Sunday, December 14, 2008

Stats...

I need to get my birth story typed up and then will post it. Hopefully some time this week.


So without further ado -

Introducing our Baby Girl aka TweedleBug -

Kenzington "Kenzee" Rian
Birth date - December 9
Born @ 9:53 p.m. via C-Section
7 lbs 1 oz
20.5 inches long

She is beautiful (of course), with blue eyes, and long dark hair. Kenzee is amazed by her daddy and has been since she was seconds old.

I am really recovering pretty nicely after both labor and the C-Section, and am completely in love with Kenzee. She is a really good baby, and tolerates just about anything.

Here are a few pictures - (they seem to be out of proportion, so I will fix that later)








Friday, December 5, 2008

Eviction Date!!!

I am taking the easy way out and copying an email that I just sent out...

Hello!

I just wanted to let you know TweedleBug will be evicted on (well hopefully) Tuesday, December 9th. I go in to be induced that morning and if everything goes according to plan we should have our baby girl by that evening!

We are very excited, but nervous at the same time. Even though we have prepared ourselves for this for what seems like an eternity now, it is still crazy to believe we are this close to having a baby in our household.

We will keep you posted as we can either through email or if you prefer text please email me your cell number as things progress and Baby Girl makes her appearance!
Thank you all for following us in the wonderful journey to becoming parents!

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Maternity Pictures

Have I ever mentioned how much I LOVE Tara?!? If not, well I LOVE Tara. She is an awesome photographer and had the uncanny ability to capture the essence of me and Brian. Her pictures ooze "Stacy and Brian" even down to the goofy sides we both have. While we try to remain serious, she always seems to capture at least a few of the "funny face" moments.

If you haven't checked out Tara's site you should - http://www.taralokey.com/ and her blog - http://taralokey.blogspot.com/

Here are a few pictures she took here at our house for us to treasure this special time...

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Funny Faces...
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Our expanding family...
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Anxiously Awaiting
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I think it's to big for her
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If the crown fits
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Oh so Close!!!

TweedleBug is so very close to her arrival! I know everyone is very excited to meet her, but no one can truly understand how excited Brian and I are. There are some things I already know about her and can share with other people, but I can't always get the point across. For instance, TB does NOT like to have the hiccups for very long. She throws a fit, and lashes around. TB loves music - any type of music. I think she is going to be a dancer! I honestly believe she is getting uncomfortable in her cramped quarters, and is attempting to escape out my right side.

Not only are we ready to get to know our Baby Girl's personality, we are ready to get to know her sweet spirit. We are ready to be parents. Our house is ready, her room is ready, and our hearts are ready.

Not only are we ready, my body is done. I am having regular, irregular contractions and hope they are doing their job. I am sure I have the same complaints that all pregnant ladies have, but I really hate to complain. Walking is one of the most painful things I have to do on a daily basis, getting in bed is the worst part of my day, and I think I need some new shoes... But even with all the complaints and aches and pains I wouldn't trade them for anything but a healthy baby!

If everyone will just follow along I think she might listen... I am ready!!!

Monday, November 24, 2008

Milestone!!!

Here is what is going on this week...

You are considered full-term now and your baby's final touches are being made. The crown-to-rump length of your baby is now 14 inches and the total length is around 21 inches. Your baby weighs approximately 6.5 pounds. Your uterus may be measuring about the same as it has been and is probably about 6.5 inches from the top of your bellybutton.

This week your baby should engage into your pelvis. If this is not your first pregnancy, it may happen later. When your baby engages, his head drops down into your pelvis and you might feel a slight sensation called `lightening` as the pressure on your ribs eases. As your baby drops into the final position for delivery, you may experience a buzzing feeling and shooting pains in your groin and leg. Normally, you will be able to breathe and eat easier. However, your uterus pushes down harder on your bladder and you will have an increased urge to urinate more frequently. Even if your baby engages now, you still possibly feel his feet in your breastbone around week 40.

Your baby is now fully mature and ready to be born. However, your baby is still growing and developing every day. Fat is still being laid down at a rate of a half ounce a day. If this is your first pregnancy, you can expect to deliver closer to 40 weeks or shortly thereafter. If this is not your first baby, you might go earlier than 40 weeks! Make sure that your bags are packed for the hospital and remember to preregister for admission.

