Saturday, December 21, 2013

The "Birth"day

I should have known....  I don't know why I didn't think realize it before, but I didn't, but I should have known that my Kate Lyn would make her appearance on non other than my 33rd birthday.

Kate Lyn was born on 12/16/2013 at 8:21 am, 6 lbs. 11 oz, 17.75" long.  She is as healthy and as beautiful as can be.  Here's her birth story:



Last Sunday (wow, was this really almost a week ago?), my mom wanted to take me out for the day to celebrate my birthday, which was Monday 12/16.  She figured I wouldn't be able to do much on Monday due to work and just being tired with the end of the pregnancy and everything.  DH was sick as a dog.  He woke up around 3:00 am with some kind of stomach flu/virus and was puking his guts out. So he was in bed and before I headed otu to see my mom his last words to me were, don't go into labor today...
My mom took me to see Frozen, since I heard good things and wanted to see it.  We sat down for the movie and I, of course, had to pee.  I go to the bathroom, pee and then I stood up.  As I'm leaving stall I feel a woosh of water in my pants.  I check it out and I'm defintely soaked.  I'm freaking out a little bit and I wash my hands go back into the theater and very shakily tell my mom my water broke.  She asked me how I felt, I said fine, normal, no contractions or anything.  She said it will take a little bit for labor to start and we should probably watch the movie to help distract me anyways.  So, yes, I sat and watched Frozen, lol.  After the movie my mom suggested we go ahead and eat because once I get to the hospital there would be no eating until she was born.  As long as I was sitting I didn't leak, but when walking I did.  I had a sweater wrapped around my waist and ate lunch.  After lunch I went to Petsmart to stock up on cat food because I knew I'd need people to take care of the cats while I was in the hospital.
I got home around 3ish (water broke at 11:00 am).  I went to my poor sick hubby who hadn't moved a muscle from bed and asked how he was doing.  He said horrible.  And I said, well, I'm sorry, but my water broke and we're going to have to get ready to go soon.  He kept asking if I was joking and I was like, no, this is for real.  He got up and had a shower and I was pretty calm and trying to remind him of things to pack and get and helping do most of it since he was so sick.  I fed cats, put away the cat food, straightened up a bit around the house.  At this point I had shoved a huge towel down my pants as the leaking was horrible.  We were finally ready to go and headed to the hospital.  At this point still no contractions, but a mild backache.
Arrived at the hospital at 5:15.  Their strip test thing was unable to confirm my water broke.  I stayed in triage for a while and the water was piling up so they admitted me after chastising me for waiting so long to get in.  I was informed of who the oncall OB was and that my OB would be there at 7:00 am the next day.  Since by this time it's almost 7:00, I knew my OB would be delivering her on my birthday.  They waited for labor to start on its own, but it never really did.  When  I checked in I was 4 cm dilated and 90% effaced.  By 12:30 am I was 5 cm dilated and 100% effaced.  By 1:30, no progress and I was told they had to do pit, that my water had been broken over 12 hours at this point.  
I tried to do natural, mostly because the thought of a needle in my spine scared me more than the thought of natural labor.  I'm not afraid of needles at all, with one exception, when I can't see you stick them in me.  I'm a watcher.  
The nurse was a complete and utter bitch.  My mom and sister and David were there.  I wasn't allowed to walk around, except for one time for 30 min (which is how I went from 4 to 5 cm).  She kept increasing the pit sneakily because my sister is a nurse and kept questionining thing she was doing.  She also kept asking if I was ready for the epi now, over and over again and getting annoyed I kept saying "no".  Somewhere in the night due to her constant increases of pit, I went from a pain level of say 6 to a pain level of what I considered "10".  Contractions were on top of contractions, I mostly felt it in my back.  My sister had me flip on al 4s while she applied counter pressure to my tailbone.  Contractions were lasting 1.5 minutes with one minute in between them.  I couldn't catch my breath and I was crying uncontrollably.  At 5:00 am when the nurse said, "now are you ready for the epi?", I said yes. I was 7.5 cm dilated at that point, I'd been in the hospital now for about 12 hours and only gone 3.5 cm.  Epi came at 6:00 am, the guy was as an asshole.  He told everyone to just "get out", without explaining it was just hospital procedure.  He was yelling at the nurse, I've been waiting for her to call me for hours, what happened, and the nurse did an eye roll and siad she was trying to go natural, and then he had an exasperated sigh.  I'm crying the whole time, 'cause bitch couldn't turn the pit down for even a few minute to make this easier on me. Somehow I was still enough to get the epi put in.  Relief was NOT immediate.  Guy just stormed out, I'm still crying in pain, and all he told my family was 'she'll be fine in about a minute".  The epi made me naseous, which is typical with me and anesthesia. So demeral was put in my IV as well, which made me very sleepy and I could hardly keep my eyes open.  Around 8:00 am I was 10 cm and ready to push.  I pretty much had to be woke up.  I was in between wake and sleepy from 6-8 and none too happy.  My OB showed up and told me to push.  He was awesome!  He was really nice, calm, friendly, just what I expected from him.  He had me push and kept encouraging me.  At 8:21 on 12/16, my Kate Lyn was born. 
Daddy cut the cord and  was as proud as could be.  I was handed her as soon as my OB finished stitching me up.  I had a 2nd degree tear, but otherwise was okay.  I am more than happy to share my birthday with this perfect little angel.
That last walk in the hospital 


