Monday, July 30, 2012

36 Weeks Appointment

I had my 36 week OB check up and biophysical ultrasound this morning. Madeline passed all of her testing again (yay), so no need to induce right now. However, I was up ALL night last night with contractions. My blood pressure was a little higher than normal, but my OB said it is due to the increased contractions. 

I'm now 80% effaced, Madeline is just about fully engaged, and 0 dilation. The dilation doesn't really matter, though. With first time moms, you typically efface first, then can dilate at any time. For example, you can stay dilated at 3 centimeters for weeks, or go from 0-3 cm in just a few hours. My contractions right now have subsided a bit...but my body is definitely getting ready! My OB reminded me of when I need to go to the hospital (water breaks, 5-1-1 rule, etc.) and warned me that this can happen at any time going forward....and it's a good sign that I'm having increased contractions, pinching pains, and Madeline's descending further down.

Basically, I could give birth tonight, or I might have to be induced later...but we know it will be within the next 2 weeks. And, a c-section is still debatable. It just all depends on the environment, health, many factors. We also reviewed the game plan...listed below:

Thursday, August 2: NST
Monday, August 6: OB Check Up/Biophysical Ultrasound
Thursday, August 9: NST
Monday, August 13: OB Check Up/Growth Ultrasound - FINAL APPT.

Of course, that is if I make it this far, and every test can be a game changer. (This is why we haven't scheduled anything yet - she can still come on her own, each test can have a different result, and it's still debatable between induction vs. c section). But, if I happen to make it to August 13th, they'll decide if I need to have a c-section or be induced and I'll be scheduled immediately.

So we wait. And wait. This two week wait is going to last an eternity. Anyway, I'm exhausted from zero sleep last night, so I'm going to attempt to nap.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

The Two Week Wait

Anyone who's ever tried to conceive understands what the dreaded 2 week wait is - the amount of time you need to wait before taking a pregnancy test. This time around, my two week wait is for an actual baby! I'm 36 weeks along, and getting excited and anxious! I don't think Madeline will need to be induced this week based on all of her testing, however, she could make an appearance on her own. I'm really hoping she decides to come on her own, though. I'm not going to do any at-home inducing techniques until I hit 37 weeks. I am going to try the raspberry leaf tea, exercise ball, pineapples, spicy foods. However, I doubt the pineapples and spicy foods will kick start labor. Why? Everything I cook has cayenne pepper in it, so my body is used to spicy foods. And pineapples have been a huge pregnancy craving for me. I might cheat and walk for a bit, too. We'll see. 

I'm feeling pretty good for the most part. I'm still dealing with back pain, exhaustion, headaches, and now more frequent contractions. Madeline is still very active, but her movements have drastically changed in the past few weeks since she's getting cramped in my belly. And, well, I have to pee every 15 minutes. Throughout my entire pregnancy, I've been drinking around 20 glasses of water per day. You'd think I was a camel. I'm thirsty at all times. I go through a glass of water every 30 minutes....which doesn't help with the trips to the bathroom!

36 Week Photo Op:

Not a huge change in the past 2 weeks since my last photo update. Madeline has dropped and my tummy is slightly larger.

My next appointment is late tomorrow morning, so I'll update my blog tomorrow afternoon. Again, I don't think I'll be induced this week, unless her testing changes tomorrow. I bet I make it until next week. My last OB appointment is on August 12th (38 Weeks, 1 Day), meaning, if they haven't had to induce me by then (or she hasn't arrived on her own), I'll go ahead and get on the schedule since they won't allow me to go any further than 38 weeks.

Friday, July 27, 2012

The Incubator

You know what sounds like so much fun? Walking around the mall and just window shopping...looking at pretty things. But, my OB said "absolutely not." But perhaps, if someone went with me? I'm going stir crazy here, people!

I'm missing my brother-in-law's movie premiere here tonight and breakfast with Tommy's family in the morning due to my bed rest. I'm bummed. Granted, I can make quick trips out if they are nearby, but being away for several hours in combination of not near my home and/or hospital aren't options for me at this point. Oh well...I can't do anything about it.

Tomorrow night we're going to dinner with my parents, so that will be fun. (Restaurant is right near the hospital). I'm not really sure what else is on the agenda this weekend. Hopefully, we'll come up with something that can occupy some time.

