Two 2-hour concerts is hard on a pregnant lady, I've decided. Especially the feet. We didn't get home last night until 11:30pm and had to get up at 5:30am this morning. Just brutal. Getting out of bed was awful because I'm so sore. I would have called in for sure, but my students have a recital today. It's a crazy day and I'm just exhausted. As soon as I get home, I'm going to crash until 6pm when I teach a few lessons and then probably crash again.
Noelle's been getting more active, which I'm SO thankful for! It really is absolutely the best part of pregnancy. I love feeling her wiggle around in there and every now and then I'll catch a reaction to a noise. For example, she heard a bagpipe for the first time on Monday night and I got a definite reaction from her. It was like, 'okay, I hear brass and piano and other instruments all day long but what's this???'
23 weeks!! My ticker says that our little one is officially viable now! I hope she stays put for many more weeks, but it's good to know that she would have a fighting chance if she had to be delivered now.
Well, I've been put on bedrest. I feel so torn about calling my OB with any kind of complaint because they take things very seriously... don't get me wrong, I love that and maybe I am too casual about all this. Anyway, the story is that I've been having a pain in my pelvic region for a few weeks now. It's just gotten a lot worse. My mom thinks it might be a pinched nerve and it does feel like a muscular thing. Shifting positions in bed, getting in and out of bed, walking, and lifting my legs are all very painful. But my OB wants to catch contractions, etc., before they are unstoppable (which is good) so she wanted to squeeze me in for an exam on Monday while I'm teaching (I don't want to do this if possible) and wants me to rest over the weekend and see if that helps. And she said that if I start bleeding or can't feel the baby move for a long time that I need to go straight to labor and delivery. She's concerned that I might be having this pain because my uterus has dropped.
I know I need rest and I've really been burning the candle at both ends for a few weeks now. I'm also in enough pain to want to stay home. But I also have Christmas shopping and a ton of other stuff to do!! I can't fully be on bedrest, either, because I have a concert on Sunday and I have to get my little choir ready for their performance on Christmas Eve. It's just a really lousy time of year to have anything go wrong. In my heart, I feel like Noelle is okay and that I just have some pulled muscles or something not important... anyway, I hope my hunch is right and that the bedrest works and that I'll feel as good as new on Monday!!
Well, staying in bed all day Saturday got old but I think it did help some. I actually got a surprising number of things accomplished, too, which was great. Finished off the Christmas cards and did a little online shopping, wrote a final exam and some thank you notes and an encouraging note to a friend who is down right now. It was also nice to sit in bed or on the couch and watch all the snow fall - we got about 8 inches! I just felt bad because Al had to do laundry and spent about 2 hours cleaning. And he's done all the cooking this weekend. He's been a champ, that's for sure. I don't see him handling it well if this were to be a long-term thing, but he was wonderful this weekend.
Sunday, I had our little baby choir and then our Christmas concert... the concert involved being on my feet for over an hour. Those Cathedral concerts were easier on me than our Christmas concert! I thought it would be the opposite. THEN, getting into the car after the concert, I slipped on some ice. I was already 90% of the way in the car so I didn't fall or anything, but activating my groin muscle to pull my leg back in was excruciating. It made me feel much more certain that this is a muscle or nerve thing and not pre-term labor or anything.
But then I was reading in my WTEWYE book last night about how the top of the uterus should be about 1.5 inches above my belly button right now. At my last appointment it was just below my naval and after the nurse showed me how to feel for it, it was very easy. So I checked last night and it hasn't moved up! Then I was reading this morning about symptoms to call the doctor immediately about, and their description of pelvic pain was spot on to what I've been feeling. So it's just been a whirlwind of up and down emotions and relief and worry.
Really, the only really good news from the weekend is that Noelle has been SO active! She was all over the place on Saturday, I guess because I was so still. Then I felt her roll down horizontally from the top of my uterus to the bottom Saturday night. She's been kicking what I think is my cervix for the past few minutes, but I'd like to encourage her to try kicking something else!
