Thursday, August 29, 2013

29 Weeks (way late)

I swear I'm not being lazy. I've been really busy and have just this very moment had a chance to post my 29 week update... at 29w5d!

Last weekend we went to Maumee Bay State Park for a mini family vacation. Although I did get home on Saturday evening, I had a rehearsal dinner to attend. Monday I had a dress fitting, Tuesday I took a sewing class, yesterday I had the wedding rehearsal, and now on Thursday I am running errands and trying to relax. T minus 2.5 hours until it's time for my mani/pedi with the bride and maids!

Oh, and did I mention throughout the past 2 weeks I've been trying to pack as much as possible BECAUSE........ we close on our new house on Tuesday!!! This weekend will be spent really packing everything else. I'm so excited, but I have to admit that I get a little sad when I think about leaving our apartment. We've been here for almost 4 years. My walks with Teddy around the complex are limited now. Matt of course thinks I'm crazy for being sad over this! :)

How far along? 29w5d - Oops.
How big is baby? The bump says an acorn squash. I dunno what this is.
Total weigh gain? I'm fluctuating between the 18-20 pound range.
Maternity clothes? Love.
Stretch marks? Nope!
Sleep? Sleep is good. Not waking up a ton to use the bathroom and it's pretty easy for me to fall back to sleep if I do get up to pee.
Best moment this week? This week has just been so busy. Hanging out at Maumee Bay was fun! I think the best moment this week will be seeing Kristin walk down the aisle tomorrow evening! The sewing class was also fun and I'm probably more excited than I should be to buy a sewing machine now!
Miss anything? I kinda miss beer and wine.
Movement? I love feeling and seeing her move around! It's so fun to watch. I just stare at my stomach while laying in bed and am amazed that there's a little person in there!
Food cravings? I'm kind of craving cupcakes!
Anything making you queasy or sick? No!
Gender? Baby girl!
Labor signs? No, but I do think I experienced some braxton hicks on Tuesday while walking Teddy. They weren't at all painful, and I'm still not sure that's what they were. I've heard that you feel pressure sometimes but my stomach just got really really tight.
Symptoms? Nothing really to speak of other than the belly. :)
Belly button in, or out? It pops out depending on my position. It's still an innie if I'm laying down but if I'm sitting or standing it's either flat or popping out a bit.
Wedding rings on or off? On, although on Saturday before I left Maumee Bay my hands did get very swollen which was worrisome for a bit. My rings were on at the time but I wouldn't have been able to get them off had I tried. I also didn't know having swollen hands would be painful. Ouch! Luckily after resting for a bit and drinking some water they were back to normal.
Happy or moody most of the time? Happy!!
Looking forward to? Meeting my babe in 10 weeks or less! Drinking a beer. Celebrating Kristin's wedding tomorrow, Closing and moving next week, a 3D ultrasound on 9/8, and an ultrasound to check on little one's kidney's on 9/9!! <-- Don't judge me for getting 2 ultrasounds in a row. The 3D is for fun for Matt and I. I have a coupon so we're getting a good price and we didn't want to pass up an opportunity to see what this baby looks like now! The MFM has only turned the 3D view on during the kidney appointments once and I'm pretty sure it was because she felt bad that we had to wait forever before being seen, and their machine isn't great at printing the 3D images. 

Monday, August 19, 2013

Kidney Update

I received a phone call from Children's Hospital today to go over what will happen in the next few months and after Sadie is born.

We won't have to meet with a urologist before she's born, but I spoke with a nurse practitioner today, she was able to answer all of my current questions, and even gave me her direct number in case I had questions come up between now and when we actually do meet with them.

Basically what we'll do is continue to get ultrasounds every few weeks until Sadie is born. We have our next ultrasound with our MFM in 3 weeks. We're going to have them send the ultrasound pictures to Children's because they only sent them a report last time, no pics. They want to make sure her growth and fluid levels are fine from now until birth. One question I forgot to ask was what would happen if for some reason her fluid levels decreased. I can ask that at my next appointment though, I already wrote it down!

We'll call Children's again after Sadie is born and set up an appointment with them for about 2 weeks after her birth. They said that doctor's at other hospitals may like to see babies right away but they expect that a newborn will be dehydrated in the first few days of life, so this isn't going to do any good for us. She'll have an ultrasound and then we'll meet with one of the urologists that day to go over the ultrasound results.