I've had an influx of contractions during the past 24 hours, and I think Madeline has descended downwards even more...right smack on top of my bladder. I'm getting tight, pinching pains very low, and also a shooting pain going into my lower back. It could just be Madeline lowering, or early labor. I'm not concerned since you can have early labor for weeks. And, I'm suddenly nauseous this afternoon....I'm not sure where that came from.  The joys of pregnancy!

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Fruit Bat

Sophie is still being a "fruit bat" - one of her several nicknames. She's still only peeing on the sidewalk for whatever reason. This week, she's also started being more attached and cuddly with me. During the day, she likes her space. She'll stay near me, but she has never been a lap dog. Suddenly, she's taking naps on me, which has never happened before. She's doing this daily. Maybe she knows Madeline is coming soon? I have no idea.  She also sleeps like she's a human, it's quite comical. Below are photos from her from the past couple of days. I know, I need to brush her!

In other news, I just got back from my NST/OB appointment. My NST went well, and I received the full report from Monday's growth ultrasound. Madeline's abdominal is still measuring 2.5 weeks behind, but it's been growing at a more rapid pace (jumped from 8th percentile to 20th percentile), so the doctors are very happy. Nothing appeared abnormal on the ultrasound, and her other measurements are in the normal range. My OB is predicting that I'll make it to 37-38 weeks, which is wonderful since 37 weeks is considered full term. She also keeps telling me that if she's big enough, they'll go ahead and induce, too...but I keep forgetting to ask what exactly qualifies as "big enough." Madeline could decide just to come on her own without induction/c section. I'm currently in the "lightning" stage...50% effaced, and Madeline has dropped considerably in the past couple of days. No dilation as of yet. Based on the full report, I don't foresee her coming within the next week. I also passed my other testing from Monday, so that's a plus. This weekend, Tommy and I have to go get our whooping cough vaccination, which should be fun. 

I'm very happy with our test results! We will just have to see what this coming Monday's ultrasound brings.

Oh, I don't know if I even mentioned this. My OB is actually due on August 20th, and she's having a few issues of her own. There's a good chance that she may deliver prior to her due date, but she is going to keep working until labor. I am *really* hoping that she delivers Madeline. I feel so comfortable with her. She has actually been the top rated OB for the past 4 years in my area. However, if she doesn't do the delivery, then one of the other women in my office will step us, and they've all seemed quite capable and nice.

Now onto a random review. I've been using Tide Pods the past few weeks for my laundry detergent. I am always a little weary of the "pod" type detergents, cleaners, so I wasn't really expecting excellent results. However, I was wrong. They clean better than my regular powder detergents, and they smell really good. The smell reminds me of a light fabric softener. I'm really impressed, and they are basically the same price as traditional detergents. It's always a bonus not to have to scoop, measure, and pour detergent into the wash. You just throw the pod in and that's it!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012


We just got back from dinner with Tommy's family. It was great to see everyone, catch up, and have delicious food. Plus, a huge bonus to get out of the house, have a different change of scenery, and social interaction. But, boy, my exhaustion has really set in this week. I'm so tired. Just being away for an hour or two is starting to take its' toll on me. I've also been emotional/cranky this week. That does it for my one outing this week. Plus, I'm supposed to be staying close to home/hospital and I cheated tonight...whoopsy.

It's hard to believe that within the next 19 days, we will be welcoming our little girl! I'm so excited! I cannot tell you how relieved we are from yesterday's appointment. We were really praying that she was growing. Also, I really wanted to make it at least until 36..and it looks like we'll be able to do that. In less than 3 weeks we will have our new arrival. Maybe sooner rather than later!

I also want to comment on my review of TRESemme's Split Remedy Line. After using it for a couple of weeks now, it really is fabulous and I highly recommend. I can definitely tell a big difference!

Sorry for the rambles...I am getting deliriously sleepy. Off to bed.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Fantastic Appointment

<insert sigh of relief here>

Our appointment today was great! I'm actually quite surprised. Madeline is gaining weight steadily...she weight 4lb, 12 oz this time around, and her abdominal is now measuring in the 20th percentile (previously was 8th). All of her other measurements are right on point. Of course, it's the measurements that are important, and I actually take the weight with a grain of salt. She could actually weight as little as 3lbs or as much as 5.5lbs right now. We won't really know until the actual birth. With the weight given today, she's still behind, but we already know she's going to be small.