I do have an appointment at 3:15 today, so hopefully all will be well. Man, this kid is going to give me a heart attack and she's not even here yet! But hopefully it will all be good news in my next update...
24 weeks today! This pregnancy is just FLYING! The holidays have also kicked time into warp speed, too.
So here we are, four days before Christmas. We still have at least 10 gifts to buy, wrap and ship. Our house is a complete disaster and my parents are coming tomorrow!! Don't get me wrong - I love this time of year and it's all good. I just wish I had a little more time and that I didn't have to be stuck at school even though my grades are done and I have a million things to do.
Everything is fine with Noelle. I got yet another pelvic exam (I'm really hating those) and watched the nurse chase Noelle all around my belly with the doppler! She had been relatively active while I was in the waiting room, but as soon as the nurse put the doppler on, she went nuts! She did confirm that Noelle is hanging out extremely low and is putting pressure on muscles and nerves, etc., which is what was causing my pain. Since she rarely moves up, she doesn't give my body a break. My doctor said it was kind of like having a tennis ball parked right on my cervix - not fun!
She had me get a pelvic support, and it's actually helped quite a bit. I don't wear it all the time (Noelle really hated it at first because it was tight right where she likes to be) and I wear it pretty loose, but it really does help. Thank goodness! I wasn't sure how I was going to function for the rest of this pregnancy if I continued to feel so bad. The worst parts now are just moving around in bed and getting in and out of bed. Al has been really helpful getting me in and out of bed, he's such a great husband.
Well, I'm going to try to get something accomplished until I can get out of here and start tackling my list! With my parents in town all next week, I doubt I'll be able to post much.
I missed the big post yesterday, but it's been a little crazy with my parents still in town, etc. They're supposed to be leaving this morning, but they're still here and it's 10am. I love them, but I've reached my max. The nice thing about visiting Al's mom is that there's freedom to do your own thing, but my parents are much higher maintenance. So Al and I have hardly had any time to ourselves this week. Oh well. We'll get some good cuddling and veg out time today.
My left nipple (I discovered last night) has been leaking a little bit of blood. I'll ask my OB about it on Monday, but I'm thinking it's probably not a big deal.
Noelle did a somersault that I could feel a few days ago and woke me up! It was great. I love feeling her move. It's exciting to think that we'll have her with us (hopefully) next Christmas. Christmas is so much more fun with kids around.
I keep hoping this pregnancy thing will become more uneventful, but what can you do? As long as we have a healthy baby and mommy at the end, that's what matters most.
So the blood is still leaking from the nipple, and it's gotten a bit worse. I realized that it's actually been happening slowly over the past few weeks, I just thought that the small stains in my bra were from a little skin tag I pulled off at the bottom of the nipple. Nope. So I did call the OB and she's having me go in for an u/s of the breast/nipple on Thursday. I have to admit I'm nervous about it, because I did some googling and the phrase that sticks out in my mind is that bleeding from the breast is never a good sign. I just can't imagine what it could be... I did a self-examination (really must get in the habit of doing them more often) and can't find any lumps or anything. Besides, I've never heard of a cancer sign being bleeding nipples. Al asked his mom about it last night and she wasn't concerned at all. She just said that all these hormones do crazy things to our bodies and that it's most likely nothing. I hope she's right. It doesn't hurt any more than the other breast hurts (they're both a little tender), but it does itch a little, which is usually a good sign. All these random things this pregnancy have made me worry about Noelle, but now I'm worried about me! Sheesh. I really hope everything will be normal after this.
We go back to work tomorrow. At least it's just a PD day; students don't return until Thursday. I hate that I'm going to be missing probably the first half of the day when students return, but oh well.
The bleeding has continued to get worse - it's basically leaking a tiny bit all the time now - and I'm so worried!! I called my OB again this morning to see if the appointment could be moved up, and thank God, I'm going in today at 1pm! I didn't realize it, but they're sending me to the breast center, not to the regular ultrasound place (same building, though). Gosh, I'm so worried! I had such a hard time sleeping last night and I keep having to try to mentally calm myself down. I've probably got myself all worked up for nothing... it's just really alarming that this symptom isn't in any of my pregnancy books or the sites I've checked. The symptoms don't fit the breast infection that comes from a clogged milk duct, either. The blood is definitely coming from the inside, too, not from a cracked or dry nipple. I just keep trying to imagine what could be causing this and most of the possibilities that pop into my head are very scary!