Daddy cutting the cord


Holding my precious girl

New family :-)


Going home outfit


My husband got me this necklace to commemorate her birth.  The first stone is a blue topaz-December birthstone.  The second stone is Purple Tanzanite, this is another December birthstone.  My husband wanted her to have her own.  The last stone is Garnet, January birthstone, for my husband.
She's so cute!!!

Maternity Photo Shoot

A week ago I got the maternity pictures we took.  I'm posting some of our favorites.  These were taken 11/16/13 at 36w4d









Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Family tragedy

I want to apologize for not keeping up with my comments.  I've been reading and blog stalking here and there, but have been unable to comment, though I'm working on getting there.

Thursday was a good day, went to the OB, found out I was now dialated to a full 4 cm and cervix 80% thinned out.  Back to the verge of active labor, great news for a 38w2d.  The OB even thought this last weekend she might come, but it was looking good.  Weight, blood pressure, Katy's heartbeat, etc, nothing could be better.

Two hours after this appointment I hear from my sister-my dad is not doing well.  He was found unconscious that morning and the ambulance took him to the ER.  The ER was sending him to ICU.  He was septic and unresponsive, and possibly/probably had MRSA as well.  My sister promised to keep me updated.  A few hours after that the hospital called my sister and told her you probably want to come up today, it's not looking good.  Now, my dad is king of pulling a rabbit out of a hat.  We used to joke he had more lives than any cat I ever met, or heck even all of them put together.  He had so many health issues the fact that he was still alive was a medical marvel in itself.  He loved life and no matter what was happening to him, he loved to joke around.  He had a major surgery this past July and we were all so sure he was going to pass at that time, he needed his entire large intestine reconstructed since it died.  He not only survived, but when he woke up he was bitching about his liquid diet and wanting food.  Only my dad!

Anyways, the hospital is about an hr. and a half to two hours from me-in good traffic.  I could have my baby at any minute.  My sister didn't want me to make the trip if I didn't have to.  She told me she'd go check it out and keep me updated.  They decided to take him down for testing, we're now late at night on Thursday.  His heart stopped on his way to get x-ray/cat scan.  They were able to restart it and get him back to his room..... for 10 minutes.  His heart stopped again and they tried for a long time to revive him, but couldn't.  He was pronounced dead at 3:35 am on 12/6/13.  Unfortunately my sister had to handle the brunt of it and it kills me she was in that hospital alone, even though she's an RN nurse, and having to make the call that they've done all they could it was time to let go.

It's been a roller coaster and me praying that my daughter holds tight until after the funeral.  I had some big contractions over the weekend, but no labor.  We've been trying to get everything situated at the same time as handling our emotions and everyone treating me like I'm breakable due to being this far along.  His death has been hard for me because I had unresolved issues.  My life was a made-for-tv movie and my relationship with him wasn't so good at the end.  I have guilt over our last conversation.  I have so many mixed emotions and feelings and things I need to sort from.  I did love my dad-very much.  This is why it's all been so hard for me.  The funeral is today at 2:00 pm.