So, with all of this being said...Madeline doesn't need to be delivered this week. I'm still continuing with all my NSTs on Thursdays and ultrasounds on Mondays., and they still won't let me go beyond 38 weeks. Of course, there is no guarantee that she's not going to come next week. Overall, my OB is very happy with all of the results from today.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

And we wait...

I was successful at my attempt at keeping myself busy this weekend. Yesterday, I was in full nesting mode. I tidied up the house, prepared Madeline's last minute items, and finished laundry. All in preparation just in case Madeline does arrive this week. Tommy and I also had dinner at Mere Bulles to celebrate his birthday, and well, it will probably be our last nice dinner for a very long time. Technically, I wasn't supposed to do anything because of my bed rest, but I'm glad I did. I have to prepare for everything, otherwise, I'd be a nervous wreck. I cannot stand having things in disarray. If you haven't noticed by now, I'm a Type A control freak!

Today, I spent my time at my parent's house while Tommy went to watch sports with his friends. My car received a much needed in depth detail thanks to my Dad. It looks so much better! My mom and I hung out, went to lunch, and discussed the possibilities of the coming weeks.

I have been a little emotional today due to the fact that I'm just tired of being pregnant (I know that probably sounds awful and selfish). I want to be able to do normal activities again, eat normal food, workout, get my old body back, etc. Of course, I know when Madeline is here it's going to also take some time to get back in the swing of things. And, I'm anxious about tomorrow's appointment. I had a small meltdown this morning, but I'm doing okay.

I didn't get any sleep last night, so I'm really hoping tonight I can sleep well. Our appointment is at 9:50am and will most likely go until around Noon. In addition to the growth ultrasound, biophysical measurements, etc., I'm also having my remaining testing done early, cervical checks, etc. So, it's going to be a long appointment. Plus, my doctor will review the "short" report and give us a "game plan." If she doesn't need to be delivered this week, then they'll have a baseline now and give us a pretty good estimate of which week she'll come. And, I'll still have my weekly ultrasounds and NST appointments up until delivery. I'm excited to have more of an idea of what to expect after tomorrow's appointment. I can honestly say that I'm ready for her arrival.

I'll try to update on how our appointment goes tomorrow afternoon. If for some reason I don't update at all, then it's highly likely that I'm in labor. However, I think the induction/c section would be scheduled for another day this week....instead of immediately following my appointment. My gut is telling me she's going to be born on Wednesday, but I could be totally off on that. We shall see!

Friday, July 20, 2012

What a Night!

My goodness. Last night we had torrential downpours. Our power went out at 10:45pm and didn't come back on until late this morning. It literally poured all night long. And guess what? Our roofers were scheduled to come out and fix our leak first thing this morning, however, now it's gotten worse and we are going to have to file it on our insurance. A $250-$650 issue just turned into a $1,000 issue. Ugh. But, it is what it is. We have more drywall damage, and it's going to have to be replaced. So, I'm a little cranky today...I didn't fall asleep last night.

In other news, my appointment yesterday (NST) went well. Again, these appointments are just an extra precaution. They don't concern me since Madeline is so active, and that's basically what they are measuring. However, everything is hinging on Monday's growth ultrasound. My OB prepared me that she might be coming next week, and reassured me that she'll be in good care. I also lost 1.5 lbs. I feel bigger, but maybe not. My belly has dropped somewhat, and Madeline is making her descent downwards. Needless to say, we are very anxious for our appointment on Monday! Tommy decided to take the day off since it's his birthday and it's such a big appointment.

Yesterday, I was bored and decided to teach myself how to use a flat iron to curl my hair. First off, this has proven to be a difficult, awkward task. It took me awhile before I got the hang of it, but it actually turned out really well! My hair stayed put all day long - I just had to run my hands through the curls every now and then. And, it's still curly today. I will note that it is very important to use a straightening iron that has rounded edges. My Chi didn't work, so I used my 1 inch ceramic Hot Tools Nano.

This is totally random, but I thought it would be worth mentioning. Before pregnancy, I would get random breakouts. I always used products with salicylic acid (allergic to benzoyl peroxide) to help clear my skin. I had to change my skin care routine due to my pregnancy, and use chemical free face wash. I received my Clarisonic Mia for Christmas, and I started using Cetaphil's DermaControl Oil Control Face Wash (pregnancy safe). Since then, I haven't had a single break out. Sure, this could be due to my pregnancy hormones, but I really think all that time harsh chemicals were the cause of my pimples! I guess I'll really find out post partum. I highly recommend this product to everyone in combination of using the Clarisonic Mia. I use the Mia about 3x per week, and use the Cetaphil face wash every evening.

