Monday, July 28, 2008

It'sa.....................

Girl!!! Brian and I are both thrilled beyond belief - really more for a healthy baby.

So the "big" reveal went wonderfully I think. Only a few people knew prior that we were having a baby girl. I was glad we were able to make it special for the special people in our lives. I know it was difficult for some people to wait longer (mom and Krystin), but I hope it was well worth it... Now I know, let the shopping begin!!!

If you missed the party for good reasons I am sorry you missed it - we had a blast!! If you missed it just because - your loss. I think we counted 30 people, some we see daily and others we don't get to see often enough.

I think I previously posted that I didn't want to know the gender of TweedleBug (aka BG "Baby Girl") but because I thought Brian might go into convulsions we compromised. We found out TB is a girl, but we are going to keep her name a secret until she gets here. Sorry - Yes, I know that makes the shopping spree a bit more difficult, but pick your poison. So, please no bugging and if you don't like our decision please keep that to yourself or share it with someone who won't tell me you don't "approve". (It could be worse and I could have chosen not to start this blog to keep everyone up to date, but I really want my family and friends to be able to keep up!)

There now that I have given my disclaimer for the next few months we can move along.

I finally made a decision, or Brian made a decision a couple of weeks ago, and I finally followed pursuit. We purchased some of the "big ticket" items on Saturday. We bought the crib and armoire for the nursery. I don't know that we will put much more furniture in the nursery other than a glider. Now it is time to make some decisions on bedding. We had decided long ago (or possibly I decided) the main colors will be black and white, green and pink. Since I am pretty particular I think we are either going to have to make the bedding our selves or have bedding custom made.

I think that is the latest going on in our world! Thanks for sticking around and reading about our changing lives...

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Lotsa Updates...

I have been meaning to properly update here, but every time I have started I just can't find the right words... For some reason the past 1.5 weeks I have been melancholy - I am not sure if it is because this pregnancy is flying by or if it is because of the what should/could have been's. Or maybe it was because I was anticipating my appointment(s) today. Who knows... So let's see what is new?

First - thank you all for praying for my dad while he was in the hospital and continuing to do so while he is home and recovering.

Updates -
I had to make an unscheduled stop at the doctor's office last Friday - diagnosis UTI/Bladder infection. Yucky. Antibiotics are helping a lot though.

Dr. appointment - today went well. I have gained a pound in almost 5 months of pregnancy. The nurse and I threw a little party!! I knew that would be a topic of discussion with Dr. Huff, and sure enough it was. She wants me to add some higher calorie snacks to my pantry, and try to eat those in the afternoons. I told her I graze all day long, and she was good with that, but I do need to be gaining some weight now. Not for TweedleBug's sake, but for my own. TB is getting everything needed right now. Blood pressure was on the low/normal side, which was a bit surprising since I was worked up about the appointment. TB is measuring right on track and my tummy is looking pregnant according to everyone around me. Brian and I were able to ask Dr. Huff some questions that we have come up with, and were very please with her answers. She did remind us that we are half way through this pregnancy and things are going very smoothly, so she doesn't anticipate any issues or problems along the way now. I went down to the lab where they took some blood.

Ultrasound - So today was the day for the "BIG" ultrasound, also known as the complete OB ultrasound. Our favorite u/s tech called us back and that thrilled me. Sarah was the tech who did our both ultrasounds with JuneBug, so we feel like we have come full circle with her. She is so kind and caring, and doesn't mind explaining everything along the way. Sarah was wonderful and hurried through the first part since I was almost in tears from needing to go to the bathroom. Then she took her time and examined TweedleBug's fingers, toes, arms, legs and feet - you know the parts every expecting parent thinks about. Then she moved onto the "other" things - those that a doctor wants to see. Sarah showed us TB's heart, brain, kidneys, diaphragm, brain, spine, upper lip and nose. She told us that everything looked great to her, and asked if we wanted to know if TB is a boy or girl. Sarah looked around and TweedleBug cooperated very well, and kept a well placed hand where anything visible would be covered!!! HAHA! So you can decide from there - is TB a boy or a girl?

