Second Baby on the Way!

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Second Baby on the Way!

7/6/04
Hi, journal.
Dave and I found out this morning that I am pregnant. HPT showed a light pink line next to the control line, and they say there are no false positives... It is an Answer brand early response test. I'm going to buy another pack today to retest with over the next few days.

It's only our second month trying! I'm pretty shocked because I only have one good tube, and probably quite a bit of scar tissue inside me from lots of past surgeries. But Dave and I gave it a great try this cycle, and the gods have smiled on us. Smile

My stats:
CD27
HPT: pos
weight: 140 ***edited to add, for vanity's sake, this was in the afternoon, and I was clothed; see 7/12 for weight update***
EDD: if you go by my LMP, it's March 15, 2005; if you go by my conception date, it's March 17. So, we'll average it and say March 16.

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Took another HPT this am, another brand. It took longer to show up, and I had a heart attack waiting, thinking I had lost the pregnancy. But the line appeared. I called the doc and now I get to go in for a blood test tomorrow. It's just a +/- test, not a beta quant. I tried to get it today, but the line was too long and I didn't have time.

Symptoms so far?
I was really moody over the weekend. Teary, really. And I am not a cryer. I am eating everything in sight. I have twinges and cramps every once in a while. Otherwise, no clue that I would be pregnant except AF being late and the two pos HPTs.

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7/9/04
Got the blood results today, positive. Scheduled my first appt. with the midwife for Aug. 18 at 2pm. Hope the baby stays put until then.

Had a tinge of brown blood yesterday, but I'm not worried. I remember that happening last time. And the spotting returned, a little redder at about 6 or 8 weeks, if I recall. The RE put me on progesterone suppositories, but only because I pressured him. He said if I was going to miscarry, I would miscarry with or without the suppositories. I didn't, thankfully.

I am pretty hungry every day, but have developed a virus in my throat that makes it difficult to swallow. So, I went to my physician today to have my very sore throat and swollen glands checked. She did a throat culture but results won't be in until Monday at the earliest. Why do I always get sick on Fridays? I've been taking acetaminophen (sp?) cuz it seems safest at this point.

No morning sickness yet. And no gastritis yet. That was the killer last time - debilitating stomach pain. If it returns, I'll have to get my physician to re-prescribe the stomach-coating med she got me last pregnancy. It helped and it was safe. I am extremely weary, but I'm sure it is mostly due to the virus. I am about to fall into bed (early, for once) after I submit this. Will wake up in 1.5 hours, though, to nurse and change the boy. I hope he'll let me sleep 7 hours uninterrupted again tonight. He's done that the last two nights! Of course, last night, my throat hurt so bad that I tossed and turned all night, so he might as well have gotten me up!

I have a feeling that my milk supply is decreasing, but Nicholas doesn't seem to be increasing his liquid intake (soy milk, water, cow's milk) from his sippy cup. I need to pay more attention to that over the next few days.

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7/10/04
Today is the anniversary of little Donut's death, seven years ago. He was our 2yo Italian Greyhound, who loved his life, loved his people, and loved his pal Rocket. His death was senseless, but happened nonetheless. He was in someone else's backyard in a neighborhood he didn't know while Dave was at work, and as far as we could tell, the July 4 fireworks sent him scrambling over the chainlink fence into the wide world. (He was terribly afraid of thunder.) Lost for six days, he was finally found dead on the roadside, newly hit by a car, during the morning rush hour of July 10.

The whole week of uncertainty and panic was compounded by Dave's and my separation at the time, and the lack of motivation his girlfriend had to look for the dog lost from her very backyard. Having to go to her house, walk her neighborhood daily, not to mention see her face, was an agony I had to endure to find my dog. The irony: she was the one who found him on her way to work on July 10. Dave and I picked him up from her and took him to our vet to have his body cremated. When we got back to my house, poor Rocket smelled the blood on our clothes.