This week, my mom's been off of work before she begins her new job. It's been nice to have someone entertain me! We are going to one of my favorite lunch spots today, Puffy Muffin. I'm not sure what I'm going to be getting...everything is delicious.

As far as the weekend goes, I'm going to try to keep myself busy again. Saturday night, Tommy and I will go to dinner to celebrate his birthday, and other than that I have no idea what we'll do. I'm exhausted today, so I'd prefer to stay at home this evening and be a glutton on the couch.

Monday, July 16, 2012

34 Week Appointment Update

Madeline passed all of the performed tests on her ultrasound, however, her umbilical cord flow came back abnormal and elevated status. Also, my weight and belly measurements have not changed/grown in the past two weeks. With this being said, we're still waiting on the full report from today's ultrasound, which I should receive on my NST appointment this Thursday. On Mondays, I just get a short report, then my ultrasound is reviewed by a high risk ultrasound doctor, then sent to my OB who reviews, then passes it down to the nurse to call me with recommendations and/or changes. So, it's a little bit of a process. I'm not too worried, as I think they'll want to wait to see the results of my growth ultrasound next Monday before making a final decision. However, since I'm not growing, it's highly likely that she's going to be coming during 35-36 weeks (which is also my prediction). So, my appointment wasn't necessarily bad, but it wasn't as good as last week's update.

Madeline was practicing breathing during the ultrasound, which was neat to see and hear. And, she has tons of hair, which doesn't surprise me. Tommy and I both have thick, coarse hair. She's been very active, which is also a great indicator for a healthy baby. As long as she's active, I'm not going to stress.

My feet and legs are also starting to swell just a little. I'm hoping they don't get too bad, but right now it's not horrendous. I just have fat feet/legs.

Now I'll just have to wait to see what my OB says about the full report from today's findings. It might be nothing, but maybe something....we just don't know.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

34 Weeks!

Wow, less than 4 weeks to go now that I know I'll be delivering by August 12th (38 weeks)! Every week is still touch and go. I figured I'd post a little pregnancy update and photos.

How I'm feeling emotionally? Excited, happy, anxious, surreal, nervous, scared, and overwhelmed. Why nervous, scared, and overwhelmed? I just know our lives are about to change immensely (for the better), but it's going to be completely different going forward! And let's be honest, I have a lot to learn about having a child...since...well...I have been childless now for 29 years. I still find it hard to believe at times that there is a baby in my belly. Yes, I feel the kicks, see the ultrasounds, but it's still all surreal.

What's up with my body? Back pain has ensued. Horrible back pain, sciatic nerve pain. All day and night. My belly is growing (pictured at the bottom), and I'm up 13lbs. I've also had awful sinus congestion for the past 4 days, so I haven't been feeling well. I've been a little irritable and I'm tired all the time.

What's annoying me at the moment? If I hear one more person tell me "You need to eat." I am going to scream. *sigh* I know everyone means well, but my weight gain is not something that I can control, and it is not a maternal factor with my condition of asymmetrical's all medical! I find it offensive, because it implies that I can control my weight gain and IUGR, and well, the fact is that I can't. I'm doing everything instructed by my doctor, and all I do is eat. I seriously eat all the time. So, people please quit telling me this. I know you're just trying to help and it isn't meant to be malicious. It's not anyone in particular that says this to's everyone! Including strangers who ask me how far I am along! I'm probably being overly sensitive, but it really does bother me.

What's going on during my next appointment? My next appointment is tomorrow, Monday, July 15th and I'm having another biophysical ultrasound that checks umbilical cord flow, blood flow, oxygen, nutrients, and fluids. Of course, I also get to see Madeline again. I wish it was another growth ultrasound (measures weight, length, etc), but they have to wait 3-4 weeks in between in growth ultrasounds to ensure that we will actually see growth, etc.

What are my predictions on Madeline's arrival? I think she's going to come between July 23 (Tommy's bday) - Aug. 2. I say this because based on my growth ultrasound on July 23, a decision will most likely be made...since they'll be able to check her abdominal measurements, other growth, etc. I'll be at 35-36.5 weeks during this time frame. Of course, she could come this week, or perhaps make it all the way to 38 weeks.