All day yesterday I had major cramping in my back and since midnight tonight it's gotten a lot worse.  I don't know if this is just normal for me, or if this is a sign that she's on her way soon.  I really hope she can give me today, but she is a blessing and I don't believe a bad time exists for her arrival.  My next OB appt is this Friday if she hasn't arrived by then.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

And the pendulum swings again....

I have a feeling I am in for something else with this precious girl of mine once she's here, LOL!  She's been giving me quite the roller coaster this month.

So, 37 week appointment today.  First of all, I am TERM!  Yay!  Early term, but term nontheless.  I am doing great overall.  She's measuring perfectly, minimal weight gain, my blood pressure perfect, my blood sugar is perfect, her heatbeat is awesome, she's very, very active (ouch, but GOOD!).

My "magical" cervix today is back at 3 cm!!  I had a ton of contractions most of the day yesterday, I've been having some this morning.  My OB is pretty pleased, told me to take it easy for Thanksgiving, but she'll probably arrive sometime between now and her due date.  Hubby and I are about as ready as we're gonna be.

My insomnia has been horrible!!  I'm barely sleeping and just exhausted.  OB says it's normal for where I'm at, I guess I'm getting practice for what's coming soon.  :-)

My OB tried explaining what happened and said at 33 weeks when my brain sent labor signals, my body responded in kind by dilating.  With drugs and bed rest that signal was turned off and therefore my cervix retracted, like what happens after you give labor.  Now the signal has started again, so he thinks I won't need an induction or anything like that.

We'll see how this story continues to unfold...

Saturday, November 23, 2013

From one extreme to the other...

I went to my weekly OB appt last Thursday.  I was the last appt of the day.  I'd been having cramping and off and on contractions all week.  Pretty much I felt like I was going to start AF any second this whole week.  This was my first appt with my OB in quite a while.  Due to him being out of town and then all my back and forth to the hospital I hadn't been able to have a regular appt with him since all of this started.

So, he does a cervical check and to my amazement, he tells me I'm only 1 cm dilated and 10% thinned out.  Um, WHAT???????  I was hospitalized not that long ago, had countless drugs put through my body-my daughter's body.  I was on bed rest, I had to miss work, I've been through hell and back with everything and fear this whole month of November and you want to tell me I'm only dilated 1 cm at 36 weeks?

So, I'm in a lot of confusion and not 100% thinking straight.  So after he gives me the info, this is the convo:

Him: You are only dilated 1 cm and maybe 10% effaced.  Perfect for 36 weeks.
Me: Um, that's not what the hospital told me.
Him: What did the hospital tell you?
Me: That I'm 4 cm and 75% thinned out.
Him: Kinda chuckles, well I've only been doing this for 26 years, so maybe I don't know what I'm doing.
Me: I'm not saying you're not right, I'm saying this is what I was told.  (my mind is racing) I was hospitalized, put on magnesium, why?
Him: Well, if we suspect possible early labor and there's regular contractions we might put someone on magnesium for about 30 minutes.
Me: No, this wasn't 30 minutes.  I was admitted, I had magnesium in my IV for 48 hours, I had two steroid injections..
Him: Well, if we suspect early labor then we want to keep the magnesium going to give the steroid shots to protect the baby.

Then he scheduled me for Wed, the day before Thanksgiving, and said he'd do another check.  He never rushes me from appts, but he did that day and I was very, very confused.  I was also very upset, again, a lot of drugs have gone through my body this month, plus all the bed rest.  I've only now returned to work.

I did some research and posted on my boards and it turns out that the drugs and bed rest can shrink your cervix back.  Also, in general this can happen to some women, so in my case this seems to be exactly what happened.  My body went back to where it should be for 36 weeks.

On one hand I'm very grateful that my daughter won't be a preemie, on the other hand, now what?  Do I need to go back to acu?  Do I need to start doing other stuff to prep my body for labor?  Will this mean I'll end up needing an induction or c-section since my body randomly changes itself?  I don't know where to go from there-again.

Also, I'm just scared and freaked out.  I don't trust doctors, hospitals, nothing.  I'm half thinking of just having her at home, but I know I can't risk anything of the sort.  Too late to find a midwife or a natural alternative.  I just know it's not safe, it's not okay until she's in my arms, alive, breathing, healthy.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Nursery Reveal

I know I could use a few more wall decorations, but that will come in time.  For now....  Here's my Kate Lyn's nursery:








Tuesday, November 12, 2013

35 weeks

I can't believe I've made it to 35 weeks!  Thank you all so much for your prayers and good thoughts!

