Friday, February 27, 2009

First Milestone!!!

My first milestone that I was determined to make it to without bedrest I hit today. I am 30 weeks pregnant!!! 1 week more than I was with Darci. My next milestone is in 2 days. I've been telling myself, "If I can just get to March." After that will be 32 weeks. That's when I went on bedrest with Xander. There is a tiny light at the end of the tunnel.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Let's add on one more thing

I got the call from my OB's office today. Only it was worse than I anticipated. Not only did I fail my one hour glucose screening, but it was so high they aren't going to test again. I have Gestational Diabetes. I know it is common and I know it is managable, but it still scares the crap out of me. Lots of people have their vices for coping with stress and emotion. Unfortunately my vice is generally sweets and now I have to give them up. A certain percentage of women that get gestational diabetes go on to have regular type 2 diabetes and with my genetic history I'm realizing that I'm a huge possiblity for that. So, these changes I have to make will probably be lifelong ones. But really my biggest concern is Eliza. There could be complications for her if I can't get this under control and I feel like I have less time than most to do it all. My first appointment with the nutritionist is Monday.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

These kinds of scares ARE NOT allowed

With all the crap that has gone on with this pregnancy the last thing we needed was a scare. This last week I was feeling slightly under the weather and I woke up Friday morning (20th) feeling absolutely horrible. I went to my primary dr and was diagnosed with bronchitis and the beginnings of strep throat. My throat was on fire and I have been coughing incredibly hard... which can bring on contractions. I'm taking all kinds of prescribed medicines. Anyway, it's been a rough weekend. So, I'm resting after some lunch today and realize that I haven't really felt Eliza move much. She definately hasn't been my most active child in-utero, but I know her little movements and her patterns. So, I grabbed a sweet drink and laid down on my left side to do kick counts. According to all the literature you should feel 6-10 counts in an hour. NOTHING!!! I couldn't believe that I didn't get a single squirm or hiccup. So, I really freaked out and we got a babysitter for the kids and headed up to the hospital. After a few seconds they found a faint heartbeat. Then, with the help of something called an accoustic stimulator, they were able to get her moving. The accoustic stimulator makes a noise and vibrates on the belly. I think it may have startled her, because it gave her hiccups. But then she settled right back down. It took 30 minutes and several more tries with the stimulator to really get her going like they wanted. I was so relieved!!! The dr thinks with all the medication I have been on it made Eliza very sleepy. They reassured me that it was a GOOD thing I had come in and never hesitate if it should ever happen again. My little Eliza, I'm sorry for all the meds and coughing fits. Please squirm arround every now and then just to ease your Momma's mind.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Latest OB Appointment

Today I had my regular OB check-up. I'm proud to say there were no extra visits to him or the hospital in between the last one and this one. Today I had my Glucose Tolerance Test. This is where they check you for pregnancy induced or Gestational Diabetes. I have actually felt really lucky that I haven't had this condition in any previous pregnancies. With the genetic predisposition for diabetes and the fact that I have been overweight through most of my pregnancies I probably should have had this. For the test you have to drink a glucose drink... it tastes like an overly sweet orange soda. Then, exactly an hour after you finish the drink they take your blood and look for how well you use the gluclose. At every OB appointment the dr has you do a urine test that checks for high protein or high sugars. Today my urine test was very high in glucose. I've never made the little litmus paper change colors before today. Dr. Barton said it could very well be the glucose drink that spilled into my urine, but he's anxious to get my blood test back. I may have failed my 1-hr glucose test. If I did I have to do a 3-hr fasting test. So, I'm praying and crossing my fingers that I haven't developed this tough condition in my last pregnancy. It can cause lots of complications for the mom and baby. As for everything else. Eliza checks out great and the Dr is going to start seeing me every two weeks now. I'll be 29 weeks tomorrow and right now 30 weeks is a goal for us. I just wanted to make it to 30 weeks without any major problems.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Here you are...

So, here you go. I let Bret take a preggo pic of me. I'm 28 weeks here.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

So Much To Do

I feel like I have a lot to do to get ready for Eliza's arrival. Most pregnant mommies have 3 months and lots of nesting energy to tackle this stuff right now. I don't know how much time I have and a lot of what needs doing either takes a lot out of me or I'm not allowed to do. Bret is doing a lot to compensate, but it's all still a mess. The room that Eliza will be in has become a catch-all and needs to be cleaned out and organized. It also needs a good painting. I've started washing and hanging clothes, but need to find a cheap, small dresser for things like jammies and socks and tights. We need to have a yard sale (when it gets warmer, of course) and then DI run. I would like to get the carpets cleaned. We have a good carpet shampooer, but it's another thing that can trigger contractions. I'm not going to do anything I shouldn't, but I am feeling slightly overwhelmed. I know none of the above is dire, but I'm excited to welcome my sweet baby girl with open arms and a house that is ready for her. I'll walk into the room and think I'm going to get started and then walk right back out.