Sunday, August 29, 2010

Jimmy is awesome

I know I've said it before.... but I am so lucky I picked - and was picked by - such a wonderful man to be my husband.  He is so supportive, and caring, and so smart. 

This morning we decided to walk the mile or so up to town to have breakfast at the local diner.  I was thinking a nice veggie omelette sounded delish.  We walked up, ate our breakfast (I totally ate too much), walked across the street to the store to get supplies for tonight's dinner, then walked (okay, waddled) home.  The waddle was in full force (and still is) today - probably due to a night out dancing Friday night and yesterday's activities (a ton of cleaning, hours of weeding, a 2 mile walk).

I was having some fairly decent contractions as we were getting closer to home.  Nothing I couldn't walk / talk through, but ones I could feel all over my belly, and quite frankly in my crotch.  Haha.

Jimmy stated to me "well, you've been walking for a while, so when we get home you should change your activity level and see if they continue".  What a smart man.  This is directly from our childbirth classes.  He was listening!!! (not that I had any doubt). 

He is going to be the BEST labor coach - I just know it.  He knows me so well, and will be able to help me stay focused.  He even had us go over all the different labor positions / pain coping techniques and make sure they were written in our book all together last weekend - so that we knew we could find them easily and could remember what they all mean.  Amazing.

I love this man, and it truly makes me get a little choked up when I think about how amazing and necessary his support is for me.... and how much he is ready to be a dad - and one of the best dads ever.

I love you Jimmy!  Can't believe we're coming up on 8 years together!!!

Saturday, August 28, 2010

I don't think

he can drop any lower without dropping out of me.  It's ridiculous.

"The list"

So about a week ago (or so.... I can't remember exactly when), I made a list of things I wanted / "needed" to get done before Colby got here.  I had been thinking of things to do - cleaning, prep, etc. - and often would forget some.... so I made a list.  I kept adding to the list as I thought of more.... but I'm excited to say that most of the list is complete.

I am pretty positive that my son is being a stinker and waiting until the list is completely checked off.  I have told him numerous times that it is okay if he comes before EVERYTHING is done (since most of it doesn't NEED to be done.... they were just things I wanted to get done).... but I think it's a mean game he's playing with me.  So I will continue to work on the few things left on the list.... and when it is complete, you KNOW I'll be expecting Colby to make his appearance! :-)

The list:
  • Do laundry (I had 3 loads to do that day) - complete
  • Put check in bank for car payment - complete
  • Go to post office - complete
  • All garbages taken out - this has been done twice
  • Dust skylights - complete
  • Dust doorframes / picture frames - complete
  • Dust baseboards - complete
  • Sweep / swiffer all hard floors - complete
  • Pick up house - complete
  • Organize pantry - complete
  • Make room in kitchen for baby stuff - complete
  • Clean downstairs bathroom - complete
  • Clean upstairs bathroom - complete
  • Clean master bathroom - complete
  • Clean kitchen - complete (and ongoing)
  • Dishwasher emptied - this has been done each time it's been full
  • Finish thank-yous (over 40 - hand made) - COMPLETE!
  • Pack hospital bags - complete
  • Hospital bags in car - complete
  • Pick up baby room - complete
  • Carseat installed - complete
  • Clean fronts of kitchen cabinets - complete
  • Guest room picked up and ready for guests - complete
  • Car interior detailed - complete - thank you Jimmy!
  • Car washed - complete (I cheated and took it through the car wash today)
  • Completely clean out fridge - completed today - literally took EVERYTHING out, scrubbing down each shelf, drawer, etc.
  • Catch up on filing (bills, etc.)
  • Vacuum all carpets - I have vacuumed the rugs downstairs, but need to fix the vacuum to do the carpets upstairs.... this is a task I'm hoping to do this afternoon!
  • Mop hard floors - ugh.... don't want to do this.... but will - hopefully today
  • Post items on Craigslist - I posted some last week, and sold one thing (woo-hoo!), but have a couple more things to post
  • Weed backyard - this has been added recently.  I didn't realize HOW BAD our yard had gotten.  It's really bad.  Jimmy and I will be working on this one tomorrow.  I pulled out all of the veggies that are done, etc., yesterday, and started weeding, but holy moly!
  • Mow lawn - this is a funny one 'cause the grass really hasn't grown.... but the dandilions have! :-)
I think that's the whole list.  It was long, but now there are really only about 4 things left to complete.  Not too shabby.  Unfortunately there's a reason they've been left for last.... but oh well!