I had a follow-up OB appt yesterday with some really great news.  Because she had the steroid shots, she should be ahead in her development making her closer to a 36 week baby, rather than 35.  Since I made it a full week since the magnesium/steroids, much to everyone's surprise, the OB says I'm doing really awesome.  I've been moved to modified bed rest, from full bed rest, meaning I can do some light chores around the house, some walking, etc.  If I make this week without contractions or any issues, then I can return to work next week and be back to "normal" until I go into labor.  Really hoping I can work at least one more week because that would put me at 37 weeks and she would be "term".  As it stands already, the OB thinks there's very little chance she'd end up at the NICU at all.  So, I'm very, very happy right now.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Pity party for one

On Thursday night I had a horrible time sleeping.  I was very uncomfortable and in some pain.  I woke up at 5:00 am with contractions that felt pretty regular and were in high intensity than what I felt before.  I'd been having a hard time eating too, after every meal I ran to the bathroom to "clean out" my system.  With my OB back in town I called the office and they told me to go to the hospital since he was there doing a c-section.

Went to the hospital and they monitored me for a bit.  At first I had no cervical change, but after an hour I went from 3 cm to 4 cm and the contractions intensified some, but they weren't occurring at regular intervals and I didn't progress beyond the 4 cm.  They decided to give me injections of phenergan and demoral to relax my body so I would sleep and also they thought it would stop the contractions.  Their theory is that the pain of the contractions was stressing me and causing me to contract more, but without any real dilation or very slow dilation.  So they figured by giving me those it would knock me out and force my body to relax and we'd see what happens afterwards.  I came home and slept for about 4 hours.  I woke up for maybe an hour or two and went back to sleep for another 11 hours.  Woke up this morning just very groggy and depressed.  Heavy cloud of depression.

In my head I know I'm pregnant, I know there's a baby coming soon, even sooner than I anticipated.  In my heart it's dead.  I feel like I'm never going to hold my little girl that I'm trapped in some ongoing nightmare.  In the hospital I could hear sounds of excitement as babies are being born, people are holding them, and even people in the same position as me who they decided to admit and break the water to help get labor started.  I wish that was me, I wish I was holding my little girl.  I know it's soon, but it doesn't feel soon.

I knew the last stage of pregnancy sucked.  I knew I'd be bigger, more uncomfortable, in a bit of pain, like hips, legs, back, etc.  I expected labor to be very, very painful, enough that I would cry or scream with pain and that it would go on for maybe 24 hours.  I was prepared for all that.  I wasn't prepared for early labor of that I'd be in labor for a week or longer.  That I'd have painful contractions for hours that would stop or that doctors would stop.  That I would feel strange things in my body all the time and never understand or know what's going on.  That the only explanation for how I know I'm in real labor is "you'll know".  I feel lethargic, out of it, and most of all just very, very depressed.

Oh, and my Chase Tree officially died today.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Update-Home on bedrest

Just wanted to do an update.  I made it through the two shots of steroids to help my girl's lungs develop better and I also made it through the hell that is Magnesium.  If anyone has ever had to have that stuff ivy'd into you, I am so sorry for what you must have experienced.  If you haven't, I sure hope you never do.

Yesterday I reached 34 weeks and they are not doing anything further to prevent her from coming.  They aren't accelerating it either, I'm at home on strict bed rest, but if she comes, she comes.  The hospital fully expects to see me any time now.   I left having regular contractions and just lots of pelvic pressure, but no "active labor" and my water is still intact.

I feel better being at home, although I'm not the sit still type, so this has been kinda hard for me, but I'm doing fine.  Anything for her.  All of this is worth it to have my healthy baby girl, I just hope it turns out as good as it plays out in  my head.

Right now my personal goal is to make it until Friday, at the minimum, when my OB will be back.  I hope he's able to be the one to deliver her and just seeing him and getting his input will help me.  It's hard dealing with on-call doctors, I felt like no one really cared.  They had their own patients, and then there was me, and no one wanted to deal with it.

