Sunday, June 24, 2007

3rd Trimester!

Wow! Time flies when you're having fun!!! I can't believe I'm already in the third and final trimester. I just hope it goes by as fast as the second.

I had my lovely 1 hour glucose tolerance test last week and passed with flying colors! I'm still having some dizzy spells, but both my OB and neurologist think that I had a migraine aura that's caused by stress. They want me to reduce my workload to see if that will help and if it doesn't, then I'll be on reduced hours at work.

Monday, June 18, 2007

Labor and Delivery

Lane and I got the tour of Labor and Delivery a few months early....

Yesterday afternoon I went the the grocery store. Lane helped me carry the groceries in and I started putting them away. After I had everything where I wanted it, I started feeling extremely dizzy. I sat down on the couch and my vision was extremely blurry in my right eye. I thought maybe my blood sugar was low since I hadn't eaten anything since 11:00 am and it was now 5:00 pm. I ate a banana and a few apple slices with peanut butter and I still didn't feel better. Not wanting to be the "paranoid pregnant lady", I called my mom to see if she thought it sounded seriously enough for me to page the on call doctor. I ended up paging the doctor and she called back within 2 minutes. I explained to her the symptoms, she asked if I was home alone and I said no. She then said I needed to get to the hospital! When we were about half way to the hospital, my right hand started going numb.... then it moved into my arm. We made it up to labor and delivery and I couldn't feel my right hand, right arm, right side of my face or my tongue. When I couldn't write my name or remember my social security number, I started to get a little scared.

They had a room ready for me, so I put on the pretty gown, peed in a bucket thing they had on the toilet, then got into bed to wait for the nurse to come in. She hooked me up to a contraction monitor, a fetal monitor, and a blood pressure cuff that would take my BP at regular intervals. Mom and Dad got to the room after all the prep work was done.

The nurse was AMAZING! So laid back and just a nice person! My regular OB wasn't on call, but the doctor for her practice that was there was fantastic as well! They drew blood and then we just had to wait for the lab to run all the tests. They said prior to the blood draw that my BP looked fine, she was moving great, and I wasn't having any contractions! The reason we had to wait so long to get the test results back was because my doctor was delivering a baby next door!!!! The mom screamed 1 time and then all you heard was this little cry. I hope I'm that lucky.

The blood work came back normal, but the doctor wanted me to stay home today to rest and get really hydrated. I've been instructed to do kick counts - making sure she kicks at least 10 times in 2 hours. What a way to spend my birthday!!! Oh well, as long as Baby C is healthy, it's ok with me. I'm still feeling some dizziness, but it's not nearly as bad as yesterday. I still have my regular appointment on Thursday - I have my 1 hour glucose test! We'll keep you posted with any other developments!

Friday, June 15, 2007

Wish I could send this to some people ;) And people seriously need to take #6 to heart!

Dear Non-Pregnant Person, I hope you find these guidelines helpful in your interactions with pregnant women as failing to follow them may result in serious physical harm. If you are thinking, surely she doesn't mean me- then you should probably read this twice.

1) The appropriate response to a couple telling you they are having a baby is "Congratulations!" with enthusiasm. Any other response makes you an ass.

2) Through the wonders of science, we now know that babies are made ONLY by the mother and father- NO ONE ELSE. Unless the baby is in your uterus or you are the man that helped put it there, you may not ever use the phrase "my baby".

3) On the same note, unless you made the baby as defined in #2, the pregnancy, birth and raising of the child are not about you. You do not have input. No one wants to hear your opinion unless they ask for it.

4) The body of a pregnant women should be treated the same as any other body. You would not randomly touch someone's stomach if they were not pregnant, nor would you inquire into the condition of their uterus, cervix or how they plan to use their breasts. Pregnancy does not remove all traces of privacy from a woman.

5) Likewise, no women wants to hear comments on her weight- ever. A pregnant woman does not find it flattering that you think she is about is pop, must be having twins, looks swollen or has gained weight in her face. Telling her she looks too small only makes her worry that she is somehow starving her baby. Making such comments invite her to critique your physical appearance and you may not act offended. The only acceptable comment on appearance is "You look fabulous!".

6) By the time we are 20-30 years old, most of us have picked up on the fact that the summer is hot. We are hot every summer when we are not pregnant. We don't need you to point out that we will be miserably hot before the baby comes.

7) There is a reason that tickets to L&D are not yet sold on Ticketmaster. Childbirth is actually not a public event. It may sound crazy, but some women really do not relish the idea of their mother, Mother-In-Law or a host of other family members seeing their bare butt and genitals. Also, some people simply feel like the birth of their child is a private and emotional moment to be shared only by the parents.

8) Like everything else is life, unless you receive an invitation, you are NOT invited. This includes doctor appointments, ultrasounds, labor, delivery, the hospital and the parents home. You do not decide if you will be there for the birth or if you will move in with the new parents to "help out". If your assistance is desired, rest assured that you will be asked for it.

9) If you ARE asked to help after the birth, this means you should clean up the house, help with cooking meals, and generally stay out of the way. Holding the baby more than the parents, interfering with breastfeeding and sleeping schedules and making a woman who is still leaking fluid from multiple locations lift a finger in housework is not helping.

10) The only people entitled to time with the baby are the parents. Whether they choose to have you at the hospital for the birth or ask for you to wait three weeks to visit, appreciate that you are being given the privilege of seeing their child. Complaining or showing disappointment only encourages the parents to include you less.

I'll add my own #11.... even though getting asked the question "How are you feeling?" gets old, it's still nice to be asked.....

97 days!

Wow! It seems like yesterday we found out I was pregnant, and now there's less than 100 days until Baby C gets here. Our summer is packed so I think this last part will fly by.... one can hope! People have FINALLY started asking me when I'm due, what I'm having, etc.... I guess I finally "popped".

Monday, June 11, 2007

Baby Shower in Alabama

The proud parents to be!

Yummy cake made by the same lady that made our wedding cake.
It matched our invitations!

The gifts!

Auburn and Alabama outfits for when she's watching the games with Daddy!

Sunday, June 3, 2007

For Parra ;)

23 weeks

24 weeks 3 days