Wednesday, March 31, 2010

31 week update

As promised, here is the update from our Monday check up.  It really was a quick appointment, so there isn't much. But, Mooner is still growing. My uterus is measuring almost 33 cm, so he's on target.  We had a heartbeat of 134 bpms, which is slower than it has been, but is also right where it should be.  I only have 3 more appointments before we start going every week.  That means we're getting super close!

I'm looking forward to getting our crib. We're expecting it sometime next week, so be looking for nursery pictures soon.  I'm excited to start getting Mooner's room ready. I know it might seem late on that, but we didn't see much sense in starting before we had the furniture.

That's really all I have for now.  We'll be back soon though with more updates, pictures, and things of that sort. See you soon!

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Belly Bump - Week 30

Just a picture for now. We have an appointment on Monday, so I'll update you more then!

Monday, March 22, 2010

Do the Wave!

I only have 10 weeks left to go! (At least until the due date) I think Mooner is celebrating his soon coming freedom by doing a little dance.  Dad would be proud, especially since it's a dance common to sports arenas.  Yes everyone, Mooner's practicing the wave.

Look at the right side of my belly around 11-14 seconds and you can see it.

Just some other, only slightly related news. I started a nanny-ing position today. I am watching an 8 week old baby girl. So I guess I get to be warmed up a little to the whole baby thing before Mooner comes. Of course it's different since she isn't my baby. But the practice of consoling a crying baby, diaper changes, and safely strapping her in her car seat will be helpful once we have our own little one.

I'm really excited. I still am in awe how close we are to meeting our baby boy. Can't really believe it at all. There seems like there is still so much that will happen between now and then. Lots of prenatal appointments. A couple baby showers. 8 weeks of nanny-ing. I'm pretty sure it's going to fly by really fast though.

Ready or not, he's coming!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Testing, Testing

It seems like the biggest things I have to update on are test results.  Several of you have asked about them, and I'm sorry I've neglected the blog for so long.  Things have been semi-crazy, but in a good way. In any case, it has kept me away from my computer.  I don't want to keep you waiting any longer though, so here is what we have found out.

I went in to do my glucose screening a couple weeks ago. At my last appointment on Monday, my midwife said everything came back clear.  So, no glucose tolerance test (which is a follow-up to the screening if results are inconclusive) and no gestational diabetes for me. Hooray!
They were also supposed to test my blood for antibodies when I went in, but they ended up checking my liver instead with the blood draw.  So, I discovered I have a healthy liver. :)  I had to go back in to do another blood draw so they could check my anti-bodies, and I just went in this morning for a my RhoGAM shot.  (For those of you who don't know what that is here's the story)  I have Rh negative blood (laymen's terms - I have a negative blood type) and it's pretty likely that Mooner's blood could be positive since Ryan has a positive blood type.  This could be bad for both Mooner and I if our blood was to mix at all because my antibodies would fight him off.  RhoGAM is a shot that I get that will prevent my antibodies from doing that so that we're both safe and healthy.
So anyway, all tests (plus some) are clear. (And mom, because you've asked a few times before, my iron is also very good).

Mooner is healthy too. He's moving around a lot.  Here is a video. It's harder to see the movement on here than it is in real life, but I think if you look really closely near the end of the clip (like around 31-33 seconds) you'll be able to see a little bit of movement.

We got to hear his heartbeat again. It's been consistently in the low 140s, which seems like it's pretty normal. He's getting bigger too. I actually lost a pound which was a little weird, but nothing to worry about. My uterus, however, is getting bigger and is now 30 cm.  We're getting there!  Here's the most recent belly bump.

I was just thinking to myself the other day, "Holy cow, I only have 11 weeks left!"  It's hard to believe how fast this time has flown.  I remember being only 11 weeks into it.  Mooner is going to be here before we know it.  
Sometimes I wonder if we're ready.  Mostly, will the apartment be ready? Will everything be baby proofed like it needs to be?  How much stuff am I going to have to get rid of to make room for this little one?  Will I be able to keep up with all the new things that will be required?  
There's just a lot to think about. Really though, I couldn't be more excited to have Mooner with us. I know he's got a little while to bake yet, but I'm ready to meet him.  I hope you all are too. Just a few more weeks! So keep coming back for the last few "in utero" updates, then it's on to fun stories and pictures of our little boy. Can't wait!!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Taking Care of Business

I've mentioned previously that I feel a little overwhelmed at the amount of things I have to consider in preparing for life with Mooner.  Although that is still true, I also feel a little bit accomplished every time I get to cross something off the list. Today was one of those days.