Your doctor may begin doing weekly pelvic exams to evaluate your cervical changes and progression. Your healthcare provider will make sure that you are not leaking amniotic fluid and will also examine your cervix to check for effacement and dilation. Before labor, your cervix is thick and 0% effaced. During labor your cervix thins out and right before delivery it will become very soft and 100% effaced.

Research shows your baby can be affected by stress hormones. Make time to relax, to have fun, and to rest.

Your baby has learned to coordinate sucking, swallowing and breathing so it can do all three when breastfeeding after birth. Babies practice shallow breathing before birth, using amniotic fluid.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Pictures

I really need to post a proper update, but for now I know pictures will hold you all over!!!













Friday, November 7, 2008

Nursery Pictures...

Since I try to do as I promise here are some nursery pictures. Remember I am not a pro photographer, so I hope to have some more pics after this weekend!

Closet -




"Gear" -



Nursery -
Looking in the door


Panning to the left -


More to the left on the back wall -


Standing by the window -





Armoire - Standing in the corner by the small rocking chair -
Wriglee's new favorite place -

Photo Shoot

Brian and I met up with a friend of ours to have him take some pictures with just the two of us. Devon did a great job, and we have had a hard time picking out our favorite pictures. Here are a few - enjoy...














Thursday, November 6, 2008

Shower Update...

Our shower was wonderful! It was great to see those that we rarely get to visit with. Nicole, Krystin and Beth did a wonderful job, even with the amount of people we had show up. Thank you all for the wonderful gifts!!!

We recevied so many clothes for baby girl - her closet is full already! Just what every daddy wants to see before she is born!

If you were to look in our guest bedroom (sorry no guests for a while now) you would think we are having twins. All TweedleBug's gear is in there so we can complete the nursery and have pictures taken in there this weekend. (Gear = swing, bouncy chair, stroller, carseat...)

A few pictures - I have a ton more at home, and will update here soon... These are from Bev's camera.


Me and Brian -




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All the loot (except you can't see what is in the crib), and Wriglee checking it out.

Countdown to TweedleBug's Arrival - Stats

For those of you who have requested a blog I apologize for not getting to this sooner! I think I will do a few updates to keep things short and you can come back and read as you have time...

Book Stats -
Dates and numbers: There are 38 days until your due date on December 15, 2008.
You are 242 days pregnant.
You are 7.9 months pregnant.
You are in your 8th month of pregnancy.
Your 3rd trimester: September 22, 2008 to December 15, 2008. (28 - 40 weeks)

Your baby's crown-to-rump length this week is approximately 12.8 inches and the total length is around 19.8 inches at this time. Your baby now weighs almost 5 pounds. From your bellybutton, it is about 5.6 inches to the top of your uterus. Measurements of your uterus vary from woman to woman. You should not worry if you do not measure the exact same as your pregnancy friends or family members as long as you are growing appropriately. When your uterus grows and gets larger at an appropriate rate, it shows that your baby is growing well inside of your uterus.

Braxton-Hicks contractions are going to get stronger and more frequent within the next few weeks. Braxton-Hicks contractions feel like a tightening at the top of your uterus that spreads down and then relaxes. Many women mistake Braxton-Hicks contractions for true labor contractions, but this is rarely the case. Braxton-Hicks contractions will diminish if you get up and walk around and they should not be painful.

Your baby's hair continues to get longer and thicker. Your baby's hair color probably is not going to be the same color from birth onwards, so you should expect it to change in color. Your baby is shedding most of lanugo, but the amount of vernix caseosa is increasing. Your baby is taking calcium from you to lay down lots of bone. Continue to take your prenatal vitamins and drink milk to ensure that you receive enough calcium.

If you were to deliver your baby now, it would probably be called a pre-term infant instead of premature. The only difference is in the maturity, particularly lung maturity. A pre-term baby is less likely to need intensive care because its lungs have developed. Doctors can test lung maturity with an amniocentesis that checks levels of surfactant.

