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A trip to the WEU

Everything is fine.

But, I err on the side of caution, and would always rather call, find out nothing is wrong, and be sent home, than to be left wondering.  And worrying.  And to find out too late that something was wrong and I should have called.

So yesterday, when I called about a couple symptoms I was having (severe pain and some concern about leaking amniotic fluid), they told me to go to the Women’s Evaluation Unit to get checked, as they couldn’t tell me over the phone.  And they said it’s always best to get checked if there is any suspicion whatsoever.

I left work early, met Nathan quickly to give  him Liam’s car seat, and then went in.  I waited a good hour for a room, and then they did multiple tests to make sure everything was fine.  And it was.  No leaking here!

They also did a quick ultrasound and a NST.  Baby girl is not yet head down, but that isn’t a concern just yet.  She also has plenty of fluid – 15 cm to be exact. 

As far as the pain goes, we think it is SPD (Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction), which is somewhat common in women who have had multiple pregnancies.  Unfortunately, there is not much that can be done for it, though my doula (yes, we hired one!) gave me some tips that have been helping (keeping my knees together at night, especially when rolling over, no squatting, etc.).  I’m also considering finding a chiropractor and/or accupuncturist who specializes in pregnancy.  I was visiting the chiropractor before getting pregnant, but I stopped since he does not specialize in prenatal care and does not have the right equipment.  But perhaps it is time to find someone who does.

On another note, I think Juliet is where we are headed in terms of this baby’s name.  However, we haven’t actually said “her name is Juliet”. 

I’ll end by posting a picture I took last Friday, just a day shy of 26 weeks.

 

And yes, I know I promised some pictures from a couple weeks ago.  I will get them posted soon!

 

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Name Poll Time

Nathan responded with the following names:

Charlotte
Harper
Autumn
Juliet
Sienna
Leighton
Thalia

And then, he said Charlotte, Juliet, and Harper are his favorites.  I think Juliet and Harper are my top choices out of the three he chose, but I would be ok with any of the three.   So, it’s time for a name poll!

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Whew!

I do NOT have gestational diabetes!  In fact, my numbers weren’t even close to the cutoff with the 3 hour test.  It wasn’t fun to do, but I’m glad to know I can eat all the sugar I want.  Within reason, of course!  😀

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This week-end, we met Nathan’s family in Campsville for lunch, and then went to his grandma’s to spend some more time with them before going back home.  Thanks to my sister-in-law, I have lots of pictures to document our time together, and I will be uploading them sometime this week!

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I’ve had a lot of people ask me if we have a name decided for this baby and, the answer is, no!  I’m not keeping it a secret or anything like that, we simply have not agreed on anything.  The only thing we know for sure is we want to honor Madelyn in some way, so the middle name will likely be Rebecca. 

I went back through a long list of about 700 baby names, and here are the ones I sent to Nathan for elimination of those he does not like.  We did this months ago but, since it got us nowhere, I decided it was time to try again.  So, in no particular order, here is my list.  I’ll update with Nathan’s choices later.  This is so much more difficult than naming Madelyn or Liam – their names were set from day 1!

Lillian
Charlotte
Amelia
Jocelyn
Harper
Annabelle
Adelaide
Autumn
Cadence
Vivienne
Brielle
Brenna
Alice
Juliet
Elinora/Eleanor
Sienna
Penelope
Hadley
Cecilia
Josephine
Emerson
Brinley
Kinsley
Tessa
Ainsley
Delaney
Eliza
Phoebe
Athena
Lorelei
Tatiana
Leighton
Emmalyn or Emmaline
Annalise
Elsa
Helena
Maeve
Shiloh (maybe)
Arielle
Rosemary
Corinne
Leona
Thalia

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Failed

I failed my glucose test. 

By 4 little points. 

As a result, I get to take the 3 hour test, which I’ll be doing first thing in the morning.  In order to prepare, I can’t have food or water for 8 hours beforehand.  The no food rule won’t be so bad since I don’t eat during the  night anyway, but going without water is going to be a little more challenging.  But, if I DO have gestational diabetes, I need to know so I can be monitored and start eating appropriately.  I hope I don’t have it, because it does present risks to the mom and the baby.  Of course, if I keep it under control, those risks would be very minimal, and I’m sure, given my history, the MFM specialists would keep a very close eye on me – even closer than they already do.  And, if I do have it, it’s definitely not the worst thing that could happen.  I have lived that, and gestational diabetes is not it. 

So, here’s to hoping that I pass tomorrow’s test, but also realizing that if I don’t, I’ll get through it.