Every year it is a little easier for me to think of him without crying, but around this time of year I feel particularly raw. The memories I have of that time are sickening, of knowing he was lost and scared for so long, but that we must have been so close to him every day as we scoured that part of town, just to have him come to his tragic end all the same. Even though Dave and I did as much as we could humanly do to locate him, and we were able to put aside our differences of the moment and work as a family, I felt like such a failure. I still do. I had let my little fellow down when he had given me so much during his two short years. I know Donut is in a happy place and that he has forgiven me. I love you, Donut, and will always.

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7/12/04
I weighed 136 nekkid this morning, but weighed 140 last week in the middle of the day with clothes on. I weighed in at 138 clothed and shod at the dr's office on Friday. ??? I guess as my "baseline weight" I'll choose the nekkid figure, 136, since it's the lowest and my vanity needs to be fed now before I start packing on the pounds and can't find any reason to feel pretty. :roll: I'll just weigh from now on in the a.m. every Monday. And the really cool thing is, 136 was my starting weight for my pregnancy with Nicholas!!! Yes, I got down to my orig. weight, but I haven't seen my waist since October 2002.

I swear that if it were three days before my period I would believe you. No symptoms of pg, just kind of PMS-y. Gassy, bloated, a few twinges now and then, but nothing to bat an eyelash at. I was whipped on Saturday, but that was probably more my throat virus than the pg.

4w5d
Weight: 136
BP (from dr's visit Friday): 90/60

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7/13/04
4w6d
Still no further symptoms, thankfully. I have five more weeks of night class and I would rather not be throwing up while teaching. I'm sure it will hit me sooner rather than later, though.

I've gotten myself into a real funk today. It may be hormones. I have felt really pretty good the last few months. The chronic depression seems to have lifted. I like to think that it is still gone, and that the malaise du jour is only temporary. I will just have to sit with it and see how it goes. It is such a trial for me to have these icky feelings at the same time as I've got to be parenting Nicholas. I've never had to divide myself so before. While I would like to get a bead on exactly what is happening in my head to make me feel so morose, I have to keep on being mommy: entertaining, smiling at, laughing with, playing with, walking with, tickling, nursing, and feeding the baby. Some may welcome such pleasures as distracting ways to put off the bad feelings, but there's no putting off for me. The funk is still there through all those activities, and I feel I'm not doing a very good acting job with N. Now that he's asleep, I'll probably just let it all wash out and then go to sleep myself a bit early tonight. Little beany will probably appreciate that.

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7/18/04
5w4d
Doing just fine, I guess. It's tough not to question an altogether absence of symptoms. :?: I had some sharp cramping in my right ovary this morning, but it could be the corpus luteum cyst. I remember that from last pregnancy. I am tired, but every time I try to go to bed before my normal time (about 12:30am), I can't sleep. What luck.

Nicholas is doing so wonderfully. We had a sweet little birthday party in the backyard for him yesterday. He's such a good boy. And of course, he is waking from his nap as I type, which is always a jolt back to reality. I've been trying to catch up on my teaching while he, DH, and my BIL (Gary visiting from FL) are napping, but it appears the work time is coming to an end.
YET another rainstorm outside today. We have been flooded twice already this month. At least Mother Nature is protecting us from drought this summer.

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7/19/04
5w5d
still at 136lb this morning

Feeling totally non-pregnant. Took Nicholas for his 1-yr checkup this morning and got referred to the general surgeon for his umbilical hernia and hydroceles. Also have to go in for a blood test to check lead and hemoglobin, and also a hearing test.

Feeling really burned out with teaching, but must persevere four more weeks for the night classes. Five more months left of online classes, but those are much easier for me.

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6w3d (I think)
ILs are visiting. I am really, really exhausted and can't eat very much at one time. Lots to get done with teaching and housework, plus the in-laws insist on eating out every meal so I won't have to cook, but eating out every meal turns into kind of an ordeal with waiting for a table, and having to keep the baby happy, etc. Don't look a gift horse...

Not sure what else to report. ILs are beside themselves at the good news. MIL wants to tell the rest of her kids ASAP, but I want to wait just a little while longer. Don't have the strength right now, really. Maybe I'll let Dave call them all. There are three brothers on his side, and I have a sister. It'll take a whole afternoon to fill everyone in.

