I've shared the news of our little man to the rest of the family. Gender aside, everyone is just overjoyed. I admit it is great having a name to call the little one as well.
I came home yesterday and had a headache so I took a short nap. When DH came home, we listened to the hb again. What a beautiful sound! We went out to dinner, came home, and fell asleep.
This morning, I woke up early but decided to lay down again. When I woke up again and used the restroom, (TMI warining) I wiped a total of 3 times and found blood each time - it was all pink except I had some dark red streaks. I also had some pain on both sides of my abdomen and some sensations in my vaginal area.
On Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday I had some small pink spots, but decided not too worry as that's what I was told the previous week.
Well with the increase in blood, the change in color, and the pain, I called the on call doctor. The dr called me right away and said my pain was not caused by cysts and he said I was not experiencing labor pains (as these would b in the middle of my abdomen). He couldn't explain my bleeding but asked if I knew where my placenta was. I told him it was presently low lying. He said he the hope would be that my placenta will eventually move away from my cervix, but in the meantime if I have bleeding from my cervix or placenta, nothing can be done. He asked if I had previous surgery or diagnoses and determined that my endo and adeno would not be causing these symptoms. He said to remember that as I grow - my placenta and cervix will grow and if that is where the bleeding is coming from, then to realize that the amount of blood may increase b/c the vessels may be larger.
So, after listening to the doppler and hearing the precious heartbeat, the dr advised that I stay off my feet all weekend. He said lay down, feet up, be on pelvic rest, and no heavy, strenuous activity.
I think I've felt baby this afternoon. Now I will just rest and call the dr on Monday morning. I have my official "big" u/s on Tuesday morning. I pray that all is well with my little guy!!!
I spoke to the nurse this morning. She had to wait to consult with the OB before giving me advice. She said she'd call at 1:00.....well I finally heard back at 5:30~
The only advice she gave was to go on pelvic rest (already am) and avoid strenuous activity, in particular jogging (which I've never done). She said I can go on with my normal activity and then she said to limit my activity. I wish she would have asked my activity level and then determine what I should/should not be doing. She told me I do not have to be on bed rest any longer since the bleeding has resolved itself, but she also said I wasn't at risk for anything b/c the bleeding wasn't worrisome. She then proceeded to say women do not bleed during the second trimester and this isn't normal.....she made me so confused. I asked if she could speculate why I am bleeding - the on call OB said maybe b/c of the low lying placenta, the nurse things it's my cervix. IMO, the dr doesn't think it's a big deal.
Don't get me wrong. I don't want to have ANYTHING wrong. But at the same time, I know something is happening and I don't feel that this place is giving me the care and compassion I deserve. Sigh.
On another note, I woke up last night around 3:15 with horrific pain in my back. I had a pain in my neck and a horrible pain on my right side (between my ovary and kidney). It felt like the pain radiated throughout every bone in my back, neck, shoulders, and ribs. It was awful. DH was prepared to take me to the ER, but I really felt horrible standing, sitting, and lying...I ended up putting a heat pad on my neck and resting with DH comforting me. I fell asleep a few hours later (finally), but then had to wake right up for work. (I am still sooooo tired!). I asked the nurse about this and she had nothing to say about it. She said it didn't sound like I was having pre-term labor and she said it didn't sound like I had a kidney or bladder infection. I asked if a pinched nerve could cause that much pain, if it was possible if I had experienced a muscle spasm, or if my hormones could have resulted in this pain in my joints/bones. Her response was "I bet you just slept weird".
Ugh. My opinions may be skewed right now (I'm very tired, I was stressed for being late to work, we had a lockdown at my site today, and I was very worried about not hearing back from the doc....), but I know I want a little compassion.....
The good news for the day - my anatomy scan is tomorrow! I'm the tiniest bit scared but mostly overjoyed. I can't wait to see my little boy. Seeing him swim around brings such joy to my heart. I just pray that he is healthy and strong!!
