Tuesday, October 27, 2009

35 Weeks: WHAT?? Induction. Soon. Let me go faint really quick!!

We had our regular appointment this week with a growth ultrasound and then we were given the shock of our lives! Apparently our little guy has kind of dropped on the growth curve all of a sudden. At previous appointments he was measuring right on track even ahead at times but I guess his abdominal measurement has now slowed down considerably, about 2 ½ weeks behind. His fluid level is also on the lower end. So the doctors sent us off to the high risk center for another ultrasound and the results were the same, a small tummy and borderline fluid. What does all of this mean? Well basically it looks like the placenta “may” be beginning to fail in which case the baby would do better growing outside of the womb rather than inside. That means that the docs are looking to pull the plug and get the little guy out, and they want him out pretty soon. I was told that we will be looking at an induction somewhere around 36-37 weeks!! So we are kind of in a holding pattern for the time being, I go in two times a week to check on the baby and to do growth and fluid checks and really anything could happen at any one of these visits. So each time I go in I’m prepared to be told “it’s time!” and head over to the hospital.

Pretty crazy news huh!! We certainly weren’t expecting this! I’m very thankful that if there were going to be any issues with the boy that they waited until 35 weeks to pop up because a 36-37 week baby is considered “full term” to the docs. They are confident that he is going to be perfectly healthy just “skinny.” His other measurements are all right on track, he’s reaching all of the developmental milestones, breathing, swallowing, etc. So he’s just ready to come out I guess.

So now what?! We are scrambling to get things done! We will be finishing the nursery, installing the car seat, packing the hospital bag, and getting the house 100% ready for his arrival. We had to go out and buy a new coming home outfit since the one we have will be too big. His growth checks at this appointment came in at 4.0 lbs, 4.8 lbs, and 4.14 lbs so he’s pretty little! We got him a little premie outfit and had to buy some more little clothes but I’m hoping to get one more pound on him before he comes out, my fingers are crossed.

I’m pretty apprehensive about the idea of induction because it boosts your chances of ending up with a c-section. And induction in general just isn’t a “natural” experience, you’re forcing your body into something which I’d rather not do. But there are positives too, I know when we’re going, I can make sure to shower and get ready before heading to the hospital, and I can mentally prepare myself. And so the countdown truly is on…. Our Turkey baby has turned into a Pumpkin baby!!
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Week 34: Negative FFN, pondering the future, and maternity pics!

So good news, our FFN test came back negative! Cheers from the docs, we WILL keep this guy cooking for 2 more weeks.

We decided to celebrate by having a weekend alone, probably our last getaway before the little guy arrives. We headed up to the mountains where the weather was beautiful and most importantly we were able to relax, eat, and snuggle on the couch with movies. It’s kind of a bittersweet feeling at this point, I am sad that this “just us time” is coming to an end…. It will no longer be the two of us but the three of us. I almost feel like you go through the stages of grief when this finally occurs to you because it really is a “loss”, it’s the end of one chapter of your life. Now obviously it is the beginning of the next amazing phase of life and I am beyond overjoyed at the thought of it, but I will definitely admit that I’m clinging to these last days where hubby and I can be just the two of us. And with that there are so many things that I find myself thinking, “this is the last time I’ll do this” or “this is the last time I’ll do this without a baby.” It really starts hitting you just how different life is about to be. It’s a complete flood of emotions… and usually what follows these thoughts are more thoughts of “am I going to be able to do this?” “am I going to be a good mom” It’s no joke this parenting thing and I’m overflowing with happiness and anxiety at the same time. I guess the pregnancy process has a way of preparing you for what’s ahead, the worry, the joy, the unknown, the pain, the wonder, the chaos, the laughter…

On a lighter note, we had the pleasure of doing our maternity photoshoot this week. The pictures are amazing, I couldn’t have asked for a better keepsake. A great family friend just so happens to be an amazing photographer and happened to be in town so we were lucky enough to capture this surreal moment in time with her lens. The weather held out for us and the photos are truly beautiful. I can’t wait to hang some in the nursery to remind of me of how our little guy got here. Read more!

Friday, October 23, 2009

When you realize that your baby is coming... SOON... this is what happens...

