YAY 30 weeks! I'm so happy to reach this mark. Not much new - just wanted to check my ticker and see it read 30 wks. I haven't heard back from the Dr. on my most recent bloodwork and glucose test. That usually means all is well - I'll call today just to be sure. I feel good - baby is still moving a lot - he feels bigger than I remember Julia feeling. We got a treadmill and I've been trying to do some walking every day. The weather has been warming up some too, so I've been trying to get out and take Julia for walks.
Went for my 31 wk. appt. yesterday. I met with yet another Dr. in the practice, and I must say this was my least favorite so far. I really hope that she will not be the one delivering the baby. She seemed to be defensive when I asked questions, like she didn't want me questioning her. I really didn't feel like I "clicked" with this Dr. I think I met all of the Dr.'s in the practice now, and, although there was one other that I wasn't crazy about, this one yesterday is the only one I really didn't like. It was an uneventful visit - baby's HR was measuring in the 140's, and my uterus measured right on target (31 cm). The baby has been very active lately. I feel like I am getting so big - I'm now about as big as I got when I was full term with Julia. I can't imagine getting much bigger, but I still have 9 wks. to go, so I think it's inevitable. I go in 2 wks. for an ultrasound, then at 36 wks. I will start going for non-stress tests.
Just checking in - I just noticed that my ticker is now in the eighth (second to last) box - How exciting!! Really, can't believe I will have a new little baby in a matter of weeks - it still doesn't seem real. DH has been working on painting the babies' room. He's almost done - it's a very light, pastel green color. It looks nice, but I liked the old color better. This will work better with coordinating the boy and girl colors though. Nothing else much new - baby is moving around tons and I'm starting to get a little more uncomfortable (sitting up, rollling over etc.). We still haven't decided on a name - poor kid...I had a dream last night that he was sitting up in the stroller and was a few months old and I couldn't remember his name. I had another dream about a week ago that he was born and he didn't look at all like me (or DH really either). He had loads of dirty blonde, curly hair and looked nothing like what I imagine him looking like.
I had an ultrasound 2 days ago. They estimated baby's weight to be 4lb 6oz - this puts him in just the 20% percentile. I was surprised, as it feels like this baby is so much bigger than Julia, but the Dr. said there is no need to worry - all measurements were proportional and well within range for gestational age. It wasn't a very thorough ultrasound - it was basically just to check growth. They measured the head, femur, abdomen and looked at a few other things. I 'm used to getting the real thorough level II ultrasound, so I was a little dissapointed I didn't get more information, but it was still great to see my little guy moving around like crazy in there. Another good thing is that he is head down too, and the Dr. said it is unlikely he would flip at this point. The U/S tech. zoomed in on his face and I got to see his chubby cheeks - very cute. I had to sit around at the Dr. office for about a half hour to see the Dr. and all he really had to say was "everything looks good" and he didn't even check me or anything. I go for a routine checkup in 2 wks, then another u/s in ~ 4 wks. My in-laws are scheduling a small shower for me, which will be the week before my due date - who knows if I'll last 'til then, but it's the only day we could decide on (May is one busy month!).
Went for 35 wk appt. yesterday - routine exam except they did the GBS swab (fun..). Baby's HR measured around 160 and my uterus measured 36 cm. I also had to fill out some consent forms for the hospital to deliver baby. I'm still feeling lots of movement - the baby still seems to be head down, and his feet have been kicking my upper right abdomen pretty hard. Last week I went for the anesthesia class which is required in order for epidural to be administered. the dr. said the latest they would let me go would be 1 week after my due date - and if my cervix is ready, he wouldn't have a problem inducing at 39 weeks either. I'm now going for weekly appointments - Next wk. I go for ultrasound, then after that I think they will do weekly non-stress tests. I bought a few more boy's clothes - I love buying them - I"m used to seeing all pink around the house - The little blue boy outfits are so cute (and so little).
