lunabee34baby: (tmi by cru5h)
Had my 30 week visit on Monday. Have gained 15 lbs. No protein in urine. BP 143/78. Everything looking great.

Fiona is growing every more increasingly active. She woke me up in the middle of the night kicking for the first time, and some of her movements actually hurt now rather than being merely startling, uncomfortable or weird. LOL

I have returned to being as exhausted as I was in the very beginning, that sick swimmy tired feeling like you just can't keep your eyes open. Bleck. I am having a lot of breathlessness as well. I am no longer cold all the time. :( I was hoping that symptom would linger. The night sweats have returned! Boo hiss. Oh well, at least it took this long to start.

Had a good convo with the doc about what to expect re: delivery since I delivered 10 years ago and it was under emergency conditions. He said that while I would have to have the baby's heart monitored every fifteen minutes or so, I could walk around and etc. as long as the heart rate stays normal. He said I can opt for a port and won't need an immediate IV. I will not have a catheter unless I have a C-section. They do not routinely do episiotomies either. I also told him I am super afraid of getting blood clots given what happened to my college roommate last year and what happened to Josh. So we talked about what we can do to prevent them: getting ambulatory as soon as possible and remaining so, compression socks if I have surgery, and starting an aspirin regimen post-partum which is okay even if I am nursing. He also explained to me what a blood clot developing in my leg would feel and look like so I can stop freaking out every time I have a twinge that I'm getting deep vein thrombosis. I'm sure it's far from the most ridiculous convo he's had with a pregnant lady. LOL

Mom and Dad are coming tomorrow, and we'll finally get the closet functional. Nesting can thus recommence. They are also bringing a lot of the loaners from my brother and sister-in-law, so that's awesome. :)

One more point of good news--another friend is pregnant! She's fourteen weeks along (she actually found out she was pregnant the last time we visited them LOL) and this time with a singleton instead of twins (which I'm sure is a relief). I am so glad my two best girlfriends are pregnant at the same time I am. Our babies (all four of them! wow!) will be so close in age, and I predict the playdates will be epic. LOL

26 weeks

Mar. 18th, 2013 01:42 pm
lunabee34baby: (finger by lyckaa)
I woke up around 4 last night with pain in my ribs on the right side that didn't diminish until I got out of bed several hours later, which freaked me out and made me think that my blood pressure was rising. While I was in the shower, my kneecap slipped out of socket and I fell. *sigh* Deeply painful. I called the doctor and they told me to go to CVS, check my blood pressure, and if it was high (150/100 or greater) to come in. It read as 140/98, and I decided to just to ahead and go in; I was scheduled for a Wednesday appt anyway. I don't think I could have navigated the stairs up to my office anyway (and I'm a little concerned about that for tomorrow, but *shrugs*; I guess I will manage).

I felt a little silly (but relieved!) once the appt was over. No protein in my urine and my blood pressure was lower than the last visit I had (something like 127/78 or thereabouts). I didn't even mention my knee because they'd charge me extra for talking to me about something non-pregnancy related. LOL I can't decide if I need to wrap my knee with an ace bandage or if that's bad when you're pregnant. IDK

I'd gained two more pounds for a total of 8 lbs. Not bad. As long as it stays at about a lb a week, I'll be right on target for about 20 lbs total.

They want me to go back next week for my next appt, which seems a bit excessive to me, but whatever. The doc also said that as long as I'm not spilling protein and my blood pressure stays down, travel in April should be fine as long as we stop frequently for me to walk and move around. So that's good.

Josh was gone for this whole weekend to a bachelor party, which I think contributed to my mild hysterics this morning. LOL Not to mention, I'm just really emotional lately. I spent waiting time at the doc's re-reading my SGA fanfiction and making myself cry with my own awesomeness. Yeah. It was that kinda morning. LOL

While he was gone, I did some cleaning out of the closet in Fiona's room, I bought a purple trashcan and some little baby gowns, Emma and I made a lamp for her room, and I went through all the clothes I'd saved from when Emma was a baby. A lot of them were actually mine when I was a kid. Not a lot of stuff for newborns outside of Sunday dress type stuff (OMG, y'all, I had forgotten I had like twenty five little Feltman Brothers dresses with the smocking and sweet embroidery, and most of those were ones I wore as a baby. I am determined to get Fiona into all of them, even if it's just to take a picture). So I washed all the clothes and sorted them into sizes and hung up the little dresses and coats (so many gorgeous knitted coats and sweaters!). There were some gorgeous baby blankets, too, so I washed those and hung them up on the quilt rack Daddy made. Her room is starting to look really awesome. (Just as soon as we make the final furniture purchases, pictures will happen!) I'm a little concerned that Fiona won't be able to wear some of the clothes because Ems was a winter baby and Fiona will be a summer baby (not to mention that I hope she is a much, much bigger baby! Ems was in 0-3 for about five months because she came early).

