Friday, September 7, 2012

Pregnancy Journal: 26 weeks

This week started off great. Patrick and I enjoyed a slow Sunday for a change. Due to the holiday, there were no youth activities going on. I had normal work days Monday and Tuesday. Then baby threw us a curve ball on Wednesday. Well, I say baby, but really it was my uterus.

Sometime around 3:30pm I realized that I was beginning to feel a few contractions. I grabbed my water and started drinking but noticed a couple more. I then laid down in the bed so that I could focus and time them better. Over the next hour I counted 8. I took Tylenol and called my dad. He, of course, told me to go to the hospital. I knew that's where I needed to be, but I just really wanted someone to tell me that this wasn't happening. However, I knew that I needed to go get checked out and that if something bad happened I would never forgive myself for ignoring the symptoms.

The good news is that I wasn't dilated. The bad news is that I was indeed contracting- quite a bit actually. None of them were painful, but I could tell that they were there. Very quickly they gave me benadryl and terbutaline. Let me tell you, that makes for a very odd combination once it starts to kick in. The benadryl made me drowsy headed like I was having an out of body experience, but the terbualine amped me up like someone had given me a whole pot of coffee. It was pretty crummy actually. Here I am after getting my first dose of meds.

25 weeks and 5 days

Patrick and I had a little free time while sitting there waiting to see what would happen next. It was very odd being on the other side of things. I tried to be a good patient. And here's a contraction on the monitor with baby boy just chillin out.

Then the contractions started increasing in frequency again (I think the doc said every 3 minutes) and so they gave me some more terbutaline and a bag of IV fluids. Thankfully, it worked! After an hour of no contractions they let us go home.

I feel a whole lot better knowing that the contractions didn't dilate my cervix. We ended up leaving the hospital around 10:30 that night. I was so happy to have my bed instead of that stretcher. Thursday I was told to take it easy, which I did. I think it helped a lot. I had most of my contractions that morning, but the more I rested and hydrated, the better they seemed to get. Thursday afternoon I got a phone call from one of the nurses that works with my doctor. She asked me how the day had been and I was completely honest. Then it was decided that I shouldn't work today... not the answer I was expecting. However, I'm letting go of my superwoman tendencies and have decided to enjoy the unexpected five days off in a row.

Size of baby:
Baby boy is now the size of a head of lettuce at 13.6 to 14.8 inches long and somewhere between 1.5 and 2.5 pounds. Grow baby, grow! I'm happy that he seems to be doing well in there. He didn't seem to mind the contractions the other night when we watched his heart rate on the monitor. He didn't even really mind the medications they had to give me which can sometimes make a baby have an episode of tachycardia.

Size of me:
I think I look about the same this week as last week. That's what I think anyway. The scale seems to have been stuck this week, too. I guess baby boy had himself a little growth spurt between weeks 24 and 25 and is now prepping for the next one.

26 weeks

Diet changes:
Patrick has decided that part of the problem is that I haven't been eating enough. In some ways, I think I agree. I get busier than I mean to be sometimes and forget to listen to my body. Work has been busy lately but I can't blame it entirely on work. For example, the other day I ate a late breakfast around 10:30 and didn't eat again until after 3pm (yeah, I was starving by that point). I was running errands and had my water with me, but I know that baby and I need more than just water. I hope to do a better job with this in the coming weeks.

We are slowly making decisions about the nursery and slowly discussing names for this little one. It's hard to name another person. It feels like a big deal.

Looking forward to:
I'm beginning to get excited about the fall. I'm ready for cooler weather, football, game day food, and I'll just add that the pumpkin spice lattes are back at Starbucks. Pretty awesome!

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Pregnancy Journal: 25 weeks

This pregnancy is flying. I can't believe I'll be in the 3rd and final trimester in a couple of weeks. Scary... and really exciting. We returned from the beach Sunday evening, I worked Monday, Tuesday, and Friday. Thursday we had another visit with the doctor. Everything looked good. She did urge me to do a better job timing my contractions. She said she wouldn't torture me with an internal exam just yet, but that preterm contractions are not something to mess around with. I've got strict instructions to call immediately if I have 6 or more in an hour. So far, so good!

