Thursday, December 15, 2011

33 weeks and 2 days

Wahoo!!! We got past 32 weeks and Baby Bee is still snuggled up inside my belly where he should be! :P Things are going good and I am starting to feel REALLY pregnant. No real complaints though. I've had a bit of heart burn, but not nearly as bad as it was with Ari. (I guess that means Bee is going to be bald.) At my Drs appointment last week he said that bed rest was not necessary and that I should just take it a bit easy. No long walks or working out for the next few weeks. I've got 2 more progesterone injections to go. (One tonight and one next Thursday.) I wonder if anything will change once the medicine is out of my system.

In family news everyone seems to have the stomach flu. :( Fingers crossed that I can avoid it.

Less than 7 weeks to go!!!!

Saturday, December 03, 2011

31 weeks 3 days *trip to the hospital*

Friday (12/2) evening at work I suddenly got dizzy and had spotted vision. I sat down as soon as I could to drink water and relax. When I stood up 10 minutes later my left foot, arm and cheek went numb. So I quickly called the Dr and Nate. 45 minutes later we were at the hospital. When we arrived my heartrate was a bit elevated and I had a slight headache. They think I had an atypical migraine. They sent me for an mri and blood work to rule out stroke and other brain issues. They said my brain looks beautiful. As of now neurologically everything looks fine.

However they hooked me up to fetal and contraction monitors and it turns out I'm sporadically contracting. With an exam they determined I'm about 2.5 cm dilated. Which isn't super concerning in itself. With my Ari having been born at 32 weeks baby bee is at risk of coming early. They gave me an injection of steroids to help with lung maturity in the event the contractions get worse and I go into labor. We spent that night and Saturday on the maternity floor for further monitoring.

It is now 7:30 Saturday evening and I'm still here in labor room 11. We are waiting on the second round of steroid shots that should come in about 2 hours. Today has been pretty uneventful, which is good when you find out that you are dilated and contracting at 31.5 weeks pregnant. The OB will come in tomorrow and we will talk about options for the rest of the pregnancy. There has been lots of talk about bedrest. However if anything picks up tonight it looks like we will be here until the baby is born.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

28 weeks and 6 days

Pregnancy wise things are going great. My tummy is getting huge and the weeks are just ticking away. Baby Bee is super strong, kicking, stretching and rolling all the time! :) My 30 week appointment is a week from Monday.
...11 weeks and 1 day to go...

As far as other things go last week was a stressful one...
For those that don't know I'll give you the shortened recap of the week. Friday the 4th Ari went to get his 12 month vaccines. He got four shots, theses shots typically make kids a bit tired and sometimes they run a little fever. Ari was a bit tired on Friday then spiked a high fever on Saturday afternoon that caused him to have a Febrile seizure. It lasted 6-7 minutes, and those have been the scariest minutes thus far in my life. He was rushed to Children's Hospital via ambulance with Nate & I in tow. Once there they run tests and decided that it was likely just a one time thing due to the spike in fever from the vaccines. They warned us that he would be tired for a few days and really not himself. Boy where they right. Our normally rambunctious 13 month old slept and slept and cuddled and played for a couple minutes than would cry and want to be held, for a number of days. Monday we took him to check in with the DR after the ER visit, things seemed to be on the mend even though he was still running a pretty decent fever. Tuesday he had a cough and a rash developed, so back to the DR and back to the hospital for more tests. It turned out that on top of the vaccines, fever and seizure that he also caught enterovirus. Enterovirous is a bacterial infection that children get because their bodies haven't learned to fight it off yet. So he was prescribed an antibiotic to clear it up. By Friday he was back up on his feet trying to run and play, yet still a little held back by discomfort. I would say that today is the first day back at 100%!!! Our bright eyed boy went through a lot in the past few days but was amazing during it all. It is so great to have him laughing and talking again, even if it's at 3 in the morning. :P

Thursday, October 27, 2011

26 week appointment

Today marks 26 weeks and 2 days. Baby Bee seems to be growing like a weed. My tummy seems as big as it was when I delivered Ari!!! However at my appointment today nurse Cathy assured me that it was growing right on track and it measured 26 cm. Speaking of nurse Cathy she is my favorite in the practice, I wish she was an OB and could deliver Bee. I told her about the uncomfortable feeling I get in my belly almost every night. She explained that it is likely my uterus just being tired from the day. She gave me some tips to try to ease it, but also spoke to the fact that it can be concerning. I'm to relax if my belly feels hard and if there is any pattern to the discomfort to call or go in to the hospital right away. This makes me feel a lot better than having a doctor just say oh you're fine, just pregnant. My worries are real and she understands how to calm them. :)

The 26 week appointment consisted of weight check in, I'm up about 12-13 pounds now, which is pretty average. A doppler listen to Bee's heartbeat, which sounds like music. ;) And the wonderful glucose test, to check for gestational diabetes. They also took blood to check my iron levels again. Most of the staff at the office is really awesome. There is one nurse that knows Ari by name and calls him her favorite chunk. :P Next appointment is at 30 weeks, which is right around Thanksgiving and our wedding!

