OMG. It’s here.
Well, the trailer. We have to wait another year for the movie <sigh>
I don’t want to wait.
OMG. It’s here.
Well, the trailer. We have to wait another year for the movie <sigh>
I don’t want to wait.
I need to get baby clothes washed, put away. Dresser put together, car set put back together (it’s washed now!). Find the bases for the car seat, but that’s a bit less urgent. Get the pack n plays put up (yay! One has a changing station!). Move the armchair into the living room, so I have a chair that’s easy to get out of. Oh, just so much stuff to do.
I tried to schedule myself more time. (April 1st!) No luck :o
My parents are coming down early enough to send us off. I guess I can understand that – wanting to see your baby before surgery. Ok. They better not call while I’m being stitched up!
I packed my bag this morning – before the Amnio. Just in case. It ended up being a toothbrush and then electronic stuff. LOL. What does that say about me?
The Amnio went ok. Easier, actually, than the CVS. Faster. Less painful. The Doctor that did it said she would use about the same gauge needle as the Lovenox shots, though longer. CVS needles are a bigger gauge. They didn’t even put a band-aid on the stick spot. Amnio results came in late today – lungs are mature!
Monitoring went ok, though it was the first time (and only time. lol!) at the MFM place. After about 10 minutes, 3 people come dashing in to adjust the transducer and check readings. They were worried about the baby’s base line. I did mention that she runs a bit low, but my OB, and then L&D weren’t worried. She’s just a chill kid.
Hopefully it’s a sign of things to come. I wouldn’t want to get my hopes up too much. What are the odds that we’d be so lucky as to have a second wonderful baby – kid – as Teagan. We’d be too blessed.
I am looking forward to meeting this little girl that’s been torturing me these past months. I will not miss the heartburn, the aches, pains, nausea, fatigue, blurry vision, stuffiness, bleeding gums, the injections (oh those damn shots!), bruises from the shots, itching, swelling, clumsiness, varicose veins, insomnia. Basically, I will not miss being pregnant. I will miss, however, feeling her move. Even though her movements are so strong now as to be painful.
I worry about my recovery, how quickly I’ll heal, get back to a new normal. one that includes two kids. OMG, I’m going to have two kids tomorrow. How am I going to survive?? I just hope I do an ok job.
If there is an opening later in the week, we may push it back, but the chances of that are pretty slim. Later would be better. Any day she’s inside is better.
My parents are coming in to help take care of Teagan, take care of me. Sister will also be here. Couldn’t keep any of them away… they’re all eager to meet this new one.
This new one that we aren’t quite ready for. None of the clothes are washed. The car seat is in pieces. But they are clean pieces. LOL! We haven’t put any of the furniture together that we got for her. It seems we may have procrastinated just a little too much :)
It all will get done, in time. There’s still no rush. LOL. We could put this new little one to sleep in a laundry basket (though we do have a pack n play with her name on it ~ not that we know her name).
I have the amnio and pre-surgery screening on Monday. I’ll be going alone, they did say that I can drive myself there and back. I guess they aren’t quite as worried about leaking and stuff as they are at the “normal” time. I get to sit with a monitor for 30 minutes before and then an hour or so after the procedure. Then off to the hospital for the pre-surgery stuff.
I will be asking the MFM if it’s ok to have one final adjustment before the surgery. If they’re letting me drive, they might allow a chiropractic adjustment. The doctor is in the office with the lovely table that does so well for me. I’d like one last session there. (I am at least going there tomorrow!)
The Chiro said that my back should be better pretty quickly after giving birth. The hip will still be out of wack, but it won’t be quite as painful. I can get adjusted postpartum and it should be less stubborn then.
The insomnia, sleeplessness and wakefulness have hit. Hit hard. That, and the midnight heartburn. I’ve started sleeping with an extra pillow, but it may be time to add another one. Increase the angle of repose.
I will not miss this part one bit. Will there be more sleep with a newborn? Possibly not, but it will actually be sleep. Not this cheap, pale immitation of sleep. And, I’ll be able to sleep on my back again.
So it’s been a while since I’ve written about the weather, the yard, the house. Well, with all the lovely warm weather we’ve been having, most of the snow has slowly melted away. This is a very good thing. We’ve only had a little water in the basement, mostly down the wall where the chimney is.
All the snow is off the roof of the front of the house, and I’m sure it’s mostly gone from the back too. There’s still some snow on the deck, but it doesn’t get that much sun. We’ve only had a bit more water come through the kitchen ceiling, although the front corner now looks like it has some water damage. Not bad though. But something to look at this summer. Not too much more seems to have come in through Teagan’s ceiling/ceiling fan. A very good thing.
You can see most of the front lawn, except where the snow mounds from clearing the driveway, the sidewalk, are. You can actually see over the tops of the snowbanks on the street. It’s funny to drive down the road and see the toppled over mailboxes and the garbage that people had put out, but was buried with the two HUGE snowfalls that happened to be on garbage day.
Grass. There’s grass out there! And it’s greening up!
I actually saw the fish (that survived,) swimming in the pond today. I counted four or five. The white one and the dark spotted one were there. At least two orange ones. So nice to see them!
The yard has been covered with robins for about a week.
I’m ready for it to be spring.
I haven’t made an actual list yet, it’s mostly in my head, but it wouldn’t take too much. Let’s see:
Ok, that’s more of a list than I thought I had. And, I’m sure there’s more. If I really thought about it, I’d totally freak out with everything that needs to be done. 52 days if she doesn’t come early, like she may be threatening to. Right now, I just want to lie down and not think about it. This baby better leave me enough time to get things done!