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Transitions

The past couple weeks have been all about transitions for our little man.  We’re trying to avoid making changes when the new baby arrives,  because we don’t want him to have any negative associations with his new sister as a result of too many adjustments at once.  The baby alone is going to be a huge enough change for him!

About a week and a half ago, we moved his car seat from the middle spot to behind me.   He now has a much better view of the window.  At first he wasn’t sure what to think and sort of sat there, looking around all wide-eyed.  But now, he is really enjoying his view!  On the way to daycare each morning, I hear constant outbursts of “Truck!”, “Tractor!” or “Wow – airplane – wow!”  He really loves airplanes.  🙂

We also converted his never before used crib into a toddler bed this week-end.  I was worried a little about that change, as he had been sleeping on a mattress in our floor (and still in our bed for usually a couple hours each night).  However, he doesn’t even seem to notice the difference!  We got him some new Elmo bedding, which he seems to like, and this process is going without a hitch!  He has been getting up around midnight or so and walking into our room, at which point we have been putting him in our bed (it’s the lazy way out for us).  At some point before the baby arrives, we’ll need to work on putting him back in his own bed so he gets to the point of staying there all night.  But for now, I’m enjoying the nighttime snuggles. 

I’m glad the transitions are going well, but I’m not sure I’m ready for him to be my big boy yet!  And he is quickly becoming just that, whether I like it or not! 

Sometimes I watch him with pure amazement.  Amazement that he was once a teeny little embryo that had been frozen for 6 years.  Amazement that he was once my teeny 8 lb 7 oz baby (and only 7 lb 13 oz when we left the hospital).  Amazement at how much he has grown, developed, and changed over the past nearly 2 years.  Amazement that, at one time, he couldn’t even lift his own head, and now, he is running around and talking.  

He doesn’t have as much time these days to sit and snuggle on our laps.  But at the end of the day, he still wants us to rock him to sleep.  Almost as if to say, he will be our baby for a little while longer.  And I still love to watch him sleep in my arms, just as I did the first day I held him. 

Sometimes it takes longer than I’d like to put him to sleep, and sometimes he doesn’t want to go to bed at all so he fights it.  Those nights can be frustrating.  But I also know, one day, when he is too big to fall asleep in our arms, I’ll look back on these days with nothing but fondness and I will miss it.  A lot.  So, for now, I will simply soak it in while it lasts. 

Even on the difficult nights.

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OB Checkup 10.12.12

I had my 24 week checkup today (well, I’ll be 24 weeks tomorrow).  Everything looked great!  I got my orders for my glucose screening, which I’ll be doing Tuesday morning.  I go back for an ultrasound on November 5, and then my next OB checkups are scheduled for November 7 and December 5.  AFter that, I’ll be going every 2 weeks.  I can’t believe how quickly this is going!

 

 

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Yesterday, Liam had a dermatologist appointment.  He has these teeny tiny dry spots on his skin, probably not noticeable to anyone but me.  We mentioned them at his 18 month checkup, and the pediatrician didn’t recognize what they were, so she told us to try Eucerin and, if that didn’t work, we might want to go talk to a pediatric dermatologist.  In August, I had my own annual dermatologist appointment, so I asked about it and was told to try Aquafor instead.  That still didn’t work, so I made an appointment for Liam.

After taking a look, we were told that he definitely does not have eczema.  The pediatric dematology NP simply thought it was dry skin, and she said it looks like it was flaking off, so she thought we had made some progress (although she couldn’t say for sure since she hadn’t seen him before).  She asked what we use to wash him, and when I told her Arbonne, she said it’s a great product and to keep using it.  She did say to limit how much soap we use.  She also pointed out that his skin, overall, is incredibly soft and just gorgeous!  She gave us some Cetaphil body cream and a barrier cream for his dry spots only.  We were told to try that for a month, and if that doesn’t work, he’ll go back in 4 weeks.  His appointment is October 31, but if the dry spots clear by then, we can cancel that appointment.  I sure hope it does!

I also need to brag that she kept going on and on about how good he is.  My response to that was “well, sometimes!”  The entire time she was looking at him, he just sat there and watched her, not making a single peep.  He was very interested in what she was doing, and then when she put some lotion on him, he wanted to help.  He loves rubbing lotion on his legs and on Mommy and Daddy too!   Sometimes he rubs it in our clothes, but it doesn’t bother me.  Maybe he thinks our clothes aren’t soft enough!

Last night, for the first time, he pointed to my belly and said “baby” and gave it a kiss!  I haven’t even been working with him on this.  I’m constantly amazed at how much he takes in without us even realizing it. 

Tonight his day care has its annual fall festival, and there will be live animals there, including a llama!  Last year he was too young to really care that much, but I do look forward to taking him this evening!

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