Wednesday, March 30, 2011

30 Weeks!

Went in for what I assumed would be another quick & boring check-up today, but it got a little more interesting as you will see! :)

First my health. I'm HUGE. Seriously, got on the scale and it made me sad. I know you do most of your growing in the last two months and if I think about the rate I've gained over these past seven and a half I will actually top 200 lbs by the baby's birthday. This is a depressing & distressing thought to me. I know it's all part of the process and at no visit have I ever been warned about gaining too much or anything. But, that's a number I never thought I'd see on a scale. Other than weight, they had to take my blood pressure twice. I was late to the appointment and couldn't find a parking space so I was rushing and stressed and it was super high when I walked in. But I told them how I was rushed so they said they'd take it again after the exam to be sure and at the end it had totally normalized and was good! Lastly, the results from lab tests two weeks ago were great. No indication of glucose intolerance & still doing fine on the iron levels so all is well.

Baby's health is good, too, according to Rachel. My fundal measurement is actually at 31 instead of 30, which is nothing to be concerned about but since as a general guideline it equals number of weeks it's interesting. That, plus the fact that she's positioned with her head down makes me optimistic that she will be here on time. Her heartbeat was a little difficult to find today and when they did it was in the 140s. Which is well within the normal range, but for the last 20 weeks of being able to hear the heartbeat it's always been in the 150s so as the mommy I was mildly concerned, but the professional was not so I'm calm.

The exciting surprise of the appointment -- Baby Girl CONFIRMED!! :) Rachel went out to see if I had my next visit with one of the doctors, maybe they would bring in the portable machine and try to look again for me. But when she was out there, the wonderful specialist Laura (who did our nuchal screening at 12 weeks) had a minute so she popped in with one. And this time her legs were not crammed together and within about 5 seconds Laura was like yup, baby girl. Which was nice that she's so good and so quick, but also not because I didn't get to really see her for very long. But at least there will be no surprise pee-pees when li'l Ned finally makes her appearance and I don't have to return all those adorable dresses & girly outfits we've gotten! :)

I'm not going back for 3 weeks - I went to schedule 2, but Rachel didn't have anything until April 20th and the girl who does the schedule asked how far along I was and said that going that long wouldn't be an issue. And that will be my last appointment at Wright-Patt! I think by now the word has gotten around to all who read this about the big move, but I will make T write a post this week, just in case. He's even worse about posting than I am, and I have not been diligent in reminding him to share the news! :)

Friday, March 25, 2011

Baby Shower #1

Last Saturday we had our first of two baby showers! This one was up in Perrysburg with my side of the family & friends. It was at my cousin's house which was so fun. The men went down in the basement to drink beer & watch the NCAA basketball on their big screens while the ladies did the classy shower thing :).

We ate lunch - Qdoba burritos, yummies in my tummy, and then we played two games. One was naming all the songs you could think of that have "baby" in the lyrics and the other was a baby themed scategories. Followed by delicious cake and gifts. All of that stuff took a shocking amount of time so then people pretty much dispersed and it became one big basketball watching party which was fun. Mom tried to make the gift opening part - my least favorite of showers - interesting for people involved by turning it into a raffle. When people brought in gifts she & Kat put numbers on them and every so often a timer would go off and whoever had the number that matched the one on the gift I was currently opening got a prize. The only "game", if you can call it that, that the boys played was a pool for the baby's birth date. We made a calendar and they got to choose one date for $1. Whoever guessed the right day will get the money when she comes out. That was the extent of the baby talk I'm sure they did all afternoon, haha.

The highlight of creativity, however, was the "shoe cake". They took the traditional concept of a diaper cake and tailored it much more to my tastes :). They also used little baby shoes to anchor balloons all around the room. It was such a surprise and it was so awesome!! Although, I'll be honest, when I was packing all the shoes up to go home I was starting to get a little jealous that the baby's shoe collection was already starting to rival my own and she's not even out yet! O:-)

shoe "cake" & real cakes!

snacks & shoes :)

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

28 weeks!

I'm officially in my 3rd and final trimester. Only 12 weeks left, yikes!! And I'm now onto the point where I go into for check ups every 2 weeks instead of every 4.

Today's was normal, just like the others. My weight is starting to scare me - I'm up 25 lbs from starting weight. And I thought that my blood pressure was a little high, but the neither the tech nor Rachel mentioned it so I guess it still falls within normal range for pregnant ladies. Baby's heartbeat was really strong today - it hit 160 at one point, but averaged in the 150s. Rachel didn't even have to search for it, she put the monitor on my belly and it was booming away :). She took my fundal measurement and although she didn't tell me what the cm number was, she smiled and said you are measuring perfect!

After the appointment I spent an hour in the lab taking the test for gestational diabetes - drink sugary liquid, wait an hour, have blood drawn. It really wasn't as bad as I anticipated. The drink was sweet, but not unbearable. And T was kind enough to leave me his iPad, fully charged, with the most recent episodes of "Parks & Recreation" for me to catch up on so the time passed rather quickly. Usually the lab is crazy crowded and backed up, but today it was dead. Which was good because there were less people to look at me funny when I start cracking up at my show. The test did make me feel a little strange - not really describable, but just kind of shaky. I'm imaging it's just a sugar rush and I'll be passed out in a few minutes when I finally crash. I should get the soup on now so when T gets home it's ready in case I'm in a sugar coma, haha.

Love & Hugs