Saturday, July 31, 2010
My therapist was a 21-year-old who found pregnancy quite interesting (like a circus side-show)and had lots of questions about it. I thought it was cute and didn't mind answering them. Especially because I love to talk about my pregnancy and this sweet baby. To anyone who will listen. And sometimes people who don't want to hear about it...
Gil seemed to be really enjoying the whole thing and I was feeling sweet little rolling movements and gentle pushing inside until the scalp massage. Apparently, the little peanut just got too tired and relaxed to stay awake any longer.
Worst part of the whole experience was that I had to shave my legs for this which is now quite an acrobatic feat. It requires a lot of flexibility, several akward positions, and a touch of creative genius to get it accomplished. And even then, I usually cut myself a lot and miss spots that are impossible to get to. Most of it is done by blind touch, because I can't actually see if I've got everything or not. Let's not even talk about the bikini area at this point...
Thursday, July 29, 2010
Seems like the doctor is actually trying to kill me when he checks fetal position and measure my fundal height. I was pretty sure the baby was going to just shoot out from all the pressure. Which I feel a lot when I'm walking nowdays- kind of like a bowling ball trying to fall out of your hoo-hah. He doesn't do cervical checks until 38 weeks, which is really alright with me. It doesn't really matter in the scheme of things, and certainly doesn't feel good!
Last night, I had quite a few painful contractions and some menstrual like cramping. At one point, I was questioning how bad it had to get before I did something about it. But then I fell asleep and it was better. Why did no one explain to me before now that there are lots of different pains one might feel in late pregnancy? And most are just fine, nothing to worry about.
The doc asked me today if I planned on an epidural to which I answered, "of course", and then went on to tell me the different things to watch for (bleeding, pain every 5 minutes, water breaking) that means I need to page him. It's crazy because he actually thinks I'm going to have a baby and that it could theoretically happen any time. After so many tears shed and pain endured over the past 2 years, I have trouble wrapping my mind around the fact that a tiny, perfect baby will be in my arms in the next month...
Oh, and the OB told me today, "Amber, you look really pregnant!" Great to hear from a guy that sees pregnant girls all day. :)
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
I can't leave a comment on your blog since you don't allow them and I'm not sure how else to send you a message, but I had to let you know that I'm so excited for both you and your husband! Keep us posted!!! (I'm not including your name on here to protect your privacy.)
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Sunday, July 25, 2010
Too bad Gil had to enjoy the day from inside the uterus, because I'm sure he or she would have loved it! Pretty sure this place is on our list of birthday party destinations...
My mom was sporting one of her many Grandma t-shirts today. She was only wearing Grandma-to-Be, but has apparently decided that Gil is close enough to full-baked that she's switching it up!
We had a great time, I got out of the house for a little while, and Gil got to meet some really cool animals! Can't wait for this little person to join us so we don't look like the creepy adults who are always lurking at kid places...
Thursday, July 22, 2010
So here I am... attached to this bulky, uncomfortable monitor for 24 more hours. Well, we're actually down to 17 hours and 15 minutes now. I at least talked them into letting me take it off at noon tomorrow when I get done seeing patients so that I don't have to drive it back to their office, I can drop it off at mine. The results will get sent to the cardiologist eventually and he will get around to reading them in the next couple of weeks. So the baby could potentially arrive before we even know the results. Which the results will be normal, because my heart is doing great this week...
I don't think this picture quite shows how large and bulky this monitor is, which is attached to a strap that goes over one of my shoulders. Like a seatbelt. Or you can wear it like a fanny pack if you don't have a giant belly like mine. :) Regardless, you are hooked up to four leads on your chest and belly and then those are taped down well enough that nothing can pull them off, and they all go into the monitor. Looks cool and feels even better!
As far as my appointment went, things are going well. Baby is measuring 37 weeks now, so we're 2 weeks ahead all of a sudden. Heartrate in the 140's. We didn't do my group B strep test today because we know I'm positive, and that I'll need antibiotics while in labor. I've had tons of fetal movement this week which is so reassuring, so we didn't do another non-stress test. Oh, and my ankles have decided to go M.I.A. for the remainder of my pregnancy I think. Definitely not going to do any auditions to be a foot model at this point!
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Apparently, he thinks now that my heart is pumping for the two of us, it's getting stressed out easily. He first mentioned bed rest, at which point my heart actually just quit beating all together, but then luckily said I should just reduce my work schedule and take it really easy from here on out. If that doesn't help, I should do even less...
He actually said no shopping. That would be more of a problem for my metro husband. :) And my legs decided to swell like balloons again today before I got in to see him, so he wasn't too impressed with that. He'd like a repeat holter monitor, but I'm going to talk to my OB tomorrow to see if that's necessary.
Take-home point: I'm supposed to rest a lot more, my heart should not kill me during L&D, and my baby is fine. All good to know.
On to the fun stuff: Gil is 35 weeks old now! This baby is getting so close to being fully cooked. One of our drug reps mentioned that her baby was born at 37 weeks and I freaked out. I'm so not ready for this pregnancy to be over. Yes, I can't wait to see this baby's beautiful face and hold him/her in my arms. But I sure am going to miss the squirming inside and my round belly. This has been so much more than I ever expected.