24 weeks

Mar. 5th, 2013 12:35 pm
lunabee34baby: (breakfast by saltwaterblood)
I had the 24 week appointment yesterday, and everything was fine. I've gained 6lbs total at this point, so yay! Not gaining too much weight! the only downside is that my blood pressure was a little high. I have to start going every two weeks now instead of four so they can monitor me for preeclampsia. *sigh* Everything else has been so fantastic that I was hoping we could skip the preeclampsia this round. I am going to remain optimistic, but I guess I better start thinking about transferring my classes to online instruction if I have to go on bed rest again (which will be easily done because they're already web-enhanced). We are also scheduled to go to a wedding in April followed by my defense, and those might need to be canceled if my blood pressure worsens. I just don't want to have another premie, and I really don't want to have a C-section. Bah.

I have noticed that I am way more emotional, crying for no reason, tears welling up for any emotion, even positive ones. I think a lot of it is the dissertation, and once that's over, I can relax and not be so wound up. We'll see.

Other than that, nothing much different to report.
lunabee34baby: (breakfast by saltwaterblood)
I had my second doctor's appointment today. I've lost three pounds which is fantastic (and surprising LOL). I'm so glad I haven't gained weight yet; I know that I don't need to gain a substantial amount of weight to sustain this pregnancy, and most of the weight gain should come at the end, so score one for me!

My blood pressure was a little elevated, but I don't know if that's white coat syndrome or if it's really starting to elevate. *shrugs* The doc didn't seem worried.

I had a moment of panic when they fumbled around for awhile trying to find the baby's heartbeat, but eventually they found it over to the left side instead of in the middle, and the doctor said the heartbeat sounded just great.

I keep waiting for the other shoe to drop or someone to pull the rug out from under me, but other than exhaustion, headaches, breast tenderness, congestion, and trouble sleeping, I really don't have any pregnancy symptoms. I can easily forget that I am pregnant for long stretches at a time. Before this pregnancy, I never understood how people could be pregnant for months and just not know, but if being pregnant can be like this, I kinda get it. I mean, I could see somebody being stressed (headaches! exhaustion! trouble sleeping) and thinking they have some lingering cold and not even realizing they're pregnant. Of course, I still don't understand how you get to the point where the baby is moving around and not realize that Something is Different. LOL

But, I can't believe this has been this easy. It worries me. Naturally.

Doctor gave me the thumbs up on everything, so I'm just sitting tight until the next appointment which is for Jan. 2 at 15 weeks. I imagine that'll be a repeat of the same unless something changes between now and then. I did have them check my thyroid just because mom's crapped out in her early thirties after two pregnancies, and I have been cold. I NEVER EVER get cold. I am by nature a hot and sweaty individual, and pregnancy is by nature a hot and sweaty enterprise as the increased blood volume tends to make you warmer. But I have been cold ever since I got pregnant, like long pants with socks with a tank top and a long sleeved shirt and sometimes a robe and under a blanket kinda cold. IN SEPTEMBER, MIND YOU (which in the South is essentially July LOL). So, worth checking out.

I am very impressed with this practice. I did not wait more than ten minutes in the waiting room for either appointment; both started on time, and I was not left to languish in an examination room either time.

Emma and I had some good bonding time today. We went to Michael's and picked out crafts for her birthday party. I had the grand idea that if all of the birthday party is regimented activity time, nobody has any time to argue. So we are making cookies--sugar cookies with several different kinds of sprinkles and icing to be piped on, and I got little tins for the girls to take some home--and several different Christmas ornament craft things, and these little wooden boxes they can paint and bejewel. We're having a wii bowling tournament, and playing at least one board game and going to the Mexican restaurant for tacos, so that sounds like a full evening to me. It was good to hang out with her and focus on her; I definitely want her to understand that Trashboat is not supplanting her in our affections at all.

Final bit of miscellany: Trashboat is the size of a lime!
lunabee34baby: (Default)
I had the first doctor's appointment today at 7 weeks. I had gotten myself worked up that since I'm not sick this time around that something was wrong. Josh went with me both because I don't like to navigate to new places and because I was anxious about there being a problem.

I really like the practice; everyone was really friendly and on their game. I didn't even feel the flu shot the nurse gave me, and the pap smear was the friendliest encounter I've had with the mascara wand of doom. I like the doc; he's very laid back which will help with the not feeding into my already over-the-top anxiety. He was all, "Eat whatever you've been eating. Most of those rules about what not to eat and drink and do and etc. are all bunk."