Better get off my rump and get to work!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

mean, mean doctor

Well, I had my 37 week appointment today - and the usual weekly NST and fluid ultrasound.  Ultrasound went well, got some cute pictures 'cause Colby wasn't hiding his face.  Not as good of quality as the ultrasound machines at the other office - but still cool.  My AFI was 19.2 - so lots of fluid.

NST went well.  Colby actually behaved today - very rare.  He was moving and shaking all over the place.  I think she got what she needed in record time - but kept me on the monitor.  Of course, he then went to sleep, and I started having some pretty decent contractions.  He seemed to tolerate them well - which is good.  They want to see either a steady heartrate during contractions, or even for it to go up, just not drop.  That's what we got. 

A couple of the contractions actually were uncomfortable.  But I'm okay with that.  Anything that suggests labor could be imminent is good in my book!

On to the mean doctor part.....

Went upstairs for my doc appointment.  Jimmy met me there - and good thing he got there when he did 'cause the doc was running early (completely unheard of!).  Weighed me.... hadn't gained any weight (again), BP was good (126/76).

Doc came in and was like "good to see you.... let's get this show on the road, and let's talk about Monday".  Instantly, I perked up!

He listened to Colby's heartbeat - strong as always.  Checked me - still 1cm dialated, 80% effaced, minus one station, posterior cervix, very soft.  (grrrr... expected a little more dialation or something with the contractions, his head being low, and the loss of the plug this weekend.... but oh well).

Sat me up - and then was like - "so... the reason I said let's talk about Monday is..." (pointing to the calendar and the fact he's on call on Monday).  I smiled and said Monday sounded good.  Then he started thinking, and typing on the computer, and realized he was on call the 10th as well (the date he gave me before), and that, based on my due date, that would probably be a better date.  Lame.  Very lame.  I whined a little, and told him that was just MEAN (he agreed.... but just laughed).  Jimmy was in the background snickering.

So we're still set to induce the 10th of September.... though I've told Colby he is more than welcome to come before that - and if he wants to come Monday the 30th just to rub it in the doctor's face - that would be fine!

He did say that I won't need to come in the night before for any prep since my body is definitely prepping for labor on its own.  So we'll go in the morning of the 10th if he's not here already and have ourselves a baby.  He is VERY optimistic that my body will respond well to the induction - and that I'll have a successful vaginal birth.

So, I guess all in all it was a good day of appointments...... but slightly frustrating!  And a bunch of my friends who are due in September (some after me) are having their babies - which makes it even more difficult!!!

Oh well..... I'm not known for my patience.... I'm hoping my son takes after me, and gets impatient and decides to meet this world before the 10th.  But if not, we'll have a baby in 15 days.... which is pretty crazy!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

The Nursery!

Well... the nursery is complete (hint, hint Colby!) :-)

Here are the pictures.  Jimmy and I are so happy with how it turned out - and have to send out a big THANK YOU to my mom, who got us the crib, the bedding (from mom and dad), the mobile, recovered the glider for us (amazing!), and made the valance out of part of the bedskirt.  She is amazing!!!

Changing table - diaper stacker stuffed with cloth diapers! :-)

Closet - yes... he's spoiled.  And I was only able to hang up 0-9 month clothes!  The rest are in the green crates (4 crates total!).

As you walk in...

Close-up shot of the fan - we used some of the decals we had leftover to dress it up a bit! :-)
The glider - see - she did an awesome job!
Photos in the frames on the shelf are from the maternity photo shoot Taylor did for us a few weeks ago.  Eventually we'll have pictures of Colby....

The crib.  Yes, Jimmy is trying to make sure Colby is a Beaver fan from day one! :-)
And the photo on the wall is one of the awesome photos taken by Dawn for us last weekend!

The window - showing off the awesome valance my mom made, and the blocks Katie made (on the window sill!)  LOVE handmade stuff! :-)

Watch the belly grow!

Here are some progressions I put together today.  I meant to take a picture every week.... but sometimes the weeks got away from me! :-)

Full term!