How I've prepared? I've read every book imaginable on pregnancy, childbirth, newborns, the first year, raising children, etc. I've also taken a few online courses, too. I feel ready, but at the same time, I know it's a different ball game when you actually have a live baby in front of you.

How's Madeline doing? Great! Lots of movement throughout the day, hiccups, pushing on my ribs (which is very painful). Her last two updates from my OB last week were positive, so I'm feeling pretty good. Also, at 34 weeks, babies born at this time are considered preterm, not premature (unless under 4lbs).

How's bed rest going? I'm going stir crazy. Ugh. I have books, television, a few little craft projects, but I'm still in need of some sort of social interaction, scenery change, and movement. I am allotted one outing per week, and I prefer that outing to be close to home and to the hospital just in case anything were to happen. So, definitely staying in our area and not going anywhere North (hospital is South) is what I'm comfortable with at the moment.Unfortunately, we had planned on having a big BBQ for Tommy's birthday this coming weekend, but we are having to postpone it due to my bed rest, Madeline's possible arrival, etc. We'll do something eventually, it's just that the timing is off right now.

 34 Week Photos:

 Please excuse my weird expressions on my face this morning...I'm tired. And, my cluttered bathroom!

I'll update tomorrow on my appointment and I'm hoping everything goes well!

Friday, July 13, 2012


I cannot believe I have forgotten to post about my new found love for Backyard Burger's Sweet Potato Fries! They are amazing. I love sweet potato fries, and didn't expect a fast food chain to deliver on flavor...but I thought I would give them a try. They are a combination of salty and sweet. They have a hint of a cinnamon sugar, but I'd categorize them more as a salty treat. They are my new favorite snack, and are delicious dipped in honey mustard. And now I want them. Lots of them.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Good Report

I just got back from my NST and OB appointment and everything's looking good, as I expected. I have lost weight in the past week and a half - I'm currently up 13lbs from my preconception weight. (Normal weight gain at 33.5 weeks is usually between 23-27 lbs). I don't understand how I've actually lost weight when I feel my tummy is bigger, and I've gained in my legs. So, I'm not exactly sure where I'm losing? Besides, all I do is eat and lounge. My doctor is going to keep an eye on it, but hasn't asked me to change my diet or up any calories. 

It's yet another rainy day, and while I usually wouldn't complain, I am complaining because of our leak. I called around 15 roofing places within the past couple of days, and finally have someone coming out tomorrow. If I'm lucky, I'll have someone out today, but with all this rain...I doubt it.

Shellie had Lance drop off an extensive book collection for me to borrow! I'm so excited to get started...and I don't know which book I'm going to choose first. This is my plan for the rest of the day - read, lounge, nap, read, etc. Pretty exciting, right? I might bake a cake or cupcakes, too. I haven't done it in awhile and I'm wanting something sweet to snack on. The only issue with baking for me is that I end up eating 80% of it...but since my weight isn't a concern...I guess it doesn't matter. So later this afternoon I'll make a vanilla cake with vanilla almond butter cream frosting. That does sounds pretty tasty.

I'm feeling pretty tired today, so I'm going to go curl up with a book and bask in my laziness.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

When it Rains...

It pours. Literally and figuratively speaking, that is. While yes, our drought has finally subsided with much needed rain over the past three days, it also poses a new issue. I say a new issue, because since the start of 2012, we've had problem after problem without a break. Anyway, I thought all of our "issues" were going to be done today since I had my new breaks and rotors installed on my car (after having to shell out $400 to have a window fixed, plus all new tires at an additional cost, medical bills, and many unforeseen home costs). But low and behold, I look upon our ceiling and find a leak. It seems that our two story living room is needing new flashing/sealant around the chimney. I called two roofing companies today, who still have not called me back to schedule the service appointment....and it's supposed to rain all week! ARG. Looks like I will be making a few additional calls in the morning and can hopefully get someone out asap. I'm praying that it's not going to be an expensive fix.

Plus, right now with all of our ultrasounds and stress tests, and the great possibility that Madeline will be in the NICU, our medical bills are about to start piling up. Yes, we have insurance, but it certainly doesn't cover 100%. It is what it is, and we'll just have to take it one day at a time.

