Thursday, May 31, 2012

26w5d & Doctor's Appt.!

Milica's growth info for this week:

For a baby, it's time to trade in the old crown-to-rump measurement for a new head-to-toe standard. So what are your baby’s stats this week (which, coincidentally, is the end of the second trimester)? Fifteen inches — more than a foot long — and triple (or even quadruple) what it was in week 12. Her weight is creeping up the charts as well, coming in at just over two pounds. More big news: Your baby may recognize your voice by now, so feel free to serenade your belly (start learning those lullabies!).

I've not updated for this week (week 26) so I'm combining this post with my post about the OB appointment from this week.

Firstly, the OB appointment went well. My BP was 124/80. That's perfect. The top number did creep up a little bit, but the number we're most concerned about keeping low is the bottom one.

I am measuring pretty much on schedule. The OB had a resident working with her today and told me I was measuring a little bit ahead. But when I saw the OB I asked her and she said that I measured at 27 weeks which is less than 2 days ahead. So, for all accounts and purposes I am measuring right on schedule.

Milica's heart-rate was in the 150's, as usual.

She reminded me that at 32 weeks I will start going for weekly NSTs and fluid checks. And as long as everything stays on course I will be able to continue only seeing her every two weeks for awhile. This is a big accomplishment for me. With Joseph when I hit 30 weeks and the PIH started I had to begin seeing the OB twice a week and having NSTs twice a week. Four appointments a week when you are already feeling miserable is not fun. This means that I'm doing better so far than I was with Joseph. Of course, the stuff with Joseph did not really start falling apart until 30 weeks, so anything can happen. But I'm hoping this means I get to wait until 37 weeks for a delivery and I'd love to get as close to her EDD as possible.

After the OB appointment we had our ultrasound scheduled to find out the position of my low-lying placenta. The ultrasound techs do not give you too much info, but she did say during the test at one point, "Here is your placenta" and the wand was up above my belly button. I hope this means the placenta is in a good position for a vaginal delivery. I'll find out for sure in 2 weeks.

Milica was pretty active for the ultrasound. Her Daddy and big brother loved seeing her. This was the first time Daddy had been able to be present for an ultrasound since the first trimester when she was itty bitty and nothing was really distinguishable yet.

Milica was moving, waving and wiggling around during most of the test. We even caught her sucking her thumb. We actually saw her making a sucky face with her mouth open and then watched her pop her little thumb in and start going to town. So, I think there is a big possibility our little girl will come out a thumb sucker.

She is also officially up to 2lbs right on the nose. She is still also in the head down position.

This week hasn't been too bad. I actually felt her having the hiccups last night. It was pretty cute. Other than that I'm just dealing with the normal nearly 3rd trimester symptoms. Speaking of 3rd trimester, we will be there in just two short days!

I'm having a lot of pelvic and hip discomfort. I think it's something I'll just need to get used to for a while though. My ligaments are so loose and relaxed that my leg keeps popping out from my hip regularly.

I'm tired, a lot. But I think that's been my biggest complaint the whole pregnancy.

She is also getting really strong and some of her movements are pain causing movements. She of course still loves hearing her Daddy and brother and usually goes crazy when she hears them near her.

Here are the pics for this week. They were taken at 26w3d. I will do my best to update on time next week.




Wednesday, May 23, 2012

25w4d

Here is the growth info for Milica for this week:

She now weighs a full two pounds and measures nine-plus inches. And this week, her eyes, which until now were developing under fused eyelids, start to open. Of course, there's not much to see in there, but if your baby spots a bright light (or hears a loud noise) near your belly, you may notice an increase in fetal activity. (“Hey, I'm in here, Mommy! Where’s the party!”) What accounts for that response? Her brain is more developed and sophisticated.

We're now halfway through the 20's (weeks that is). I am about 10 days away from starting the last trimester.

I've been feeling so-so. Some days I feel fine, just a little tired. Other days I feel miserable.

I had a really bad headache this week. I think it might have to do with a lack of sleep. I've not been sleeping well, at all. I'm trying to push myself to do more things during the day so that I'm exhausted come bed time. It worked yesterday, we'll see if it works tonight too.

I've been having some pretty bad Braxton Hicks this week. A couple of them made me stop in my tracks and do rhythmic breathing.

I'm getting nervous that I may have another UTI. Things don't feel quite right when I go to the bathroom.

I've not heard anything about the gestational diabetes test. No news is usually good news. So, I'm going to assume I've passed.

Next week we'll have an ultrasound to see if the placenta has shifted. I'm excited because it will be the first OB appointment that my husband has been able to attend. He was able to go to the NT scan at 12 weeks, but he hasn't been able to be there for a scan since she was itty bitty. This pregnancy is a lot different since he hasn't been able to attend most of these appointments. With Joseph he went to nearly every appointment. I am thankful that he is working full time now though and understand that not having him at every appointment is a small sacrifice for financial stability. Since this is a different OB than we had with Joseph I am anxious for him to meet her.