He did the ultrasound; I'd never had a vaginal ultrasound before. It was a bit weird, especially because the gel is warm, bordering on hot, rather than cold. Trashboat was present exactly where she should be, exactly the size she should be, and her heart was beating reassuringly. And she was blessedly alone LOL so no twins for me. :) I can now officially stop freaking myself out and get on with the joy-having.

Doc said that because I had preeclampsia before, I was more likely to have it again, and they'd watch me closely.

I weighed 196.6 pounds, so I haven't gained any weight since October 11--good news there. My blood pressure was good, too, even though I was really anxious. Due date is projected as June 25th, which is what internet told me.

The only slightly irritating thing is that because of my insurance, I have to get my labs done at a separate facility. But the blood being drawn wasn't bad, there was no wait, and they have another branch in a closer town if I ever need to just gets labs done without a doc appointment.

We told some friends tonight, and everyone was really excited for us. That was a nice feeling.

Mom and Dad are coming Friday, and we'll tell them then. Josh's parents are coming for Thanksgiving and we'll tell them then.
lunabee34baby: (cats by fromthewind)
mostly because we have the patience of gnats (or some other unpatientlike creatures).

At first, she didn't believe us. She kept saying, "No, you're not. Quit joking around. You're too old to have another baby." Once we explained that it was not a joke or a trick, she got this really upset look on her face and said she had to go to the bathroom. When she came out, she still looked really upset but wouldn't admit she was upset. I asked her if she was worried that we wouldn't love her as much as the new baby, and then she started crying and said, "Yes!" in the most sobby, pitiful voice. Once we reassured her that we could never love anybody more than her, she calmed down, and now she's really excited. I think she is going to be a fabulous big sister, and she's excited about a new baby. She's been really solicitous, too--asking me if I feel okay and helping around the house. I'm so thrilled she's excited. :)

So far, I really don't feel like I did before in my previous pregnancy. I'm not sick like at all. I'm really tired, and my boobs hurt, and my knee is killing me, and I have to pee every three seconds, but I don't feel anything like I did when I was pregnant before. I'm trying not to find that disconcerting and find it comforting instead with varying degrees of success.
lunabee34baby: (Default)
I went to the doctor yesterday to get a referral to an OBGYN and to get a blood test to confirm the pee test(s!) I took at home. They drew my blood and then told me that I can call on FRIDAY for the results. LOL I don't know what I expected to happen--maybe the skies to open and a heavenly light to shine down on my stomach while the doctor extolled, "Yes! You are pregnant, the best and most pregnant I have ever seen! Go forth and glow, Lorraine!" LOL

I did get a good referral though, a practice that two of the nurses at my GP's have actually used recently, so that makes me feel good. We are close to two major cities, and while Major City A would be more convenient, I want to go to a doc in Major City B because they have a NICU. If I do have preeclampsia again, I do not want to be put in the position of being separated from my baby. When they induced Emma early, we were living in Oxford, and the hospital there is a tiny Baptist hospital with no NICU. I cannot describe to you the utter terror I felt when the doctor told me, "Welp. Looks like you're having a baby today. She's early, so there might be complications. If there are, you have to stay here, and we'll transport the baby to Saint Jude's in Memphis, and it'll be at least a week before we discharge you because of your condition."

Um, no. I am not fucking doing that again. So, I got a referral to a doc in City B and have an appointment for November 7th. They want you to be at least 7 weeks at your first appointment so that they can do an ultrasound. I am stoked!

My blood pressure was a wee tad high yesterday (130/87) which pisses me off. My blood pressure is always good; I guess gaining all that weight back did a doozy on my BP. *sigh* I do not want to start the pregnancy off with a high BP already, darn it.

And also, in a bit of a Walt Whitman moment, I know I said a few posts back that I am feeling pretty zen and all that, but I'm starting to get a bit freaked out that I'm not feeling sick yet. I wish that instead of watching eight hours of Law and Order a day, I had kept track of how my pregnancy with Emma went. LOL I see online that most people don't start to have morning sickness until the 6th week, and I'm just at 4. I wish I could remember how quickly I got ill with her. I know it sounds weird, but there's something kind of reassuring about being sick as a dog. You can't feel the baby move for such a long time, but if you're puking, then that baby's still gelling. LOL

Maybe I won't be sick at all. I'd never hear the end of it from my mother. LOL
lunabee34baby: (tmi by cru5h)
I was talking with [livejournal.com profile] crazydiamondsue the other day about how different this pregnancy already is for me than when I was pregnant with Emma eleven years ago. She and her husband struggled for years with infertility before having a miracle baby, and as I've grown older and have had more and more friends like Sue who have struggled with fertility issues at some point, it's become more and more obvious to me how lucky Josh and I have been. And what a privileged little shit I was at 22-23. LOL

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