Sunday, April 22, 2012

21w1d

Milica's growth info for this week:

This week, your baby weighs in at a whopping pound and measures nearly eight inches, about the size of a small doll. But your little doll (who now has eyebrows, eyelashes, and maybe even some hair on that little head) is a living one who can now perceive light and dark. She can also hear your voice, your heartbeat, your gurgling stomach, and the whoosh-whoosh of blood circulating through your body. And as her brain and nerve endings develop, she may reach for her face (or whatever she can reach) just to experiment with her newfound sense of touch.

Now that we're over half way done, I feel like it's all downhill. I feel like things are approaching faster and that time is moving a little quicker. We are approximately 3 weeks away from viability, approximately 5 weeks away from the 3rd and final trimester, approximately 15 weeks away from the gestational age that I delivered Joseph, and less than 16 weeks away from full-term. We're getting there!

I'm definitely feeling the effects of the zombie medication. I know it's wishful thinking that this will be the last time I'm on an antibiotic before she arrives, but I really hope this is it for the extra meds.

I've been having a lot of round ligament pain the last few days. It's welcomed though, because I know the more I grow the bigger chance the placenta will have of shifting upward and allowing for a vaginal delivery.

Nothing really going on out of the ordinary. I'm tired, irritable, emotional, anxious, and sore. I've also been having headaches the last couple of days, but I have a feeling it's something to do with the antibiotics.

Here are the pics for this week. They were taken today at 21w1d.




Thursday, April 19, 2012

Doctor's Appt. (20w5d)

Today was my normally scheduled OB appointment.
My BP was great (116/78). Milica's heart rate was in the 150's again. She is measuring right on schedule and doing fabulous.
I have another UTI though. So, I had to start another round of zombie pills today. I hate being on the zombie pills for obvious reasons.
There was also an issue with the anatomy scan. Apparently my placenta is partially covering my cervix. The OB said there is a chance with the baby moving that things can shift, but there is no guarantee. She also explained she had this same problem and hers did NOT shift. So, she would like me to be to be prepared for the probability of a c-section.
I'm not as heartbroken about the prospect as I thought I would be. Having a planned c-section will allow a little more control over the situation. We will have another scan in 6 weeks and depending upon the outcome of that scan we will find out if things have shifted or if we will absolutely need a c-section.
I am doing so well I do not have to see her for another month. At that appointment I will do my gestational diabetes test.
She also told me that at 32 weeks she will start sending me for NSTs (non-stress tests) and fluid level checks on a weekly basis. I had NSTs starting at 30 weeks with Joseph, so this isn't new territory.
Continuing thoughts and prayers for Milica and I would be greatly appreciated. I'm hoping that if I continue to do this well I will be allowed to go later than 37 weeks.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

20w0d

Here is Milica's growth info for this week:

Your baby weighs about 10.5 ounces (300g) and measures about 7.2 inches (18cm) from crown to rump. She still moves about freely in amniotic fluid. Your baby may respond to external sounds, such as the music you are listening to or your voice. Your baby has developed some red blood cells already. The white blood cells that your baby needs to fight infections are being manufactured. She is developing taste buds on his tongue. Her digestive system is sufficiently advanced to absorb water and sugar from the amniotic fluid that she swallows and pass it to his large bowel. Your baby has lanugo hair on her forehead and upper lip and her eyebrows are thickening. Vernix (the waxy substance that covers and protects your baby's skin) accumulates on your baby's eyebrows. Your baby's eyes are still sealed shut. Your baby continues to grow and develop and his kicking is getting stronger now.

I'm not feeling too bad. The pregnancy insomnia has gotten a little absurd, but other than that I'm feeling good.

My swelling seems to be under control for the moment.

Milica's movements are getting stronger and more frequent. I look forward to the time when other people can feel her kick as well.

I'm working really hard to get things in order for her. There's a couple reasons for this. The first is I was on modified bed rest at 30 weeks with Joseph. So, I definitely want things done before then. Secondly, my husband is going to be gone quite a bit between now and when she's born. I need to get the things I need his help with done and out of the way.

Here's the pics for this week. They were taken today at 20w0d.

Monday, April 9, 2012

19w2d

Milica's growth info for this week:

Your baby weighs about 9 ounces (260g) and measures about 5.6 to 6.4 inches (14 to 16cm) from crown to rump. Her skin is thickening and developing multiple layers- the epidermis and the dermis, the deeper layer where it will form fat. Your baby is now also developing a waxy protective coating for her skin called vernix caseosa. The vernix protects your baby's skin which is continuously submersed in amniotic fluid. Vernix, which is particularly thick around the eyebrows is held in place by tiny downy hairs called lanugo. Your baby can now grip with her fists. Toenails and scalp hair are growing.

If you read my last post (or are my friend on FB) you know that we are having a little girl! Her name will be Milica, and it is pronounced like Mil-lees-ah (just a little different that Melissa). Her name is Slavic and belonged to my husband's great-grandmother (so her great-great-grandmother).

I've been feeling pretty good. I'm tired but that's to be expected. I've been having some uterine or round ligament pains the last couple of days. Right now I'm fighting a nasty bout of allergies that is trying to turn into a sinus infection. Also have been having some pretty bad insomnia. Which could partially explain my exhaustion.

Here's the pics for this week. They were taken yesterday at 19w1d.



It's a Girl!

I know I haven't posted my weekly update, but I had to post the awesome news!

We are expecting a princess!

The ultrasound went well. Our little girl was a little busy body and wouldn't hold too still for any of the pictures. The tech would get just about everything she needed for a shot and this little girl would bounce away. She also was not anxious for us to know her gender. She kept for legs tightly closed for most of the exam and it took 3 different techs to try and coax her little legs open.

Everything looked great on the ultrasound. I am measuring right on schedule. The Princess weighed approximately 10 ounces and her heart rate was in the 150's once again.

I'll be sure to get my weekly update finished later on, but for now, onto the pictures.


This is the gender shot showing the labia.



Her precious little hand.



Her whole little precious body.



She most certainly is!

Monday, April 2, 2012

18w2d

Here's the baby's growth info for this week:

Have you ever seen a mango dipped in cheese? Well, that's what your baby looks like this week due to a little growth spurt (she's about a half pound in weight and six inches long) and a substance called vernix caseosa. This greasy white stuff covers your baby's skin, protecting it from the surrounding amniotic fluid. (Without it, she'd look totally wrinkled as she entered the world.) The vernix sheds as delivery approaches, though some babies still sport a bit of the coating at birth.

Here we are nearly 1/2 way to full term. That is truly my goal. I was only allowed to go to 36 weeks with Joseph and I would LOVE to go to fullterm with this baby. Hell, I'd love to be able to have this baby naturally without any sort of induction. But, for right now I'll shoot for 37 weeks.

We will be finding out the gender of our little Sunshine one week from today. I'm excited, and I'm ready. I have so many ideas for either gender's nursery and I just would like to get started on it.

I've been feeling okay. This last week was hard because I was on an antibiotic again, but I finished it today. So, hopefully this week will be much better.

I have been having an enormous amount of round ligament pains though. I know my body is working hard at making sure the baby has enough room to grow and thrive. Other than that there really isn't too much to mention. I've been really irritable but I think most of that is based on how terrible the antibiotic makes me feel.

These pics were taken yesterday at 18w1d.