I had my "official BIG" u/s yesterday. I woke up with more spotting so I was a bit nervous. But thankfully the u/s revealed my cervix is closed and my placenta is not bleeding. My ovary continues to have a cyst, but it is very small (would not cause pain). Now on to the good stuff.... the baby looked great and was measuring right as he should!!!!! We saw the brain, the heart, the spine, all fingers, all toes, the little nose (no cleft lip/palate), lips, arms, legs, kidneys, bladder, umbilical cord (attached appropriately)......we saw everything and everything looked amazing. What a little miracle I have growing inside me. I feel so blessed
I was overcome with emotion yesterday when the u/s revealed that my little baby is growing as he should. The baby was measuring right on target. I didn't get any answers about the spotting, but in the moment, the only thing that mattered to me was those little fingers, little toes, arms, great heart, brain, spine, kidney's, arms, legs..........
Here are the initial u/s pics they gave us. They include a profile shot, a foot shot, a face pic, and "the goods":
Next are some very cool 3D pics they took. My litte guy had his head facing down and his hand was mostly in front of his face, which made it a bit difficult to get a good pic, but I love what I have. I tear up everytime I look at these. (The first one is my little guy with his head on my uterus - we woke him from a nap as we saw him yawn! After that he was scooting all over the place).
After getting these pics, I really can't wait for the 4D u/s!
I pray that my little guy continues to grow strong and healthy!
Since becoming pg, I've been really good. I haven't really spent anything on baby. Well... that was until this weekend...
I went to Target and bought my LO some cute onesies, booties, caps, mittens, books, a naked boppy (my mom is going to make me the cover).
I then stopped in Toys R Us and found that all the baby clothes that were on clearance were another 50% off! I bought my LO so many outfits and I also got some of my pg friends some great outfits! (who can resist when they're only $1, $2, and $3!!!)
I went and bought the pattern for my LO's bedding.....DH and I then went to some furniture stores and bought a crib and dresser!!!!!!
I'm having a great time and feel almost a sense of relief that I am finally enjoying being pg (as opposed to being so worried...)
We go to the dr this Wednesday ~ I'm continuing to pray that all is going well!!
Tuesday night I felt our LO moving around and DH felt him kick as well. We looked down at my belly and then we saw it moving!!!!!!! Crazy!!!!!!
Wednesday we had our OB appt. We got all of our questions answered. All is going really well. I'm gaining the right amount of weight and there are no other concerns. I will work approximately until 36 weeks. As far as the spotting goes, I will have a follow up u/s at 28 weeks. This is to monitor the position of the low lying placenta.
Thursday (Valentine's Day) was pretty sad. It was my EDD for my first little miracle conceived in May. We lost him in June. He was going to be my Valentine's baby. I was overly emotional and feeling very sad but at the same time I am so overjoyed and extremely blessed in knowing that I have a healthy little one that I will get to meet this June. Later that evening I learned that my grandfather passed away. Overall, not a good day.
Friday I was off from work and saw my belly moving in the same spot for a few minutes. I believe my LO had the hiccups! So cute!
Sunday DH and I saw my belly moving during church. So fun!
My next office visit is in 4 weeks and my u/s is in 7 weeks
My new hobby is belly watching. This past week was the first time I saw my entire belly move!!! Baby must have been dancing or something but I saw my belly do a wave!!! It was soooo cool! The kicks are getting stronger and I love that I see him moving around. SOOOOO FUN!!
Things are going well. Despite some spotting on Friday and again on Saturday, things are great.
I just love watching my LO move around. It is so distracting! I sit in meetings and feel him moving, I tend to look down b/c I want to see or I place my hand on my belly b/c I want to feel! I want to take advantage of every moment! I also found the other day that after eating 3 small sweet tarts, LO starting kicking like crazy! He may become a sugar lover like his mommy
We started the nursery! It is looking great! It is painted and now we are working on small details. After that is done, we will set up the crib and then the organizing of baby items will begin! I can't wait
Every few days I seem to feel my LO more and more. I absolutely love it! Yesterday, I was feeling my belly and watching him move around. I felt what may have been his foot as it moved across the left side of my belly! DH felt a similar sensation this morning. Again, this is such an amazing experience! I am so blessed and so excited to meet my LO in a few months!