Kelly said that she could have urinary reflux which means that her urine is going backward into her kidney instead of going out or there could be a kink in the tubing which is causing a blockage. In most cases antibiotics can fix the problem and in rare cases surgery might be needed.

We won't know much more than that until she's born so we're just taking things day by day and praying that her fluid levels and growth stays where it's supposed to be! I am relieved that they don't feel it necessary to do anything immediately after birth. I have no birth plan other than to go to the hospital and have a baby and to get at least an hour of skin to skin immediately after birth and nurse within that hour so fingers crossed that nothing interferes with my "birth plan."

Sunday, August 18, 2013

28 Weeks

Update on Friday's ultrasound:
Sadie's left kidney is still dilated, and getting bigger. 4 weeks ago her left kidney was measuring at 8mm and on Friday it measured at 13mm. Under 7 is "normal" so, in my eyes, we're well out of the normal range, but Dr. S says this is still moderately dilated. While this isn't good news, our doctor still isn't very concerned about this. We will continue to monitor through ultrasounds until birth and will probably meet with a urologist before Sadie is born, but once she's here they'll be able to do better ultrasounds on her directly and know what will need to be done to correct the problem after birth (if it doesn't correct itself on its own). This little lady is measuring a week ahead at 29 weeks and weighs about 2lbs 13oz! Our ultrasound techs are still commenting on her looong legs! Our tech on Friday even switched over to 3d for a bit (I think she felt bad that we had a long 45 minute wait in the waiting room before being seen). I asked if they'd be able to tell if our girl has hair yet and they said that it does look like she has at least a little bit of hair! :)

How far along? 28w1d
 How big is baby? This week the bump says my little girl is the size of an eggplant!
Total weigh gain? I keep forgetting to weigh myself at home and still don't agree with the doctor's scales. I'll be sure to weigh myself before my next check in next week!
Maternity clothes? Always. I do have to say, I'm pretty disappointed in the maternity clothes sold at stores here (Target, Kohl's, Destination Maternity). I went to look for a dress I could wear to a bacherlorette party and was disappointed that I couldn't find anything. I guess I should have planned for it better and found something online. My favorite online store to shop right now is Pink Blush Maternity. It's not the best quality or maybe I should just read the care instructions better, but their clothes are really cute and really reasonably priced.
Stretch marks? Nope. Still piling on the cocoa butter. Maybe I should buy stock?
Sleep? Although I'm not waking up a ton to go to the bathroom, sleep is becoming more uncomfortable. It's a bummer that I can't just get out of bed anymore and literally have to roll out :) leg cramps wake me up in the morning and my hips "falling asleep" is painful. Ugh.
Best moment this week? Being able to see my little cutie was awesome. I'm still worried about her kidneys, but just trying to take cues from the doctor and she tells me not to be worried about it so that's what I'm trying to do (not worry). Also, Matthew has taken to talking to Sadie a little bit at night and it's really sweet. Those moments have been pretty amazing too.
Miss anything? Nope, not right now!!
Movement? I love feeling her moving around.
Food cravings? Back to beer :)
Anything making you queasy or sick? No!
Gender? Baby girl!
Labor signs? Nope.
Symptoms? Weird dreams still!
Belly button in, or out? Still just barely in.
Wedding rings on or off? On!!
Happy or moody most of the time? Happy!!
Looking forward to? Meeting this little girl in 12 weeks (or 10 if we're going by my schedule...haha I kid, I kid, kinda)!!

28 week bump: exhaustion edition

Sunday, August 11, 2013

27 Weeks

I made it to 27 weeks! This month is flying by, this is officially the last weekend this month that we don't have something going on! Being in contact to buy a house has only made time go by even faster! We're hoping we can close the first week of September, baby needs a nursery! :)

