Monday, August 31, 2009

What a kick in the pants...

today's appointment was!

I go in and get strapped to the NST machine, which baby passed with flying colors! :), and all was going normal until the doctor came in to see us.

The doctor is one of the doctors I've seen on the rotating basis until my primary OB gets back from maternity leave. Anywho....he comes in, looks at my chart, and everything he says implies that I won't be making it until the 40 week mark. He said they'd like to get me to 39 weeks "in a perfect world", but that's probably not going to happen. HOLY CRAP.

As he checks the printout from the NST, he says that baby is "very happy" (DUH--whose womb is baby living in?? ;) ) and that I had been contracting. That was the shock of the century for me! I literally felt nothing, and it kind of escaped my mind that I can contract without feeling it this late in the game. He goes on to say that baby is in the 43rd percentile, so just about average in terms of development, and that they may start to consider giving me steroid shots to help with things like lung maturation, should baby decide to come early, or they need to get baby because of my pregnancy induced hyptertension--which I just found out today I had.

The hypertension sounds scary, but it really comes from the blood pressure issue, which I have no control over. Delivery of the babe is the only "cure"; and that's only if bp skyrockets, which mine does not.

He reiterated that bringing me in for the NST and ultrasound each week is, most likely, overkill, but they really want to be careful....which we LOVE!! Oh, and this is not the douchetastic doctor from our last visit. This guy we had today is AWESOME!

It is just so crazy to us how close this pregnancy is to being over. We really think we're going to have a September baby, and doctor basically said the same thing!! Not much longer!

Off to let our little overachiever contract my uterus a few more times before bed...

Monday, August 24, 2009

We lucked out today

...and got the douchetastic doctor at my OB. Since my primary OB is on maternity leave until the end of this month, I've been seeing other doctors/nurse practitioners on a rotating basis. The one we got today was nothing like the others we've been seeing. He talked about the awful possibilities of extremely high blood pressure (like 200/100...which I am nowhere near) and was lacking in the social skills department. The other doctors, including my AWESOME OB, are much more laid back and don't worry until there's something to worry about; much more our style. Here's hoping I don't end up with him delivering our little one! But, as a mama already, I know things are fine with our baby, despite this arse's attempts to screw with me.

On a better note, Baby L passed the NST today!!!!! YAY!! Our little one was so incredibly active yesterday that it worried me today would be a slow day and the douche-doctor (that is his full name) wouldn't see the movement he'd be looking for. But, we came armed.....Hershey's was our tool!!! It worked! Our little love muffin will still be monitored twice a week for the rest of the pregnancy, which is not that long at all, but it's nice to be able to show what we already know to be true, that our baby is just fine.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

33 weeks!

How far along? 33 weeks, measuring 34 weeks
Total weight gain: Nada clue
Maternity Clothes? Of course!
Sleep? LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVE IT
Best Moment of the Week: Getting to see our little one via ultrasound again. We got to see baby open eyes wide, breathe and see the little bit of hair on top of the head!!
Movement: ALL. THE. TIME. and loving it!
Food Cravings: None, really. Although, I wouldn't mind some ice cream right now.
Gender: We have an inkling, but won't know for sure for about another 6 weeks!

Labor Signs: None that I know of. Little one is head down (which is GOOD!), and I have had a few contractions, but they may have been braxton hicks. Not sure, though.
Belly Button: Still in :)
What I Miss: Being active. I'm on modified bed rest (aka "take it easy") and really miss my workouts and being able to run around and get stuff done. It's weird to be told to "relax" when you already feel great! Oh well. As long as baby and mama are healthy and happy that's all that matters!
What I am looking forward to: We are beside ourselves with excitement about meeting our baby. I hope these next 6 weeks just fly by! We can't wait to know the sex, what baby looks like, to hold our baby for the first time....I'm getting tears in my eyes just thinking about it!!
Weekly Wisdom: Love every second of every day. I can feel our little one growing up already. As excited I am for the next part, I know how much I'll miss being pregnant, so I'm relishing it before it's over. Of course, we could just have lots of babies; I'm sure my madre would just hate that!
Milestones: Baby L is 17-18 inches long, just under 5 lbs, and is responding to music and our voices! Our little one is able to open eyes wide, bones are hardening, and is practicing breathing for when s/he's an outside baby!

Monday, August 17, 2009

Oh, Baby!

