Friday, October 10, 2014

31 Weeks or Such (depending on who's counting)

Good news from this weeks OB appointment and ultrasound!
  • The previa is G-O-N-E gone! That's a huge weight off my mind, I was having much trouble wrapping my head around the idea of a c-section. It also means the end of pelvic rest, albeit with the condition of condom usage to prevent any semen related start to labor.
  • Fluid levels are still in the acceptable range.
  • Baby is still head down, even stubbornly so when the ultrasound tech tried to push on her head to get a better view of the cervix area.
  • The first two items mean that the next appointment in 2 weeks does not include an ultrasound. Yay! But also boo because it's been very nice seeing the growth on a regular basis.
  • There was no mention of the results from the glucose test so I am assuming all is well there.
Also discussed at the appointment was travel, given my history the OB is not entirely comfortable with my doing so at this point, even to a location with easy access to a very good alternate hospital. So, LO and I stayed home this weekend while DH goes and does some scheduled training. I was debating staying home anyway as there was a high percentage of rain in the forecast but that cinched it.

Plan for the weekend now is to put the majority of stuff together for the hospital bag as I did not have that done in time for LO's birth. I do not want that to happen again! I have already declared next weekend to be the designated time for the room to be organized - but frankly I'm not as invested in that as I am the hospital bag. We all know babies don't really need their own room immediately from the start. The plan for the room is to switch furniture between the two current guest rooms - the room we're going to use as the new nursery has a queen and the other room has a double - switching them will allow more room for the crib & ME a decent sized bed to sleep in since we're not ready to move LO into a larger bed since it's not been that long since she moved into the twin. I also have no big decorating plans - I like the bedding that's currently on the double, and it will work for a girl's room so apart from hopefully finding some wall decals or art, I consider things good. [I have a feeling that this won't be the last thing that's good enough instead of being special, thus is the plight of the 2nd child of the same gender!]

The biggest thing right now is the uncertainty of when this kiddo will make her appearance. I'm not supposed to stop the progesterone until I'm 36 weeks, but the OB said it just keeps things closed up, it won't stop contractions if they start. I guess I'm looking for the happy medium between needing the NICU and going full term. I'd like to make it past Halloween, & the next full moon is 11/5...which would put me at 35 weeks. Of course, DH is scheduled to be across the country when I'm 33 weeks, so that week would be problematic! My mom is already planning to come for part of that week so I shouldn't be completely alone if this babe follows the same schedule as LO.  I do know that I do not want to go full term - I think that would drive me over the edge. 

That said, anyone want to make a guess as to date/time/weight/length? Getting any of the above would be rewarded with bragging rights only! :)

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

29? Weeks (Who the heck knows!?)

Today's 7:30AM ultrasound (that's what I get for having to make appointments only 2 weeks in advance) showed only good things!  Hurrah!

  • Fluid levels are within normal range
  • Placenta is 2mm (2!) from being completely outside the 2 centimeter area of concern around the cervix
  • Baby is growing appropriately (and as of this morning had tucked herself snugly head down)
Also did the glucose test this morning. Pretty sure those results will come back okay as well, but eh. I don't recall it making me quite so tired the last time, but perhaps that exhaustion was also related to my getting up an hour earlier than usual in order to leave the house by the time I'm usually crawling out of bed.

Going back again in two more weeks for yet another check. I'm hoping at that appointment that the pelvic rest orders will be lifted.

Overall I feel okay. Too much salt and my left foot & ankle start to swell, sitting down and getting back up can be uncomfortable in the nether regions, not to mention that baby finds it amusing to kick me hard enough with her pointy little heels to make me gasp, and I swear I'm bigger already than I ever got with LO.

Which reminds me, I pulled out a light jacket I'd gotten when pregnant with LO (french terry) and it's tight across my belly. How am I going to stay comfortable in the cooler weather of fall if nothing fits across there?!