I'm thinking the button isn't going to pop out. It's definitely not an innie anymore, but has stayed level with the surface for so many weeks now. Still no stretch marks (thank you genetics), but look at my tummy veins! So weird.
Friday, July 16, 2010
My heart rate was in the 140's for about an hour yesterday and I was having a lot of skipped beats and irregular rhythm. I'd feel better if we just ensure that my little ticker isn't going to explode from the stress of labor!
They also put me on part-time (8-12) starting on Monday for my last 3 weeks. This will hopefully help a lot to make me feel better if I can get off my feet more. I feel like such a wimp that my body can't handle working full-time up until delivery, but the baby is the MOST important thing and nothing else matters in comparison.
I go in for weekly visits with the OB from here on out now, which is C-R-A-Z-Y. And I see the cardio on Wednesday, so we make it a double-header appointment this week. Fun stuff. All because I have a very special person that is getting close to making an appearance!
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Swelling has commenced and I'm not a big fan. Yesterday afternoon my legs swelled up to my knees and it took several hours of elevating them last night before they were no longer painful. The heat is definitely full-force here now which I'm sure is what triggered it and standing on my feet all day is getting TOUGH.
Monday, July 12, 2010
He then goes on to say that I still think I look "small" some days, and he has to wonder, "in comparison to what?"
Don't worry, he further emphasized his point by adding, "a hippo or a pygmy hippo?" Good thing I have self-confidence. :)
P.S. My maternity pictures were done at Target. They did an awesome job and were much more cost affordable than most others. We'll be getting our baby's pictures done there soon after birth. (Well, once they are cleaned off and the head regains a round shape.)
Sunday, July 11, 2010
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Me reading in our super soft recliner we decided on. It ended up only being $80 since we had a VISA giftcard and I made Mathis Brothers do a price-match to bring the price down.
The crib. A piece of furniture I never really imagined we'd ever have in our home. Little Gil's name will be above it in cute letters once we know if it's a boy or a girl. We didn't do bumper pads for safety reasons. All of the pediatricians I work with told me not to ever use them, so we won't. And the boppy will be coming out, it's just hanging out in there for now.
Our changing table with wipe warmer, diaper genie and basket of changing necessities. This is where all the fun will happen. :)
Aaron worked really hard getting those monkeys up there just right.
It seems like this is all becoming so much more real now. I can almost imagine us bringing a baby home from the hospital...
Monday, July 5, 2010
Then we went to my sweet little cousin's 1st b-day party. Unfortunately, Mother Nature decided to let it pour right at party time so there were a LOT of people crammed into a house for a while. It was lots of fun anyways and we got to see lots of our family.
My back started hurting pretty bad following all of this since I'd been sitting in less-than-comfortable chairs for a while, so I took a bath and realized that I didn't feel up to going to our last stop for the day. We were going to go to our friend's house in Edmond and watch fireworks and hang out. So, I felt like I was letting Aaron down and decided to do a little sobbing in the tub. Nothing cuter than a round girl crying in the tub...
Aaron again reminded me why he's the best husband in the world (sorry if you thought yours was the best), and suggested we go out front and do some fireworks that we had leftover from several years ago. So, we did. And what's great is that we live very much in city limits, and quite a few of our neighbors were out doing the same thing. It was quite a show!
We have about 5 policemen who live on our street and one even drove by while we were out there, and didn't even slow down. Guess they expect this type of behavior from people who have a goat in their backyard... This is what our driveway looked like this morning.
Friday, July 2, 2010
So, in April of 2009, we went in for an outpatient surgery at St. Anthony's. (Sorry if you already know all of this, I just want to update those who weren't around for this phase.) It took about 90 minutes for him to make three small incisions (two very low and one in the belly button) and "drill" about 10 holes in each ovary to destroy the testosterone making part of my non-functional ovaries. I had a little discomfort following surgery, but totally manageable.
Now, this is where my story went haywire. I am the 1% complication rate that they warn you about. My lovely uterus decided to get a VERY painful infection which sent me into the hospital for 3 days. My RE said he had NEVER had this happen. I was treated with some great IV antibiotics, infection cleared, and I went home feeling much better.
So, my recovery time was about a week. Normal should be 3 days. The chance we were given of it working was 70-80%. (Especially in normal weight girls). I ovulated 2 weeks after surgery and had regular periods afterwards which is incredible considering I wasn't having ANY without the help of progesterone. My 1st pregnancy occured in August (3 months post-op) but that ended sadly in a miscarriage that had nothing to do with surgery. I was fortunate enough to get pregnant again 2 months later with this baby.
Would I do it again? ANYDAY. Even with the complications? Even if they were 10 times worse. I am so thankful that we did this surgery and that it has blessed us with this little one. The success rates are great, the complications are minimal, and the potential for reduced risk of miscarriage are significant. I'm more than happy to answer questions about this anytime, so always feel free to send me a message or a comment. Hope this helped anyone considering it!