Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Biophysical profile

Went great! Not to brag, but my kid is a rockstar. She is 3.5 pounds and passed all the tests they gave her! They said she looks very happy in there. She took some practice breaths, was swallowing just fine, and would not stop moving! She is big and doesn't have a lot of room, but she doesn't let that bother her at all. The tech said she would guess I will have her by May 1st - so I still have a chance at my April diamond baby : )

Boring stats: Up 15 pounds for the pregnancy, blood pressure still 110/60, measuring at 31 weeks.

Nothing else exciting...still can't sleep. She told me to take tylenol PM or benadryl to help with that. I hate it when people say, oh just wait until the baby gets here. Then you really can't sleep. Don't you think I know that!! I am just hoping to be well rested when she gets here! Goodness!!

Still no belly pic - I'll get on that one soon.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Praying for daylight

It makes me nervous that at 30 weeks pregnant, I am having trouble sleeping. I still have 2 months left! Isn't this not supposed to happen until later? I toss and turn all night trying to get comfortable. And tossing and turning when you have a basketball under your jammies is not easy. My poor dogs...they love to snuggle against me when we sleep, but they are just annoyed with constantly being moved around these days. Sorry, guy! Just wait until Paige is here and and up crying every 2 hours!!

Speaking of that - we plan on keeping the baby in our room in bassinet for the first few weeks of her life, then moving her into her crib. This is more for my benefit than hers. I worry that I am going to be so nervous leaving her side when we first bring her home. I'll want her right there so I can check on her whenever I want. Hopefully, I'll learn after a few weeks that she will be fine during the night, the baby monitors will work, and I can move her into her own room. That is what it is there for!

I have a special request: please pray for a great couple that David and I have known for a while. They are navigating their own path to parenthood, and are making some very exciting progress...baby could just be around the corner!!!!

Oh - and don't worry - a belly shot will come soon : )

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Paige in 3D

The most amazing Valentine's Day gift ever from the best husband ever! David and I had an amazing time looking at our precious girl, Paige!! We weren't able to capture the best face shots because she is pressed so tightly against my placenta, but we managed to get a few : ) In the second picture she is opening her little mouth. Awwwww..... : )
She is so adorable, with chubby cheeks and full lips. I swear she looks like David - just like I wanted. If it is possible, I am even more excited to meet her now.
Oh, and for the last picture...yes that is her vagina. I have been told several times that she is a girl. Since I was 13 weeks pregnant every ultrasound tech in the greater metro area has told me I am having a girl. But I STILL got nervous that this baby would pop out a boy. This is the final proof. GIRL! She is all girl! Thank GOD haha

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Be at Peace

I found this from another blog, and had to share it. It brought tears to my eyes. I get so wrapped up my own insecurities and fears about life in general, and specifically this pregnancy - that I forget this.

"Be at Peace," by Saint Francis de Sales

Do not look forward in fear to the changes in life;
rather, look to them with full hope that as they arise,
God will lead you safely through all things; and when you cannot stand it, God will carry you in His Arms.

Do not fear what may happen tomorrow;
the same understanding Father who cares for you today will take care of you tomorrow and every day.
He will either shield you from suffering or will give you the unfailing strength to bear it.
Be at peace then, and put aside all anxious thoughts and imaginations.

Monday, February 9, 2009

If you're happy and you know it...

I PASSED!!! Holy crap! I passed my 3 hour glucose tolerance test. To fail, you needed to fail 2 out of the 4 blood draws, and I only failed 1. This means that I still need to watch my diet (which I am - big time), but I am in no danger at all - all my other levels were fantastic. Praise God! This was such amazing news to hea

In other news...I am freaking huge. Despite what it looks like, I did not just shove a basketball under my shirt. This is a baby. A squirmy, jumpy little baby girl. I can't believe I have only gained 13 pounds. I am just massive!

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Mother F*cker

Well that was short lived

My optimism went out the window the day after my wonderful OB appointment. I got the call. I was a huge colossal failure on the glucose screening test. I failed so badly, that the three hour test I am doing on Friday is merely a formality to confirm the diagnosis: Gestational Diabetes. I have to go in the morning, drink the orange crap (only more of it), and sit in their office for three hours – having my blood drawn on the hour every hour. Then I get to meet with the doctor and a nutritionist to teach me how to keep this under control. Prick my finger, test the blood sugar…fun stuff.

So last night for dinner, I had grilled chicken. Then I had an apple for dessert. I have been obsessively reading about the glycemic index, and the foods I should eat to keep my blood sugar levels down. I know it is so important for a healthy baby, so I am going to follow the diet to a T. No slip-ups. I am an all or nothing kind of girl anyway.

As if I don’t worry about my baby enough. After my freak out with her not moving much and going to labor and deliver, I thought – finally. I am going to get to enjoy being pregnant. Well that lasted 12 hours. If it’s not one thing, it’s another. Now Paige is kicking me like crazy, but I have to worry about her being 10 pounds and being hypoglycemic. Or is it hyperglycemic? Either way, it’s not good.

I honestly could care less about the diet thing. It really makes no difference to me. Sure, I will miss my ice cream, baked potatoes, french fries, etc…but it is just food. I can certainly give those things up. And will do it happily, I just want my baby to be healthy. I mean we could all stand to eat a little better, I am just doing it out of necessity.

So it took me two years to get pregnant, a cycle of IVF, losing a twin late in the first trimester, gestational diabetes, and God knows what else is going to happen these last few months…just to get my Paige. I am certain she will be well worth it : )

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Hello, third trimester

So glad to be here, thanks for inviting me! I had my week 28 appointment today. It went great! Except for the fact that I had to drink that NASTY orange glucose drink then sit for an hour...GROSS!!! Hopefully I pass and don't have to repeat it! I was up 2 pounds since last time, which puts me at a 13 pound total weight gain so far. I have 12 weeks to go, so that is just fine! Looks like I should meet my goal of 25 pounds, and maybe even beat it! Go me! Now David better hurry home with my garlic cheese bread from Little Ceasar's...

I am getting another ultrasound in three weeks. The Biophysical profile, she called it. It will make sure that she is just as perfect as I am imagining her to be, which I know she is! David also told me that he made an appointment for us on Valentine's Day to get a 3D/4D ultrasound! What a sweet husband I have! I am so excited for that.

So everything in pregnancy land is going great. We are getting more and more excited to meet our sweet girl, Paige.

Don't you worry - I'll get a bump pic later this week!