Just wanted to check in to see my ticker is on the LAST BOX!! YAY! HOw exciting! 36 weeks along - can't believe it! I'm so excited! I bought a "take me home" outfit for the baby - it's so cute and so tiny - DH thinks it will be too small for him. I remember thinking the same thing with Julia's TMH outfit, but she was floating in it when we took her home, so... we should be OK. I went to babies r us and spent over $200 this weekend on stuff - wow it adds up quick. Still have more stuff to get too. Gotta run, Julia's up...
I went for an ultrasound 3 days ago. They estimated baby's weight to be 5 lb. 11 oz. I believe this fell somewhere around 18-20 percentile. Fluid measurement was 15 - I think it was 20 at my last u/s. Dr. wasn't concerned and said it is well in normal range. My fluid got really low at the end of the pregnancy with Julia so it is something they are going to keep an eye on. I got a close up view of his face - it is quite chubby - The u/s tech said he looked like he might have a dimple on his chin (not something I've ever seen in my or Dh's family, but that's the least of my concerns...) His femur length was right on target for gestational age (Julia's always measured small, which is a common, but very soft marker for babies with Down Syndrome). His abdomen measured small again, which concerned me, but the Dr. was not concerned. It measured about 2 weeks behind - Dr. said they are only concerned if a measurement is 3 or more weeks behind (but still, given the error in measurements could easily be off by a week, I"m still a little worried about it). I go this week for my first NST as well as my regular 37 wk. appt. I think they will do the first internal exam also. I'm looking forward to it, b/c I'm anxious to see if anything is happening yet. I don't really fee like the baby has dropped - I do have to pee quite frequently, but I don't feel the pressure that I remember feeling towards the end with Julia. Who knows, maybe I will go the full 40 wks. Apparently the baby has lots of hair - can't wait to meet him. Both DH and I are in full nesting mode. We spent mostly the entire Memorial Day weekend cleaning, painting, assembling things.......Our bedroom is now newly, freshly painted and made room for the bassinett and rocker. Although Julia slept in her crib right from the beginning, we're going to keep this little one in the room with us at first (since they will be sharing a room, it would be pretty tough waking constantly in the middle of the night, changing diapers, nursing, pumping, etc.... without waking up Julia). We have his crib all set up and ready to go in their room also though. 3 more weeks....
I went for my first NST today. It went very well - baby had nice movement and fluctuation in HR. His HR ranged from around 130-160. I also had my regular OB appt. today also. They didn't do an internal check which I wish they had. I am really anxious to know if anything is happening yet. They will do one next week, so I guess I'll just have to wait until then (unless something happens before then). They will do a fluid check at next week's NST also. This week has been sooo crazy busy - I'm really stressing out. I'll be relieved after this week is over. Things will slow down starting next week.
Just checkin in - It was on this day in my pregnancy with Julia that my water broke. I still have my fingers crossed that I will last until after the shower on Sunday (5 more days). I still don't really feel like baby has "dropped", but according to the dr., baby often doesn't drop until you are in labor with second baby. I really do feel like I have run out of room though. It is very uncomfortable for me to lean over, roll over, get off the couch etc... We had a little 2 yr. old birthday party for Julia on Sunday (even though her bday isn't for another 2 wks). We wanted to make sure we celebrated her bday, before things start to get crazy with the new baby. I can't believe my baby girl will be 2 already. I go today for another NST and fluid check. I'll check in later with an update from my NST.
The NST and fluid check went well. The baby was very active during the NST and had good fluctuations in HR. My fluid measured 12.62- which is good. I had to go up to the L&D department to get the fluid check. I brought Julia with me today - she was quite the trooper and was very well behaved while I had all of this done. I brought plenty of crackers and books to keep her occupied. Next time I will have someone watch her though. I felt bad keeping her cooped up in the stroller for all that time. I took a tour of the L&D department this past weekend also. It seems ok - the only problem is that I am not guaranteed to have a private room the whole time I am there. During L&D I will have a private room, but after recovery, I may have to be in a semi-private room (meaning basically there is a curtain between you and the other person). I'm not thrilled about this at all and am really hoping I will get my own room. The nursing staff seems great though. Tomorrow I go for my regular OB checkup - I will get an internal check done - can't wait to see if anything is happening. The baby on the U/S today was still in head-down position and definitely won't be flipping over at this point.