Well.... I'm 37 weeks today - which is techincally full term!  Colby has been told numerous times he is more than welcome to come anytime now!  I'd really much prefer to go into labor naturally..... so I've been checking those "natural induction" techniques off the list.... so far, no dice.

Here's what babycenter says about 37 weeks:

Your baby is now considered "full term," even though your due date is three weeks away. If you go into labor now, his lungs will likely be mature enough to fully adjust to life outside the womb. (Some babies need a bit more time, though. So if you're planning to have a repeat c-section, for example, your practitioner will schedule it for no earlier than 39 weeks unless there's a medical reason to intervene earlier.)
Your baby weighs 6 1/3 pounds and measures a bit over 19 inches, head to heel (like a stalk of Swiss chard). Many babies have a full head of hair at birth, with locks from 1/2 inch to 1 1/2 inches long. But don't be surprised if your baby's hair isn't the same color as yours. Dark-haired couples are sometimes thrown for a loop when their children come out as blonds or redheads, and fair-haired couples have been surprised by Elvis look-alikes. And then, of course, some babies sport only peach fuzz.


Colby has been a bit less active the last few days.... but last night (during the 3 trips to the bathroom in the night), and this morning, he has been all over the place.  Maybe he's getting as antsy to meet us as we are to meet him?! :-)

Me last night - techincally 36 weeks, 6 days..... but we'll call it 37!

Monday, August 23, 2010

37 week growth ultrasound!

Well....... I can't believe today was our last growth ultrasound.  When Dr. B told me I'd have a growth ultrasound around 32 weeks, and again at 36 weeks, that seemed so far away.  Well, the first one was at 30 weeks, 5 days..... and this one was at 36 weeks, 5 days.  How am I already almost 37 weeks?!

Jimmy came with this time - which was awesome.  Colby was being a bit of a stinker, keeping his hand / arm in front of his face, which is on his head (yah, duh, I know), which is shoved WAY down low so it was quite a task (and not very comfy) trying to get profile shots, etc.  But our ultrasound tech was fun, and pretty decent, and she got some.

I'll post the pictures in a moment..... but here are his current stats:

Approximate weight (can be off by a pound in either direction..... but....): 7lbs, 4oz (80th percentile)
Average of measurements: measuring 37 weeks, 5 days (at 36 weeks, 5 days - exactly 1 week ahead)
Head size: 37 weeks, 5 days - 47th percentile
Abdomen: 37 weeks, 5 days - 86th percentile
Femur: 38 weeks, 3 days - 85th percentile

So thank goodness either last time they took wacky measurements, or he had just had a massive growth spurt...... because he's gained almost 3lbs in the last 6 weeks, but his head hasn't stayed measuring 4+ weeks ahead.

And.... he's very proportional which is awesome with the fact I have gestational diabetes.  If a baby is seeing adverse effects from mom's blood sugars, they often have a large abdomen compared to the other measurements.... but Colby's pretty even!!!

She also measured my fluids - and my fluid level was 13.57 - which is average for 36 weeks, 5 days.  Woo-hoo!

We got to see Colby swallowing some fluid, which was cool! 

And now.... some pictures!!!

This one is kinda cool - it shows the umbilical cord (the thing that looks like bubbles)

His nose and lips - nose is the thing you see sticking out on the right - lips are to the left of that.

Another shot of his nose / lips (middle of the picture - floating around - same position as the above photo), with his arm / hand up by his face!

The ultrasound tech tried to get a profile shot - but like I said, he had his head all squashed down low, and his arm in front of his face.... so it was a bit of a challenge!

Acting a little shy.... or just being a turd!  (his hand is in front of his eyes) - but you still get to see his cute lips and cheeks!!!

Peace, dude! :-)

"Seriously - if you could be done taking pictures and poking / prodding me, that would be greeeeeat"  hahaha.  Hand in front of his face!  But look at those cute fingers!

A little smirk.... I think 'cause he knows he's being a little turd!

And finally.... a cute Colby foot! :-)

Colby better get used to photo shoots - he will be subjected to many of them in the future! :-)

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Natural induction techniques.....