Today was our appointment for the nonstress test. I was taken to an exam room and strapped with fetal monitors that were plugged into a machine that printed out little one's heart rate. It would track the heart rate and whenever I felt movement I pressed a button.
Well, baby didn't pass the test. There wasn't enough movement for the doctor who was monitoring me to feel comfortable. Unfortunately, we had to get an ultrasound ;)
The ultrasound is called a BPP, biophysical profile, in this case. The tech measured little one all over. Baby passed this test with flying colors! Everything is measuring great, nothing to be worried about. Our little overachiever is measuring 1 week ahead, 4lbs 12 oz (slightly higher than average), and has a teeny bit of hair!!!! So adorable for us to see!!!
The only downside is that now I think I'm considered 'high risk'. That's no fun, especially since I feel awesome! The only exercise I'm allowed are light walks. I'm going crazy about that!! My workouts weren't just good for body but good for mind, also. Oh well, whatever works to keep little one as healthy as possible!
Dr. Crawford said that it may be a bit of overkill to bring me in twice a week for the remainder of the pregnancy, but that he'd rather be safe than sorry. We agree! All that matters is that our little one is doing well, my blood pressure was much lower than it had been (even with Jada in the hospital, getting ready to meet her little boy), and I'm feeling well!

There were a lot of things that happened today that pointed to a certain sex. Now, the only question we have is if we should confirm our beliefs at Thursday's appointment.....Hmmm, should we find out if we're Team Tampon or Team Peen???

Saturday, August 15, 2009

My hubs, the roadrunner

Gary just got back from doing a 5K Fun Run as part of the Week of the Eagles festivities. He's so impressive, he took 2nd place for his age group!!
Anyone was encouraged to participate, not just soldiers. My feet laughed at the thought! I did a 5K pre-pregnancy and that's where those events shall remain; outside the 9 month scope of pregnancy! Oh crap...just remembered I wouldn't have been able to do it anyway, doctor's orders.
Anyway, I'm so proud of him! We didn't get in until late last night, because of the concert, and he got up at 6am to run in the race! Good for you, babe!!

Adventures outside Gate 10

We wanted to get some pics of me all pregnant before I squeeze out what will most likely be a very long, but not too heavy, child, so we went on a trip around post to get some with pretty, scenic backgrounds.
There are parts of this post I've never even seen before! Here are a couple shots we love:

If you're able to notice, the bookends of this little herd are wild turkey!



And, here are the shots we got of the belly!


We're going to get some more pics, at different locations. We were losing sunlight fast and wanted some cute belly pics, other than a profile

Cannot believe how big the belly has gotten! I can feel how long this child is! There's not one part of my gigantic uterus that has not been explored by Baby L.

Week of the Eagles

We went to an awesome concert on post last night! Of course, they had to make it take forever, but, even so, it was awesome to feel our little one get all into the music! So adorable! OK, so I was just about to say SHE loves Hank Williams, Jr. Coincidence? I think not;)
Here are the festivities they had going on before the concert started:

And here are the acts we saw:
Jon Rich

*Hank, Jr.* (Man, our little one has great taste in music!)

Jake Owen

And, the main event!, Carrie Underwood!!

This concert was really so much fun. They said there was an estimated 75,000 people there!!! Here's a shot of how many sat ahead of us:

We got there around 5, and the show was *scheduled* to start at 6. We had really good seats. Plus, our awesome new camera (still not over it, sorry!) has a zoom where we practically got a shot of Carrie Underwood's pores. Now, an hour or two into the show, this is how many were behind us:

We're supposed to go to the Air Show today, but it is hotter than Hades and I don't think I'll be able to handle that! I'm still bewildered as to how there was enough space for all the people who came last night and my humidity-induced-inflatable hands.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

First trip to L&D

Well, today has proved an eventful day.
At my last two prenatal appointments, my blood pressure has been high right off the bat, but simmers when I go into the exam room and relax for a second. The nurses haven't been too fond of that routine, so they had me come in today for a blood pressure check. Blood pressure was high again, but they shocked us when they said they were sending us over to the hospital.

We get to the hospital, are admitted to labor and delivery, had a ton of blood drawn, and hooked up for fetal monitoring and blood pressure--taken every 15 minutes. The RN, who was taking care of us, was more than nice---hope she's there when I squeeze Baby L out!

Anyway, the RN goes through the barrage of questions about habits I may or may not have and says she'll come back with the results of the blood draw. Labs come out fine, I didn't have any contractions, and baby's heartbeat (which we got to listen to the whole time ::::swoon:::::) was fine. They did mention serious diagnoses that could pop up with blood pressure issues, such as pregnancy induced hypertension, preeclampsia, and bedrest.

Those possibilities caught me so off guard because I feel great. I do have backaches and sore feet sometimes, but that's typical of pregnancy-nothing extraordinary. I have, steadily, worked out 4-5 times a week and eaten healthy this entire pregnancy. I think part of me thought that was enough. But, this blood pressure issue is out of my control. I do get so excited about our little love bundle coming so soon and about the baby stuff we buy, but that's a momentary rise in blood pressure, not something that sustains over time.