DH and Gpa to be are working on the nursery right now. I think the majority of it will be done by this evening! How exciting
I have my 25 week appt this Wednesday with the NP. I'm feeling good, tired, but good!
On 3-12 I had my prenatal appt with my NP. All went well. LO's hb is strong and I was told that I look great!!! (always a nice thing to hear) The NP answered more of my questions. She said she personally used the Avent bottles although her BF coach recommends Dr. Brown's. She said diaper type will depend on the baby. She recommends that we contact a pediatrician and meet with him/her and ask some of the baby questions to them. Now it's time to start looking....
Tuesday I had more pink spotting I had a little more yesterday Thankfully it is again all gone. I've had no cramping! I have a follow up u/s on 4-3 to check on my low lying placenta. Fingers are crossed that it is moving up. I don't think we'll ever know "for sure" why I'm bleeding. It seems the medical professionals are always contradicting themselves anyways. Oh well. As long as LO is healthy and safe I can deal with the spotting.
Yesterday I took my 1 hour glucose test. I arrived around 10:00 and was told to drink the glucose within 5 minutes. The drink tasted like a very flat orange soda. Gross. I then had to wait around for 1 hour for them to take my blood. Honestly I will be suprised if the test comes back positive. If anything, I would suspect to continue to have low blood sugar. We'll see.
Overall I am feeling great. My belly is huge, but that is all that has gotten huge! I am thankful to still be wearing my regular pants with the wonderful Tummy Sleeve. And I feel I have enough maternity tops to get me through the remainder of this pregnancy. I'm finding it hard to bend down, roll over, and get out of bed. I'm still using the bathroom all the time and I am still getting HORRIBLE pain in my left hip. I also am getting the pain in my tailbone. Ouch! Oh well.
For fun, we are close to completing the nursery. It looks G-R-E-A-T!!!!! DH does awesome work! And my shower is coming up soon. I can't believe it. I am going to be a mommy and I get to participate in all the events I previously avoided.....One day at a time!
Well it was too good to be true. I *almost* made it through the second trimester without any complications.
Yesterday afternoon I went to a few stores for a few items. Nothing heavy and nothing overexerting. Well when I was in the first store I felt a funny cramp like pain in my right side. It subsided and I went to the next store. I felt it again and thought I needed to use the restroom so I did. Well after my third store, the pain got more intense (not a terrible pain, just noticable and uncomfortable). I went home laid down, had some water and got something to eat. The pain didn't go away and 2-3 hours later it was more of a constant pain. I talked to DH and he said to call the dr. The nurse and dr weren't clear if I was possibly having contractions so they sent me to L&D.
After sitting in traffic for 1 hour we finally made it to the hospital. Long story short - I was described as having "uterine irritability" aka: contractions every 2-4 minutes. I was given a shot of something that started with a T and then monitored for another hour. I responded well to the medicine. I seemed to have another contraction, but they felt it was safe for me to go home. I was identified as having a "trace" of a UTI. They said it wasn't really necessary to be treated, but the dr wanted me on antibiotics just in case. Ultimately, they said contractions could have been caused by irritability from a UTI, dehydration, or I could be experiencing signs of preterm labor.
I came home and am doing all I can to drink water. I've been drinking a lot everyday, but the past few days it's been really warm out and I am thinking I must need even more. So I was told to take my antibiotics, drink, empty my bladder, no work, stay off my feet, rest, drink, and empty my bladder. If I feel any more cramping, bleeding, or changes in the baby's movement I am to go back to L&D. My follow up appt with my OB is this Thursday......
Praying that LO stays put for at least 10-12 more weeks and that these contractions were a result of something that is fixable!!