My husband's job is awesome and is letting him work from home the rest of the week, so he's here with me and checks up on me and gets me anything I need.  I really appreciate all of your love, thoughts, and prayers during this time.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Hospitalized

All weekend I have felt contractions. I felt them off and on all day Satirday as DH and I rushed to get what we could ready for Kate Lyn. Sat night I had a lot of lower back pain and I lost my mucus plug with "bloody show". I wondered if I should call OB or go to the hospital and I decided to just go to sleep. Woke up Sunday really early without much change. I started feeling cramping and more contractions and mid-morning called on-call OB who told me to lay on my left side and drink water if no change, go to the hospital. 30 min later was at the hospital where I had a lot of regular contractions and dilated to a 3.

I was admitted on bed rest along with a magnesium drip to try and stop labor along with steroids to help her lungs develop. An ultrasound at the hospital shows her weight at 5lbs 0 oz and head down. I am here for minimum 48 hours and will go from there. At that time I'll be 34 weeks.

The magnesium makes me feel like shit, but anything for my little girl. If you have a moment please say a prayer for us or a good thought. Thank you!

Saturday, November 2, 2013

November

It never for a second crossed my mind that my princess could be born in November. With an EDD of mid-Dec all I could think was one day that month, but yesterday I found out otherwise.

I made an appt with the OB, mine is out of town on vacay until Thurs 11/7, to just talk about what's going on and what I can do. On Thurs night I had a lot of contractions and was thisclose to going back to the hospital. After talking to me and then checking I was now dilated to almost a 2 and told that my cervix and all that is telling her I'm ripe for delivery at any moment. She predicted Kate Lyn will be here by Thanksgiving. That everything that needs to be done so I can bring her home must be done now. So that is a lot of what I'm doing this weekend.

On Tuesday I'll be 34 weeks and I am so close to being full-term but not quite. I hope Katy can hold out towards the end of the month, but I'll be ready when she is and right now all I can do is pray and be prepared.

I am scared but I am beyond lucky and I don't forget that for a second. Lucky to be pregnant at all, lucky to have a great support system, lucky that she's made it this far and while Nov is earlier than it should be, she should be born healthy and just need a little help.

Please keep us in your thoughts if you can.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Labor and Delivery visit-33 weeks

On Tuesday I finished my last childbirth class.  I walked out of the hospital and told David, well, that's it, next time I'm here it's "show time".  Well......  Not even 24 hours later I find myself in Labor and Delivery...

I've been feeling "off" for a few days.  On Saturday after 8 weeks of no bleeding and spotting I find blood in the morning.  I call the on-call OB who tells me not to worry, as long as it's stopped I'm okay.  I go about my day, Sunday I don't feel so hot.  Monday and Tuesday I have a hard time at work.  Nothing special, just a very strong urge to go home, well, duh, I have a million and one things to do before Katy comes.

Wednesday-yesterday, I wake up and notice some cramps.  Weird, but whatever, I go to work.  I have cramps all day at work.  I notice more tightness than usual in my uterus and also some discharge (sorry TMI).  I decide to call around 2:30ish to see if it's "normal" to feel what I feel.  My OB is on vacay for a week (of course) so the nurse talks to on-call doctor and I get a call back saying, no, not normal, go to hospital.  I'm trying to talk the nurse out of this.  Cramps aren't that bad, not wrapping around my back, no sign of weird fluid leakage, no blood, etc...  She says, "GO!".  I get this call while my friend is giving me the shower pics and so I go to the hospital.  I get hooked up and the whole time I'm apologizing, cause nothing is really happening, right??? WRONG!

Contractions are at 6 minutes apart pretty steadily and I start feeling them more.  They just monitor me and Katy (she is doing lovely as always), but my contractions do not stop or lessen or anything.  After a couple of hours they do a cervical check and I'm starting to dilate, almost a full CM, normal for about 36 weeks, not 33 weeks.  So the nurse calls the on-call OB back and they get ready to give me a shot of this nice thing called Terbutaline (being sarcastic).  This shot burns like anything going in (similar to my trigger shot) and hurts at the site after.  It sends your body into "fight or flight" response, so increased heart rate, increased blood pressure, etc, so I feel like crap, but contractions slow finally after 4 hours of six minute intervals.  After 30 minutes I have just a few minor ones and I'm given one more shot and sent home.  I don't know why my body went into "early labor" mode, but it was pretty scary.  Viable doesn't mean ready and I hope she doesn't come any earlier than at least 4 weeks.

