The Momma Diaries: September 2009

Friday, September 25, 2009

What a day!

Yesterday I had my NST scheduled for 2:30 and my regular bi-weekly checkup at 6:30. My mother inlaw drove me to my NST because I can no longer drive :( stomach hits the wheel, and if I move my seat back I cannot reach the pedals...that's what I get for being 5 feet! The plan was to go with her to my NST and then to meet Jared at iParty to shop for decorations for my second baby shower on Sunday. After that, Jared and I were going to go to my 6:30 appointment. Well, plans change....

When I arrived for my NST, the regular nurse who normally does the test wasn't in and there was a fill-in nurse. She hooked me up to the monitors and left the room. A few minutes later she came back and asked me if I was crampy at all. I told her I was not. She said because it appeared that I was having pretty regular contractions. I however could not feel a thing. I asked her how Lincoln was doing and she replied, "oh he's doing perfect!"...I love my little overachiever son :) She left the room again and returned maybe 40 minutes later saying that it still looked like I was having contractions, so she paged the doctor on call and she was coming in to do an internal to make sure I wasn't in preterm labor...fabulous! When the doctor arrived, she did the internal taking a few swabs and made sure my cervix was still closed, which it was. They then had to send the samples to the lab and I had to wait there for the results, still on the monitor. By this time, it was 4:00 and Jared was out of work. I had to call him and tell him to go to the hospital rather than to iParty. I tried to sound as calm as possible because I didn't want to upset him. I was surprisingly very calm throughout this entire process because I knew Lincoln was doing okay. He arrived to the hospital and was there in time to hear the results of my test. Everything checked out okay and I could leave. For what is normally a 20 minute test, I was there for 2 flippin' hours!

We did manage to still go to iParty to pick up a few things for Sunday's baby shower. But, then we had to head back to the hospital for my regular checkup. When I explained to my doctor my eventful day, he was pretty pissed that they kept me for two hours and even more aggrevated that they did an internal. He said that the NST cannot measure the intensity of contractions and if I happened to be irritated in the area, that would show as a contraction. I am currently on a prescription for a UTI, so that could have been the case. He said if there was any reason to be alarmed, I would have felt something. He also made it clear that if the regular nurse who performs the test was there, this whole ordeal wouldn't have happened. They basically made a big deal about nothing, was how he put it. I also asked him about the Polyhydramnios. He said there is no reason whatsoever to be concerned about this. He said the average amount of amniotic fluid is 5-20 cm. Mine was at 25 cm. He said next week when they check my fluid, it could very well go back down. He assured me that I should still be able to have my baby boy at 39 weeks via c-section. Phew! He certainly calmed mine and Jared's nerves a TON! We feel much better, afterall, he is the doctor! Next week I have my two NSTs on Monday and Thursday again. Hopefully the regular nurse will be in! Here is my pregnancy survey for 30 weeks!

How far along? 30 weeks 5 days
Weight gained? I only gained 1 pound in two weeks, which puts me up at 25 total.

How much does baby weigh? According to the ultrasound I had on Monday, 4 lbs 3 oz! Wow!

Maternity clothes? It's all I can wear.
Stretch marks? Zip. Zilch. Nada.

Sleep? Still a wonderful thing. Although poor Jared, I take up 75% of the bed.

Best moment this week? Seeing Lincoln's precious little face on the ultrasound, and hearing that there are still no signs of OI :)
Movement? He is one active little guy!
Food Cravings? I actually seem to have cut down on my portions a bit. If I eat too much, my stomach feels way too full and tight.

Labor signs? Could have possibly been having some contractions, but nothing I could feel...

Belly button in or out? Flatter than flat.
What I miss? Being able to drive :(
What I'm looking forward to? My second baby shower on Sunday!
Milestones? Still no signs of OI...that is a huge milestone for me!!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Polyhydramnios, or excessive amniotic fluid

On Monday, I went in for my 30 week ultrasound. This was primarily to take a peak again at Lincoln's bones to see if there are any signs of Osteogenesis Imperfecta. According to what they viewed, everything looks perfect. Jared and I are ecstatic, but we are also well aware that the doctors cannot 100% tell us that he does not have OI until he is born. While we were there, the ultrasound tech told me I have something called Polyhydramnios, or too much amniotic fluid. She said it is sometimes common with people who have gestational diabetes. I however passed my one hour glucose test. I have my bi-weekly appointment with my doctor tomorrow night, so I'm hoping to gain some more knowledge of this issue. Because of this condition, I have to go to labor & delivery twice a week for Non-Stress Tests (NSTs). They sent me for one after my ultrasound the other day, and Lincoln was quite the overachiever, and passed with flying colors. The nurse told me had she not known I was 30 weeks, based on his performance, she would have guessed I was 32 weeks. I am trying to avoid google because there is some pretty scary stuff about Polyhydramnios, although the nurse told me it should be nothing to worry about. I am sure my fears will be relieved once I see my doctor tomorrow.

On another note, Lincoln's approximate weight is currently 4 lbs 3 oz. ! A big boy for sure! Here is his best shot from the day. I love his little button nose and puckered lips :)

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

I passed!

Although my doctor told me I should have no problems passing my glucose test, I was still worried, as diabetes runs in my family. However, I did pass! whoo hoo! The orange drink wasn't nearly as bad as I was anticipating. My blood count however, did come back a little low, so now I have to take additional iron supplements...fabulous, another pill to add to the mix!

I am pretty excited, because Monday we have another ultrasound! I will be 30 weeks, so I'm hoping we'll be able to get a good peak at his precious little face. They will also be taking measurements of his bones again to compare them to what should be "normal." At our last ultrasound, everything checked out A-OK. Hopefully this one will come back with positive results as well.

I had a wonderful dizzy moment the other day. I was sitting at my computer when I started to get blurred vision and I was seeing black spots. It passed pretty much as soon as I layed down, but it sure did scare me a bit...although I know lightheadedness is common in pregnancy, it still wasn't fun to experience. I will mention this to my doctor at my next appointment, although I'm sure he'll say "it's normal."

Here's my 29 week bump pic, I don't see much of a change from last week...

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

28 Weeks!

Well, I had my 28 week appointment yesterday and everything is going well. I also had my glucose test. It wasn't as bad as I was thinking it would be. The nurse said they ordered the wrong one and it wasn't as concentrated so I had to drink double the amount...because it was watered down I think that's what made it more tolerable. I don't have my results back yet, but I am hoping I passed!!! We also have an official date and time for Lincoln's birth. Monday, November 23, 2009 at 8:15 am our baby boy will be born! I am hoping I make it that long and don't go into labor beforehand!!

How far along? 28 weeks 3 days

Weight gained? Well, 24 lbs.!

How much does baby weigh? About 2 1/2 lbs.

Maternity clothes? They're a must and I need more pants!

Stretch marks? None.

Sleep? Still loving it although some nights are better than others. I have to sleep with a pillow underneath my legs, and a pillow on each side of me.

Best moment this week? Just knowing everything is going the way it should be.

Movement? All the time, and more and more often!

Food Cravings? still lemonade.

Labor signs? None.

Belly button in or out? Flat, but sometimes it goes in a teeny bit...which I find odd.

What I miss? My pre-pregnancy clothes.

What I'm looking forward to? Moving into our house in about 2 weeks!

Milestones? We're in the third trimester!!

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