So.... since we're coming up on 37 weeks (which is technically considered full term) and I really want Colby to come before his induction (so I go into labor naturally, not due to drugs they give me!).... we will definitely be trying some of the "natural" induction techniques out there.  In no particular order, and who knows if we'll get to all of them, or be gutsy enough to try them... but here are some of the things people say may help kick your body into labor.

Since I'm still convinced my original due date (September 11th) was more accurate, we will commence these activities... now. :-)

Keep in mind, these techniques really only work if your body was already preparing for labor... they aren't really meant to jump-start a body that was in no way ready!  Oh.... and I won't be graphic - will just list 'em! :-)  And again, there are a few I may not try... due to some of the negative side effects they may cause....

-eating spicy foods (awesome - 'cause I've been craving spice!)
-eating lobster
-eating pineapple (though I've heard you have to eat the equivalent of 6 pineapples for this one to work.... and while I love pineapple, a) 6 pineapples is DEFINITELY not on the gestational diabetes diet, and b) I think my mouth would be PAINFULLY raw after about 2)
-making, and eating, labor cookies
-walking / physical activity (I consider the massive amounts of cleaning I've been doing sufficient)
-evening primrose oil
-castor oil
-nipple stimulation
-acupressure (pressure points in your hands / ankles)
-basil and oregano (lots of people swear by eggplant parmesean... I hate eggplant, so maybe chicken parmesean?  with not too many noodles....)
-red raspberry leaf tea (said to help "tone" your uterus and focus your braxton hicks to actually doing some good - I'd be down for that.... if I'm having them anyway!)

Do you have any other recommendations?!  :-)  I'm all ears.

a reminder....

My original intent with this blog was to create a place where I could "journal" about my experiences throughout this pregnancy, and eventually about Colby's life.  It was meant for me, for him, for Jimmy and I - to keep all those memories and not forget what we went through to get to this point.  But I know I have a few followers, and that I have others who read it on occasion. 

But... last night I had another "experience" that I totally wanted to get down SOMEWHERE so that I didn't forget.... but was nervous to put it on here.  Then I realized I'm not forcing anyone to read this.... and this would be the place I'd record any "milestone" I hit.... so... here goes. 

I will warn you that this post may be too much information for some... or many.... but like I said, I don't want to forget a thing about this pregnancy, and since this is the only journal I have been keeping..... it's going here.  So if you're squeemish, or just don't want to know THAT much about me... stop reading.  You have been warned.

But.... I lost my mucus plug last night!!! :-) I know this basically doesn't mean diddly squat about impending labor, etc., but it was exciting to me at least! :-)

We were headed to bed, and I had noticed I just felt a little funky down there.... went to the bathroom, and was like "hmm..... what's that?" Some of it came out when I wiped - a pretty good amount. Almost flushed it, but then realized there was a *slight* possibility Jimmy would want to see it (I know.... sounds gross - but we're first timers, and I think the excitement outweighs the grossness factor). So I came out of the bathroom, announced it to Jimmy, and he was like "well I guess I'll have to see it" (I thought he meant I was forcing him to, but he meant 'cause he was curious) Haha. Yes, we're dorks.  So glad we did the childbirth class, because he was prepared, at least, for this concept... which is, I think, why he wasn't SEVERELY grossed out.

A while later I went to the bathroom again, and the rest of it came out. Even more. I was amazed!  I thought it was done after that first encounter - but there was more.  It basically just looked like a bunch of snot (yum... I know.... I warned you if you're still reading).  Wasn't bloody or anything (thank goodness, even though I know bleeding, etc., is normal at this point, I still think it would TOTALLY stress me out!)

So...... While, again, I know this can mean labor is days away or weeks away, it's kinda exciting 'cause paired with the dialation / effacement, I feel like the odds are Colby may decide to make his appearance before my induction - which would be IDEAL!!!!

If you google "losing your mucus plug" you see that this in no way gives us a timeline of when Colby may come.  Some women don't even notice losing it, some women lose it during labor, others lose it just before, others lose it weeks before.  Basically the mucus plug comes out because your cervix is dialating and effacing (thinning) and it no longer fits the space it has occupied for the last 9 months.  We already knew my body was dialating and effacing.... but maybe it's making more progress?!