The baby now rests on your uterus and is no longer floating.

My Stats -
TweedleBug weighs about 4.5 lbs
TweedleBug is measuring right on track
I have gained 10 lbs (yes, if you are following that means I have lost 2 lbs in the past 3 weeks)
I am getting heartburn again

Really that is about it for the stat side of things!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Shower...

I am stoked about my shower this weekend!

Lot's of friends and family we don't get to see enough...

Nicole comes to town tomorrow night, and Bev the Friday morning...

It just sucks...

My first furbaby, Toree, died on Sunday morning...

It just sucks...

There is so much going on right now, and so many things going on in our family I didn't want to lose a family member...

I don't want to hear "she was just a dog" because she wasn't "just a dog", she was my companion, and my first "little girl".

I miss her, and well it just sucks...

Recap - Doctor's Visit

I am sorry I am just now getting back to update about last week's appointment. Let's see - the normal happened, check for protein, blood pressure, weight gain, baby measurements, etc... Then we asked our questions and went over the "restricted" diet plan.

No protein or sugar, so that was good...

Blood pressure - right where it has been, a wee bit low...

Weight gain - overall 12 lbs. Dr. Huff would still like to see me gain 20 lbs, but she is happy overall...

Baby measurements - she weighed about 3.75 lbs, and Dr. Huff is predicting her to be about 6.5-7lbs when she is born...

Restricted diet plan - she really just wants me to watch refined flours, and to limit my sugar intake. So not quiet as restricted as I was led to believe or believed, but still to watch. I am sure a lot of that has to do with family history and is a great precaution.

Dr. Huff is so pleasant to visit with, and that is such a relief to know that she isn't rushed and will talk to us about any and all concerns we have. She was very please to know that I looked "less stressed".

We asked about TweedleBug's position - she is head down, and will most likely stay that way for the remainder of my pregnancy. That is just fine with me because the less she moves her head around the better off I am! TB tends to make my tummy look like I have an alien in there. She either does the worm, or some other type dance that I am sure I have no idea how to do!

Thank you all for checking in on me...

Monday, October 13, 2008

Doctor's Appointment

Tomorrow is my doctor's appointment... I hope I am able go get some answers about what "limitations" really are.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Disappointed

I got the call from my doctor's office - I didn't pass the 3 hour GTT. So that pretty much stinks. They want me to limit my carbs, and sugar intake. (Of course) As we all know I have pretty much lived on carbs since the morning sickness hit. Crackers have really been my staple food, but that will have to come to an end.

I guess I am really more disappointed about yet another limitation being placed on my eating habits.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

3 hour gtt

The 3 hour GTT is over - that is about the best part of it... I could try to sugar coat it and say it wasn't that bad, but I will just tell it how it is on this subject. It was horrible, as in seriously horrible. At numerous points I felt like I would pass out, throw up or quiet possibly both. Not eating for 16 hours and being pregnant is not a great combination to start with, then add the fact that I had to have blood drawn 4 different times. I opted for 2 times out of each arm, and begged for them to find somewhere else the final draw. At one point in time I went outside just for some fresh air and sat in my car to read.

Seriously, I don't think I would wish this morning on someone I didn't like.

I should have the results back tomorrow...

The bright side - I got to read a lot of my book (of course on the hot topic of childbirth) and it is very interesting. I love the concepts behind the book, and most of all the way it reads.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

30 Weeks

Here are a few updates that take place during week 30...

(I have added my own comments in bold italics)

There are 68 days until your due date on December 15, 2008.
You are 212 days pregnant.
You are 7 months pregnant.
You are in your 7th month of pregnancy.
Your 3rd trimester: September 22, 2008 to December 15, 2008. (28 - 40 weeks)

You may feel as if you have been pregnant forever at this point. It might be hard to imagine being pregnant for another ten weeks, but your baby still has a lot of growing and developing to do! By this time, your baby's crown-to-rump length is a little over 10.8 inches and the total length of your baby is about 17 inches! Your baby weighs about 3 pounds now. Your uterus can be felt about 4 inches above your bellybutton. I didn't know I had 4 inches above my bellybutton. Your uterus, baby, placenta and the amount of fluid will get larger over the next ten weeks. You should be gaining about a pound a week at this time. I might gain 20 pounds for the entire pregnancy then...