We finally got the right babygates for the stairs, but who knows when Dave will have time to install them. I am really, really tired of following Nicholas around all over the house to keep him from killing himself going headlong down the stairs. The boy has no sense of height being deadly. Well, got to feed the dogs, then get back to online teaching. MIL is feeding the baby his lunch, but it's almost over. Not sure how to keep him busy while I continue to work.

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6w5d
Feeling more and more pregnant every day. Just feel generally lousy and mildly nauseated and dizzy. The idea of food doesn't thrill me, but once I start eating I'm okay. The ILs have been away today to MD and will return tomorrow afternoon for two more days of visiting with us. Lots and lots to do with kitchen renovation, teaching, and doctor's appointments before I take them to the airport Thursday afternoon. How, oh how, will it all get done?

Started spotting red blood today. :shock: It was only a little bit, and within a few hours it turned to brown blood. I have no idea what this means, but I do know that I spotted red blood for several days last pregnancy and all was fine. Everything I read says, as long as I don't have cramps with it, it is probably not anything to worry about. So...I'm working hard at not worrying, and not doing much of anything else (too worried! LOL ).

Nicholas has had a rough night going to sleep tonight, and I'm afraid that doesn't bode well for the overnight. He had his chicken pox and MMR shots last Monday, and they say that after a week, symptoms of slight infection may show up (fever, little rash, etc.). Maybe he's starting not to feel good? Don't know, but I just know I don't feel good either and would appreciate some sleep. I'm already getting up at all hours to pee, which was NOT part of my last pregnancy. Don't like it one bit.

Gee, this is longer than I meant it to be. Oh, I forgot to weigh myself this a.m. I will try to remember tomorrow.

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7/27/04
6w6d
more spotting overnight, so I called the OB's office this morning. Spoke with the CNM who called in a stat order for 1) hCG beta quant for today and Thursday, and 2) a u/s.

Plumber showed up at 8am to tell us that it would cost $550 to install a kitchen sink, faucet, and a new gasket for our current disposal. We already HAVE the new sink and faucet. Why, oh WHY is this so expensive???? It makes me both want Dave to do it, and NOT want Dave to do it if it is such an expensive job! The plumber said it could take him up to four hours. No telling how long it would take Dave, since he doesn't have any of the right tools. I just can't decide what to do! I stop getting my full time pay at the end of this month and get part time pay through October. Then I'm just a drain on the family. LOL I don't want to pay this now!

So, I feel like total hell this morning, the plumber drops the bomb, Dave cusses about it, and I am still spotting and now have to go to two labs, one for a blood draw and one for the u/s, both with baby in tow. I had to put off the errands, though, because I did not want to hurl en route or there. Thank God Nicholas took an early nap (10:30), which allowed me to lay motionless in bed and regain my composure. We finally set out after a little lunch, and I was SOOOO happy to learn from the u/s that there is a little embryo in there with a beating heart. :love10: We went from there to the blood lab for my beta quant. Dear Nicholas was an angel. I couldn't have asked for a more peaceful and delightful son. more :love10:

So, although I'm still nauseated, I feel so much better mentally. I'm not even worried (much) about the beta numers (I have to go back for a retest Thursday). I also feel a little better at this moment because I just finished a marathon grading session for my two online classes. All caught up, just in time for the end of semester when I will receive 1) the last assignments, 2) the term papers, and 3) the final exams. JOY. :roll: Then there's the face-to-face class, which ends Aug. 11, but the grading onslaught is more measured. I have thirty-six written assignments from them yet to be graded, that I had hoped to hand back tomorrow night. Nope. Not going to get done, especially if I'm nauseated again tomorrow. ugh.

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7w
The CNM called me today and said the u/s results were great, but "Did you know you had fibroids?" Well, I just had them measured by ultrasound not one month ago and sent to YOUR OFFICE. :roll: Oh well, she's not omniscient, right? But you'd think she'd glanced at my chart...

