Thursday, June 29, 2006

Bye for now! (Alaska)

I'm leaving work in about 10 mins to go home and finish packing for Alaska and then were taking off in the morning.

I'll be back July 10th.

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

16wk appt

Well, it was pretty boring. My blood pressure was 112/58 and I think I gained 3lbs (according to them...).

However, the baby's h/b went from 157 @ 12wks to 140 now... He said it was normal. That made me nervous after being anxious to start with... To me, that's a big drop but he told me that I didn't have to read between any lines with him b/c if there's something to worry about, he'll tell me.
Also, I asked him about my headaches and he prescribed me codeine and an anti-nausea pill.

And last but not least, I asked him why my butt/thighs were getting so big. He said that it was from an increase in estrogen. So I said, "Is that why they say that you carry girls in the butt/hips (low) and boys out front (high) (even though I thought that was the other way around for some reason) b/c of the extra estrogen that you get from your daughter?" And he said, "Yea."

So none of my mid-wives tales are clear cut for one sex or the other, even the Chinese chart says both when you look at two different ones.

My "big" sono is July 21 and it will be in Baltimore no matter how much I asked that it not be (Baltimore is like 1.5hrs away and last time it took all day and neither Bill nor myself wanted to miss another day of work.) b/c that's where I went for the genetic counceling and he said that they really know what they are doing there and can pick up very subtle measurements and with my age, he wants me to go there even though all my results came back great. It will be a level II. I wanted at least a 3D, I've never had one before and this could be my last pregnancy... I'm bummed about that.
That's about it.

Also, he said that I should be feeling the baby more at 17wks.

Thursday, June 8, 2006

She had her!

My 'first' niece is here and I got to watch the delivery.

Ainsley was 5lbs 9ozs and was 19" long and beautiful w/dark hair.
My sister had a fairly easy time with labor. She got an epidural and breezed right though, when it came time to deliver, she pushed for 22mins and didn't tear or need stitches of any kind. The dr was awesome with the delivery.

The baby was like 2wks early - not surprising since her first born was 10 days early - so she still had a lot of vernix (A greasy white substance coats and protects the baby's skin in utero. ) on her, which to me felt and looked like she was covered in Elmer's glue, so I never got to see her eyes open b/c they were glued shut with the vernix but my sister said once they bathed her, her eyes were open.

I don't have any pics and I was home by 8:30pm and in bed by 9:45pm but I was EXHAUSTED - and this morning, even after a FULL night of sleep, I'm still EXHAUSTED. You'd think I was the one that gave birth. Ugh! I need to WAKE UP!

I can't wait to see Ainsley again but I don't think I'll get to see her until Friday...

On a side note: I love my sister's kids birthdays. Her son was born on 4-7-04 and her daughter was born on 6-7-06.

Wednesday, June 7, 2006


Me first. :)

Today I'm 13wks - YAY!!! :D It's time to celebrate and time to relax.

Also, I got the results back from my genetic testing. Before the tests, my odds were 1 in 299 for Down Syndrome - after the tests, my odds were lowered to 1 in 5,961 whew!!! And for the Trisomy 13 & 18 my odds, before the tests, were 1 in 534 and after the tests, they were 1 in less than 10,000. Great news all around. The lady that called said to me, "Those are the odds you get when you're a teenager."

Now for my sister:
She did not go into labor yesterday and she was to be at the hospital this morning at 6:30am for registration. Well, they called her and told her that they didn't have any beds to call them at 7. So she called at 7 and they told her to call back at 9. So she called back at 9 and they said that they still didn't have any beds that they would call her. Now when she called at 7, she informed the nurse that she was already dilated to 4 and the nurse said, "I know! We have that marked on your chart and we HAVE to get you in."

So I came to work. I was going to take the whole day off and just go to the hospital with my sister but when they told her to call back at 9 I just made the decision to go to work until she heard something... so that's where I'm at now. Just waiting on GO.

Tuesday, June 6, 2006

Austin is so sweet.

Austin was with his father Thurs, Fri, Sat & Sun this past week so last night was the first time I had seen him in a while. This morning while we were getting ready he said to me, "Oh! I have books for my baby brother or sister."

And I replied, "Where'd you get them from, Meg? (thinking ex gave him books that his little brother didn't read anymore).

And he said, "No. I bought them at the used book sale at school. I bought Oh no! The train won't go and It's always night time in the day time with your eyes closed".

How freaking sweet/thoughtful is he? He has always had a big heart but this just makes my cup runneth over.

Second in line for journal worthy news.... my sister.

She's 36wks pregnant and she went to the doctor yesterday for her first weekly check-up which included an internal and guess what? She's already 50% effaced and 4 (YES FOUR!!) centimeters dilated!!!! The doctor said, "Want to have the baby on Wednesday?" My sister was so freaked - she didn't think there would be any dilation - so she was sweating the whole way home from her appointment with a stress and joy combination.
So this morning I ask what she's decided and I think she has decided to have the baby Wednesday so that 1) their son can go to daycare and 2) I can be there b/c if Kyle weren't in daycare, then I'd have to watch him and miss the birth... but then she said to me this morning, "but I don't think I'm going to make it until tomorrow, I've already had sharp pains, they aren't consistent but they are there." And with them doing the internal yesterday, they could've opened pandora's box - so to speak!! Anyhow, her husband is freaking out about having the baby today on 6-6-06 but there's not much she can do...

So I'll update again once baby Ainsley arrives. Could be tonight, could be tomorrow!!

Friday, June 2, 2006

Genetics couseling

So yesterday we went to our appointment for genetics counseling where basically all they did was talk to us, do a sonogram and a finger prick for some blood samples - all so that they can check for a chromosomal defect because of my age and history of miscarriages. The blood work will take a couple of days but just by going on the sono alone they said that everything looks good with an accuracy of 70%-80% then combine the blood work with the sono and they should be able to tell with an accuracy of 82%-90% whether or not the baby will have downs syndrome. So far so good.

Now I must say that I was really excited to see the sono and the baby was just darling. I was 12wks 1d and the baby just laid "quite comfortably" (in the words of the tech) in my uterus as though (s)he was lying in a hammock just sleeping away. The tech tried shaking the baby up a little to wake the bugger so that she could get the measurement that she needed but baby didn't wake up to well. (S)He rolled over, moved its arms but gave the tech a hard time with her measurement.

The heart rate was 157bpm and baby was measuring right on time. Bill was shocked. He said, "This is cool. I don't know what I was expecting but I didn't expect to see arms and legs (ie: a full baby)." So I'm really glad he was able to see but last night while I was lying in bed, I couldn't help to think of the tiny being that was located in my uterus just below my belly button. Honestly, I was, and still am, amazed.