In other news, I had my first "false alarm" last night. It's kind of a funny story, really. I'm going to share it even though it's totally TMI, but I don't care. After my bath yesterday evening, I started having horrible Braxton Hicks contractions. I assumed it was because I had been busy all day long - before I knew I was going to be put on bed rest - and proceeded with my usual night routine of cooking dinner. The contractions grew more frequently, more painful. I sat down, drank water...followed all the standard protocols for Braxton Hicks. Nothing helped. After dinner, I went up stairs, laid on the couch for about an hour...and no let up. They actually became more frequent, more painful. They felt like menstrual cramps and wrapped around my lower back. Tommy and I decided that I probably needed to call the on call doctor, who then told us to head to the hospital.

I quickly packed my bag, my adrenaline was up, and I was a little freaked out. Then, I had another "contraction" and immediately had some hot air come out of my back side...then burping. Hmm...could it be gas? Surely not. I walked around for a bit, and they were getting less frequent. Tommy put my bag in the car, and then, I thought...well....maybe it IS just gas? I decided to give it another 30 minutes or so to see what the deal is. Yep, definitely gas. A gas pocket must have been stuck near my pelvic region. Could you imagine...going to the ER for gas pain? LOL. Thankfully, that's all it was. And the culprit was a Sonic Strawberry Shake that I had the day before, that left my stomach unsettled. No more Sonic ice cream for me.

Sophie has also been unsettled the past few days. She's started to pace our catwalk overlooking our foyer/living area and randomly begin barking. What's even more strange, when I let her out to potty, she's been only peeing on our sidewalk. She'll poop in the grass...but refuses to pee in the grass. She even peed on the deck! I don't know what's up with her. I'm also hoping the transition and introduction of Madeline goes smoothly. She doesn't get jealous easily, but she has definitely played the role of my "baby" for the past years. She's an interesting character. She has severe separation anxiety while I'm away, but if I'm home, she is independent and enjoys her space. Hopefully, she'll start calming down and peeing in the grass again. What's up with that?

Because I cannot resist, here's my favorite photo of Sophie:

And Sophie watching me as I blog about her:

She's so freaking cute!

Monday, July 9, 2012

Appointment Update

We just got back from our appointment and great news - Madeline is not coming this week! Yay! We had a biophysical ultrasound (checking blood flow, placenta, fluids, etc.), and everything came back normal.

Every week will be touch and go. On Mondays, I'll have biophysical ultrasound and/or growth ultrasound and every Thursday will be a non-stress test (NST). My OB said I definitely am not going to make it past 38 weeks, and we'll just have to keep a close eye on when we do need to take her out. AND, I might not have to have a c-section, but induced instead....just depending on Madeline's condition. Also, reassuring news.

I'm not concerned about the NSTs on Thursdays because Madeline is very active. Basically, they hook a belt like contraption up to my belly and measure her breathing and movements. I'll of course be anxious every Monday, but I feel much better now after my appointment.

My OB stated that if she were to have to come next week at 34 weeks, she might only be in the NICU for a couple days, and at 35 weeks, maybe not at all. It just depends on her lung function and feeding. Of course, 37 weeks for a girl is considered full term. They'd like to keep her in my stomach for as long as possible, but it really just depends on her growth and testing each week.

We did not have a growth ultrasound today because it's too soon to see a significant amount of growth since I just had one last week. I believe I have one next Monday....but I'm a little confused because of all the appointments (which I've scheduled). I'll ask this Thursday when I see my OB again for the NST.

Unfortunately, I'm on modified bed rest. Boo. But, it's what is best for Madeline. Looks like Tommy gets to enjoy housework and grocery shopping. And, she said I can still do some light activities. I don't have to become a recluse on the couch/bed, but I do need to take it easy. (Which is difficult for me).

All in all, a good appointment today. We'll have to see what next Monday's appointment brings. My hospital bag is packed and ready to go just in case. And like I said, I do have Thursday appointments, but I'm not too concerned. Those are just for extra precaution.

Sunday, July 8, 2012


I would be lying if I said that I'm not concerned, worried, or stressed about tomorrow's appointment. It's been running through my mind since I received the phone call. And, of course, I've had to Google everything under the sun with my condition, and I've spoken to several people who've gone through this.