I have all the classic symptoms at this point. In no particular order: frequent urination, full (and sore) BBs, moodiness, itchy skin, hemorrhoids (I was hoping to skip this one, but I guess not), insomnia, RLS, ligament pains, nasal congestion, and swelling. I'm sure I'm leaving something out, but you get the idea.

Onto the pictures.. These are from today at 25w4d.



Thursday, May 17, 2012

Doctor's Appointment! (24w5d)

Today was my 24 week check-up.

Everything is going well. I am measuring right on schedule. My BP was great (118/82). Milica's heart-rate was in the 150's as usual.

I also had my gestational diabetes test today. We won't have the results for a few days. I hope that I pass with flying colors.

From now on I will be seeing the OB every two weeks.

In two weeks we will have our 26 week check-up and also an ultrasound. The ultrasound will be to find out if my placenta has moved enough to allow for a vaginal delivery.

It was awesome to hear baby girl's heartbeat again. That's definitely Joseph's favorite part, he just beams from ear to ear when he hears it.

Monday, May 14, 2012

24w2d

Here is Milica's growth info for this week:

Your baby is growing by leaps and bounds, reaching nine inches in length and passing the pound and a half mark. Under her skin, capillaries are forming and filling with blood and by week's end, air sacs (also lined with capillaries) will develop in her lungs, getting them ready for that first breath. Mind you, those lungs aren't ready for prime time just yet — but they are developing surfactant, a substance that will help them expand after birth. And speaking of breathing, your baby's tiny nostrils, which have been plugged up until now, are starting to open, and her vocal chords are getting ready to roar.

Part of me can hardly believe that I'm already 24 weeks in, and the other part of me thinks, "ONLY 24 weeks?"

Milica, in the same respect as Joseph, was planned for, prayed for, hoped for, and waited impatiently for. If you followed my other blog at all you have an idea just how long we tried for both of our children. That being said, although she was very much planned for, and is very much wanted, pregnancy is something that I just don't enjoy like some other women. It's not even the labor or delivery part that has me saying that. It's the complete loss of control over my body. I don't glow, I sweat. And in my opinion I either look like a house or a cow. I'm sore, uncomfortable, crabbier than normal, and just feeling not at all like a normal person anymore. I wish I could fast forward through this uncomfortable part and get to the poop, puke, up all night part of having a newborn.

The only part of pregnancy that I actually enjoy is having baby girl all to myself and feeling her move, stretch, tumble, and bounce around within me.

My body has a goal this pregnancy and that is to develop and have every pregnancy symptom in the book at least once.

This week brought nosebleeds and most recently itchy hands. It's the weirdest sensation to have your palms and fingers feel itchy. I've began to have consistent RLS in the evening. I had it with Joseph though, so I expected this one.

This week I also felt at different times like she was splitting my pelvis in too. She is low and likes being there. And I think she has no plans to move up. I hope this will make labor easier this time (that is of course if I get to deliver vaginally).

I'm exhausted, always. I do little things around the house and I feel like I jogged 5 miles. I know the fatigue will only get worse, and I guess I will take the exhaustion over morning sickness. So, I really shouldn't complain.

My dreams have been weird and vivid all throughout my pregnancy. They are getting more realistic and scary at times and I'm beginning to wonder what disrupts my sleep more; the bad dreams or the need to constantly pee.

I did have a good dream last night though. I dreamt of her. I actually saw her in my dreams and held her. She was small like Joseph when he was born. She was beautiful and looked a lot like Joseph did at birth. The only difference was that she had a lot of black hair. I can't wait to see how she really looks. In my dream I delivered her at 34 weeks. I really hope she decides to "bake" longer than that.

I've been reading up on nursing. I really want to have a successful time with breastfeeding this time. I'm going to do everything humanly possible to make that a reality.

This week is my gestational diabetes test. I really hope it goes well. I do not want to add another complication to the mix.

The pics are from today, 24w2d.


Monday, May 7, 2012

23w2d

Here is Milica's growth info for this week:

Your baby is about eight and a half inches long and weighs one and a half pounds, gaining steadily at a rate of six ounces per week. Much of that weight comes from accumulating baby fat, as well as from growing organs, bones, and muscle. Those little ears of hers are getting sharper and can hear very loud sounds, from a yapping dog to a jackhammer. Also by now, that fabulous face is almost fully formed, complete with eyelashes, eyebrows, and hair. Is your baby a brunette, a blonde, or a redhead? Actually, right now her locks are white since there's no pigment yet.


There's not too much to say about this week. It's been uneventful. And considering the pregnancy I've had thus far, that is a very good thing.

Sleeping well is no longer an option. So, that means I feel tired a lot. I don't know if it's from the insomnia that I've feeling tired or the pregnancy in general.