But, I have to say, even if I do make it to my induction, I feel very excited that my body is doing the things it's "supposed to" to prepare for a baby's arrival.  I think my hidden fear this whole time, as we discuss the high likelihood of induction, is that my body just won't be ready, will "reject" the process, and I will end up with a c-section.  While I'll do whatever is best for me and baby, I really just want to have a natural, push him out from between my legs, birth.  No drugs? Drugs?  Who knows.... we'll see when we're there.... but I really don't want to be sliced open!

So that's the latest.  I've still promised posts about baby showers, maternity photos (we had a second set taken yesterday 'cause our friend really wanted to try out her new camera!), our mini-babymoon.....  Maybe beginning of this week?!

Oh, and we have an ultrasound on Monday to see how big Colby's getting!  Can't wait!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

We have some progress!

I had my 36wk Doc appointment / NST / Fluid check this afternoon. NST went well, caught a couple contractions (I swear there were more that the machine didn't catch.... but oh well!). AFI was 15 - nurse was fine with that.

The ultrasound tech that did my fluid check said "holy head way down there" when he first started the u/s :-). Haha. I told him I appreciated his enthusiasm, because I was beginning to think I was crazy - but was SURE he was way down there!

DA went well. My BP is always higher at my NST's than at my DA's.... strange. At the NST it was 134/83 and 133/83.... at my DA it was 122/82 - same as it was last week. Down a pound from last week..... so that puts me at 1lb weight gain, if that. ridiculous.

Did the group b strep test. That is just not enjoyable! Will get the results next week at my doc appointment or something like that. Then doc figured he'd check me. I told him I was hoping Colby's massive melon of a head was creating some changes down there, 'cause it certainly was feeling like it lately. He laughed. As soon as he started checking, he had the same reaction as the u/s tech - saying he was DEFINITELY head down, and WAY jammed down there. Lots of rooting around, and he determined I'm 1cm dialated, 80% effaced, with a VERY soft cervix. He is very happy with all of this, as it really bodes well for my scheduled induction IF I get there (the big if was his emphasis, not mine!). I think he's questioning that Colby will stay in there another 3 weeks. We'll see!

He said we'll know more after my growth ultrasound on Monday... but that my belly / pushing around doesn't feel like Colby's "ungodly massive or huge" (yes, he said this multiple times - my doc is hilarious!).... so hopefully we will confirm that on Monday. Eek! Can't wait!

Oh... and sugars were just fine - no failures for the last week! Yay! I am SO OVER this stupid GD diet, and have broken the rules a little lately.... but only in ways I know I'll be okay.... on days I test..... yah..... bada$$ me... not even really breaking the rules! :-)

If you can't tell, I'm super excited that all these crotch cramps, BH's, and pressure are amounting to something - even though I know I could definitely be at 1cm and 80% for a month! :-P

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

36 weeks

Well... I'm 36 weeks today. Some consider 36 weeks to be "full term", but most consider 37 weeks to be the official milestone. So we're almost there. Thank goodness. I've hit my wall. I'm over it. I still love that I'm pregnant, and wouldn't trade it for the world..... but there are places on / in my body that ache that I really would like not to... there are sensations (which I won't describe because I'm feeling nice) that I don't really NEED to feel any more... there are kicks and jabs and head grinding that really could just happen outside my body and I'd be happy with it. But I know we're in the home stretch, and that it will go quick, and that in the not-so-distant future I will be missing all of these things I'm complaining about. But for now, I'm done. :-P

But.... I also know that the next week or so is important time in baby development world..... so I will at least wait another week before I sternly tell Colby to get his cute little butt out of there and come meet us, officially. I will try to be patient.... but anyone who knows me knows that patience is NOT one of my strong suits.

So..... 36 weeks.... what does babycenter say about this point in my pregnancy / Colby's development?

Your baby is still packing on the pounds — at the rate of about an ounce a day. He now weighs almost 6 pounds (like a crenshaw melon) and is more than 18 1/2 inches long. He's shedding most of the downy covering of hair that covered his body as well as the vernix caseosa, the waxy substance that covered and protected his skin during her nine-month amniotic bath. Your baby swallows both of these substances, along with other secretions, resulting in a blackish mixture, called meconium, will form the contents of his first bowel movement.

