Tuesday, August 18, 2015

32 Weeks - Placenta Previa No Mo!

Unbelievable. Just when I had come to terms with the fact that I will be having this baby via c-section I find out that my placenta has moved a full 3 cm and I no longer have previa! I still have more mental prep to do but I think I'm happy that I'm going to have a "normal" birth. 

We also found out that she's gonna be a big girl. At 32 weeks she's in the 77th percentile, weighing in at 4lbs 12oz. Doc says she's gonna be an 8 pounder! Apparently I was over 8 lbs and mom had a 4 hour labor with me.

Symptoms? Ugh... heartburn is the big one, indigestion, constipation, trouble sleeping, some mid- back pain, and sore ribs from this little girl kicking me! I'm not too uncomfortable yet but can't imagine what I'll feel like over the next 8 weeks!

Baby girl's nursery is coming along. The furniture is all ready to go; just need to hang the decor and put the shower gifts away (the shower is this Saturday... so excited!).

Thursday, June 25, 2015

25 Weeks and Kickin'!

It's hard to believe I'm already 25 weeks (tomorrow). I am past the point of looking like I have a gut and on to full-on pregnant. I've even had several strangers comment on my bump. A woman in the elevator today asked me, "Are you pregnant?" I said yes and she went on to tell me how wonderful I look. What a boost! :)

Baby girl is certainly a mover. If she's not kicking, she's punching or somersaulting in her little amphibious sack. It's amazing to me every time she moves and I remind myself to relish it all, as she'll be crawling and walking in no time at all.

We've been working on clearing guest room furniture out of the baby's room and are pretty much ready to paint and start getting baby furniture set up! I just need to order the crib. :)

And then there's her name. I think we've settled on two, though if I can convince the hubs, it's actually three.
Emily Elayna
Emily Olivia
Anastasia Claire

I have a feeling ACE is going to win but I'd honestly be happy with any of them. They're all beautiful and perfect for our perfect, baby girl.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

16 Weeks... Ouch, Ick

Everyone tells you the second trimester is a breeze. Morning sickness is gone, you're not so big you're uncomfortable. Not so, my friend - at least not for me. I'm still nauseous and vomiting a couple times per week (admittedly better than before!) and now I have these weird growing pains in my lower abdomen that are apparently called Round Ligament pain. I'm feeling pretty bad today - didn't sleep well (due to vomiting!), have vomited twice at work, my pants are unbuttoned, and I have growing pains in my tummy... all while trying to get work done! But at least I'm pregnant! :)

Besides my little complaints, everything is going perfectly! All tests have come back normal and my nifty little fetal doppler lets me hear my little girl's heartbeat at home! At the next OB appt we'll get to see her again! And the appt after that I get to drink a disgustingly sugary drink to test for gestational diabetes. Woo. :) C'est la vie.

Hubs and I are headed to Paris on Friday for our babymoon. Baby's first trip abroad. :) A bientot!

Friday, March 27, 2015

12 Weeks!

I am officially 3 months pregnant today! 

We had the NIPT/Verify tests done on Tuesday. The first test is for genetic defects such as down syndrome, chromosome 13, and others, while the second is a carrier screening test to check if I am a carrier for any of 75 different genetic disorders. If I test positive for any, Andrew will also be tested, as it takes both of us to be a carrier for a 25% chance the baby will have the condition. I'm a little nervous to get the results in a couple weeks but since the ultrasound showed perfect growth and nucheal density (liquid under the neck) I feel pretty good. AND we get to find out the gender! The ultrasound is by far the coolest thing we've seen so far. This one was finally on my belly (vs the hoo ha!) and so detailed we could see the nasal bone, hands, and feet! We even got to see it moving! I swear the kid is already a dancer. :)

I'm so anxious to be further along... I've started drooling over the things I'm going to buy like Belly Buds and a Belly Band... I know I'll regret saying this but I can't even wait to buy maternity clothes. :) 

Friday, March 13, 2015

Baby Beats

I had my first appointment with my OB yesterday. I was a little nervous since it's been 2 weeks since my last appt/ultrasound and found out when I got in the exam room that the OB appointment did not include an ultrasound. My doctor completely understood my anxiety so she pulled out the dopplar and said it's pretty early but we could try to listen for a heartbeat. She put the goo on the wand and pressed it to my belly. Immediately I could hear a heartbeat, loud and clear! It was the most amazing sound. So fast but so strong. 

I left the OB with a smile on my face and went straight to the post office to mail our big announcements! Can't wait till the calls start coming in from surprised family!
The flip side to all the happiness is this stupid cold I got last week. It hit me like a mac truck... I was absolutely demolished for days. I'm finally on the mend and left with a stuffy head and awful sinus pain at night. I started the neti pot treatment yesterday and am hoping that will help me avoid a sinus infection. Not sure how antibiotics work with baby.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Happy Vegetable Day!

Oh happy day, the morning sickness has finally subsided (at least for now)!! Salads actually sound good again, which is great because this baby can't survive on mac 'n cheese and Fritos alone! 

As soon as the nausea started to abate, I of course came down with a nasty cold. I usually have the immune system of Wonder Woman but with the lifeform inside me my defenses are down. :) I read that some over the counter cold medicines are ok but try to avoid them in the first trimester if possible. ...which means I've been relegated back to olden times when the best medicine was sleep, water, and oranges. Luckily I'm in my "two week notice" phase at work so I don't have much responsibility (read: I've been laying in bed for three days watching the final season of 24).

Thursday, February 26, 2015

8 Weeks 1 Day

Woo, this baby is kickin' my butt already! I'm pretty nauseous most of the day/night and throw up at least once a day. Though I haven't gained any weight - actually lost 3 pounds since this all started - I'm getting really bloated. I'm actually sitting here with my jeans unbuttoned! The good news is that they say all this sickness means the baby is super healthy. And this morning's ultrasound confirmed we're 8 weeks and 1 day and the little jelly bean's heart rate is up to 181! There doesn't seem to be a change in my boobs yet but I'm sure that'll come. 

I'm working on a project to tell my family we're pregnant. So excited to get started this weekend!