We are continuing the P17 shots weekly until 35-36 weeks. Nate is giving them to me at home and they are going just fine. Some weeks I get scared that it's going to hurt really bad. It never does, just gets itchy.

In Ari news, he is walking all over the place! All the sudden last week he wanted nothing to do with crawling any more. Last night he was making laps around the house exploring and trying to distract me so he could get into stuff he isn't supposed to (ie the stairs, the cat food, trash cans). He also seems to pick up a new word every few days now. Yet still no mama. PHOOY! His favorite word right now is duck. So I am making him a duck costume for Halloween. I'll post pictures later tonight or tomorrow when I finish it.

Monday, October 17, 2011

25 - viability

Today we are 25 weeks along. 24 weeks marks the point of viability in a developing fetus. This is the point at which a baby can survive outside the womb! While Bee needs to stay put for 15 more weeks, I am very excited to be at this point in the pregnancy! :) P17 shots are going just fine (8 down, 10 to go). At this point I am up about 9 pounds from pre pregnancy weight, which is close, yet a bit under were I was at this point with Ari. However my belly feels HUGE! I can't find a work shirt that fits and apparently they don't make solid color collared maternity shits! Go figure. My energy level has been pretty good the past few weeks considering all that's going on. (For those that don't know I've opened and am managing my own Toys R Us for the holidays, Nate & I are getting married at the end of November, Ari turned 1 and is now walking & talking. So needless to say not much spare time to kick back and relax.) I have been eating eating eating! Geez this little boy in my belly seems to love meat and chocolate (two things I typically don't ever eat.)! I've been sleeping better lately, as my nightmares seem to be at a minimum these days. However I'm having the typical 2 am - 4 am pregnant runs to the restroom and pretty bad calf pains at night. Ari still wakes up once or twice a night, so I'm getting on average 5-7 hours of sleep. humm I think that is about it for this update. I'll come back this week with some pictures from Ari's birthday celebrations.

Monday, September 12, 2011


Today we hit the 20 week mark! That means 20 more weeks to go! :) Things are going well. I get the 17 P shots every Thursday. They aren't as annoying or painful as I had anticipated, which is fantastic. I got the second one in my left side and it was sore for a couple days, but that's about it.

I've only had minimal nausea the past few weeks so that is fantastic. Because of that I've been able to gain a few pounds, so I'm finally back to pre-pregnancy weight!
Sometimes I'll wake up in the middle of the night with a really bad pain in my calf. This happened when I was pregnant with Ari too and I don't remember asking the DR about it. So I'll ask on Thursday at my 20 week appointment.
Also lately in the evening my stomach feels so bloated. It's like I can feel it growing. My skin feels firm to the touch, I'm wondering if this is the start of Braxton Hicks contractions. Yet another thing I'll ask the OB about on Thursday.

In other news Mister Ari will be turning 1 in a matter of days!! I just can't believe how quickly this year has gone!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

17 Alpha-hydroxyprogesterone (17P)

So last Thursday I started my weekly injections. I will get one every week for the next 17 weeks, or until Baby Bee is born. The injection is given in the butt and from what I've heard can be very painful since the medication is thick. It didn't bother me at all going in or for the 3 hours following. After that it was sore for many 30 minutes and that was that. No side effects as of yet, so lets hope it stays that way. :)

My appetite has been HUGE the last few days! Bee must be having a growth spurt. I'm pretty certain that I will be back to my pre-pregnancy weight by my next appointment, which is in 2 weeks. :P

18 weeks down... 22 to go!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

16 weeks...

16 week appointment was next to pointless. Got weighed (still down 5 pounds to pre-pregnancy), tried to pee in a cup, got my BP taken (120/68), listened to the baby's heartbeat for all of two seconds (didn't even tell us the rate), and talked about the 17P shots that I should have started that day. Apparently the OBs office didn't have everything set up with the pharmacy yet. So I'm waiting for the pharmacy to call to get my info, then call the DR office back, fill the Rx, send it to the office, and then wait for the office to call me back to set up ANOTHER appointment to get the darn shot. And after all that they said that Nate has to watch them give me the shot a number of times before they will allow us to do them at home. So that means we will likely have an appointment EVERY week for the next 5 weeks or so! BOO!

Nausea is nearly totally gone the past 2 weeks or so. :) I have also had more energy, so wahoo for the 2nd trimester! Scary to think this week marks the half way point in my pregnancy with Ari.

16 weeks down... 24 to go!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Here is what's been going on...