But who can add a single hour to their life by worrying? Be anxious for nothing, right?
My students have proclaimed that I'm obviously pregnant now, but they want to see my belly bigger. As long as they just vicariously live through me and don't actually get pregnant themselves, I'm happy.
Well, I had the u/s and the tech couldn't find anything really wrong. My milk ducts are apparently slightly inflamed, but she was really surprised that they would cause bleeding. So I think the plan is to just monitor it and then go in for a ductogram () to investigate further if the bleeding doesn't stop. I asked her about this being a sign of a scary disease like cancer, and she said that this is almost always pregnancy related. Whew.
The bleeding hasn't gotten any better, but it also hasn't gotten worse. It seems more itchy, too, so maybe that's a good sign that things are healing.
My friend's baby shower is tomorrow and Al and I are just beside ourselves trying to prepare. He's been working feverishly down in the basement - stayed up until after 1am last night when we get up at 5:30am for school - and still has a LOT of work down there to make it presentable. But we're about to have almost 30 people in our house and they have to go somewhere!
I shopped for about 3 hours last night. And Noelle parked herself on top of my bladder like a 20 pound brick and took a nap. I begged, pleaded, considered standing on my head, nope. Not moving. As a result, I'm so SO SOOO sore today and Al had to help me out of bed this morning. The pelvic pain had been getting better, but now I'm almost back to square one. That's okay, though, I'm learning to cope with the pain better. Besides, I'll go through whatever I have to if there's a healthy baby at the end of it!
SO TIRED. I can't believe how exhausted I am. The shower was great, but it's a very bad idea to throw a big party while pregnant. Especially since we had it down in the basement. How many trips did I make from the kitchen to the basement? 30 trips might be an underestimating. The funny part (I can laugh about it now) is that I would be in the basement, think of something I needed from the kitchen, go to the kitchen and promptly forget what I needed! Gotta love pregnancy brain. That happened more times than I care to admit. People around must have thought I was completely stupid because I would arrive in a room and just stand there for a second, trying to remember what on earth I needed!
Anyway, nipple is still bleeding. Noelle has been really active today, which is great. Every time I start to worry that I don't feel her enough, she'll get a burst of energy and make me happy.
We're considering getting a 3D/4D u/s after all. Al's mom is constantly studying and making comments about the one pic she has from my 'big' u/s. She's really difficult to buy for, so we think she might get a kick out of the 3D u/s.
I totally missed my big 27 week post! I can't believe it's Monday already - the weekend just FLEW by. We had lots of fun, though. Friday night we had dinner with some friends and met a couple who has a 4 month old. It was great to see what happens next after this whole pregnancy adventure. Then I had my glucose test Saturday morning, we helped some friends move, then went to a progressive dinner and hung out with more friends after that. Last night we played bridge. I think we saw almost all of our good friends this weekend.
So the glucose test wasn't fun. They made me drink the glucose really fast, which upset my stomach. In fact, most of the rest of the day felt like a brief return of m/s. No fun at all. I hope I passed!
We discovered (after 1.5 years at our house ) that we have FREE access to the rec center of the university next door. Complete with weight room, racquetball courts, and of course, a POOL!!! So we started going together last week and it's just absolute heaven to be in the water. Best part of my day. I feel so weightless! I think it's also helping my pelvic pain. And it's great to start getting back in shape. We've been such couch potatoes.
We decided to go to Chicago this coming weekend (MLK weekend). We love IKEA and this is our last decent chance to go. Yay!! It's going to be so much fun!
Noelle has been kicking up a storm. I've even starting feeling some stronger kicks, but mostly I just feel movement pretty often. I think I can tell when she's sleeping and when she's awake, because she's moving pretty constantly when she's awake. It's great.