From what I've gathered, those with Asymmetrical IUGR (yes, it's what I have), are carefully monitored up until delivery and/or 36 weeks. I say 36 weeks because doctor's typically do not allow for the patient to go beyond 36 weeks due to increased risks. The cause of *my* Asymmetrical IUGR (there can be many factors) is the abnormal flow from the cord, which is also causing the very low abdominal growth (8%), and my slowed belly growth. Basically, we're preparing ourselves for Madeline's arrival within the next 3 weeks. It could even be as early as tomorrow....depending on the results from my new ultrasound.

Basically, if the umbilical cord flow is not allowing her to get the proper nutrients, oxygen, and blood flow, and she'd do better outside of my belly, they'll remove her. However, if there has been any improvement within the last week, they'll keep a close eye on her (with my biweekly ultrasounds) and decide the appropriate time for delivery.

Unfortunately, you can follow every pregnancy rule and still have complications. There isn't anything that could have been done to prevent my condition. I may be able to get a steriod shot on Monday to help with Madeline's lung function, and my OB may recommend baby aspirin. However, every OB is different, and I'll wait until I have direct orders.

Babies with IUGR usually spend some time in the NICU or Special Care Unit depending on how severe the case or how early they are delivered. However, the majority end up being perfectly fine in the the end. We are also prepared that we are most likely not going to be able to bring her home with us right away.

My mother is convinced I'm going to be put on bed rest, and it is a possibility. I'm already going stir crazy and I'm bored out of my mind since I'm having Braxton Hicks and back pain and can't really do much. I've just stuck with light cleaning, cooking, and running errands, but I might not even be able to do that.

Also, it's pretty certain that I'll have to have a c-section. While I know it's the best for Madeline, I also have a huge fear of surgery. I've only had minor surgery once (oral surgery) and it was a complete this is where my fear comes from. I guess I'm just going to have to suck it up and put my big girl panties on.

We'll see what my OB (whom I love) has to say tomorrow afternoon. I'm a big researcher and I like to prepare myself for everything....and every option. At least I know what the processes and procedures are, and it's not going to be a big shock.

Right now, Madeline is kicking away in my stomach and pushing on my rib that's very reassuring!

Saturday, July 7, 2012


Since I'm trying to keep myself occupied this weekend, I thought I'd take a few moments and review a few products that I've been meaning to do for quite awhile now.

First, I am going to start off with the most delicious ice cream bars I have ever had: Magnum Bars. Yes, I fell for their marketing campaign. My favorite are the double caramel bars. The outside layer is a decadent Belgian milk chocolate coating, then a layer of oozing chocolate sauce, another layer of caramel sauce, then you get to the vanilla bean ice cream. These ice cream bars are truly amazing. Tommy really enjoys the mint bars, but I'm not a big mint and ice cream fan. The next flavor I have to try are the "white" bars with white chocolate and vanilla bean. I will admit, these bars are pretty pricey, but right now there's a coupon available at Also, they've gone on sale a few times at Publix in the past few weeks. These are my new favorite summer treat!

Speaking of Publix, I'm switching back. I went to Harris Teeter this week to do a full grocery shopping trip, and well, they didn't have much of a selection and several items were priced $1-$2 higher than Publix. I think I'll just go to Harris Teeter when they offer their double coupon promotions up to $2. I was sad that they didn't even carry some staple items that I buy every week...but oh well.

Next up, I am trying out TRESemme's Split Remedy hair line. A couple of weeks ago I stumbled upon the spray in/leave in conditioner when I was needing it for a swimming day. Oddly, it was the only leave in conditioner I could find at Target, so I figured it would have to just do. I loved the leave in spray, so I thought I'd give the shampoo and conditioner a try. So far, so good. It leaves my hair soft, manageable, and feeling stronger. I'll report back in a couple of weeks and let you know if it is actually any good. And, on a side note, TRESemme's dry shampoo rocks! I use it all the time, and has become an essential product for me.

If you recall a few months back, I reviewed Suave's Keratin line. I completely forgot to mention that I ended up having to stop using the products because they were stripping out my hair color! So, I will NOT be using these products again!

That's it for me for now. I think I need a nap!

Friday, July 6, 2012

Thoughts and Prayers

I posted on Monday about my 32 Week OB appointment and growth ultrasound.

On Monday, they only received the "short" report from the ultrasound...and today they received the full report.

There are still issues with the umbilical flow, my belly size, and her abdominal is measuring 8th percentile (all other measurements are normal). Originally, I was going to go in next Wednesday for another u/s for her umbilical cord..then another growth u/s in 2 weeks.