I'm starting to get really puffy and swollen. It won't be long before my wedding rings won't fit. That makes me sad.

She's definitely a strong kicker. She doesn't kick as often as Joseph did but her kicks are stronger and lower. I think in general I am carrying her much lower than I carried Joseph. I hope that will be helpful when it's time for delivery (that is of course if my placenta shifts and I'm able to have her vaginally).

But other than that nothing too crazy going on. Joseph is of course still very excited. He tells most people he meets that he has a baby sister coming. He's ready to meet her. I can't wait to see him in his role of big brother. He already talks to her and tries to tickle and play with her. They're going to share such a special relationship.

The pics are from today at 23w2d.


Wednesday, May 2, 2012

22w4d

Here is Milica's growth info for this week:

Your baby now weighs almost 1 lb (450g) and measures about 8 inches (20cm) from crown to rump. She is becoming plumper as her fat is being laid down at a high rate, but her skin is still wrinkled and reddish. The wrinkled and loose appearance of her skin is due to the faster production of her skin than the fat that fills it out. The reddish appearance of her skin is due to the deposition of pigment as her skin loses its translucent appearance. Your baby can kick and punch vigorously by now, but she may also be gently feeling the umbilical cord and rubbing her hands and face against the inside membrane of the amniotic sac that holds her. She is still swallowing amniotic fluid (which provides an important nutritional supplement to the nutrition she gets from you via the placenta) and is passing some of it as urine. The swallowing of the amniotic fluid may cause your baby to get the hiccups and you may even be able to feel this as her body jumps inside yours. The lanugo hair on your baby's body may turn darker at this time.

I know I am super late for my post this week! I'm sorry about that, I do have an explanation of sorts.

This week's been a little challenging. Not only was I finishing up the antibiotic for my latest UTI but on Monday night I began having some strong pressure and discomfort pelvically.

I tried to ignore it. I tried to drink water and lay down on my side and rest. Nothing was relieving the discomfort and it began to become pretty worrisome. I decided to head into L&D just for some reassurance.

I was hooked up to the monitors and was not having any contractions. I didn't think I was, but it's standard protocol. Then they decided to check my cervix and it was found to be closed (0), 50% effaced, and the baby at a -5 position. I was a little alarmed to here that I was 50% effaced considering I am only 22 weeks along. I asked for confirmation from the resident checking me and she confirmed it and said that it was fine because "I still had 50% to go." This didn't sit right with me, but without being able to speak to my normal OB I went along with things. They did some cultures (because of my propensity to have infections this pregnancy) and discharged me. The understanding was that I probably had another infection causing discomfort but because I've had so many they want things cultured before prescribing an antibiotic.

So, I went home, not really relieved. I was more concerned and still feeling yucky. My husband was loving enough to stay home so that I could rest the next day. Unfortunately, I wasn't feeling any better. I called my OB at 9:30am and also at 1pm because I still hadn't heard back. She was in and out of surgeries most of the day and wasn't able to look at anything in my chart until 5:30pm. She was a little frustrated with the resident because she had called her the night before and not mentioned anything about any effacement. She wanted me to go back in to L&D for a re-evaluation of the situation.

I went in and was once again found to NOT be contracting. Again, I didn't think I was. The new resident checked my cervix was that I was at 0 (closed), 0%, and -5. Apparently when the resident had checked me the night before she was feeling the outer part of the cervix (and after you've given birth that outer part of the cervix is always a little bit open). The inner part is what matters. My inner os (cervix) was closed, high, and thick. At that point though I think my OB had demanded an ultrasound when calling to let them know I was coming back in.

They sent me down for ultrasound. They gave me pictures, but our daughter is stubborn and not really any of them are good so I probably won't be posting anything. Anyways, the ultrasound went well. The tech confirmed that Milica is definitely a girl. She was also measuring right on schedule again with a heart rate in the 150's (she's nothing if not consistent). She is also estimated to be 1lb 3oz.

The internal ultrasound for the measurement of my cervix went well too. When I was waiting for the results my OB actually showed up. She had been called in for a c-section and wanted to check on my test results and see me before she left. She told me that normally the length or thickness for a cervix at 22 weeks is around 3 cm. She said she's never seen a cervix as long or thick as mine (nearly 5 1/2 cm). Apparently my cervix is an overachiever. She said there is no indication or reason at all to believe that with a cervix as long and thick as mine that I will go into pre-term labor at all.

There's still some uncertainty about what's causing my pelvic pressure. It still could be another infection (we're still awaiting the results from the cultures) or it could be the fact that the placenta is partially over my cervix compounded with the fact that Milica is head down and applying pressure to that area as well.

Other than that I'm feeling okay. I'm happy to officially be done with the zombie meds again. She's moving and kicking like crazy. The warmer weather is bringing out the Michelin Man in me. I will from now on be referring to myself as Puff-o-saurus.

The pictures this week we taken today at 22w4d.