Wow… 35 weeks huh… I look back now and it brings tears to my eyes to think about how we got here... I mean the LONG look back. I remember the first time I met my future husband, I remember what he was wearing and the conversation we had. I still laugh at how shy he was while we were dating and how I almost had to force him into our first kiss. Introducing him to my family and meeting his for the first time… and the first words out of everyone’s mouths was always “you guys will have some beautiful children”… I remember the look on his face when he bent down on one knee and asked me to marry him. He held the ring box upside down and was shaking and I almost collapsed with happiness. Then came the wedding and I’ve never been so excited to see him in my life. As I turned the corner in my wedding dress with my Dad I saw the most amazing man standing at the end of the aisle… there was my future… standing down there waiting for me. We were completely lost in each other the whole night. I remember our honeymoon, it was true bliss, we were like little kids in a candy shop. I’ll never forget the smile on his face while we rode a Harley to all of the beaches and ate bologna sandwiches overlooking the island. I remember the night we decided we were ready to start a family and laughing together about the fact that we actually just made this decision. I can remember the look in his eyes every month of trying to conceive that we were unsuccessful, there was always hope and strength in those eyes which I leaned on greatly month after month. And then I got the positive pregnancy test, I could barely contain my excitement but I wanted to make it special for the love of my life. I came up with an elaborate plan to tell him. I had to look away while he opened the gifts that would tell him he was going to be a daddy... He looked up at me and whispered “no way!” and both of us burst into tears. We were both in shock. I remember how tightly he hugged me and that I never wanted him to let me go, it was the happiest moment of my life outside of saying my vows to the man I love. I remember how he held my hand at our first ultrasound when we got to see our baby’s heart beating away… again there was our future… beating away on the screen before us. And week after week has come and gone. Now we have a finish line in sight and a brand new door to walk through. I can’t wait to see the look on his face when our son takes his first breath and it finally hits us that we are someone’s mommy and daddy and that our journey to making a baby has turned into a lifetime journey of parenthood. I can’t wait to meet my son… my future… the next love of my life.

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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

What's new this week!

This week... well I have a "deep sinus infection/bronchitits" joy! On some antibiotics to help with these crazy coughing fits, gotta love the pregnancy immune system it pretty much sucks! But good news, we did our maternity pics and they are beautiful. Here's a sneak peek until I have the rest of them... so beautiful... big thanks to http://katiemckenzie.com/ great job!!

A couple of fun purchases this week too. The Curious George clock for little dude's room and a knit baby cocoon for his newborn pictures, both Etsy finds!

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Monday, October 19, 2009

Week 33: Update to contractions and pre-term labor… now what??!

So after meeting with the doctor after our L&D experience we have some more insight into what is going to happen these next few weeks. Basically, the doctors are confident that based on my negative FFN test I have at least 2 weeks until there’s a chance of delivering. After 2 weeks we will test again and hopefully get another negative which will tell us we have ANOTHER 2 weeks putting me at 36 weeks pregnant. At this point (36 weeks) the doctors will stop all medication and bedrest restrictions and let nature take it’s course.

I was a little bit confused at this advice because the rule of thumb is that 37 weeks is full term and so they want to make sure you do NOT deliver prior to the 37 weeks. However, after speaking with the doctor, she said that 37 weeks is ideal but really 34 and up is not too much of a concern for them. She informed us that the big hurdles are 32 weeks, 34 weeks, and 36. Her words were that “A 36 week baby is the same as a 37-40 week baby, they are fine and go right home with you, a 34 week baby may need a week or so in the NICU but they are fine and a 32 week baby may need 3 or more weeks in a NICU.” Her attitude was that at this point the baby will be fine and ideally we can get to 36 weeks with no worries and no anticipated NICU time

Confused yet?? Yea it’s a lot of numbers, and if you aren’t pregnant and aren’t used to measuring your life in weeks, it can be a little overwhelming. Bottom line is that we have another appointment to redo the fetal fibronectin test at 34 weeks and are hoping for the negative result which will tell us we WILL make it to the 36 week goal! And after that point baby has medical “permission” to arrive whenever he feels like arriving. FYI 36 weeks is Halloween ha!

Other than that, this week has been pretty good! I was lifted to “modified” bedrest and am allowed to take the crack pills at my own discretion. Basically, if my contractions start ramping up I am supposed to get back on the couch and take my pills, other than that I can carry on normal activities… well still “taking it easy” activities I should say. So I’ve been able to run errands, clean the house, and some other things so that I don’t feel like a complete SLOTH.

What other juicy bits do I have for you…. ? Weight gain, as of my last appointment I have gained 9 pounds, and yes I feel very lucky not to be a jabba the hut, I wish I could say that it is because I’m a disciplined, work out everyday, and eat like a rabbit… but it’s not true. I’m just blessed with a good metabolism and naturally eat pretty healthy and frequently. Another fun thing is my linea nigra… that’s the dark line women get down their belly when pregnant. I do indeed have one now!! It’s tiiinny and very faint but I can see it! The belly button is a little outie now too. My stretchies…. well they suck…. still on the boobs only but I can’t help but feeling hideous looking at them in the mirror. Hubbs is doing his best to keep my spirits up by telling me they are fine and will go away… but I think they are UGLY! I guess that makes up for the weight gain or something.