Anyhoo, she said the first beta quant number was GREAT, so I don't have to go in tomorrow to get the second. It was 85,300. Guess we're on our way!

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Four weeks later...

I THINK I'm at 10w4d
weighed 128 this a.m. First time to be under 130 since the 1980s. :roll: I would very much like to get off of the morning sickness cruise, thank you.
Saw the CNM at my OB's practice today for my first visit. My monthly visits will alternate between her and the dr. She did the Pap smear and STD culture. Heard the heartbeat--brought tears to my eyes. She said it sounded normal, but I forgot to get the #. She said my uterus felt about two weeks behind her dating, but kept me at the new date: 3/19/05. She said if next month the dr. still thought my uterus was still small he might order an u/s. I will probably only have one u/s for the pg (in addtn to the earlier one due to spotting) provided there are no problems, and it'll be a level II, indicated because of my "advanced maternal age." :roll: I am not having the quad/tetra screen or an amnio. We had genetic counseling before the level II last time, and nothing has changed (baby #1 is healthy), so we won't do the genetic counseling again. I went directly to the lab afterward to do all the blood tests and another urine test. I'm not doing the cystic fibrosis blood test this time, since I learned last time I wasn't a carrier. I told her I'd lost 8 pounds since conception, but she wasn't concerned as long as I tried to eat something and stayed hydrated. She suggested pineapple juice and eating little snacks every 30m to 2h. Picked up my goodie bag on the way out of the OB's office, but haven't had a moment to look through it except to pull out the ePregnancy mag to browse while I waited at the lab.

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8/30/04
11w2d (accdg to new due date 3/19/05)
129lb (gained back a pound...thank goodness)

I am hesitant to say that the worst of the morning sickness seems to be behind me. I have eaten like my normal self for the last two days, and this morning seems no different. Aaaaaah. Maybe things are looking up. Of course, if Nicholas would get back to sleeping through the night, my world would be perfect. LOL He did not really fall asleep last night until about 3:15am. I visited him four times (nursed and rocked) between midnight and 2:30, and finally sent Dave in at 3am in desperation. It worked. After Dave layed him back in the crib, N slept until 8am. Smile He did wake up crying with a) his leg stuck in the crib slats and b) a weird welt on the side of his face. If it's not one thing...

Dave had a stomach virus/food poisoning this weekend, which is thankfully behind him. It didn't do much to help my nausea to see and hear him getting sick (and finally, I did have to help him clean up a major miss). I guess it's good practice for when the kiddos start hurling.

So, I am much less nervous about the two-week-behind thing. I will patiently wait for my next appointment and fully expect all to be as normal.

I have a bit of a belly this morning! I fit fine into my stretch Levis and low-rise pants and shorts still, but as I gain back my m/s weight loss, I'll bet I'm going to have to move to some transition bottoms. That's okay! I'm ready to start looking the part. Smile

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Today is 9/9/04
I'm 13w today, I think. ?
I weighed 131 this morning, so that means I've gotten back three of my lost pounds. BUT I DIDN'T LOOK PREGNANT IN THE MIRROR THIS MORNING.

I am just plain paranoid now. I feel great today. This is a good thing. I'll backtrack.

The OB's office called on the 1st to say my TSH is low, which indicates I could be hyperthyroid. They refered me to an endocrinologist, and I was able to get in to see him the next day, the 2nd. He was great, went through all the scenarios/symptoms/effects/etc. He thinks it is "transient hyperthyroidism" due to pregnancy, and that it will resolve itself as the first trimester morning sickness goes away. Sounds good to me. I will have another blood test in mid-Oct. to make sure the thyroid hormones and the TSH are normal. If not, we will go from there.

But then there's the unresolved issue of my belly. It is really not growing, and I'm not happy about it. I thought second-time moms "popped out" earlier than they did the first time. On labor day, I actually had a little pooch, but today, I could have a flat stomach this morning if I tensed my muscles. Sad Was it bloating? I am getting worried. SOOOO, I called the OB and asked if he could see me before my scheduled second appt. (was the 21st). YES, the recptst says, how about tomorrow at 10:15? YESSSSSS! I said. So, I will get a heartbeat reading, a weigh-in, and a measurement. If I'm still measuring behind, I'm sure he will send me in for an u/s. She was surprised that the midwife had not. Now I only have to wait about 22 hours for some answers.