Brian - Brian has had his first pregnancy dream. I secretly hoped he might be nauseous when he woke up, but not a chance. He dreamed that he was in labor and "it hurt like hell". Now if only I could manage to have him throw up just once during this pregnancy I think I would have it made. Not really! He has been such a trooper and lets me do things at my own pace, gets me what I need, and leaves me alone when I just can't seem to function at a human level.

TweedleBug - I think I am beginning to feel the acrobatics of a baby in uetro. TweedleBug weighs almost a pound now and is about the size of a large tomato, or about 6 inches long. My ultrasound has TB measuring at 20 weeks, so still a few days older than Dr. Huff. This week marks some very definite changes in brain development, so that is very exciting to me. This is the time when experts suggest reading, talking, and singing to baby.

Me - The nausea is still very prevalent, but typically only in the mornings and late evenings. I do still throw up on occasion, but not daily. I do still take my meds on schedule. People are so funny asking me about cravings and find it odd that I don't "crave" anything. I guess most people think every pregnant woman should crave something crazy. If I crave anything it is ice. I am sure my dentist is going to kill me when I go in in August. ACK!! The heat really zaps me, so I try not to do anything outside well while the sun is up. People are starting to notice that I am showing a bit more and even yesterday I had a complete stranger ask me how far along I am. That is the first time someone has said anything directly to me who doesn't already know.

I think that is about the extent of what is going on in our fast changing world! I hope you are all doing well, feel free to drop us a line just to know you are reading along.

Oh yes, before I forget don't forget Brian's 30th Birthday is next week!

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Improvements

The past week has been very nice - aside from being nauseous in the mornings and a few gagging spells life has been tolerable. That is until yesterday. Yesterday was pretty bad, but with the help of wonderful modern medicine I was able to get the throwing up under control and able to eat by last night. WOOHOO no trip to the hospital!!! All the throwing up yesterday has made for a sore tired body today.

This past weekend Brian and I started the marathon of baby furniture looking. There really are no cribs like there were years ago. They are all convertible cribs - meaning they make into toddler and even full sized beds later down the road. That really doesn't matter for most people, but for me that means no drop down sides anymore. Really that shouldn't be a problem assuming I don't mind throwing a toddler over the rail of their crib while sleeping, or climbing into the crib myself. (Hey, I have been known to do crazier things!) I am contemplating steps like dogs use to climb into bed. So, I guess I should find a baby doll that is about the size of a toddler and try them out!

Do you know they make swings that not only swing, but rock, sway and vibrate? I won't even get into that because I have my own demented thoughts there, but seriously no wonder kids these days have ADD or ADHD, they have been bounced, sung to, really everything short of being stood on their heads to make life "better". Give me something simple like a windy swing and I think I will be set!!! haha! This is coming from the girl who will do anything to make life easier. Oh wait one more thing - don't even get me started on lite travel systems, snug rides, and everything else. Really - I just want to know that I can put a baby into the carrier, and the stroller. HELP! (People just think pregnant girls get tired because they are making a human. What they really neglect to mention is pregnant girls get tired because there is so much to decide on. I mean if we don't eat the right thing, or we subject a newborn to a swaying/rocker we could potentially harm them from getting into the very best college. ACK!)

Then there is the whole registering thing... I guess I was hoping Brian would take care of that on his own since he really did have a good time when we got married, but I don't think that is going to happen. I love technology, because I hope to do a lot of registering from the comfort of my very own (yep, you guessed it) couch.

So I guess this is my plea to those of you who have kids, thought about having kids or have ever been in the same room as a child - how do you decide on everything? Where do you start?

In other news - I think I have felt the "brushes" that all pregnancy books to tell you is the baby moving around. It is very interesting to me that something the size of a bell pepper is growing in my body (no to mention excreting bodily fluids) and I really don't know any difference. Wriglee is not please that something is going on in my tummy. I think he felt TB move Saturday morning when we were lounging on the couch, and was none to happy with me as he sulked for a while after.