At the end of this week, your baby will be considered full-term. (Full-term is 37 to 42 weeks; babies born before 37 weeks are pre-term and those born after 42 are post-term.) Most likely he's in a head-down position. But if he isn't, your practitioner may suggest scheduling an "external cephalic version," which is a fancy way of saying she'll try to coax your baby into a head-down position by manipulating him from the outside of your belly.


First of all.... what the heck is a "Crenshaw Melon"? If anyone has had one and can tell me, I'd love to know. Of course, I just posted the picture of it from babycenter..... but I have no clue! I'm sure I could google it..... but instead I will ask y'all what the heck it is!?

We'll see how Colby measures up against this description next week. We have another growth ultrasound on Monday the 23rd to check his size, etc. I do know that he is head down. He has been since our "big" ultrasound around 19 weeks. So that massive melon of his is pushing down on my bladder, cervix, EVERYTHING down there. Which hopefully will mean some "progress" (ie. dialation, effacement, etc.) when the doc checks tomorrow - fingers crossed!

Since we know we'll be induced by the 10th we have 23 days or so 'til we meet him. Just over 3 weeks. And if he decides to come on his own - we could be meeting him sooner!!! SO exciting!

I'll do another post (maybe tomorrow) or two about the latest in the baby-prep world. Exciting things have been going on. We had some showers that I don't think I ever "talked" about on here, we've made some more progress in the nursery (it's basically done!), we went on a mini-babymoon to the beach..... it's been fun! But that's for another post. Tomorrow may be a blog-heavy day, as I also have another NST / fluid check / doc appointment. So 'til then, this tired (but still excited) mama-to-be will sign off!

ps. the picture to the right is from our "babymoon" at the Oregon coast this past weekend - just a preview of posts to come - and a belly shot.  35 weeks, 5 days.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

I'm over it

I know we're very lucky to live in the Pacific NW and not have super hot weather most of the summer.  I feel bad complaining because I know it's been DREADFULLY hot other places throughout the country..... but I'm so over these super hot days.  Today the thermometer in my mom's car read 101 at one point.  That is very hot.  And sticky.  And Colby just acts like a heater and keeps me feeling at least 10 degrees warmer than usual.

So while I appreciate the sun, and usually LOVE hot weather - I do not when I'm 8+ months pregnant. 

Soooooo glad Jimmy and I are headed to the beach tomorrow and Monday.  Should be warm, but not 100 degrees warm.... and I can just keep my feet in the ocean!!!!

That's all.  Complaining over.... for now.  And yes, I had a mini-breakdown today over the fact I couldn't just sit in my parents' dining room doing nothing and not be DRIPPING in sweat (not an exaggeration).  I took an ice cold shower before we left the house for a birthday party, and that BARELY did anything!

Friday, August 13, 2010

35 week doc appt. / NST / Fluids

Had my weekly NST / fluid check / 35 week DA yesterday - and Jimmy came with this time! Started with my NST. As usual, our son was being a stinker, and just relaxing away - not moving around and getting the spikes they want to see. So I chugged ice water, we poked and prodded, and used the "baby tazer" to try to get him going. Finally did about 1/2 hour in.... and got what they needed. Also picked up pretty consistent contractions - lasting about a minute each, every 6 minutes or so. This was my first NST in the afternoon (they've all been in the mornings), and I think up 'til this point they didn't really believe me that I was having them so much. Now they do. They're still pretty sure they're just BH / practice ones since I can talk through them and they're not painful.... but they still gave me the lecture about calling if I get them a bunch and they don't go away, being very clued in to his movement, etc. Got it. Except last time I called in to tell them about BH they said they didn't care. But whatever! :-)

My BP at the NST was 132 / 86. Definitely high for me. Nurse there didn't seem concerned (I blamed it on DH being there and insisting upon playing with all the gadgets, etc. hehe). My doc's nurse at my appointment seemed a little concerned and said we'd definitely keep an eye on it. I've also noticed in the last few days I'm starting to swell *a little*. I usually have disgustingly skinny feet and hands - and my feet look like "normal people" feet... and my rings are definitely getting tighter on my hands. Nothing alarming... just strange 'cause they don't look like my extremeties as much any more! :-)

Fluid check went well. My AFI was 13 which is down 4 from last week, but still within the normal range (normal for 35 weeks is 8-18, so they're happy with it, but it's definitely not at the high end like it was a few weeks ago) I got the u/s tech I got last time - and she's awesome. She hangs out and gives you peeks at the baby more than the others who just get the numbers and are done. This was cool 'cause it had been since 18ish weeks that Jimmy had seen our guy on the u/s.... so tons of fun for him (even though it's an old u/s machine so it's not THAT great of quality). Colby got the hiccups as soon as I layed down for the u/s, so we actually got to see those - see his little body jump. Saw lots of kicking / punching / head turning / opening and closing of his mouth. Never gets old seeing him!