So we were watching Nick Jr. last night with Teagan – She really loves The Fresh Beat Band – and after it was over, this song came on. Stu said “Hi Steve, so there you are.” I was a bit confused at first, seeing the shaggy beard and shaven head. And a tattoo. But he was right, it was Steve from Blue’s Clues. With a tattoo! And the guy from the Flaming Lips. LOL! I don’t think Teagan was as taken with the song as she is with Steve and Blue.
I’m pretty impressed. And a little sad that it looks like his hair has gotten thin on top. But he still has those big brown eyes :)
Teagan’s vocabulary is just bounding! Today at day care she said “Hi Katie” (or attempted to) to the little girl that was already there. She keeps trying to say snow, but it comes out as nooo. She had a blast last night reading “Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus,” repeating after dada about not letting the DUCK (still!) drive the bus. She strings three and four words together, almost always remembers the Beezz (please) and about half the time will say, not sign, thank you.
Somewhere in the past two weeks, the little girl I’m carrying has hit viability. I’ve had a conversation with Stu that was just odd:
“My uterus is the size of a soccer ball”
“What size? A 3 or a 5?”
“Does it matter what size? It’s a soccer ball!”
“Well, they are different sizes. A 4 is for beach soccer, I think.”
LOL! I swear the conversation went very much like that. I must have just gotten a weekly milestone mail. It’s not every day that I would bring up the size of my uterus.
So, viability. A nice milestone. I’m now just shy of 26 weeks, which is almost 30, which is not far from term. Yikes!!
PS. If the video doesn’t play – go here to see it
So, today was the echocardiogram. Although the level II came out well, and the u/s tech said we didn’t have anything to worry about, I was still a bit anxious. You know, because there’s been bumps and unhappy surprises all along this time. Anyway, this time, things were good. :) The heart looked great, as did the other “stuff” they looked at – kidneys, stomach, cord. Placenta is still covering the cervix, so the previa hasn’t resolved in the month since the level II. Still a partial previa. But they aren’t concerned. Yet. There’s still a lot of time for it to resolve.
What is a bit concerning is that this little one is running at a 93% percentile. OMG. Crazy. The tech did say that this baby could be “front loading” it’s growth, that it will slow and taper off as the pregnancy progresses. Before she was born, Teagan seemed to run a bit on the higher side (70th% or so, and they thought she’d be a 8 lb baby), but she ended up being a peanut, born at 6 lbs 11 oz only one week early. A peanut would be a good thing :)
This percentile just means that there’ll be another scan in a month. Probably also to monitor the placenta previa too.
Oh, and in other news, she’s still a she. LOL!
OMG! We’re half-way there! My weekly pregnancy e-mail had this as the first line! I can’t believe it’s half done already. This is a good thing. Then again, it also means that I’m just under half-way done with the shots, so that’s also a very good thing.
Anyway, today I had an appointment with the High-Risk OB group. I get to see both my OB/midwife group and the high-risk people. Fun. At least I’ve been able to schedule the monthly appointments for every other week, so it’s not too many doctor visits at one time. The past few weeks though, with the Anatomy scan, Teagan’s well-baby check up that turned into an ear infection so required follow up, it seems as if I’ve been in a doctor’s office more than I’ve been at work. It’s crazy. I think it’s been seven doc visits in the past three weeks. Madness.
Today was just a “healthy pregnancy” visit. A little groan for the weigh in, a woo woo for the blood pressure results and a big wahooo as there was a surprise ultrasound to check on the baby. Yay. As I missed the timing for the AFP Screening (basically a Spina Bifida screening, and we weren’t too worried, as both the CVS (chromosomal testing) was clear and the Level 2 Anatomy scan didn’t hint at any issues), the doc took a peek at the spine. She didn’t give me a picture of that, as she said that she needed to chase this little bee around and around just to get a decent look.
Everything is going well. This little girl is beginning to move around a lot more, or, since she’s getting bigger, I’m just feeling her more. I think she had hiccups yesterday. LOL. And as of yesterday, I actually felt her kick from the outside, not just inside. Weird.
She doesn’t seem to have any patterns yet, but there’s time. I remember that Teagan would start doing jumping jacks just as I went to bed, so Stu would fall asleep with his hand on my belly, feeling her wiggle, thump and cartwheel. Last night, nothing though.
Teagan, recently started coming up and kissing my belly, sometimes lifting up my shirt to do so, saying “hi baby!” She’ll sometimes try to play tickle tickle with the baby too. So fun.
Finally got some pictures up on Flickr from the shower the other weekend. There are a couple of detail pictures of the quilt that mom made while she was sitting with my grandma after her stroke. I’m still amazed that she was able to get so much work done on it at such a difficult time. She made me cry :*)
It’s just beautiful.
I had an appointment this morning with the midwife. (Weekly appointments, yay fun). Sadly, she doesn’t think I’ll be having this baby this week. 50% effaced, but -3 (they make it that high?!?!?!) station. I thought the bump had moved much lower, with all the pressure and pee-inducing headbutting that’s been going on. Oh well. She did say that she doesn’t think I should go any later than the due date, even if that means we need to “ripen” and stuff. She didn’t out and out say induce, which is kinda nice. One of the reasons I like the practice is that the midwives do most of the deliveries, and they’re not too intervention crazy either.
Granted, my status of “high-risk” might change how they’re treating me, but it wasn’t supposed to, unless the symptoms warranted. They had said that they would continue to treat me as just AMA, which is high-risk in it’s own right, and not as high risk. Yeah. Confusing, I know.
Anyway, I didn’t argue much with her about it. Knowing there’s an end in sight – 15 days from now. Just over two weeks.