So, the RN talked to a doctor at the office I go to (my doctor is on maternity leave) and he said I can't work out and to not eat salty foods, ie "no chips, taco bell, or pizza etc"---to which Gary responded "believe me, that is more than taken care of" Sorry, babe! Now there's 0 possibility of me turning into a clichéd pregnant woman! ;) It seriously made me laugh that I have doctor's orders to NOT work out! Doesn't that seem ironic!?

As we left, everything was fine with both me and mini-me. The RN also reported that the doctor she spoke to wants me to come in on Monday for a NST , nonstress test. From what I understand, they'll hook up my belly and track little one's heart rate to make sure it correlates with movement etc. for about 20 minutes. If they do not like the results, I will be seen twice a week (OH JOY!) for blood pressure checks and an ultrasound (JOY ...for real!), in addition to regular prenatal appointments.

This is all so strange because I have felt great, am always hydrating and listen to my body when it tells me to stop! Kind of strange that it's out of my hands, but we'll know more on Monday. Our little one is doing well, though!! That's all that matters. Whatever we have to do to keep baby healthy we'll do in a heartbeat. Gary said that if I have to go on bedrest: "It's over. You're not doing anything. I'll move the extra TV in there, you won't clean, cook or get out of bed except to shower or pee" Yes, sir.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Thank You, Aunt Julie!!

Aunt Julie made us this beautiful blanket that I HAD to share:
















And, here's Hershey considering stealing this adorable blanket for himself!














It is so soft! Such a beautiful surprise!! You didn't have to do this, Aunt Julie, but we're so happy you did! Thank you again. We can't wait until we can use it when our baby arrives! :)
An added bonus is that it's matching the "theme" we've been doing in our little one's room! Of course, we're keeping everything gender neutral, but we have a few little adorable animal items in the room. Here's another little item we love:














Apparently, we're trying to raise the next Steve Irwin ;) Ok, so we do love animals, but that will not be the only types of items in the room. Swear!

All this gets me so excited! Before we know it Gary and I will be heading to the hospital! Oh, and baby must know I'm talking about him/her....my belly has been moving during the whole time I've been typing:)

Monday, August 10, 2009

Dinner with friends

Gabby and Daniel came in from CA and we got to have them over for a while and go out to Chili's! It was so nice to see them again. I really wish I would have gotten a picture of us all at the booth-with our new awesome camera, but our waitress was one of those people who sound like they have a megaphone strapped to their mouth, so I forgot because we were all laughing so hard. Oops!

For what it's worth, Gabby LOVES the dresser/hutch and says that she still sees a little girl in our future! Of course, we're 110% happy either way, especially since it's been decided for 31w 1d!

Gabby and Daniel were driving a '33 Plymouth, since they were in Louisville for a car show. It was sooo nice! But, I'd never survive in a car like that right now....NO AIR CONDITIONING!!
Man, I'm really kicking myself for not getting pics of us all together, but here's one Gary took of me the other morning:It's flattering, no?

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Childbirth Class

We had our first childbirth class, this past Thursday, at Gateway-the hospital where we'll deliver. Out of the around 11 couples that were there we were the only ones who didn't find out the sex of our little mini-me! We thought we were aware of the fact that people like to find out what they're having, but had no idea we'd be in the 1% ! We thought it was funny that people gave us the "good for you's" when Gary introduced us and said our baby was "a surprise" yet every single one of them found out what they were having! I guess the temptation was just too much.

The class was awesome though. It was a bit of a reiteration of all the things we've been reading/talking about, but it was nice to hear a few things we hadn't known about. But, by far, our favorite part was touring the L&D and postpartum wards! Previously, I had thought that the L&D rooms were LDR rooms, but the room for recovery is separate. They are all private rooms, which is just a nice bonus! They have a pullout couch for Gary and a private bathroom in each room with WiFi and a flat screen TV. If it wasn't called labor I'd swear we were going on a weekend getaway.

There are 12 L&D rooms. When we were in one of them I asked if the number of rooms had ever been an issue. The nurse, who was giving the class, said that the most they've ever had at once in those rooms was 8. Hopefully, my super fertility in January didn't spread to those delivering at Gateway! I'm going to want a room ASAP!!