At 13 weeks 2 days we elected to get a First Trimester screening, also know as NT test. This test is a combination blood test and ultrasound that can alert the doctors to genetic abnormalities, such as down syndrome and other more severe Trisomies. This is an elective test offered to all pregnant couples. Nate and I decided that we would have the test, even though at my age, 27, my risk for carrying a baby with DS was only 1 in 840. When I was called with the results I was informed that the ultrasound tech was unable to find the fetal nasal bone, an indicator of DS. Thus baby's screened positive for down syndrome, making the chances 1 in 300 that Bee had DS. This finding put us in the "at risk" category for the abnormality. Now this screening only gives you the possible risk ratio, it's not anything definitive. So with that we were offered further testing, ei an amniocentesis, which we decided to proceed with. However the amnio has to be done between 16 and 18 weeks gestation. So we waited 3 weeks....

Today was the day we had scheduled the amnio. For those that don't know this proceedure involves putting a needle through the abdominal wall, uterus (womb) and into the amniotic fluid. Doing this can cause the baby to be miscarried, so this was NOT an easy decision to make. Before the needle is inserted they do a very detailed ultrasound to look for other abnormalities, check fluid levels, and the position of the baby. Bee did great during the ultrasound... showing off the four chambers of it's heart, wiggling around, and measuring perfectly! -This picture is kind of weird, but imagine looking at baby from an ariel view, head is the round part to the left, right arm across it's body...-

So after the tech and student took an hour long look at Baby Bee they sent the high risk doctor in with the report. He had reviewed the first ultrasound (from 13 weeks) and the images from today (however we were unable to get a shot of the nasal bone) and determined that the tech that did the NT screen had pressed an incorrect button!!! That in fact she had seen the nasal bone, but the button she accidentally pressed indicated NO nasal bone! He said that he'd be back shortly with a new calculated risk, which turns out to be 1 in 10,000!!! The DR offered to still do the amnio, which we promptly declined, haha. My goodness how much stress a little mistake can make. He offered a follow up ultrasound just to double check all the features when baby is a little bigger, so we will be doing that on September 22nd. -Baby sending a message to you all.-

So that's that.. Baby Bee is looking perfect and HE has a very low risk for serious abnormalities!!! :)

Saturday, July 30, 2011

12 week ultrasound

Wednesday Ari and I got a sneak peek at the new little cutie. He/she looks pretty good. We got to see him/her stretch out! It was adorable. The HR was 167. In the last picture you can see baby's hands and most of it's little fingers. :)

Saturday, July 23, 2011

12 weeks

WAHOO! We are almost done with the first trimester. Hopefully that leads to the relief of my morning suckness. (that's a type-o that I wont edit. haha) The nausea has been pretty hard on me the last few weeks. At my 12 week appointment Ari and I got to hear the baby's heartbeat on a Doppler. It was measured at 160 beats per minute, which is nice and strong. The appointment went well. I asked about the possibility of being anemic and the nurse showed me that my hemoglobin came back at 14, which is excellent. Anemia is another possible factor in preterm labor, so since I had some signs we wanted to be sure that I didn't need extra iron. My leaves should be tested again in a couple months. It's common for pregnant women to become anemic because their blood volume nearly doubles! On Wednesday I will go to St. Johns for the first trimester screening. This is a blood test and ultrasound that informs you of the possibility of defects such as down syndrome and trisomy 18/13. Not too much else has been going on, I feel like I've been sleeping alot of the days away to get relief from the morning sickness. So hopefully this is the end of it and I will be back to my normal energy level in the next week or so. (Sure this 100+ heat doesn't help any.)

In other news, Ari will have two new cousins in the next couple weeks. :) So we are on high alert for baby watch. Good luck Hannah and Kara, can't wait to meet the new cuties!

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Present... Past... Future...

Present... today my son, Ari, turns 40 weeks old (those who aren't good with math that's just a bit over nine months)! He is nearly 21 pounds, 27 inches long and super active little guy. Ari is crawling around and getting into EVERYTHING, as I type this he is headed for my sewing machine *PAUSE*. :P

Past... Rewinding 40 weeks to Ari's birth. For reasons unknown to us Ari was born at just 32 weeks 0 days gestation (for those that don't know much about pregnancy that's 8 weeks early). At this point babies are not fully developed and can develop complications that can last a lifetime. However Ari was healthy and his tiny 4 pound 12 ounce body was (and still is) very strong! :) He spent the first 23 days of his life in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Missouri Baptist Hospital.
Future... Ari is going to be a BIG BROTHER! I am now 10 weeks pregnant with Ari's little brother or sister( again those bad at math, that means the baby is due 30 weeks from now, so January 31st) . When I tell people that I'm expecting I'm often asked, "Is this baby going to come early to?". Unfortunately we have no clue, it is a wait and see sort of thing since we don't really know why Ari was born prematurely.  With a new OB (for those still clueless about pregnancy that's a 'lady' doctor that helps monitor your pregnancy), additional testing, and possibly shots of progesterone once a week from about 16 weeks until the end of the pregnancy, we are hoping to make it to term. In this blog I plan to write everything about my pregnancy to see if there are any signs or symptoms that may indicate Baby Bee wanting to come out before the end of January. (That and some updates and pictures of Mister Ari.)

So here it is... our fingers are crossed for a healthy baby and 30 more weeks of pregnancy...