DA went well. I had two after-breakfast sugars that went above what they're supposed to, and so I talked to Dr. B about how I think it's getting harder to control it in the morning. He, of course, asked what I was eating for breakfast, and I knew he wasn't going to approve. Cereal or peanutbutter toast. He said both are bad options (didn't scold me, just laughed 'cause he knew I knew what he was going to say), and recommended changing that. I agree.... kinda.... except that they have been just fine 'til this point... but I know things change! Weight was down a pound since a week and a half ago - so back to up *maybe* 2lbs total. Haha. BP at the DA was 120/82 - so better.

We asked questions about the induction process. Still pretty sure we're set for the 10th which means I'd go in the night of the 9th for prepping of the cervix, and they'd start the pitocin the morning of the 10th. No one who knows me (in-laws, my parents, etc.) actually expect me to get that far.... but we'll see! Doc says we'll talk more after my growth u/s on the 23rd, and as we watch the NST's / fluid checks, etc.

He said next week I'll do my StrepB test, and he'll start checking my cervix, etc. Appreciate the warning. I'm interested to see what's going on down there - something HAS to be with all the jabs / stabs / shooting pain / aches / and pressure from his massive melon!!!

Pretty surreal to think that 4 weeks from today, at the latest, we'll be meeting our baby boy. I think I'm ready.... but.... :-)

Oh, and one last thing (amazing if you made it this far!) - Jimmy had been working 54 miles away (which included a drive through downtown Seattle, so averaged about 1.5 hours or so to get home on a good day). Well he found out Wednesday he'll be working at a jobsite that's 20 miles away from our house from Tuesday (when he gets back from our long weekend) through when Colby gets here. Yay! I much prefer having him 25 minutes away in case I go into labor, not 2 hours!!!! He's excited about the shorter commute, too!

Okay..... long as always - but it was really an update about 3 appointments! Take care - we've got a busy weekend this weekend - shopping for the final baby stuff tax-free today, baby shower for a friend tonight, spa and birthday party tomorrow - then we're headed to the beach for our mini-babymoon sunday / monday.... so I'll probaby check in with you guys on Tuesday! :-)

Oh. And the interview went interestingly. Don't think I'll get a job offer - but it went well and I gave it my all! We'll see - I could be surprised!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

35 weeks!

Wow.  Today I'm 35 weeks.  I know I say it every week, but I just can't believe how quickly it's going.  35 weeks is also a fun one, because you are 35 weeks and 35 days away from your due date!!!  But..... we know Colby will be kicked out by the 10th of September at the latest, so we are 30 days (or less) away from meeting our baby boy!  Amazing.

I'll start with what babycenter says about Colby's development, etc., at 35 weeks:

Your baby doesn't have much room to maneuver now that he's over 18 inches long and tips the scales at 5 1/4 pounds (pick up a honeydew melon). Because it's so snug in your womb, he isn't likely to be doing somersaults anymore, but the number of times he kicks should remain about the same. His kidneys are fully developed now, and his liver can process some waste products. Most of his basic physical development is now complete — he'll spend the next few weeks putting on weight.

Now.... I fully expect that Colby weighs over 5.25lbs by now..... considering his weight was estimated at 4lbs, 9ounces 4.5 weeks ago!!!!  Wowie zowie.

It's amazing to think that, at the latest, we will be meeting our baby boy four weeks from Friday.  FOUR weeks.  Are we ready?!  Sure!  I know he has some good growing / developing left to do, so I'd really like him to stay in there one more week, even two, but I feel like if he decides to come any time after 36 weeks I'll be content.