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Misc. Stuff

Random Bullet Points - FTW!
  • 26 Weeks on Tuesday (or something like that). I had to find the calendar I was using to count the weeks - I'd lost track. Guess that's one of those first/second pregnancy differences.
  • DH and I staycationed last week while LO vacationed at my parents house. It would have been a lot more relaxing all round if DH hadn't had to do a few hours of work EVERY FREAKING DAY! Sorry for the shout there - what he was doing had to be done but it's the company's fault for dragging their heels on approving more hires so that there was no one else to do it.
  • Took LO for ice cream post-dinner today, seemed like a good way to end the "summer."  At least until she went into full not-listening meltdown mode after we returned home. To be fair she'd spent an hour or so swimming with DH mid-afternoon so was tired from that (and her 6:30AM wakeup, ack!) but it pissed DH off that we'd done this nice thing and she "repaid" us with crap behavior (even if it wasn't related at all).  I was hoping to get pictures but the ice cream was soft and the temperature too warm to do much except lick and pray.
  • The blackout shades mentioned 2 posts ago came in and are everything I hoped they would be. Completely recommend the product & company!
  • Went through the first saved tub of baby clothes and despite the ~6 month difference in arrivals it doesn't look like there's much to replace there. Maybe add a couple more swaddles and sleep sacks (but those might be in the 2nd tub.  I wasn't the most organized about keeping like sizes together! Oops.) but there are plenty of long sleeve footy sleepers so I think we'll be good.
  • Since there really aren't any other big equipment purchases, I'm contemplating getting a better stroller to supplement the umbrella stroller & crappy old Peg Perego. I'm hearing lots of good things about the Bob, especially since when we'd want to use it would be outside and not limited to sidewalks or other hard surfaces, but not sure I can justify the $$$. Maybe there will be one on Craigslist locally? Or would we be just as happy with a lower-cost version for the amount of use I project...such a quandary!
  • And related, we still use LO's glider every night for bedtime stories. I know things are going to change but do we get a 2nd glider for the new baby or move the one we have over to the other room? I really like the motion and it still seems to help settle LO out of the day. We have a wooden rocker in the other room right now but unless I stuff it with cushions, and even then, it's not going to be as comfortable. I just don't know!
  • In better news, DH and I have started talking names and have a few we agree are possibilities. So that's fun. :) & No, I'm not sharing. ;)
  • I'm going to go fill my water glass, again. Glug chug blugh.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

What happens when you drink like a fish...

...water that is...

Your amniotic fluid levels go up to the level where the OB feels comfortable not sending you to the perinatologist for further testing.

YAY!!!

Going back in another 2 weeks for another ultrasound check.  And those checks will probably continue for the rest of the pregnancy unless things completely stabilize. 

In the meantime, I'll keep chugging fluids like there's no tomorrow.

If you need me I'll be over here quietly sloshing, or in the bathroom.

Excuse me....

Friday, August 15, 2014

Anatomy Ultrasound, Take 2

To answer the burning question...

GIRL

Also heart looks good, partial previa has moved slightly away but is still within the no fly zone.

Frustratingly, the OB is now concerned about the amniotic fluid level being low so I am scheduled to go back on Thursday for another ultrasound (at a different location as all appointments were booked at my normal office), and will see the OB again on Friday morning to discuss the results.  In the meantime, I am to drink an additional 1.5 LITERS of water/gatorade/fluids daily, and spend at least 90 minutes after dinner hanging out on my left side (the latter I've already been doing - I have resumed pre-bedtime naps in front of the tv on the couch while in that position as well as sleeping predominantly on that side).

So that's the news of the day.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Blah, blah, blah, bullet points...blah, blah, blah.