Size of baby:
This week seemed like an odd choice to me. We couldn't think of any other type of produce other than a head of cauliflower? I'm also stunned by the weight range for a 25 week baby. Did anyone else catch the one pound difference? I guess this is when every baby really takes off at its own rate of growth.

Size of me:
I'm feeling pregnant. I was up 10 pounds at my visit, which is good. It was funny to me that in 5 weeks I gained what I had gained in the first 20 weeks of my pregnancy. Must have been all that shrimp:) I'm feeling good about it though. I'm right on track and if I keep this pace then I'll have gained the appropriate amount by the due date. I was bad and didn't get a picture this week.

Pregnancy symptoms:
I really hope I haven't sounded like too much of a complainer by reporting this every week because this pregnancy really hasn't been that hard. I would say it has gone really well so far. I just want to keep track of what symptoms I do notice each week. For example, there are some weeks that I don't really have any heartburn but feel really exhausted and emotional. I'm just wanting to track whatever seems to be the most predominate symptom. This week it was probably lower abdominal pressure and the occasional contractions. This little guy just seems to sit really low on me. He is right on top of my bladder. My urinary frequency has never gone away due to the way he sits. When standing and walking, my lower belly feels really tight.

Funny moment from the week:
On my way to work the other morning I got on the elevator with a couple of ladies that were talking to each other. Then one of them looked at me and said, "You got a bun in your oven?" I smiled and said, "Yes ma'am." She then said, "How many months?" I get this question a lot and it always throws me for a second because I am so used to thinking in weeks and forget than many non-healthcare people don't. After thinking for a second I responded, "Six months." "What?! That just makes me sick. I never looked like that at 6 months." I wasn't sure what to say to that... Thank you? I'm sorry?... When the elevator doors opened I went with a smile and a "Have a nice day."

I think we picked out crib bedding and curtains:) and yes, I said we. I wanted Patrick to be a part of this process as much as he wanted and was pleasantly surprised that he had opinions. Of course, as usual, he said that he trusted me with whatever I really wanted, but he was willing to give feedback. I really appreciate that I have a husband that wants to be involved. He's going to be a good daddy and I'm looking forward to watching him with our son.

Looking forward to:
I'm really enjoying getting into the nesting phase now. It's been kind of fun looking at baby stuff and trying to imagine our life with this new addition. It's exciting. To the best of my knowledge, my registry is complete. Now we get to focus on and look forward to coming up with a name for this little guy. We'll also continue the nesting process by doing things like picking out the crib, the dresser, and the glider.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Pregnancy Journal: Weeks 23 and 24

Well, here I am doing another 2 week update (and it's a little late too given that I'm 25 weeks). Somehow I got way behind again. I think it's because the past few weeks have involved a lot of traveling during my off days and I refuse to blog while with family or on vacation. It's been a good few weeks with a lot of growth!

Week 23
The highlight from this week was visiting my family for a couple of days. It was a short trip, but I'm glad we made it. We left early Wednesday morning and returned late Thursday evening. I would have loved to stay until Friday, which was our original plan, but then I realized I had some mandatory classes scheduled at work that I had to be back for.

Because I'm way behind but still want to keep track of this pregnancy, I'm doing a much abbreviated version of this weekly update. These were some of the things that I found most memorable.

Size of baby/kidney progress:
Well, visiting my family meant we got to have yet another ultrasound. We even got some 4D pictures. They aren't very good due to my anterior placenta, but it was a nice try. Baby man was looking good in there. He grew out to be 1.25 pounds and 12 inches long, which seemed really big to me! This week the bump says he's the size of a grapefruit.

The other good news was that his kidneys are looking good. One kidney was completely normal and the other was still looking about the same, which is fine. My dad felt that if one kidney had already cleared up, the other would soon follow. My dad also made sure that they measured my cervical length. I've been contracting some at work and so he wanted to make sure it was adequate. Everything was fine. It's about 4cm. I'm pretty sure that the contractions are due to my being on my feet for such long hours. We've also been really busy and that makes it hard to eat and drink regularly. I'm working on it, though! We definitely don't want this little guy to make his arrival too soon.