Ryan and I have been thinking about the "Great Pediatrician Search" lately.  We did have a couple doctors recommended to us, so we started there. I went in for a visit to the office today and got to meet one of the doctors. I think I really like them.  The 2 doctors are with High Desert Pediatrics.
They have a cute little office that has a bright waiting room, themed exam rooms for the kids, and the friendliest staff I think I've ever encountered in a doctors office.  In the time I was there, it seemed like they were getting patients in and out of appointments at a good rate.  It certainly wasn't overly busy. I appreciated the small-ness and quite atmosphere. It was pretty cozy.

So anyway, one more task to check off the to-do list. Not that there still isn't lots to do, but hey, it's one step at a time, right?

Things are going well otherwise. I went in for some lab work this weekend.  I have yet to hear back about it. But I did drink the flat orange pop stuff to check my glucose tolerance. I think Mooner is a big fan of sugar because he started kicking around like crazy about 10 minutes after I got it in me. As for me, I just got really tired after about 45 minutes.  I guess that's what happens when you spike your system with sugar then let it crash.

More updates coming soon. We're officially in trimester 3!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Goodbye Trimester 2

It's hard to believe, but on Monday, I will officially be in my third trimester.  Mooner's going to be here so soon!
I'm starting to feel a little overwhelmed. It just seems like there is so much to do. I know it will get done, but in the meantime I'm freaking out just a tiny bit.  At the same time, I'm so excited to meet my son.

Anyway, to bid farewell to this middle trimester, I have a couple pictures.  I'm not sure if I can get much bigger in these last few months. I'm sure I will, but I'm already stretched pretty far as you can see.

Nicely enough though, I don't have any really visible stretch marks. I'm sure they will come, but for now they're not here. Unfortunately, I don't have an outie yet. I'm still holding out hope though.  It's funny; sometimes when I'm sitting down I can push the area around my belly button in, and it pops least until I let go.  Oh, the things I do to amuse myself. :-)

I also thought I would mention, there is a new poll over on the right hand column.  Since we got some pretty clear pictures, I think it's easy enough to venture a guess as to whether Mooner looks more like me or Ryan. I have my own thoughts, but I'm interested to see what you all think.

There isn't much to update really, since I just did a couple days ago.  But, we will be having more frequent prenatal appointments, which means more things to talk about here.
Be expecting pictures, maybe some videos...I'm hoping to get some nursery pictures up eventually, at least once we get the furniture.  Anyway, stay tuned because I have a feeling these last 3 months are just going to fly, and I know I don't want to miss it! So I'll do my best to make sure you all don't miss much either.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Next Appearance: Mooner's Birthday!

Our sonogram today was a little bittersweet. Mostly because it will be our last one.  But that is a good thing because it means that Mooner is healthy and all is normal.  But without any further ado (especially for you anxious readers)  here are the pictures of our baby boy.

And here are some of Mooner's stats:
    Weight - 2 lbs. 7 oz.  He's a big guy!
    Heart rate - 141 bpm
    Growth measurement puts him anywhere between 27 weeks 3 days and 28 weeks.  That puts his growth faster than my progression (since I'm technically only 27 weeks today). He had a growth spurt since last month!

I also want to thank you all for you prayers.  Everything the doctors wanted to double check turned out normal.  They were able to get all the view of his heart they needed, and it is looking good.  The kidneys checked out too, so he got a clean bill of health on that one.  And thankfully I got my own bit of good news. *Readers beware, this is a pregnancy semi-weird thing, so if you want to skip it, go to the next paragraph*  Last time I had a sonogram, the placenta was down pretty close to the cervix which was a little bothersome.  But, it traveled up the uterus, so there isn't any concerns about placenta previa, which means if all goes to accordingly, I will be able to have a natural birth.  Praise the Lord!

That's pretty much the update for now.  I have to go in for some lab work to make sure my blood work is good and that I don't have gestational diabetes. Just a routine thing, so nothing to worry about.
We're also pretty excited for the great pediatrician search.  We had a couple come highly recommended to us, so we are going to tour the office/interview the doctors next week.  I'm praying that goes well because it would be great to have this little guy taken care of once he's here.

Oh, and I guess there is one more thing. Keep an eye on the blog, because I want to try and post a video pretty soon.  See, Mooner has been kicking and boxing pretty hard lately, even to the point where you can visibly see my stomach move.  I haven't caught it on video yet, but I want to try, and I think that might be something fun for y'all to watch. :)

Another belly bump picture will be coming later. I haven't had the chance to get one today, but I promise it's coming soon.  And for those of you who have asked, still no outie... Oh well.  I'm sticking out far enough anyway. :)
Thanks again for your love and prayers. See you back here soon!