  • I can't even begin to properly and fully describe the amount of dust which has been generated thanks to the re-do of our sodding shower. Not only in the bathroom (which was to be expected) but into our bedroom (I have made the bed properly every working day for the past 2 weeks to keep it off our pillows), and through the bedroom into our upper hall to decorate the stair rails. It's astounding.
  • They say the tile work should be done early this week. But then a plumber needs to come out and replace all of the exposed bits with new as the original bits were damaged by exposure to an acid which was supposed to do something to the original grout but only really managed to eat away at the metal in the shower, and some in the rest of the bathroom. So, when we will actually return to using the bathroom and not the one on the other side of the house? I wish I knew. I am assuming at some point before the baby arrives!
  • Ordered proper blackout shades for the windows in LO's and Baby's room. Ones which have a metallic film between the layers so light will only come in around the edges, and no cords for safety's sake.  Both rooms have "blackout"curtains which have not been as room darkening as expected.  LO's room has a double width window and has gone through a blackout roller blind which was too wide to work properly and currently has temporary paper blackout shades which do work well but also do not go up and down easily. Both of which were/are frustrating as sometimes it would be quite helpful to have light actually come into the room.  The Baby's room has been a guest room so has not had supplemental blinds to the blackout curtains but more darkening power will be necessary as it is an east facing room and I don't do early mornings (well, I know there will be some, but hopefully they won't be thanks to sunlight)! (shadesshuttersblinds.com have been awesome on both products and pricing - we also got the motorized solar shades for our breakfast area and family room from there)
  • Did I mention we put up room darkening roman shades in our room to hide behind our curtains (remade from the bedroom curtains at the old house and never as room darkening as envisioned) a while back? Those replaced temporary paper blackout shades which had been up for long enough that the black part of the paper, facing into the room, had faded almost entirely. (Here I went with el-cheapo non-custom roman shades from JCPenney since they will not get much, if any, movement. They work great, but stank up the room for the first few weeks.)
  • Once the shower of doom (TM) is finally completed I'm going to start LO back up on swim lessons. We spent less than an hour in the pool yesterday and 75% of the time DH and I were trying to get her to swim properly - not even the promise of getting to jump off the diving board if she made it across the pool (which I know she can totally do since she was able to swim that distance at a lesson) made a difference - it's just no fun to be in the pool with her since she's confident enough to get herself into but not skilled enough to get herself out of potentially hazardous situations.
  • Grocery store run today included: 3 boxes of ice cream sandwiches, 1 tub of ice cream, & half a dozen yogurts (plus other things). Cashier didn't bother to ask if I wanted paper or plastic & then huffed when I asked for paper after she had started filling plastic so I ended up with plastic in paper. Gee, thanks, I really appreciate having yet more plastic bags around to have to figure out how to recycle. And damp ones from the sweating of the cold items in the humid summer air, at that.
  • Now DH wants me to go look at the spacing on some of the tiles installed today. He's not happy...and I'm at the point where all I want to do is shout "I don't care, I don't care, I don't care!" (courtesy of John Cusack in "America's Sweethearts") and let it be d-o-n-e DONE. 
Also, RIP Robin Williams.  And sadness for Aly of breathegently whose fears were realized instead of allayed. Holding them in my heart tonight.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Breech Baby, Breech Baby Give Me a Hand

We went in yesterday for the big anatomy scan.  As you might have guessed from the title baby was hanging out in the breech position. Head up towards my ribs, legs tucked against the stomach, and there was no moving him/her from that apparently oh so comfy position.

Stubborn. Like his/her sister is now at age 4, not the same sister who was much more cooperative for the same scan.

Ultrasound tech expressed that she was fairly certain the baby is a girl, but without getting a full frontal view to check for any dangly bits (my wording, not hers) she wouldn't/couldn't say for 100% sure.  Luckily, -ish I'll take what I can get, the tech was also unable to get all the measurements and pictures she needed thanks to baby's positioning so back we'll go in two weeks for another try.

I plan to give the little bugger a stern talking to about being more cooperative in the future.

We also got the news that my placenta is a couple of millimeters within the no-fly zone around the cervix so we're on (hopefully temporary) pelvic rest until a recheck of position at the next appointment. I need to do some research on this...{scurries away to do so}...okay, so it looks like what might be going on is a marginal previa so the OB is hoping that it will move up and away over time and not be an issue going forward.  If it doesn't then it looks like a c-section is standard practice.  Not feeling great about that!

Overall though, I am feeling much better over all. Less cramping/pain in my lady-bits after being on my feet for a while, though my feet are now starting to hurt some.  More energy - or at least it feels like I would have some if LO would go back to sleeping or being quiet until 7 as she had been before we shook things up by staying at the in-laws for a week while some of our wood floors were torn out, new ones installed and finished. 

In other news, this week began what is hopefully the conclusion of our never-ending remodeling project: the tear out and retiling of our shower. Hadn't planned to redo the whole thing but one thing led to another and before we knew it, our only option was to keep moving forward. And keep spending money.  Our remodeling contractor is as ready to be done with us as we are to be done with them!











LO is pretty much fulfilling every stereotype of the fucking fours. And I can't drink. This timing sucks!

Stay tuned for hopefully more conclusive news in the next couple of weeks...