Because you are getting larger, you are probably becoming slower and clumsier. You should try to be careful to avoid dangerous falls. Good posture when sitting and standing can help you feel better during your pregnancy. You also should be rolling over on your side to get up after lying down because your muscles have stretched to accommodate your growing uterus. You don't say. I could tell my stomach muscles had stretched to their limit when attempting to sit up my tummy turns into a cone... Very nice!!

Even though your baby is cushioned by the amniotic fluid, she can feel and respond to pain. Your baby now does `practice breathing` to get ready for life outside of your womb. If you have an ultrasound at this time, you will be able to see this. If your baby swallows amniotic fluid down the wrong passage, she will still get hiccups that are noticeable by you. If your baby were born at this time, she would be able to keep herself warm.

The skin begins to smoothen as fat deposits accumulate underneath. The fat insulates and is an energy source.

So those are the cool things going on with TweedleBug...

The Doughty household updates -
We are still working on TB's nursery. I can't wait for the bedding to arrive!!!
We received the pack and play - I am super glad we went with the smallest one, otherwise I don't know where we would put it.
We are finally down to deciding what to put on TB's walls.
Hopefully in the next few weeks we can get Baby Girl's bookcase, and get that in her room.
Toree and Wriglee are getting used to the baby gear that is now overtaking the house.
It is going to be very interesting when we have a baby, and two dogs that string toys all over the living room.
It seems that everything is part of a list - because I can't remember a.n.y.t.h.i.n.g. anymore.

Brian -
I think he is getting anxious to meet the little one... We were talking about who she would look like the other day, and it is interesting to hear what genes we both think she will or won't inherit.

Me -
It has been an emotionally trying week. Week 30 seems to be the hardest emotionally but hopefully that will pass sooner than later. AND I am very anxious about the 3 hour GTT. I know there are a ton of pg ladies that fail the one hour and pass the 3 hour with flying colors, but I didn't want to have to walk that path. Baby girl is VERY active! She can make my tummy do some crazy things. If I had to guess I think she is head down, and has her feet hooked up around my right side where she uses my ribs as a footrest. You can see her little bum moving around across the top of my stomach. If she is kicking or pushing around, you can push back and she will respond. Baby Girl really likes to stop and listen to who is in the room. If there are voices that she recognizes she will become active, but if it is someone loud or that she doesn't recognize she will become very still as if she is taking everything in.

I have been very lucky that strangers don't try to touch me (as we all know how much I like to be touched), but I have found a shirt that says "Ask Before Touching"and I have thought about getting it just for kicks. I really have been very lucky that strangers don't try to talk to me very much about being pregnant because I have heard some horrible stories. The funny thing is I have many comebacks ready just in case. The guys at work tend to be very sweet, minus a few, but I can threaten to keep their paychecks if it gets out of hand. :)

Since we aren't sharing TB's name it is so interesting to hear what people have taken on calling her. If you so wish, please share your opinions!!!

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Bummed...

I am a bit bummed about the whole failing my GTT. I know tons of people do fail the one hour and then go on to pass the three hour, but that doesn't keep me from being bummed out. Food has been so difficult while pregnant, so I hope I don't fail the three hour, and my food limitations are medically restricted. Who knows...

In other news - I get my hair cut today - woohoo!!!

And this is how I feel:


TweedleBug is a strong little girl now, and I swear you can figure out what she is moving around!

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

September 30th - Test Results Update

I just got a call from the nurse - apparently my red blood cells are WAY low, so I will start a heavy dose of iron. I also failed my 1 hour, so now onto the 3 hour GTT. I go in next Wednesday at 8:00. I am really not looking forward to that trip to the lab. BLAH...

I am really not looking forward to the nasty orange drink again, but mostly to fasting for 12 hours.

September 30 Appointment Update...

Unless noted otherwise they are regular OB appointments.