I hope you and your families are doing great and enjoying the wonderful summer weather we are having. This is the very first summer I have complained about the heat, ever. I can tell you I am enjoying it from the windows of a very cool vehicle, the (yep you guessed it) couch, or with my entire body immersed under water. I am so glad I have a pool to swim in this summer!!!

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

It's Raining!

Just a quick update -

Last night when I got home from work I had a message from the nurse at the doctor's office to call them at my earliest convenience. So after a sleepless night I called the office this morning (why do doctor's offices not take phone calls before 9 a.m.?!) It appears that all of my organs are working the way they are supposed to. They did tell me that if I continue to have problems after I deliver we will do some more testing but for now things are ok. They want me to continue with the "diet", but they would like me to start taking fiber. I guess I need to figure out how to add that to my diet in the form of something my stomach I can tolerate.

I think the "sore-ness" is starting to creep in. I feel like I have done many crunches (and we all know that isn't happening), my back is sore, and my hips are sore. I have started filling out some, but still not looking anything close to pregnant. I still feel like I look a teeny-bopper with a little extra weight, but I guess the "cuteness" of being pregnant will come when it needs to.

I think that is about it for now. Thank you all for the prayers - I do feel better, still gag a lot and mornings start very slow, but the nausea isn't untolerable now.

17 Week Development

Dates and numbers:
There are 159 days until your due date on December 16, 2008.
You are 121 days pregnant. You are 4 months pregnant.
You are in your 4th month of pregnancy.
Your 2nd trimester: June 10, 2008 to September 22, 2008. (13 - 27 weeks)
Your 3rd trimester: September 23, 2008 to December 16, 2008. (28 - 40 weeks)

Your baby's weight has doubled in two weeks and now weighs about 3.5 ounces! The crown-to-rump length of your growing baby is 4.4 to 4.8 inches. If you spread your hand out opened wide, you can see about how big your baby is.

Your uterus is moving up and is now approximately 1.5 to 2 inches below your navel. You are showing more now and there is a noticeable swelling in your abdomen. At this point in your pregnancy, a 5 to 10 pound weight gain is normal. Other people can probably feel the difference in your lower abdomen if they were to rub your tummy. To be the most comfortable, you should be wearing maternity clothes or clothing that is too large for you. You may have felt your baby move already. However, you might not feel it move every day at this point. As your pregnancy progresses, movements become stronger and more frequent. Feeling your baby move can help reassure you that your baby is doing well. You might also notice that your gums or nose bleed occasionally. This is from the increased blood volume that puts pressure on small blood vessels and capillaries.

Huge changes continue to take place within your developing baby. This week fat begins to form and will continue to do so until he is born. Fat is important to the body's heat production and metabolism. Right now, at 17 weeks, water makes up about 3 ounces and fat 0.018 ounces of your baby's body. In a baby at term, fat makes up about 5.25 pounds of the total average weight of 7.7 pounds. The placenta is continuing to grow at an amazing rate. The placenta will continue to develop in tandem with the fetus and it will weigh more than a pound at birth! By this week, the placenta is large and well established with a network of blood vessels that exchange nutrients and waste.

The eyes are facing more forward. The ears are now close to their final position. Your baby is more flexible with ability to move head, mouth, lips, arms, wrists, hands, legs, feet, and toes. Fingerprints are forming now.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Understanding "Morning Sickness"

Forewarning - a downer post...

So for the past 4 months I have been avoiding a certain word at all costs - one that indicates "severe" morning sickness. I have been hopeful that what I have is "normal" and will pass and I will be able to "enjoy" being pregnant like so many other ladies talk about. This past week I have had to face that dreaded "H" word. Hypermesis. If you don't know much about it, trust me, you aren't the only one.