Labor & Delivery thoughts…. Quite honestly I am terrified of delivery… It’s one of those fears of the unknown, you just have NO idea what it’s going to be like until you experience it. You can read all the books you want, talk to everyone on the planet but you will not know until you experience it yourself. What the heck do real contractions feel like, how am I going to handle the pain, how am I going to stay in control? I don’t have the slightest clue how on earth I’m going to push a baby out of me… I mean seriously… how the heck do you just push them out? Then you have the c-section possibility, which I absolutely do NOT want. I hear all the time, “oh go with a c-section, that’s the way to do it” WHO says stuff like that?? Yea sure cut me open that sounds like a better alternative. Not to mention recovery. NO. And call me crazy, but I feel like if you don’t actually push the child out of you the old fashioned way that you are somehow missing out. I know, that’s crazy, you’re right, but I feel in a way that I would be robbed of the TRUE labor experience if I end up with a c-section, almost like I didn’t “earn my stripes” or something… But when it comes down to it, whatever keeps me and baby healthy is what we’ll do, plain and simple.

So, that’s about all the exciting news in our household right now… and hopefully it stays that way for a few more weeks before Little “H” decides to debut! Read more!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Find of the day! Bebe Bottle Sling

Genius, what can I say! Helps baby to learn how to hold the bottle, makes feeding literally "hands free", and perfect for moms of multiples (which we don't have to worry about this go round! ha) I will be getting one of these for sure, how could one pass this up??
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Monday, October 12, 2009

Video: When baby kicks!

So this is NOT me, I have a feeling this woman is carrying a couple or more babies in there... but for anyone who's never seen a baby kicking from the inside this is exactly what it looks like. My belly does it's own dancing all day long just like this... boots, thumps, punches, rolls.... it's like a freak show! :) But very cool!

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Sunday, October 11, 2009

Week 32: SLOOOWW Down Epiphany! My trip to Labor & Delivery

So this week started off with a bang, a trip to labor & delivery due to contractions. I knew exactly when this started that I had officially “overdone” it with the previous week’s activities. After our bbq, I spent the night in tears with excruciating back and leg pain, so bad that I had my hubby get up to start a hot shower for me at 3 am! Luckily, I was able to get back to sleep, but woke up and was having frequent Braxton Hicks contractions all morning. I was told to call the OB if I had more than 4 in an hour. When I finally decided to time them I had about 6 in just 15 minutes! So after an hour of monitoring and timing them I called the on-call doc. He told me to take 2 Extra Strength Tylenol, drink a glass of wine (alcohol is a smooth muscle relaxer) and see if they stop. Nope… no stopping, after my nap I was having about 8 in a half an hour so off to the hospital we went.

After arriving at the hospital I was taken from the ER up to Labor & Delivery for triage. They hooked me up and my contractions were coming every 3-7 minutes. I got the delight of having a fetal fibronectin test. The FFN consists of something similar to a pap smear with the speculum and all except they aren’t allowed to lubricate it since this can skew the results, yea can you say OUCH! The FFN test is an indicator of preterm labor and luckily my test was negative!

I also had the privilege of my first internal exam to check the dilation and status of the cervix. Ok, wow wasn’t expecting it to hurt that bad… I was sure she was reaching for my throat or something OW! Luckily again, my cervix was locked down! No dilation, no softening.

So to stop the contractions I was given a shot of Terbutaline, aka a CRACK shot! It spiked my heart rate to 130 bpm and I felt like I had overdosed on speed. Little guy was flipping around all over as his heart rate also jumped. Not fun but did the trick. So I was discharged on bedrest until my appointment later this week.

I was hoping that the contractions would cease but I woke up the following morning to more, about 10 an hour, so I took the Terbutaline pills aka crack pills. And they work to slow the contractions down to about 3-4 an hour. It is awful, I feel like I’m going to crawl out of my skin, I shake like I’m a tweaking drug addict, and yet I’m expected to sit still on the couch all day ha!
So we’ll see if this continues and what the doc says at my next appointment. I would die if I had to do this for another 4+ weeks ugh so I’m keeping my fingers crossed. Moral of the week is that I have finally realized that I can’t do things like I used to. I MUST stop and remember that I’m 8 months pregnant… easier said than done. Ok universe, I hear you, I will slow down. Read more!
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