32 Week Appointment

Friday, May 29, 2009
For once I didn't walk into a doctor's appointment swollen up like a big whale, so that was a good start. I think it helped that my appointment was right away in the morning and not at the end of the day.

I also lost two pounds! Hooray! Considering Henry likely gained 1/2-3/4 of a pound since the last appointment, could that mean I lost close to three pounds? If so, it was probably all water. My doctor says "So you kept your food diary and figured out what you were eating then huh?" Umm, yeah, about that food diary...I never kept it. Nor did I REALLY change my eating habits all that much. That's why I'm convinced it's mostly water weight...but I didn't tell her that.

I usually have excellent blood pressure. Last time it was 90/something....I can never remember the bottom number. Today it was 122/something. That's pretty elevated for me, but the doctor said they will obviously continue to monitor it and wouldn't be concerned unless it hit 140. She said it's very common to have elevated blood pressure towards the end, and that she wouldn't be surprised if I just level off around 120. We will see. High blood pressure means bad things, so hopefully we won't go there.

She still couldn't tell how Henry was laying....which I partly don't understand, because a different doctor could easily tell he was breech at 28 weeks, yet this doctor wasn't even willing to feel around and take a guess until I pushed the issue further. She could definitely tell he wasn't transverse (sideways), but just couldn't tell if the head was up or down. When I get my first internal exam at 36 weeks, she said she'd be able to tell since she'd be checking the cervix.

I only have one more appointment with this doctor at 34 weeks. Starting at 36 weeks I go every week and will see 3 other different doctors during that time.

Our first child birth class is on Monday. I'll post my thoughts on that on Monday. We need to start buying stuff...Henry is coming soon!

Week 32 and Happy 2nd anniversary to us!

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

It's really hard to believe that I am 32 weeks today. Everything just keeps flying right by. We have our first of four child birth classes coming up on Monday already! Our next doctor appointment is Friday.

I've been feeling more and more uncomfortable lately. It's hard to breathe even when I'm sitting down, stairs kill me, I get heartburn daily, and my legs hurt or are tingly most of the time. I got the first charlie horse of my life last week and I literally wanted to rip my leg off it hurt so bad. I've never really dealt with much pain in my life, so despite what Ryan thought may have been a bit of a dramatic performance, it did indeed hurt, (really bad) and it makes me even more scared for labor.

We also celebrated our 2nd wedding anniversary today! I wore a white dress today for dinner in honor of our anniversary, seeing that the one in the picture below won't fit my body for a LONG time. When I went to the store to pick out a card for Ryan, my hormones literally had me in tears with every card I read. It's a good thing that those Hallmark authors are good at making cards, because I could never put my love for my husband into coherent words like that. I love him! Happy Anniversary Ryan!

Week 31

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Here's the weekly bump! Henry is sure growing...as is evident by how much more difficult it's getting to get out of bed, get off the floor, find a comfortable position to sit and sleep in, etc. I posted quite a bit this weekend, so that's really all I have for you today!

Baby Henry Shower #1

Saturday, May 16, 2009
Our first shower was a blast! Ryan's aunt Mary Ellen hosted it and did an excellent job. She prepared a great lunch and had lots of fun games to play. Henry received many nice things such as his travel system (car seat and stroller), baby monitor, baby carrier, many blankets and other small things that were part of a scavenger hunt. Great Grandma Bennett painted us a beautiful statue of a girl, boy, and dog. I'm excited to put the stroller together and take some photos of that, but Ryan is busy in the basement yet, so hopefully tomorrow I can have pictures of that up. For now, here are a few, including a link to my facebook album with some other photos.


It's just not fair.

Friday, May 15, 2009
Just a warning...this will probably be a heavily hormonal induced post...

I had my 30 week appointment today. The following are the bullet points taken from this appointment.

-I had a huge spike in my weight from 2 weeks ago. I had actually lost a pound at the 28 week appointment. In the last 2 weeks I have gained 7 pounds. Yes, SEVEN pounds...in TWO weeks. Ryan tried making me feel better by saying that it was only actually 6 pounds in 4 weeks, but the fact remains it was 7 pounds in 2 weeks. Good thing no one except Ryan knows what that puts me at for total weight gain. My doctor suggested I keep a food diary to uncover the culprits that caused this spike (I failed to mention to her that I already likely knew what they were....chips, ice cream, and too much fast food last week. I also didn't work any Twins games last week, so I was probably sitting on my ever expanding ass most nights.) She also suggested the obvious--walk for exercise, and healthy eating (fruits and vegetables, and avoiding huge amount of carbs).

