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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Half Way There

I had a quickie doctor's appointment at my OB this morning (just the usual: pee in a cup, stand on a scale, check my bp, measure my belly, and check baby's hr with the doppler).

My BP was good (again, "good" is relative to me): 138/90

Baby's HR was normal: 155-160 (and alot of movement going on down there, might I add)

The doctor told me before I left, "You're halfway there." I'm currently 20 weeks (21 weeks this Friday). I'm amazed, that's great! If Bon Jovi was right (and was he ever wrong?), I'm definitely "Living on a Prayer". Cheesy, I know, but as always thank you to everyone who's been thinking about us and praying for us. Please keep it up.

Random Craving of the moment: popcorn.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Blood Tests Results

The DNA confirms that it is Justin's baby . . . JUST KIDDING!

But to update those of you who are keeping up. The second round of our sequential screen blood test came back fine. We also elected to have some additional blood tests run for Cystic Fibrosis, Fragile X, and there was a 3rd one which my pregnancy memory has allowed to slip my mind, but all of those came back Negative too. (And Negative here is good).

And rather than leave you with such a short (and fairly uneventful) post, I'll fill the space with some nonsense. The following is an ongoing list of some random things I've had cravings for:
  1. Oreos
  2. Baked Potatoes
  3. Clementines
  4. Strawberries and Blueberries
  5. Pears
  6. Arugula
  7. Godiva Creme Brule Chocolate (anything chocolate really)
  8. Meat
  9. Chili
  10. Rice
  11. Rice Crispy Treats
  12. Cereal

And believe me, this girl (*me; NO, we're not having a girl . . . that we know of . . . so don't even think about reading into that) can eat! Although, right now, the whole Gestational Diabetes thing is keeping me disciplined. I guess that's a good thing . . .

Also, for a little laugh, I've been keeping an ongoing list of relevant words that I've made up during my pregnancies.

  1. Hormotional - It's the crazy level of emotional that a pregnant woman (including myself) can tend towards
  2. Sneed - (This one is probably TMI for most, but if you've ever been pregnant, you know exactly what I mean . . . go on, admit it) It's when you sneeze and pee a little . . . I do it all the time, even right after I've used the bathroom!

Friday, January 9, 2009

18 Week Update

Okay, some not-so-good news first. Don't fret, I was kind of expecting it. The nurse from my OB's office called today to let me know that I do, in fact, have Gestational Diabetes . . . AGAIN. Oh well (Liz, I guess your offer for Sweet Potato Casserole is no longer valid?) 60% recurrence rate, and all (and you know how our luck is with odds).

Anyway, now that that's out of the way, we had an AWESOME Maternal Fetal appointment today. First off, my blood pressure was 133/83 (which is slightly high for the average person but is out-freakin-standing for me)! And it's so difficult not to walk into this place an absolute ball of nerves for every appointment. In fact, when we first got into the U/S room today, I told Justin, "Wow, this is the same room we were in when we found out about Dylan's heart and had to do the amnio!" So our technician walked in and just started working away. She was great. I'm pretty sure they've got the words nervy or sensitive black-markered all over our file, so she talked us through everything. I remember how last time, alot of the techs we got never really talked to us or told us anything. Well, our tech today would find something, tell us what it was [sidenote: it amazes me how much/how well the U/S techs can decipher everything they're looking at; I'd have a better chance trying to stare at one of those pictures at the mall and finding the dolphins . . . but anyway, I digress], and immediately follow it up with, "and that looks good". Justin was cheering as if LSU just won the National Championship or something (goober).

So, as we stand right now, heart looks good (heartrate today was 161 = good), kidneys look good, bladder looks good, spine looks good, umbilical cord looks good, 2 hands/10 fingers, probably no cleft lip (still too small to tell for sure), fluid level was good, stomach was good and full (big, fat belly -- current weight is 6 oz.) etc. and so on. Bottom line, everything that we got to see today looks good. They'll probably do an echocardiogram at our next appointment to take a closer look at baby's heart, but so far so good! It felt almost like being in foreign territory. Our Maternal Fetal experiences with Dylan were so far removed from this (it felt like "bad news central" most of the time).

Well, one of the "benefits" of being deemed a high-risk pregnancy is PICTURES, so without futher adieu (I apologize the pictures are kind of blurry, the first 2 are 3-D, and I'm pretty sure there's some thumb-sucking going on in the last 2!):