Friday, November 27, 2009

Thanksgiving and More

Here are some bullet points from out last Doctor appointment. (29 weeks!) --
  • Gained another 2 lbs
  • My cervix is lengthening - my doctor still recommends bed-rest as it is helping this problem immensely
  • Protein found in urine and now I am being tested for preeclampsia. I guess we'll find out next week if will be a problem.
  • Measuring 34 weeks! (5 weeks ahead)
  • In the ultrasound, we found a little baby's foot just centimeters away from his other brother's head. Come to find out, one little one is being kicked! As my husband says, "and so it begins.
  • Baby A is still head down but baby B continues to be breech with no desire to flip
  • Due to previous bullet point, a C-section is looking more like our option as our doctor WILL NOT deliver vaginally unless both babies are head down (vertex) position.
Now onto Thanksgiving...

Another purpose of the doctor appointment yesterday was to see if my doctor would allow us to travel to Whidbey Island for Thanksgiving with Christian's great Aunt and Uncle. Earlier I realized that I wouldn't be too upset if we didn't go and was surprised when my husband brought up that same issue before I said anything. Our doctor didn't exactly nix it but said that it would probably be safer if we didn't go. I have been cramping a lot lately when I have been overly active and we thought it would be better if we just stayed at home. Plus we didn't want to fight the ferry traffic on Thursday morning.

Our Thanksgiving this year was held with some people in our ward. I had learned on Sunday they had invited us over if we didn't go to Whidbey Island. It was a lot of fun. I brought our families' traditional cranberry salad and we had a scrumptious feast. Dinner was wonderful and the turkey was just how I wanted it (moist and tender). The wife and I discussed baby stuff as she has 2 and one on the way.

This holiday I couldn't help thinking how many things there are to be grateful for this year. These babies are on top of that list. It is funny as I type because they are going crazy!!

Now as the day after Thanksgiving, everything points toward Christmas. It will be a different Christmas this year as we will spend it for the FIRST time every at our own apartment. Since I will be 34 weeks at Christmas, there will be definitely no flying to either family. If the babies don't surprise us by then, we are looking forward to a yummy Christmas Eve Feast with family here in town. One thing I will miss this season is the Christmas shopping; since I'm no longer allowed out on my feet. It makes my husband excited though, he is quite content shopping for his own gifts for me to wrap. He's almost done buying for me and I can't think of one thing I told him that I wanted!!

Here is the picture of the little one's foot... If you look closely, it's next to his brother's head.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Takin' it easy on Doctor's orders

Yeah, I know the title of this post may make my readers jump but let me explain how it happened.

After cooking dinner on Tuesday night, I all of a sudden got these horrible cramps. They felt like menstrual cramps but worse. I went to the bathroom thinking that was the problem but it wasn't. I went into the bedroom where I laid on my side and drank plenty of water. It alleviated them some but not by much. After a 1/2 hour of this, I called the on-call doctor at my OB clinic. She recommended a couple things and said to come to the hospital if it didn't let up. About 10pm, we decided to go the hospital. It was great when we go the ER because they just escorted us up to Labor and Delivery. Oh the perks of being pregnant!
We got the room and they started hooking me up to monitors so we could hear the boy's heartbeats and to see if I was contracting. I was contracting but not that much. The doctor gave me a dose of terbutaline which only accelerated my heartbeat and made me feel really weird. After an ultrasound to check my cervix length, it was determined that all was ok. Before leaving, I was perscribed procardia to help my uterus relax. I was still a little confused as I was still cramping and a little scared. As we left the doctor gave me a note to miss the next couple of days of work; at least until I saw my doctor on Thursday.
Thursday's appointment went ok. My cervix changed from 3.2 down to 2.5 which isn't good. For those that don't know, this is called an Incompetent cervix where the cervix shortens prematurely and can bring on labor. This can be due to genetics or even the pressure of the babies in the uterus pressing on the cervix. We were disappointed to learn my regual OB wasn't there but the doctor who was told me to again take it easy and to not return to work until my next appointment on Monday.
The doctor told me: no shopping, no grocery shopping, and no laundry. Christian has been so good. I am so grateful that he has been willing to do all of that these few days. As I speak he is doing dishes which I am so grateful for. He told me that without work, I was going to be bored out of my mind. After 3 days of being off there are two words that easily come to mind: relieved and grateful. Maybe that opinion will change but right now I'm sticking to those two.

Ob Appointment stats:
  • Yay for the Swine Flu shot!! (my doctor told me initially they didn't have enough but then they received another shipment.
  • I gained 2 more lbs
  • Baby A is still head down
  • Baby B is lying horizontal right under my rib cage; creating horrible heartburn. I can't wait until he decides to join his brother in the head down position
  • Baby A is 2 lb 5 ounzes
  • Baby B is 2 lb 15 ounzes
I'll update more after my appointment and ultrasound on Monday.

Monday, November 9, 2009

27 Weeks!

Total Weight Gain?
20 lbs! (Hopefully 4 more to add to it at my Thursday's appointment).

Maternity Clothes? Most Definitely

Stretch Marks? Not yet!

Sleep? I wake up at least 3-4 times a night either to go the bathroom or change positions. Sometimes, it's Maddie who's cold and wants under the covers. I consider waking up at 4am; a good sleep.

Best Moment this week? Last week, I was sitting in a long, boring meeting at work. All of a sudden, I felt a kick but it seemed to come out of my stomach. It felt like a little foot, I pushed it back in and out it came again. What a stubborn little guy!

Food Cravings? Hostess donuts, chocolate,

Labor Signs? back pain but I don't think it is anything to be worried about.

Belly Button? To begin with, I had the greated Innie and now it has disappeared. However, it's not an outtie quite yet.

What I am looking forward to the most? Holding both my boys in my arms; knowing that I am finally a mother and my dream of 28 years has come true.

Milestones? Yay for the 3rd Trimester!

And here are my boys from our last ultrasounds.

Baby A: (most active baby)

Baby B