Now for some pictures. Like I said, they aren't very good and if you aren't into the 4D stuff (I'm not a big fan either), then skip the next few pics.

He's still a boy...:)
You can see some of his face in this one. Like one eye, and a mushed up nose and mouth.
Pregnancy Symptoms:
Well, the contractions are there. I don't have but a few on my off days, but I've noticed that walking a lot and working out seem to make them get going for a little while. They aren't painful, just annoying. I've been reassured by knowing how long my cervix was on Wednesday. I think I'll feel better too once I'm a little further along (come on, 24 weeks!). Just knowing that I will be what we call "viable" in a few days makes me feel better. It also freaks me out a little! I have a lot to do!

There are the beginning stages of a registry. Patrick and I worked on it Friday. We spent 2 hours in Buy Buy Baby and that was more than enough. That place is overwhelming! I need to go back and tweak it some, though. There is a room in our house that is partially cleaned out so that it can become what I hope will resemble a nursery. That is probably where our preparations have stopped, though. We have kind of taken a break from the name thing. I guess we're both hoping something will just come to us one day. Likely, right?

Looking forward to:
The beach! Can't wait for a little rest and relaxation with Patrick in a few days. I just have to make it through my four twelves at work. We (and by that I mean mostly I) plan to unplug from the world, sleep in/go to bed early, sit on the beach for hours, and eat some seafood.

Week 24
This week we traveled down to Gulf Shores for some beach time with Patrick's parents. It was wonderful especially after working 4 days in a row. I got home from work Tuesday night and helped Patrick finish loading up the car. We were on the road by 9:00 and made it to the beach sometime around 1:30am... I think (I slept pretty much the whole way). It was glorious waking up to the ocean and knowing that we were going to have 4 full days to enjoy it. The weather couldn't have been more perfect. If we hadn't known, due to today's technology, then we would've had no idea that a hurricane was approaching. Even better, it wasn't even that hot.

Size of baby:
Baby is now the size of a cantaloupe.

Sounds like a big jump from last week and I'm feeling it. It seems like my tummy is a lot bigger than last week and his kicks are a lot stronger. I enjoy watching and feeling him move around.

Size of me:
Well, I guess you can have a look for yourself. I think I've grown a lot since the last picture. Please forgive the photo quality and my slightly glistening look. We were at the beach and we are still trying to figure out this new camera. The flash is really not my friend here, but that's the best we could do.

Pregnancy symptoms:
This week seemed to carry with it a lot of heartburn. It probably had something to do with all that fried shrimp we ate. I've noticed that breakfast is often my best meal of the day because I can eat normally without any pain or discomfort. The contractions happened a lot less since we were just hanging out on the beach. I noticed a few while I was working out one morning, but I think that's pretty normal.

Given that we unplugged from the world, we are pretty much in the same place as we were last week. We had one or two name discussions with not much progress. We also spent a little bit of time discussing how in the world we want to manage childcare when I go back to work. That wasn't a very fun discussion either but I know it is something we will have to think and talk about more.

I'm very glad that I only work 3 days a week, but it's hard imagining leaving our baby with anyone other than us. We are praying that we can find someone that wants a part time job keeping him so we can avoid daycare and its expense. Most day care centers don't offer part time options and it would be silly for us to pay for full-time care. My preference is to find one person that can take care of him on my work days so that he doesn't have to get juggled between people during the day. I just feel like that could be disruptive to a little guy especially if he's napping.

Looking forward to:
I'm ready to start planning this nursery I think. Now that I've hit the 24 week mark I feel like I can start to be more of a planner. It's not really in my nature, but I know that these things can take time. Plus, a friend pointed out to me that sometimes cribs take a while to be delivered depending on what you want. That kind of gave me incentive because at this point I have no idea what I want.