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...


Sunday, July 6, 2014

Another Month, Another OB Visit (June)

The fetal monitor proved the little heart is still wooshing away, which I was fairly certain of thanks to still experiencing the occasional need to rush to an appropriate receptacle for the emptying of my stomach contents {edited in July: this is pretty much over, hurrah!}, and s/he will soon be receiving extra progesterone nightly in the hopes that his/her arrival is more delayed than LO's. {July note: I finally got to the pharmacy to pick it up and they had no record of it being called in, so need to make that phone call tomorrow.}

New and different this time? Uncomfortable cramping 'down there' when I've spent too much time on my feet.  OB did a cervical check and all is well there, so she agreed that the smart thing is to get off my feet and rest when that starts up as I've already been trying to do.

I'm also starting to feel the occasional punch and kick which is always fun (at least until they become vicious). {July note: punching and kicking is apparently not as much fun as seeing how far one can stretch out in a confined space.}

Oh, and in case you were wondering how the bloodwork came back from the last visit? I don't remember the exact ratios but they were better per bloodwork than per age, so that was positive!  I had more blood taken today (June) for the 2nd part of the testing (I didn't ask questions). The first attempt ended poorly - the tech was trying to dig for the vein, but thankfully quickly gave up the search.  The second attempt went much better, unfortunately it was mostly thanks to the smaller needle of the second butterfly device. The tech said she was sent the wrong ones, and the lab didn't like them. Frankly I didn't understand why it makes a difference since all they should be seeing is the tube with the blood, but what do I know? [Okay, per wikipedia the smaller needles can cause problems with the red blood cells, so the issue is the quality of the sample which stinks because the smaller needles are much less likely to be painful. Moving on.]

In other life news, the remodeling project of doom appears to be dragging ever more slowly than before.  We finally got the counters installed in the laundry room only to realize that the sink was the  wrong brand, which might have been liveable had the faucet hole not been placed incorrectly. So that all had to be redone.  Also needing to be redone? Our shower. As in a full tear out of the old tile and maybe the underlayment below because the attempted regrout left more of a problem than we had started with.  So frustrating! That's not going to happen until the end of July.{July note: counters and sink have now been replaced and the laundry room is complete excluding the final electrical stuff. Wood for the re-do of 1/2 our downstairs wood floors is to be delivered tomorrow with demo & install to begin the following week. DH and I still need to go select the new tile for the shower. Woo.}

Monday, June 2, 2014

12 Weeks, Summertime, and the Living's Queasy

(my apologies for the title pun)

Queasy still. Every time I think I'm going to be okay, I'm not. It's quite tiresome. What's not tiresome? Once again hearing that lovely whooshing sound & seeing a wiggling little body which has now developed arms and hands and legs and feet. And two hemispheres of a brain and appropriately sized nuchal measurements.  Still waiting on the bloodwork, but the body looks perfect! And from what I think I didn't see when said body did a full frontal stretch for the ultrasound wand, I'm guessing girl, but the ultrasound tech didn't say anything so I'm keeping that to myself (except for here).

Remodeling progress is stalled. STALLED. We did get the replacement plumbing pieces for the shower today, but are still waiting on extensions so the original sink faucets can be properly installed on the updated bathroom counters. DH and I have been using the hall bath for much much much longer than we ever anticipated.  And there is no word on when (if ever) the cabinets for the laundry room will be installed.  I am so done, yet now DH is now making noises about having things done to our deck.  Argh.

LO is running headlong towards 4.  Lots and lots and lots of "watch me" do the same thing eleventy bazillion times with major meltdowns if one does not properly and enthusiastically acknowledge each individual movement. And lots of screaming when told not to do something, that is, when she's not actively ignoring a direct 'no' or order to 'stop' because she's enjoying what she's doing so much.

Some days I really wonder how I'm going to handle having 2!

Monday, May 12, 2014

And there's only another 30 weeks to go!

So - things seem to be chugging along.

Increased stomach issues at 9 weeks+: check
Exhaustion exacerbated by LO waking before 6AM daily: check
Aversions to foods which might actually help relieve stomach issues: check
Informing the grandparents on Mother's Day to shocked but pleased reactions: check
Ditto for LO: check
LO informing her preschool class the following day that her Mommy has a baby in her tummy: check

This is by far my least favorite part of pregnancy. All those hormones slooshing around spiking and dipping and generally not letting the rest of the body adjust before changing once again. 

I'm also grumpy because the remodeling & updating project we started the Monday after our return from vacation which was projected to take at most three weeks now looks to be dragging out for at least two more weeks, if not three. I wish I could say I was surprised, but given the way the start date got pushed out a couple of months from the estimate given when we signed the contract, I'm just resigned.  Grumpy too as in the immediate time frame our shower, which we are having regrouted, has taken the tile guys way way way longer than the 2-3 days they estimated. And they damaged our shower controls while using an acid product (they are going to replace them, but still it's just one more thing). The long delay in getting started made me question the company, all the rest has cemented my unhappiness with them.  Plus I'd like to be able to leave the house again for more than the time it takes to do a preschool run with a quick stop for groceries!