The same day of the childbirth class I had a prenatal appointment. Since my doctor just had her baby (she WILL be back in time.....PHEW!!) I was seen by the nurse practitioner. The NP is so nice and very attentive, but part of me thought she was too attentive. The past 2 appointments my blood pressure is a little higher at first, but then goes down once I get in the exam room. I, honestly, just get so excited when we're going to hear the heartbeat and because each appointment brings us closer to seeing our baby! I can't help it! But, it always goes down to a good number (110/68). Anyway, the NP had a super concerned look on her face. Then, when I said the only real discomfort I feel is gas related, which, when it happens, always follows eating, she started talking about watching for contractions etc. She freaked me out! Our doctor is so relaxed, thorough but relaxed. I tell her what I'm feeling and move on. But, this day, the NP started talking about watching for preeclampsia (where I'd have to be induced early because the baby would be in harm).... I swear the NP is going to send me into labor!! I know, at the end of the day, that things are all going to be fine. I just wish she wouldn't play with a pregnant woman's emotions! ;) Next week, I have to go back for a blood pressure check because they just want to make sure things are fine. I know they will be, I just get excited! I can't help it! Hey, soon I'm going to be meeting a person I made. I think that's grounds for a "rush".

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Looks like...

no news is good news! I took the glucose test over a week ago and haven't heard anything :)

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Tweety

Last night, I finished the Tweety pic I posted a few posts back.
Here's a before:
And here's the finished product:

I really hope that any of the texture and differences in the foreground/background show up in these pics. There's so much more to it if you see it in person, but I'm hoping some of it comes through in these pics!

Oh, and yesterday, we got a new camera!!!!! It's the bomb! Our other one was just so far past done. We were going to wait until it was closer to our due date, but we want to get some good pregnant pics! We already have our little photo shoot planned, at an awesome location, but I'm getting my hair done this week so it'll have to be after that!

30 weeks!


How far along? 30 weeks, measuring 30w 4d
Total weight gain/loss? Not a clue. Who the he!! wants to know that?!?! Anywho, I've eaten disgustingly well and worked out 4-5 days a week this entire pregnancy.....why torture myself over a number? I am no masochist.
Maternity clothes? Of course! Although, I do have some pre-pregnancy items that still fit :)
Sleep: Like a dead person.
Best moment of the week: Our little one decided to start playing this week! Before, our baby would do his/her little fetus thing in there, but, this week, when Gary started pushing on my belly baby would push back! It was too cute! Baby wanted to play! It made my heart swell (think when the Grinch's heart grew 3 times it's original size:) Wait, I'm not a Grinch...) watching Gary's face light up. It was adorable watching our first child and my husband together:)
Movement: ALL. THE. TIME......and I love it every single time!!
Food cravings: None. I really wanted the whole clichéd, middle of the night, ice cream and pickles cravings. Sadly, I have none of that. But, I do love me a turkey sub from Subway. That's something, right?!
Gender: Not a freakin' clue. But Gabby, also known as pregnancy-Nostradamus, says 'girl'. But, the 4 sub makers at Subway yesterday say 'boy'. Well, I guess they have a 50/50 shot!
Labor signs: Nada, thank goodness! Baby is to stay an inside baby until AT LEAST 37 weeks
Belly button in or out? Suprisingly, in. My belly button started becoming really shallow around the 6th month, but stopped progressing--which I don't really mind! Gary says he doesn't think it'll make it to an outie.
What I miss: Wearing my little clothes and feeling so cute! Don't get me wrong, I LOVE being pregnant, I just don't want to feel like I look like a Weeble-Wobble anymore. Gary, thankfully, assures me it's all boobs and belly that make me feel enormous-definitely not the rest of me, but it's easy to feel that way when you have a giant belly!
What I am looking forward to: Meeting our beautiful baby. Cannot wait! It's going to be an experience like noneother when we find out the sex of the baby and get to hold our little one for the first time! I also can't wait for labor. Am I a freak? Possibly. However, I've been reading this amazing book on breastfeeding and it reiterates how a woman's body was meant to do this; this is what women were built to do. So, of course, having Gary help me through this will more than suffice, but we're going in there armed to get through this with zero medical intervention. I will definitely pull upon my years of yoga, but we will also have 2 playlists in our LDR/private room (labor, delivery, recovery). One will be of yoga/meditation music and the other will be of comics like Bill Cosby, Brian Regan, Jim Gaffigan. In the words of Joe on Family Guy, "LET'S DO THIS!!"
Weekly Wisdom: Don't look for something you already think is there; Let what you see lead you..........I'm so friggin' deep
Milestones: Baby is measuring 17 inches (and I can attest to that!), and just over 3 lbs. Little one is scheduled to gain between 3 and 5 more lbs. The brain is growing into what we all know a brain to look like and is now taking over the job of regulating body temperature. This means our little one can shed the lanugo (soft body hair that has kept baby warm) and is very much looking like the baby we'll be meeting in a few weeks!