Well, because of the "full report" they received today, they bumped my appointment up to  this Monday, and I'll need to come in twice per week for ultrasounds. I'll get more information on Monday, but I'm really hoping that Madeline's okay.

They apologized profusely for calling late on a Friday afternoon, but they wanted to make sure to get me in on Monday...and if it weren't for the holiday this week, I would have come in this morning.

They urged me to call or go to the ER this weekend if anything seems "off." Especially kick counts, activity, etc. Thankfully, today and yesterday she's been super active with kicks and rolling around.

Hopefully, they are just being proactive and wanting to monitor to make sure everything's going okay. But, of course, there's a chance that she might even come earlier than we thought if anything is significantly wrong.

Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers. This is going to be a very long weekend.

What day is it?

My days are totally off due to the 4th of July falling right smack in the middle of the week! Although, this week has flown by and I can't believe it's almost the weekend. Tuesday night, we went to dinner with Rick and Shelby and they came by to see our house. Then, on the 4th, Tommy and I had a "lazy day" until we got ready to head over to Lance and Shellie's for a shrimp boil. We hadn't had a chance to visit with them or the kids in awhile, so it was fun to get to catch up again. Plus, I was able to ask Shellie any random newborn/pregnancy questions that I was unsure of.

I'm not too sure what our plans are for this weekend. I know Ray is coming over to help remove boxes from our garage (we seriously must have 100 or more boxes from our move/renovation projects). We have storage boxes in our garage that need to be moved to our storage room, but it's just way too hot to even attempt. It's been in the 100s well over a week now.

Because I'm bored, I thought I'd post a progression of belly pics from start to finish. Scroll down if you're interested!

10 Weeks:

15 Weeks:

17 Weeks:

18.5 Weeks:

20 Weeks:

22.5 Weeks:

24 Weeks:
26 Weeks:

 28 Weeks:

29 Weeks:

32 Weeks:

You can definitely tell that I finally "popped" at 26 weeks. My belly is starting to feel a little bigger everyday now. I try to wait to take pictures 2-3 weeks apart so you can tell a noticeable difference. Unfortunately, I didn't take any photos until 10 weeks. I wish I would have at least gotten a 4 week photo for a true start to finish, but oh well.

I'm not exactly sure what's in store for the rest of my day. I'll probably finish up some laundry, and just stay indoors as far away from the heat as I can.

Monday, July 2, 2012

OB Appointment Update

I just got back from my appointment! The good news is, Madeline is doing just fine right now in my belly. She's weighs around 3 lbs, 9 oz or 3.5lbs...give or take a little since ultrasounds can be off. All of her measurements came back normal, except for a small abdominal circumference, but she might just have a small waist like myself. And, we know that she's going to be a small baby. She's also measuring 45th percentile in I have a feeling she'll be around 5'3 or so.

On the down side, the umbilical cord flow is abnormal and my belly is still measuring small. So, I go back next Wednesday for an ultrasound to get more in depth information on the umbilical flow, then another growth ultrasound in 3 weeks to see if she's able to grow appropriately in my belly.

If not, we'll have to have a c-section and deliver early. For now, we know that she's fine in my belly for the next couple of weeks, so that is definitely a relief. We really won't have more information until my next ultrasounds and monitoring. Right now, I don't have any cause for alarm. If she has to come early, she has to come early. I have a feeling this is going to be the case sometime around 36-38 weeks.

Here are a few photos from the 3d scan:

Ignore the hole near her left's not anything abnormal!

32 Weeks!

Yay! I am 32 weeks and 1 Day along today. I will admit that I'm both excited and anxious about today's OB appointment. I'm excited because I get to see Madeline - it's been 2.5 months! My doctor's office does the 3d imaging, so I'll actually get a more clear idea of what she's going to look like since everything has formed.

And, well, I'm anxious for the apparent reasons to see why my belly (fundal height measurement) is still only measure at 24 weeks, instead of 32..... 8 weeks behind. It's normal to be up to 2 weeks off on fundal height measurements (behind or ahead). As far as weight gain, I'm not sure if I've gained in the past 2 weeks or not (I don't weigh myself at home). I should have gained 2 lbs this time around.

So, I'll just have to wait it out and see. My appointment isn't until later this afternoon, so I'll update this evening or tomorrow morning on my results.

Below are my belly pics for 32 Weeks:

Please excuse my paleness!