May 12 - Meet with Nurse to go over family history
May 29 @ 8:45June 2 @ 2:30 - NT Scan
June 26 @ 11:15 - Updated - June 27 @ 8:45
July 24 @8:45
July 24 @ 10:00 - Complete OB ultrasound
August 26 @ 9:15
September 25 @ 8:45 - Glucose Screening
---> October 8 @ 8:00 - 3 Hour GTT Screening <---
October 14 @ 9:30
November 4 @ 8:45
November 20 @ 9:15

I think that brings us up to date on the rest of our appointments...

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Just some fun things...

Dates and numbers:
There are 76 days until your due date on December 15, 2008.
You are 204 days pregnant.
You are 6.7 months pregnant.
You are in your 7th month of pregnancy.
Your 3rd trimester: September 22, 2008 to December 15, 2008. (28 - 40 weeks)

I am super excited about the ideas Krystin, Nicole and Beth have come up with for the shower. Our shower is scheduled for October 26.

We will be scheduling our classes tomorrow. We are taking - The Birth of Your Baby and Caring for Your Newborn. The birth class is a full 8 hours on a Saturday. Really we are only taking the class for the hospital tour and so Brian can understand the progression of birth. I could go into the "different" beliefs I have on childbirth, but will keep that for another post. I am doing a home study course on Hypnobirthing and LOVE it!! We are looking forward to Caring for Your Baby just for the simple ideas behind it.

We have our professional pregnancy pictures scheduled for November 9th, and I am super excited about those. We haven't seen Tara in what seems to be ages, and we are super excited about getting together with her and hopefully Derrick. Not only do we love them, but they seem to capture us as well us. If you haven't seen her work - www.taralokey.com . The only thing that is pressing for pictures will be to have TweedleBug's room complete.

Our bedding is scheduled to ship on October 10th and I am SUPER pumped to see it!!!

There are a few more things that I want to research before time gets away from us, but things are coming along nicely now.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Welcome to the 3rd Trimester!!!

Woohoo - we are in the home stretch. Literally - stretch. At my doctor's appointment Thursday she seemed very pleased with everything going on. In fact Dr. Huff was pleased that I was still smiling even though everything right now is difficult. I told her if I couldn't smile through it and joke then it would only be that much worse. Right now I get about an hour and a half of sleep before waking up to either go to the bathroom, or need to move around and adjust ALL the pillows that I sleep with. Sometimes it seems that I readjust more than I actually sleep.



Not much is new since my last post so I am thinking this will be pretty short and sweet...



Brian and I do "kick counts" every night, and we really enjoy seeing when TweedleBug will be the most active. Her kicks, punches and who knows what else are very strong now. I did have to ask Dr. Huff about the horrible pelvic pain I have been having and she described it as the "ice pick" pain, and that is EXACTLY what it feels like. At night I do normally have about 2-3 contractions an hour for a couple of hours, but Dr. Huff doesn't seem worried about those at this point because they do go away after a while. She did kind of tell me that I need to lighten up on my schedule some or the risks of a premature baby are significantly higher.

I think that is about it... My next appointment will start the 3 week appointment.

Just some things to think about -
A baby is considered full term at 37 weeks.
If Dr. Huff only lets us go to term TweedleBug will arrive in about 9 weeks!!! Insert crazy busy smilies here!!!

Appointment Updates

Unless noted otherwise they are regular OB appointments.

May 12 - Meet with Nurse to go over family history
May 29 @ 8:45June 2 @ 2:30 - NT Scan
June 26 @ 11:15 - Updated - June 27 @ 8:45
July 24 @8:45
July 24 @ 10:00 - Complete OB ultrasound
August 26 @ 9:15
September 25 @ 8:45 - Glucose Screening
October 14 @ 9:30
November 4 @ 8:45
November 20 @ 9:15

I think that brings us up to date on the rest of our appointments...

Friday, September 19, 2008

Pregnancy Progression Pictures

I haven't been very good with consistently taking pictures, but you can see some progression in these. Please excuse some of the green looks - remember it has been rough at times!! :) I will update some more when I upload them!





Week 5





Week 9



Week 13



Week 14




Week 17



Also, week 17


Week 18




Week 20 (1/2 way mark)




Week 23 (Wriglee wanted to be in the picture)