The plumber is coming tomorrow to make the $775 installation of the new kitchen sink and faucet. No, that doesn't INCLUDE the sink and faucet, it's just the INSTALLATION. You can bet we are a little troubled by this (esp. since I just got my LAST full time paycheck), but it is such a convoluted job that Dave has admitted there's no way he can do it himself. And that's saying something, because that man thinks he could rewire the space shuttle. So, we've got to get the plumber started at 7:30am, from which point on we won't have water in the house (there's no shut-off just to the kitchen). :roll: Then I've got to keep N occupied until it's time to go to the OB's. Maybe we'll go to the park and the library first (they have nice big restrooms at the library - LOL). I will hope that the plumber doesn't need me while I'm at the OB--that he can wait until I'm done and we can trot home to pay him (or learn what else we owe due to unforseen difficulties).

Well, at this point I'm just rambling about my screwed up schedule tomorrow, so I'd best stop. I will update tomorrow after the OB appt., and hope that I can get an u/s either tomorrow afternoon or Monday, if needed.
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Garsh, it's been a while!
9/23/04
130lb (still 6lb under starting weight)
8 TP squares Blum 3

I had my OB appt. back on the 10th and all was just fine. HB was in the 150s and the doc said I measured on track. Smile I go back for the next appt. on 10/20, and my level II u/s is 10/12, the week before.

I still don't look pregnant unless you know my usual profile. It looks like I'm carrying really high, which is a misnomer, of course, since it's my organs that are being pushed high, not the baby yet! I'll try to get a pick up this weekend for the record. I'm 15w in a few days.

The fatigue is still here, compounded by the nasty cold N and I caught from who knows where. It's not like we get out much! But that is all to change soon. The daycare where we were on the waiting list has an opening and N can start the first week of Oct. It will only be Tues and Thurs, which is just what I wanted, but now I'm having second thoughts considering N has become a pretty shy fellow lately. I hope it works out. I really need the time to spend on my teaching and writing, both of which have been neglected of late. We can just afford it, if we would stay out of restaurants (and DAve out of the cafeteria at work).

I guess that's it for now.
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16 weeks today!
132lbs
I've got my belly. Gotta get a picture soon and put it next to my 16w from last pg.

Feeling better and better, as long as I can get a nap in daily, which isn't always a possibility. Taking care of Nicholas, the dogs, and the house (as well as teaching my two classes) is a bear, and Dave hasn't really acknowledged that the pg may be making it harder than it would be otherwise. :roll: One day when I was particularly morning sick, he did stay home from work for several hours to look after the boy until I could get vertical without wanting to heave. But that was about it in the way of "pitching in." He was really loving and concerned and sweet with the first pregnancy. I guess because it was all so miraculous to us, after trying for so long. But this time, it seems "same old same old" to him. Not even that, it's like I'm not pregnant at all! Garsh, I didn't really intend this entry to be a vent. Apparently, I had some steam needin' releasin'.

Okay, so feeling good, I guess. Level II u/s is Oct. 12 and maybe we will learn the sex.

Edited to add photos...
Maybe this will work. First is 16w with Nicholas, second is 16w just now:

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I'll be 17w tomorrow.
Weighed 132 yesterday.
Next appt. is Oct. 20, with level II u/s on the 12th (four more days!).

Feeling better and better! It's fun to be able to say that every time I update my journal. I got a flu shot yesterday, and N will get his on the 22nd at his 15m checkup. Now we've got to get Dave one somewhere/how. I am wearing my very first day of maternity clothes today. A new Old Navy shirt and my black pants from last pg. They are too big. LOL But it is fun to have them on. I'll need to change back to my normal jeans to run errands later today; don't want these to fall off in public. I will leave the shirt on, though. It's nice. Smile
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17w5d
133lbs this a.m.