My next OB appointment is 11/8 when my guy is back in town and I hope nothing major happens in between.  I took today off of work to relax and take it easy and hopefully my body doesn't do anything like it did yesterday.  All prayers that my princess make it to term are appreciated.

Baby Shower

I've said it before and I'll say it again-to say that I am lucky and blessed is a complete understatement of my life.  I have the most incredible marriage and the most amazing and wonderful friends.  I had my shower on October 19th and I just got my pictures yesterday.  So, this blog is mostly a picture frenzy.  I feel so unbelievably lucky and amazed that anyone would go through this much effort just for me and my girl.

Lets begin with the decorations.  Oh and the theme, due to my Hello Kitty obsession, is "Hello Katy".











Then there were the guests and the gifts:




 This is a hand-made I-Spy quilt-Love it!!!


Handmade quilt in nursery colors-so soft!!!

Love this personalized Hello Kitty onesie from my girl Veronica!!  Shout out to the most awesome girl ever, my only real-life friend that reads this blog.  :-)


The best for last-My "Dream Team", the hostesses that made this amazing shower possible!!!  
(I hope it's okay Veronica, I don't single you out in the photo)


Tuesday, October 8, 2013

10 week countdown begins...

To say I am surprised to be this far along is an understatement.  I honestly cannot believe that I am 30 weeks today!  I am blown away at how far along I am and many days that I'm even pregnant at all, but here I am.

I have so many mixed feelings and emotions.  I am beyond blessed to be here, but at the same time I hurt for those who have yet to join me.  Those who are still trying and praying each and every day.  I stay as active as I can and I hope those of you who are still trying know how much I care and how much I will continue to support you.  Some days and with some people I struggle with how much to show myself because while I know the support is appreciated, the reminder of where I am isn't.  I would hate to bring pain to anyone because while I may be pregnant, I don't ever forget the pain, nor will I ever.

I had a little bit of a rough 2nd trimester.  I bled at least once a week, sometimes more.  I was pretty scared that things were not going well that I would either lose my daughter or that she would come way too soon.  However close the end of the 2nd tri the bleeding stopped, it was right around my last ultrasound at 24 weeks that showed my placenta has moved.  Around 27 weeks I started to feel more energetic and in general I feel pretty good.  I do have some discomfort, some pain, but all that is normal, and all that is a reminder that every day my baby girl grows bigger and stronger.

I had my OB appt yesterday and it went as perfect as perfect can be.  My uterus measures exactly right, my blood pressure is nice and low at 100/57, my weight gain has been minimal at 5 lbs (I wasn't little to start with or anything), and all my gestational diabetes test came back at 107 after one hour.  All my other blood work is perfect.  My OB pretty much considers me the ideal pregnant woman right now.  I've never really heard those words before "just perfect" when it came to anything regarding my body, so quite surprised.

I'm on target for a regular birth when Kate Lyn is ready.  We've begun working on her nursery with her furniture arriving on Sunday.  I'll be sharing pictures once it's completed.  I'll have one more ultrasound probably around 34 weeks to get a good gauge on her measurements and maybe even an estimate on when she might arrive.

Last week my husband and I started childbirth classes.  The first class scared the crap out of me.  It was an overview, but after spending so much time trying to figure out how to get her in me, it's a little unnerving to figure out how she's going to come out, but it's going to be fine.  I will also be encapsulating the placenta and I've contacted a professional who does this and my OB and hospital are accepting of that and said I can take the placenta.  I will start acupuncture again in two weeks (10/22) to prep my body for labor and end of pregnancy stuff.

Here's a bit of  a timeline of events:

Chidlbirth classes-every single Tuesday in October (5 week series)
Infant Care class-Took this on 10/5, very informative and good class.
Breastfeeding class-10/27
My baby shower is 10/19
Maternity shoot is on 11/17-exactly one month before my due date

I'm scheduling both newborn photos at the hospital and the weekend after she comes home.  The hospital ones will mostly be her, probably a couple with my husband and I.  The home ones of course will be her, husband and I, and possibly grandparents/aunt/uncles/cousins.

I'm currently seeing the OB every two weeks, my next appointment is 10/21 and he'll discuss my last ultrasound at that time.

Lastly, here's some pictures taken of me today at 30 weeks.



Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Viability!

