Couple things – unrelated

Last night Phoebe had me follow her into the kitchen. She then walked over to the side of the corner of the counter where the bowl of her pacifiers sat and pointed saying “Num num num” (we call them dummies, so maybe she was trying to say that). The pacifiers have sat here unused for a couple of months. I keep meaning to run them all through the dishwasher and put them away for the new baby, but keep forgetting. I’m amazed she’d not discovered them earlier, as they’ve been sitting there for a couple months. I just told her, “No, you’re a big girl and don’t need those anymore.” Then I handed her her coat, since that has been a big security item for her lately and put the dummies in the cabinet where she can’t see them. Now I’ll probably never remember to wash them… 😉 But, she was ok with that trade! There was no fight, or tears, or anything. She just moved on. My little girl is growing up!

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Last night I dreamed that I went to the bathroom and found that I’d started bleeding, ever so slightly. In the dream I was in my pajamas (the same pajamas I wore last night)and the rest of the family was in bed. I thought that since it was really, really light that I’d go to bed and not wake the rest of the family. The dream was so vivid that when the alarm went off this morning, I had to make sure that it wasn’t true. I was a little weirded out by this dream.

We get an ultrasound at our next appointment in a week and a half. As time has passed since that 20 week ultrasound, I’ve become more and more hopeful that the placenta has moved and that everything will be ok at this next ultrasound. Clearly, my subconcious is still working through all of the possibilities. I’m probably getting more and more anxious as we approach this next ultrasound. I realize that whatever the ultrasound shows, this pregnancy will be over soon. The ultimate goal is a healthy baby at the end, no matter what.

Quiet…

Things have been quiet around here. Which is actually a good thing. The pregnancy is still progressing as it should be with no problems. We’re very thankful for that. We have our first shower this weekend in Mississippi. It is a diapers and wipes shower, so I should be set on those for a while after this weekend! I’m excited to be going home and visiting with family again. I’m a little sad, though, that it may be the last time I get to travel home before the baby comes.

Phoebe has been going through a few things developmentally. Last weekend she decided that she only wanted to eat cheerios. This is very unlike her, as she is normally a very good eater. The only thing I could figure is that maybe the antibiotic she is on was messing with her tummy some. She is eating better now, though. We’re still on antibiotics, but maybe she’s starting to feel a bit better. Also last weekend, when we went to church on Sunday, she melted down when we took her to the nursery. She’s done this at church before and I just figured it was because she didn’t know those ladies all that well and didn’t want to be left with them. But then this week she has cried every day that we’ve dropped her off at daycare. I know that this phase is normal and just a phase, but it is very hard on me to drop her off crying at daycare every day. I hope that it does not last long. I fear that the new baby coming will only extend it. I guess we will have to continue taking it one day at a time and wait and see.

**Update** After posting this morning, she did not cry when we dropped her off today. Maybe it was a shortlived phase? Also, we noticed that tooth that popped through the day after Christmas and then disappeared has broken through the gums again. Yay! **

And I’ll close with a 26 week photo! I caught my profile in the mirror in the bathroom yesterday and figured out why I feel like this kid is in my ribs all the time. That’s because she is! I’ve never been one to notice if someone is carrying “high” or “low.” Not even on myself the last time I was pregnant. But I definitely feel like this one has made her home way up high. Also notice that my non-maternity stretchy cami is about stretched to its limit. I may not get to wear that too much longer. 😉

From January 2009

24 week checkup

My 24 week checkup was today. Today I had to go in fasting, having only drank the nasty orange glucola stuff 45 minutes before my appointment. The purpose of this was to test my blood sugar at 1 hour past drinking the drink. My blood sugar was 143, I think. The cutoff was supposed to be at 140 for pass/fail. Last time I was pregnant, my one hour blood sugar reading was 180-something and I had to do the longer test, which I then passed. Since I was so close to the cutoff and I passed the long test even with a 1 hour reading of 180-something last time, my doctor decided that I didn’t need to do the 3 hour test this time. THANK GOODNESS! I’m so thankful she made that decision.

They also tested my iron-count. It was a little low and I’ll have to start taking the iron pills now. I had to do the same last time, so this is no big deal to me.

Weight gain since the last appointment (almost 5 weeks ago) is +9 lbs. No wonder I’m looking more pregnant lately! This puts me to +3 lbs. from the beginning of the pregnancy, I think. I’m going on memory, though, so there could be a mistake. I’m seeing that all of the sweets we’ve had at our house around the holidays is definitely taking its toll! At least I’m pregnant and weight gain is still considered a good thing at the moment. 😉

The next appointment is in 4 weeks and I will get a follow-up ultrasound to check on the location of the placenta and whether it has moved or not. I will also receive a Rhogam shot at this appointment.

Answers to my questions:
1) Can I get my hair highlighted?
Yes

2) Can I still get a prenatal massage?
Nothing to my lower back – so this may not be worth it at this time. I may call the Westin and ask how much of the prenatal massage is concentrated around the lower back.

3) Can I do my physical therapy exercises for my back (exercises from the last time I was pregnant and on physical therapy)?
No.

4) Should I limit the amount of stair climbing I do at home?
No. This is a good thing to know!

5) Is there a point that I will definitely be placed on bed rest even if I haven’t experienced any bleeding, if the 28 week ultrasound still shows a PP?
I won’t be placed on bed rest unless I have an episode of bleeding. I actually was going to save this question for next time, but she answered it without my prompting.

6) If there is still no bleeding late in the third trimester, at which point would the baby’s birth be scheduled (also assuming the PP hasn’t resolved itself)?
I did not ask this question. She seemed a little reluctant to answer any specific questions until we have a definite diagnosis in another 4 weeks, and I figured asking about the birth was getting a little bit ahead of myself.

7) (I added this one) Are there travel restrictions? I have family in MS who want to throw me a shower and want to know when.
The answer to this one was “The sooner the better.”

24 Weeks and Questions for my OB

From December 2008

Wednesday marked 24 weeks, and I made sure to take another belly photo. I’m actually looking pregnant these days! For the most part everything is still going well. I feel good, though my back is starting to hurt again like last time. But otherwise, pretty uneventful.

I go to see my doctor on Monday and I’ve made a list of questions for her. I went on ahead and typed them here so that I could easily keep up with them. I’ll go ahead and post them while I’m at it.

Questions for my OB:

1) Can I get my hair highlighted?

2) Can I still get a prenatal massage?

3) Can I do my physical therapy exercises for my back (exercises from the last time I was pregnant and on physical therapy)?

4) Should I limit the amount of stair climbing I do at home?

5) Is there a point that I will definitely be placed on bed rest even if I haven’t experienced any bleeding, if the 28 week ultrasound still shows a PP?

6) If there is still no bleeding late in the third trimester, at which point would the baby’s birth be scheduled (also assuming the PP hasn’t resolved itself)?

On that note, I hope everyone had a great New Year! Today my parents are bringing Phoebe back and we’re all going to watch the Cotton Bowl this afternoon. Can’t wait! We’ll also give my parents their gifts, since I accidentally left them when we went there for Christmas. Oops! I hope everyone has a great rest of the weekend!

Ultrasound photos!

Here are the pictures from the ultrasound the other day.


This one was a neat one. It’s hard to see, but the face is on the left side, and mostly hidden. She was sticking her tongue out at us! It was much cooler to see on the video, so hopefully we’ll be able to get that up soon to show that.


Alien baby shot! Face is on left.


Cute baby feet!

From December 2008

Here you see her hand. She had her arms crossed and the one hand was actually stretched out. So neat to see!