I had the level II u/s yesterday at the maternal/fetal medicine unit of the hospital. First things first:
IT'S A GIRL!!!!
The u/s tech Mary (20y experience) showed us the three bumps that signify girl, and she felt 99% sure. Then the perinatologist, Dr. Schlossman, came in to do further investigation, and concurred with Mary, without her having told him what she had pronounced. So, we feel pretty dang sure.

On with the show...
All organs and bones look fine, as does the neck skin and dating measurements. Schlossman says that at this point, the dating is within two weeks either way, so baby is well within the norm (mostly 18w+ msmts). He also said that the level II will detect around 60% of Down Syndrome cases, 90% of spinal defects, and 95% of heart defects. So, I feel pretty good that we are getting the A-OK. If the baby has a defect that the u/s hasn't found, we will deal with it the best we can.

Here's the crummy part. I will be turning 40 several weeks before the baby's ETA. Due only to that cruel twist of fate, I have been tagged "high risk" by the hospital. Schlossman wants to follow this protocal:
28w level II u/s
32w level II u/s
36w level II u/s
PLUS, beginning at week 30, weekly biophysical profiles (BPPs)--15m u/s check of my fluid, the placenta, and baby's lung function

Although I scheduled the three level II u/s appts before I left, I am not convinced that they are necessary. (Too, I have to pay a copay for each one, including yesterday's.) Maybe ONE late quickie ultrasound to check on breech positioning or size (I'm trying for a VBAC), but THREE level IIs? PLUS the BPPs? If I had just gotten pregnant the month before, none of this would be recommended. :roll:

I am going to talk to my midwife and OB next week at my appt. In the end, it's my choice. However, I wonder if the hospital will re-visit my VBAC approval if I don't participate in all this wonderful intervention.

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18w+
135lbs

I saw the midwife at my OB's practice this morning for my monthly checkup. I gained 3lbs in the last 5 weeks, and my thyroid blood test last week came back normal. Whew. I am measuring right on time, and my blood pressure was normal for me (90/60). Heartbeat was strong and again brought tears to my eyes.

Things are looking up around here, thanks to a change in Nicholas's attitude over the last two days. He had a good day at daycare yesterday, has slept through the night the last two nights, and generally seems to be eating better and acting more contented throughout the day. Maybe his teething pain is improving? Maybe he is just growing up soon. At the moment, he is in his crib, complaining and resisting his nap. Just wanting to make a liar of me. Wink

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19w
136lbs

Woohoo! I'm back up to my starting weight. Here's a photo of my baby belly, and my current baby, 15mo Nicholas wearing his shape sorter lid for a hat.

Nicholas's belly resembles mine, no?

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CAN'T...

STOP...

EATING...

I have become an eating machine. Surely at this rate I will balloon to twice my current size before baby comes. How do I control this???

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21w
140lbs

I have gained 4lbs net, 12lbs total. I'm still eating like a madwoman, especially if it's shaped like a pastry.

I'm stressing about the conference next weekend. I have six days to finish my presentation. It is "written," I guess, but it needs to be "oralized" better (I just made that word up). I need to work on my visual aids more, which is soooo time consuming. I don't foresee much sleep in my future. We leave Friday morning for Roanoke, and I give my talk Saturday morning. Then we drive to Hot Springs for three days of ... relaxing ... vacation ... at the Homestead. Aaaaaaah.

We are thinking "Mary Claire" on the name right now, although "Emma Claire" is a contender. John Edwards' daughter is an Emma Claire.
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21w5d
142lbs

The pounds are multiplying... LOL I'm fully into my maternity gear, but am depressed that my shirts are so short and the belly panel shows on my low-rise pants. This means spending more $$ on shirts that fit. I keep looking at the local consignment stores for new arrivals, but it's always the same drab stuff.

