Saturday, January 18, 2014

26 weeks along

23 weeks 
Surro sisters-we are (starting with me and moving to the right) 22, 21, 20 weeks along

My Christmas present from one of my best friends!  Love it!!
24 weeks
Still breech and lays on the right side and won't budge at all...
25 weeks
26 weeks
Baby P on 1/17/2014

This has been quite the past month with some ups and some downs.  I can't imagine not going through this experience but it is just SO different from my last pregnancy with my own child that it throws me for a loop.

I went to my surro brunch and had so much fun chatting with the girls from my Utah Surro Group, they are honestly some of my best friends!  I really enjoy seeing them and hearing how everything is going with them and with their journeys!

I had mentioned a while ago, probably before we even transferred that I wanted a shirt that something like "Stay Calm, It's Not Mine."  Well my friend is awesome and found a company that made one for me!  I was so excited about this and couldn't wait to wear it out.

I had my monthly OB appointment and baby boy is still very much in the breech position but at least doesn't have his bum in my pelvis.  We still have about 10 weeks before we will start trying to move him ourselves though.  For now, I will start doing some downward dog and possibly prenatal yoga to see if that helps him flip.  He has plenty of fluid in there to turn and move around but he is nice and cozy sitting on my bladder and laying in my rib cage.  I also got to drink the glucose drink today but won't find out the results to that for a few days.  Here is to hoping that turns out great and I won't need the 3 hour glucose test too.

The family has picked a name out for baby boy and I think it is super cute!  For all of you I will now start to refer to him as Baby P though.

After my OB appointment I had a perinatal appointment to check on the baby.  Due to their other son they just wanted to check and make sure everything looked good.  I was completely okay with that since it meant an extensive ultrasound of seeing the little pea moving around.  We were lucky and were able to get a 3D shot of his face and I have to say he looks pretty stinking cute!  The results were that he is perfect and as far as the perinatal doctor could see everything looks wonderful!  Sigh of relief for the family of this little guy.  With the extra ultrasound we had we were able to get measurements of everything and I am a little nervous for the delivery.  He is measuring about 2lbs, 2 oz.  His head is measuring a little large at about 28 weeks and 4-5 days along when I am only 25 weeks and 6 days.  The rest of his body is measuring on target at least but with him being breech it makes me nervous that a vaginal birth might not happen if he doesn't get turned around and is head down.  From what I've read with breech deliveries they want the stomach and head about the same diameter around or at least the stomach a bit bigger than the head.  Here is to hoping he flips soon!

Weight Gain: 29 lbs.  I apparently know how to pack on the weight when I get pregnant, but thankfully it has mostly gone to my belly and maybe to my behind.

Cravings: Water that is somewhat warm (I know kind of weird), salad, turkey, avocado, sweets (doesn't help with all the holiday treats we had going around)

Symptoms: Starting to waddle, braxton hicks, pelvic pressure, constantly having to pee, exhaustion again, some ligament pain, him constantly moving around which I don't mind at all, some swelling in my feet, heart burn if I don't take the prilosec every single day

What I miss: Not feeling so immobile, I want so badly to just lay on my stomach, Shaving without trying to be an acrobat, not feeling like my insides are going to fall out or my belly to fall over

Their baby's the size of a head of lettuce!
He's still growing in the 13.6- to 14.8-inch and 1.5- to 2.5-pound range, and developing his senses, features and talents!

Their baby at 26 weeks
  • His eyes are forming, and his eyes will soon start to open.
  • And his eyelashes are now grown, too.
  • He's getting his immune system ready for life on the outside by soaking up your antibodies.
  • He's taking breaths, too. They're of amniotic fluid, not air, but it's still good practice.

Friday, January 10, 2014

Labor & Delivery Scare

BP while I am sitting down
BP while I am standing (this is still lower than my normal)

I had a little bit of a scare the other night and ended up going to the Labor & Delivery at the hospital to get some monitoring done.  While I was at work I was just feeling really weird and off, I had been the past few days.  On this particular day though I would stand up and get light headed or dizzy, at one point I was even seeing spots.  I honestly had that feeling as though I was going to fall over and pass out.  The sensation would only last a very short time and then I would be fine and it was like it never happened.  Almost every time I would stand though I would get kind of dizzy.

I probably wouldn't have been such a worry wart about this except that I had taken a fall the day prior.  With the fall I landed on my knees really hard and the baby started moving shortly after so I knew he was okay.  Once I started seeing the spots and feeling dizzy I didn't want to chance something actually being wrong with him or with me.  I called the doctor on call from my OB office and he said I could always wait to go into the office the following day to get blood drawn or could go to Labor & Delivery.  I opted to head over to the hospital that night just to have peace of mind.  I didn't want to wait for results or worry about what possibly could be going on.

My best friend picked up my daughter and met me at the hospital and on the way over I had a billion things running through my mind of what could possibly be going on.  With my first pregnancy I had no issues or complications so this was all new to me and honestly not something I had really experienced before.

I got to the hospital and since I was 25 weeks along they started the pre-registration process for me since I have never been to this hospital before.  I answered some questions and then was sent to a monitoring room to see if I needed to be admitted or not.  I peed in a cup so they could check my urine and make sure that everything was good to go.  Once that was done they strapped on some monitors to check the babies heart rate and monitor him.  He of course was moving around like crazy as soon as the monitors were put on so it was difficult to get a good reading on him.  What little they did get the nurse said he sounded great!

When she took my blood pressure it was rather low compared to what my normal is, which is still on the lower end anyways.  My urine came back with a little trace of blood and so there could be a tiny possibility that I might have an infection but I didn't really have any signs for one.  I have had plenty to know what they are and just didn't feel like that was what this was.  My CBC came back great with no issues as well.  They said that I could possibly be getting dizzy from my blood pressure being low and then it dipping lower when I stand up.  I have noticed that it usually happens when I stand and probably is caused from that.  I will be seeing my OB next week so I can mention it to her and see what she says.

I am so grateful that there weren't any issues or complications and that it is possibly just my blood pressure being too low.  Baby looked great and overall I am doing great!  Need this little pea to hang out in there for a bit longer.