How far along? 27w1d
How big is baby? Baby is the size of a rutabega this week. We actually saw a rutabega at the grocery store today. There's no way Sadie is that small. I need to watch what I eat if so.
Total weigh gain? I am really slacking on weighing myself at home. My next appointment is on 8/20 but I still don't like my doctor's scale so I guess I need to get better at the home scale.
Maternity clothes? Yes! Pretty sure I have a decent collection going now.
Stretch marks? No! I make sure to slather myself in Palmer's Cocoa butter every morning and night. I hope it's helping?!
Sleep? Sleep is still wonderful. I woke up this morning at around 8, ate breakfast, and then went back to bed until 10. If you know me, you know that NEVER happens. I don't sleep in. I just don't do it. Today was nice.
Best moment this week? This was a pretty quiet week. We went to dinner with our friends Hilary & Eric, and Kelli & Matt on Friday, that was tons of fun! I wish we could get together with them more often! Oh, also, I think I am in 3rd tri! Some of my apps say 27 weeks and some say 28 weeks, but I'm going with it! Wahoo!!!!
Miss anything? No, I can't say I really miss anything right now, other than maybe missing not having to roll out of bed rather than just sit up like I normally would :)
Movement? Still getting lots of movement out of this little girl. A lot of it comes at night though. I don't think I've experienced baby hiccups yet, but maybe, just maybe I felt them today. I can't be sure.
Food cravings? I can't really think of anything in particular that I'm craving. Sushi? I think I can still have the sushi that I like (I don't go for the real stuff) but I'll just stay away from it just to be safe.
Anything making you queasy or sick? No!
Gender? Baby girl!
Labor signs? No thanks!
Symptoms? Crazy dreams - this morning I dreamt that a new cafeteria worker (a woman named Bruno, she doesn't exist in real life) told me that I had to have mayo on my sausage links after I told her I didn't want that. She said I still had to take it and pay for it. I was sobbing in my dream and woke up crying in real life. Embarrassing, I know.
Belly button in, or out? Still in, just barely. Most of the time it's kind of flattened out but I'm still calling it an innie.
Wedding rings on or off? On!! Whew! I have noticed my hands are getting a little more swollen though!
Happy or moody most of the time? Pretty happy for the most part!
Looking forward to? We have another ultrasound on Friday! I am way more relaxed about this one and I hope that's ok. We are checking Sadie's kidney's again. I feel like I should be worried about this, but the doctor at our MFM says that everything seems to be fine so far and not to worry, so I'm taking her advice. Hopefully all goes well on Friday! I am also excited that as of today we have 90 days until this little ones due date, so hopefully that means I'll have a little baby in about 80 days (wishful thinking, I know)!!

Sunday, August 4, 2013

26 Weeks!

26 weeks and 1 day today! This was one crazy whirlwind of a weekend! Yesterday I spent the day at a bridal shower & bachelorette party for my friend, Hilary. Today I helped host a bridal shower for my friend, Kristin! I just sat down and I think Sadie just woke up :) 

All the girls at Hilary's bachelorette party :) 
Bridesmaids at Kristin's shower! 
I can't even begin to describe how exhausted I am - so I won't. I'll just get the bumpdate started :) 
How far along? 26w1d
How big is baby? The Bump says a head of lettuce!   
Total weight gain: I have no idea! Maybe 15 pounds?!
Maternity clothes? Yes, so in love with them. 
Stretch marks? No siree.
Sleep:  Sleep is good. I still can't decide if I am sleeping well or not. I have only been waking up about once (sometimes twice) to pee, but I do notice that I am waking up more because my hip is "asleep" and tingly and I need to switch sides.

Best moment this week: There were lots of fun moments this week with the bridal showers and bachelorette parties, but I guess the best part of the week is that we are in contract to buy a house?!?! AHHH!!!!!
Miss Anything? Nothing!

Movement: This little girl is dancing around as we speak! I do notice that if I feel her moving around while I'm sitting and actually doing something, I'll have a small freak in, why is my stomach doing that? Is something wrong? Should I see a doctor? And then I remember it's my girl! I think I am still getting used to being able to feel her move around while sitting or standing because most of her movement comes when I'm lying down.
Food cravings: Snickers Ice Cream Bar. I asked the Hub to pick some up at the store today. I haven't checked the freezer yet but I hope there are some in there!!   
Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope! Thankfully!
Gender: Girl!
Labor Signs: Nope!
Symptoms: My feet hurt! That's probably not related to pregnancy so much as it is that I was on my feet a lot this weekend!  
Belly Button in or out? Still an innie! Whew!

Wedding rings on or off? They are still on and loose most of the time - thankful for this. I would be sad if I couldn't wear them!
Happy or Moody most of the time:  Happy all of the time!
Looking forward to:
I'm looking forward to our next ultrasound on 8/16 and my doctor's appointment on 8/20. I think after this appointment I'll start going every 2 weeks. Wow, time is going by so fast! I'm looking forward to our mini vacation to Maumee State Park at the end of August. Kristin's bachelorette party and wedding. I'm looking forward to closing on a house and moving I am also looking forward to my baby shower! I heard a rumor today that the invitations are absolutely adorable - can't wait to see them! 

26 week bump, bridal shower edition