39 Weeks
Ike

Galled

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. 

Farouche-sunshiny-day

Wish us luck. Catch ya on the flip side. 

Comments

Dr. Maureen

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

Lindsey

Good luck! Can't wait for news. xox

Mouse

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

Lilly

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!

<3<3

heidi

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

Sarahviz

Thinking of you!

Jenna

Oh good luck Amy! Go baby IKEA!

Amy K

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

Kate

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

Sue

Best of luck! I look forward to pictures!

Kim

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

mhd

good luck! looking forward to hearing your good news.

Alison C

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

Mo

Good luck! Can't wait to meet him!

Stephanie

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!)

Mo

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

Whimsi

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

Kathleen

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!

drhoctor2

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

Kristin

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

SarahB

Good luck!

I'll be thinking of you and your family!

Christine

Oooh! Baby baby baby! Good luck!

souphead

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

MommiePie

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.

Sonja

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

Jen

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!

Heather

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!

Maverick

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!

Janice

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?
Anyway.
Good luck and can't wait to see pics/learn what awesome name you've chosen to go with your other awesome kids' names!

Sarah

luck!

Jessica V

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

Kailee

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

Treeling

Hooray, IKEA incoming! Good luck!

amanda

Yay! Break a leg! (but not really)

Twice Five Miles

GOOD LUCK!!!

Alex

Best wishes to you and your family!

Jill

Good luck, good luck!

Famous67

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!

kim

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

Karen

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!

Kristy

Good luck!!!

Starbuck

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

Lawyerish

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

Danielle

Good luck! Welcome Baby Ikea!!

Petey

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!

lb

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!

Tina

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! :)

Roxanna

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

Sarah

Good luck! I'll be thinking of you!

Stacy

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

Jessica

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

Jennie

Good luck! Hope it all goes well x

Dawn

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

Shannon

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

Lydia

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

Cindy

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

Soumya

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

Brandi

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

Caro

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

Ambry

Good luck, Amy!!

Olivia

Yay, good luck! I love that poster.

Parsing Nonsense

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

Charity

Good luck good luck good luck!

Txtingmrdarcy

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

Hope the gallbladder issues clear up as well. Ick!

MommyNamedApril

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 :-)

Rebecca

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!

Stimey

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

Sarah

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

Karly

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

jodifur

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

Shannon

Wishing you the very best of luck!

Virginia

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. :)

kellyannecat

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!

Dena

Good luck tomorrow!!

ndc

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

Cali

Good luck!! And, yay!

Katie

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! :)

Sarah

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

Ann

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

Nancy

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

Elizabeth_K

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 ...

Tanya

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!

hayden

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

Lisa

Good luck!!!

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

Julie

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.

Emily

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.

Snafuzled

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

Bonnie

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

Antonia

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

XXX

Meg

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!

rkmama

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!

Molly

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

Sara

Good luck! Congrats!

liz

Thinking of you!!

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