N was in the hospital for bronchiolitis from Sunday to Tuesday (today is Thurs.) on oxygen and regular nebulizer (albuteral) treatments. He is recovering wonderfully here at home and goes in for his follow-up check this afternoon. Meanwhile, I've had to cancel my conference (Roanoke), presentation, and vacation (the Homestead) for this weekend. *sigh* He looks to be well enough to go, at this point, but we just didn't know several days ago and wanted to be cautious. Plus things got dicey at work for Dave and he feels like he needs to stay Monday and Tuesday of next week to keep a lid on things (his fellow mgr. will be out M&T). I am very disappointed, but we made another set of reservations for the Homestead in mid-December. It will be hard to wait that long after being so close...

Feeling really pretty swell. Sleeping fairly well, getting around fine, having occasional contractions (BH, I guess) when I get too busy, but it all seems to be fine. Smile Certainly can't complain.

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I had a great appt. yesterday (11/18 ) with the OB. I'm measuring on time and have gained 12lbs accdg to their records. BP was normal, and the baby's heart rate was 130-140s. He said her rate change while he was listening indicated her central nervous system was maturing well. ??? Whatever--I'm clueless. Wink

We talked VBAC for a good long while. I asked if I'd have to be on continuous fetal monitoring (prefer intermittent - was on the birth plan last time and they complied- until we got to the bitter end). He says, "yes...BUT, the hospital has a kind of monitor on a telimetry (sp?) system," meaning it is wireless and I can labor walking around, go to the bathroom, etc, without being unhooked and hooked back up. He said they actually had the system when I was there birthing N in 2003, but no one was trained on it. He claims that now the nurses know how to use it. You can bet I will ask about this at my VBAC classes in February.

I also asked about the monthly level II u/s I've been advised to undergo beginning at 28w, due to my "advanced maternal age." I asked if I could just do one or two. He explained that doing just one wouldn't help any, because one of the points is to make sure the baby is growing normally (hasn't hit complications), so they need comparison measurements. They also need to check the organ function and circulation, and if things start to look bad, they will want to take the baby early. I trust my doc, and I've decided to go ahead and have all three u/s (Dec., Jan., Feb). There may be a 4th if I hit my 40 weeks. I will also have to go in for weekly 15m bio-physical profiles (BPPs), starting at 32w--15m quickie u/s looking at my placenta, fluid level, and baby's "breathing."

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26w 5d
152lbs

Had another great checkup with the OB today. BP is great; I've gained 21.5lbs by their records. Baby's HB was in the 150s and I'm measuring right on time. I asked about the pain in my left glute and he thinks it is my utero-sacral ligament. He recommended a hot pack and some tylenol and, of course, the elusive rest. I asked him two questions about later in the pg: The first, is he willing to do a version if the baby is breech, considering my c-section last time? He said yes, but they will be scrubbed and have the OR ready at the same time in case there is sign of uterine rupture or fetal distress. He said he would try it no later than 36 weeks. Second question: when should I call him and come to the hospital this time (attempting VBAC)? He says when the contractions are 5m apart and have lasted an hour. He wants to start monitoring me early for signs of rupture. Rupture rupture rupture. *sigh* It's really rare, and yet it is all he can think about. I know he wants a live patient and a healthy baby. I go for my GD and iron blood tests tomorrow morning.

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28w 3d

Two areas to report on today:
Failed the one-hour GD test (I scored 146 and the cut-off is 139), so I have to take the three-hour test tomorrow (Thursday). Luckily, Nicholas is in daycare on Tuesdays and Thursdays, so at least I don't have to worry about care for him while I'm at the lab. I also am low on iron for the first time in my life, but I admit I haven't been taking my vitamins every day. Nurse said to do that, and that should bring me back up (I'm only a shade under their cut-off). I did not have GD last pg, so maybe it was a false positive. I hope I hope.

