (filled with so many pregnancy related gallstones that the ER doc sighed and said "please just take it out")removed in a week! WOOO!


Yay! That you'll be snuggling with a bright shiny newborn tomorrow, not that you're all itchy...and stuff. Oh you know what I mean!
Can't wait to meet Baby Ikea!


Woo, congrats! Get some rest tonight, girl. (As if.)


Good luck! Congrats!


Thinking of you!!

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