Here is a pretty good definition -
Hyperemesis gravidarum
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Hyperemesis gravidarum (from Greek hyper and emesis and Latin gravida; meaning "excessive vomiting of pregnant women") is a severe form of morning sickness, with unrelenting, excessive pregnancy-related nausea and/or vomiting that prevents adequate intake of food and fluids. Hyperemesis is considered a rare complication of pregnancy but, because nausea and vomiting during pregnancy exist on a continuum, there is often not a good diagnosis between common morning sickness and hyperemesis. Estimates of the percentage of pregnant women afflicted range from 0.3% to 2%.

While I haven't had the weight loss that is associated with hypermesis, I have had just about every other symptom. It stinks really, really stinks. I don't want to sound ungrateful for being pregnant, because that is the last thing on my mind, but I really just want to catch a break. While I do have good days mixed in with the bad days, it is hard to enjoy those good days, and I am sure to some extent I try to make up for those bad days on the good days. It is what appears to be an unbreakable cycle.

Tuesday was another really bad day. I woke up to vomiting at 4 a.m. Not very pleasant, I took the meds that they have given me, and tried to go back to sleep after sipping on some liquids. Nothing - no break. I did finally come into work because there are some things that just really have to be done, but other than what had to be done, I was rather unproductive. About lunch time I gave up and called the doctor. She is out on Tuesdays, and I knew that, but I was hoping for some sort of answer. (you know - just something to give me a break.) After some botched phone calls with the nurse I finally got my point across that I felt I needed fluids, and was not going to be able to accomplish that on my own. Finally at 3:30 they called to tell me they agreed, and I probably needed to go in. At midnight I was still throwing up - after 1 shot, a good amount of fluid, and phenagren in the IV. I made the decision to go home so that I could finally get some rest.

Wednesday I was back up throwing up, and was really at my wits end by that point. I hadn't had any relief other than to sleep for the few hours. I called the doctor's office again, and my doctor was still out. I talked to the other on-call doctor who happened to have hypermesis, and she was so understanding and reassuring. She wanted to be sure that everything else was ok with me, so she sent me in for an emergency ultrasound on my gallbladder, liver, pancreas, etc. I had that u/s this morning, and the tech said that I didn't have any gallstones, but we wouldn't have a full report until the radiologist looked at everything. (I should have those reports next week sometime)

I don't know if it is a relief that they didn't find anything, or if it is just another unknown, but that is how it is.

I think what is really rough is that everyone seems to want to give advice (i.e. eat before getting out of bed, eat small meals, this will pass in the second trimester, etc.), but what a lot of people don't understand this isn't "typical". I have tried everything short of getting up in the middle of the night to eat something. I drink all the time, but it just isn't helping. I have tried all the meds that the doctor's are comfortable giving, and even a combination of those meds. This isn't normal, and even though so many women have paved the path before me, not many understand what this nausea 24/7 really is. I literally will myself not to throw up. I count the minutes hoping that it will pass, I have gotten fairly good at tuning out things so that I can concentrate on not throwing up. But that just isn't helping. I don't want people to notice me because I am sick, I want people to notice that I am pregnant, and getting a cute little belly, or I have that pregnancy glow, but I don't. I worry that I am not getting the vitamins that I need, or that Tweedlebug needs, I worry that if I venture to far I will have to throw up some place that I don't know. My body hurts, my toes ache. I am pregnant, but I am really doing my very best not to whine or complain, but this really stinks.

There are some good websites out there for information on hypermesis, but so far this is the best I have been pointed to - http://www.helpher.org/ . I have had numerous girls point me in that direction...

So I guess if you ask me how I am feeling face to face, then I am probably feeling ok, and that is about all I will say. If you don't see me well it is because I am hanging out on my couch.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Doctor's Appointment

Quick recap of my doctor's appointment from last Friday. Things went well, we discussed how things are going and my still throwing up daily. Dr. Huff explained that what I am experiencing is not "normal" it isn't as severe as it could be. While I find that comforting, it is also difficult for me because I really do feel pretty yucky.

I haven't gained any weight, but I haven't lost any weight either, so I am fairly pleased with that. We heard TB's heartbeat again, and TB is doing very well.

So with that, I guess that is the latest in Doughty-land. I hope you are all doing well.