Had our second level II u/s this morning: SHE'S STILL A GIRL! Smile
This u/s begins a series of monthly checks on her growth, the fluid, and my placenta (checks merited by my "advanced" age). All her measurements are on target for my due date, and she weighs in at approximately 3lbs (50% percentile). We were hopeful at her "average" size, since Nicholas was a giant, but the doc says her current stats have no bearing on how big she will get in the third trimester. There is still plenty of room for her to flip and flop, but at the time of the u/s she was head down, with her spine to my right side, and her limbs on my left. She has been a busy girl lately, and Dave and I love to watch my belly roil and roll with her antics. There is still one tiny bright spot on her heart (echogenic focus), but the perinatologist says she thinks it will be gone by our next u/s. She is unconcerned with the 1/100 chance of chromosomal abnormality some studies say this signals. Other studies say it means nothing, she maintains. If she's not concerned, then I'm not.

While we were at the hospital for the u/s, I asked an L&D nurse about the wireless fetal/maternal monitoring system. She said "sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't, so we don't often use it." I said I'd like to try it, and she told me to ask for it, but not to be disappointed if I had to go to the wired one. Aaaah well, I'll do what I can to stay mobile during labor.
That's news for now.
ML

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30w appt. 1/11/05

Saw the doc today and all is well with heartrate, b/p, weight, measurement, etc. We talked more about going without medication this time and he actually admitted that we may be able to use intermittent external monitoring instead of having me hooked up from the get-go of L&D. Whew! We discussed posterior positioning and likelihood of turning during labor (N was posterior and never made it below -1 station and I never progressed past 7cm), labor positions to facilitate it, etc. I go back in two weeks for my next appt, this one with the midwife. I'm pretty satisfied and feeling very confident about the VBAC. Smile

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31w3d
158lbs

Forgot to mention at my last post that I passed the three-hour glucose tolerance test with no problem. Whew. My eating habits are hit or miss - some weeks I am such a good girl, and other weeks I have the capacity to eat five donuts in one day. Two days in a row. :roll:

I'm finally losing this cold that has been kicking my butt, and I have a little more energy, but it is hard to sleep at night now (and DH's snoring doesn't help any). Speaking of DH, I wonder if he is working more just to get away from me and the house? He goes back to work every night after we eat dinner, AND he goes in at least one weekend day. Add this to the 10 hours a day he is already AT work, and the 2-3 hours he spends working from home in the a.m. Can you say "workaholic"? He has never been this bad, and as the birth-day approaches, it just seems to be getting worse. I've stopped talking about it b/c I'm worried that any nagging will just make the problem worse. Sad I just feel kind of abandoned at a time when I want to feel special! He was so excited and involved and considerate the first time. But this time? It's like I'm not even pregnant (except that he's nervous that we haven't yet settled on a name). Oh well, from the sounds of the other gals on my March board, this is not an uncommon issue. What can you do?

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32w 4d
160lbs

Had my monthly level II u/s yesterday: high-risk OB says all looks well. Baby is still a girl, too! They did my first BPP while I was there, and I will have those weekly from here on out. Scored 8 out of 8. *edited to add: Baby weighs 4lbs 13oz, accdg to the u/s. She is in the 60th percentile at the moment for size. We predict she is slowly making her move up the charts. Also, laying on the damn table for 45 minutes really F'd up my lower back. Sad

Saw the midwife this a.m. for my now-biweekly checkups. All is well there too. So, am feeling confident for the VBAC still.

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36w3d
168lbs

Been a while since I checked in. It's been a really rocky road the last month, rockiest when Nicholas has been sickest (scarlet fever, then a week later, roseola: can you say feverish and RASHY?). I have been sick myself for several weeks, including having my lower back spasm on me. I may be deluded, but I predict that I won't feel so miserable once the baby is on the outside of me.

Anyhoo, I had my last level II u/s of the pregnancy today. Baby is 6lb11oz (60th% still), and her head is measuring right on time, so I don't feel so overwhelmed as I did when we learned Nicholas was measuring two weeks ahead on everything. She is facing forward, though, and I wish she were OA instead. But the fact that all looks healthy is quite comforting. I see the MW Thursday for my last biweekly checkup and then we go weekly. I am going to quiz her about changing hospitals, and then talk to the OB about it too.

Nicholas will have his hydrocele and umbilical hernia surgery on March 3, and that date is approaching tooooo quickly. Maybe it's good that I'm not being given lots of time to dwell on it?

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