-I have very swollen feet and ankles...the technical term? cankles. I knew it would happen, I just didn't want it to. Ryan's response last night when I showed him: "Wow, your leg just morphs into your foot." My doctor's response: avoid salt like the plague, and get my feet up as much as possible. If you refer back to the previous bullet point, you can see this presents a problem. I'm supposed to walk to keep the weight gain from spiking again, but my swelling is so bad that I need to keep my feet up. Hmm...I can't exactly win there.

After leaving this depressing appointment, we went to Rainbow to pick out a healthy dinner. We chose to grill chicken, have a salad, and green beans. I also picked up some more fruit and yogurt. I'm not supposed to have aspartame (which you find in anything that is sugar free, including light yogurt), but if you buy regular yogurt, it's jam packed with sugar and carbs, obviously. Hmm...I can't win there either.

Then we passed the ice cream, which was difficult, knowing that we were out at home, but all I could think about was that number 7...7 pounds. As we round the corner, I see that Edy's Fruit Bars are on sale. Delicious, delicious, Edy's Fruit Bars that now come in lemonade flavor. An examination of the box revealed that there are a whopping 20 grams of carbs and 19 grams of sugar in one bar. Damn, I can't get those. Something that would seem to be a rather "ok" treat to eat is merely only disguised that way. Then, my eye catches the sugar free version on the shelf above. Awesome, they are sugar free! But wait, plastered on the front of the box was "Sweetened with Splenda", which just like the aspartame, I can't have. My doctor didn't even have a good answer for what exactly too much artificial sweetener can do..it's just a general consensus that more research is needed. And thus, again, I didn't win there either.

In summary, I shouldn't walk exuberant amounts until the swelling subsides a bit (even though the doctor said it will likely only get worse), but yet I have to walk to keep from becoming a large whale.

I should avoid salt and excessive carbs, yet all of the wonderful things I want to eat have too many carbs and the diet equivalent of many of those things (including yogurt and fruit bars) are filled with artificial sweetener.

This just isn't fair.

On a happier note, my first shower is tomorrow. Look for photos of the shower posted here possibly on Sunday. You might even notice my seven pounds and cankles in the photos...just don't tell me you do.

Week 30 and I'm not afraid of stripes.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

We are officially 3/4 of the way through this pregnancy. Crazy! I've heard most pregnant woman avoid wearing stripes. I've always been a fan of stripes, and will continue to rock the stripes with Henry. His kicks have been getting stronger, and lately feel more like he is stretching out than just kicking. I'm totally confused on how he may be laying as of today. I don't feel like I've felt a complete turn around, but I've also been feeling the kicks up near my rib cage, so hopefully the doctor will tell us he's head down on Friday.

We have our first baby shower this weekend, which I'm very excited for--it's supposed to be ok weather, so hopefully the rain will stay away.

I've added a new poll. Many people have asked me how much Henry weighs right about now, which according to my book is 3 pounds. That however, is just average, so who knows. Even when the doctor does a growth scan ultrasound closer to the end, those can be totally off, so we won't really know how much he'll weigh at birth until he's actually here. For now, enjoy the poll, as most people (myself included) are beginning to think he'll be a large to rather large baby, seeing that daddy was nearly 10 lbs with a pretty large head. For my sake, let's hope we average out.

Week 29: Happy Cinco de Mayo!

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Henry likely weighs around 2.5 pounds by this week already (if not more) and on average by next week should be about 3 pounds. His total length should be around 16 and 3/4 inches.

What's new for this week? It's getting increasingly more difficult to get up off chairs and couches, get out of bed, and go up stairs. I can only imagine how I'll feel in 10 weeks. Yikes! Just about 10 weeks left, and we don't have anything for Henry except nursery furniture and a high chair. We're patiently waiting until after our showers to buy stuff we will need, but it's very hard to keep waiting--I want to get this house ready for Henry!

From what I can feel, Henry is still breech--as I can still feel his head up on my right side, and I felt a number of low kicks last night. One of the options that my doctor will discuss once we get closer to 36/37 weeks is what's called an external version. Basically the doctor monitors Henry via ultrasound and attempt to turn him around from the outside. From what I've read it only has a 50% success rate, can sometimes hurt like hell, and babies often even turn back breech after a successful version. I'm not panicking yet, as he still has plenty of time to move, but after researching that a bit, I don't know that I want to go through that!

I have a nice relaxing week ahead of me. I have no nighttime obligations anywhere which means I get to come home every night this week. I also have Friday off of school which is super exciting. I'll be getting some much needed r & r this week.

Henry is breech, for now.

Friday, May 1, 2009
I had my 28 week appt. this morning, and the doctor informed me that Henry is currently breech--meaning his head is up on my right side and his legs/feet are down. It's nothing to worry about right now. He still has plenty of time and room to move, so hopefully he will do so soon.

As much as I'm terrified of the actual labor and delivery, I really do want to experience it, so Henry, please turn around and put your head down soon so that a C-section isn't necessary!
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