I can't believe I've seen the day when I can actually post this, but here I am!  Yesterday was 24w0d exactly, my sweet Kate Lyn is viable!  I just truly can't believe it!!  I feel so incredibly lucky, I can't even explain it.

I had my ultrasound appointment yesterday, mostly to check on the placenta, but it ended up being another anatomy scan.  Over an hour of seeing my beautiful, beautiful princess and getting to see every piece and part of her that's forming exactly as it should.  I can't believe this miracle.  It was amazing to see her move on the screen and then feel it in my body, very surreal.  I've been smiling every since.

I've been dealing with a few bleeding episodes that have left me unsettled and I was becoming more and more worried that I have placenta previa.  I bleed about once a week for about 30-45 min, usually a light steady flow that's bright red, no tissue.  Last week I had either bled or spotted nearly every single day and it just scared me, so I was a bit anxious for this ultrasound and not really expecting to get much info.  However, in her own way, this amazing tech delivered.  She said things like here's your placenta way up here, and here's your cervix way over there, as in, no the placenta is not near and you are okay.  I meet with my OB Friday morning and I'll do another update on that day after seeing him.  Her overall measurement for the u/s was 24w1d, so just perfect as can be!

Here's my current bump pic and also a pic from yesterdays u/s showing her sweet face.  She's too big now for her whole body to show up in one picture, so her 18 week photo is the last one I have of her like that.




Tuesday, July 30, 2013

"Half Baked"

Today I am officially 20 weeks!  I can't believe that I am here, halfway through my pregnancy with a healthy little girl.  I feel so blessed, it's just unbelievable.

Some new developments are that I feel some kicks.  They were very infrequent in the past two weeks and I had no idea what I was feeling.  Since week 18 I feel all sorts of stuff, cramping, pulling, twinging, and something else that feels like a little flick of a finger against the skin.  I ignored it at first, but it keeps happening and more frequently now and finally I realized a few days ago they are definitely kicks.  They happen suddenly and quickly and then just stop.  In the past few days I feel them more and more and it's very reassuring that she's in there.

I took a bump pic today.  In my first trimester I lost 9 lbs.  Up until last week I had gained back nothing, but this last week I've gained back two of those pounds.  I also had no bump whatsoever until just a few days ago. Over the weekend it's like I suddenly got a little belly.  Posting my "half baked" bump pick.




In general I am feeling pretty good.  I am very tired.  Many people talk about this energy that comes in the 2nd trimester, but I don't seem to be experiencing it very much, I mostly run out of energy after a while so it's slow going.

I've started working on her nursery.  I was actually thinking of doing my registry since I'm in between jobs and have a little bit of a break, but when looking at the bedding set I had always dreamed of, I learned it was discontinued by the manufacturer.  I was very upset and nearly broke down.  Even before I started TTC and struggling with IF I wanted this set.  Dreamed of this set.  It's hard to explain and when it was gone it broke me.  I started looking up websites and ebay and could only find part of it.  I was really upset and just shut down on Saturday.  My mom convinced me to buy all the pieces I could and we'd make up the rest with the pattern, colors, etc and tie it all in together.  I was able to find the crib set, diaper stacker, lamps, mobile, and wall decal.  My mom helped me find a coordinating rug, hamper, nightlight, and valance.  I can't wait for this room to take shape.  Here's a picture of the nursery of my dreams.  It's going to be a little bit modified, but will have all the colors and everything.


I found her perfect nursery set too and will be ordering it tomorrow.  We are getting everything in "Colonial White" and we are getting her the crib, full bed conversion kit, double dresser and hutch combo, 5 drawer dresser, and nightstand.  I'll find a glider eventually a well to add, but this stuff is so durable and nice and had a great rating in the Baby Bargains book and also online from what I could see.  As my mom says it's "Cradle2College" furniture.  

I had my anatomy scan two weeks ago at 18 weeks.  I got a few pictures of her and I'm sharing two of them.  A regular sonogram and then a 3d pic of her.  She wasn't too cooperative so these are the only "good" pics of her.  I think she's camera shy, like mommy.



Finally, we have a name!  We've decided to name her Kate Lyn Naylor.  We will most likely call her "Katy", but we love that she has a name she can change to suit her personality and grow with.  She can be Kat, Katy, Kay, Katelyn, Kate, or anything else she comes up with.