My mom and I were talking on the phone today, and she asked if I had mentally prepared myself for the fact that at this point really the doctor could say "we need to have this baby soon".... seriously.... and that he'd be here.  Yes, I think I've been preparing for that since Dr. B and I first discussed some of the implications of Gestational Diabetes.  I distinctly remember him saying that at 36 weeks they start REALLY taking a look at GD mommies and their babies, and whether they'd be better out or in.  That's 1 week away.  And the way I took that comment, he really meant that at 36 weeks I should be prepared at every one of my appointments for him to say "let's have a baby!".  While I'd prefer a little bit more notice (mainly 'cause I'm a planner), I know we have everything we "need" to welcome Colby into this world.  He has a mom and a dad that love him, we have a hospital to deliver in, there will be nurses and doctors there.  Heck, we've had a co-sleeper to put next to our bed since I was around 12 weeks!  Everything else is fluff.  Fluff I'd love to have when he comes - but fluff nonetheless.

Jimmy's coming to my appointments with me tomorrow.  I have my NST and fluid check ultrasound at 2pm, and my 35 week doc appointment with Dr. B at 3:20pm.  I'm so glad Jimmy's coming with.  I think we'll seriously talk to the doc about the induction process, what he's thinking (sooner? who knows? how it works? etc.), and with both of us there, I think it will be a perfect opportunity. 

Our next growth ultrasound is August 23rd.  I'll be 36 weeks, 5 days at that point.  I am definitely mentally preparing myself for the fact that I could get a call that day - or the next - saying "we should get him out of there - he's big, and he's ready".  Wow.   That would be about 2 weeks from now.  I think my mom is convinced that will happen - or that I'll at least get pushed up from the 10th..... but I guess we'll see!

So..... stay tuned.  It could be an interesting / exciting couple of weeks.  I'm just glad Colby has listened to his mom and stayed in this long.  We have a fun weekend planned - heading to Portland for a baby shower for a friend on Friday night, then a spa day with girlfriends and their moms on Saturday, a birthday party for a friend Saturday night, and then Jimmy and I are headed to the Oregon coast Sunday for a mini-babymoon (staying one night in Seaside - oceanfront).  We are so excited.  We planned this weekend MANY months ago as our "final travel weekend" and it's fairly surreal that it's here.  That was before we knew Colby would be coming early.... when he could've come anytime around the 15th - even up to 2 weeks after that.  Now that we know it's 4 weeks or less, it's even more surreal!

Well..... that's all for now.  I guess I should really go pack my hospital bag while I pack my bag for Portland, huh!? :-)  Maybe stop by the fire station to have our carseat PROPERLY installed? :-)

Oh... here's a fun picture.  This is an updated picture to one that was taken earlier in the summer.  It is of Dawn, me, and Jackie.  Dawn was due July 10th (and had baby Niko that day!), I'm due September 15th, and Jackie is due around October 15th - so we had a progression picture, and now we have a "one out, two to go" picture.  It's from today.  I swear I'm starting to drop.... but who knows! :-)

Oh, and a picture from this weekend - all fancy headed out to a friend's bachelorette party! :-)

I actually had guys hitting on me at the bars / on the dance floor.  And some who didn't realize for a while that I was pregnant.  Haha.  Talk about beer goggles! :-)

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

34 weeks!

Well.... 34 weeks today!  Eek!  37 days 'til Colby's likely eviction date (9/10/10).

Here's what BabyCenter says about his size and development (though we all know to throw the size stuff out - he's a chunker already!)

Your baby now weighs about 4 3/4 pounds (like your average cantaloupe) and is almost 18 inches long. Her fat layers — which will help regulate her body temperature once she's born — are filling her out, making her rounder. Her skin is also smoother than ever. Her central nervous system is maturing and her lungs are continuing to mature as well. If you've been nervous about preterm labor, you'll be happy to know that babies born between 34 and 37 weeks who have no other health problems generally do fine. They may need a short stay in the neonatal nursery and may have a few short-term health issues, but in the long run, they usually do as well as full-term babies.

I have a friend who had her baby recently at 34.5 weeks.  She had a little bit of issues with breathing at first, and was in the NICU, but she has since gone home - a week and a half after being born.  Pretty amazing.  When she had her baby it really freaked Jimmy and me out because she was due around 2 weeks before me..... we KNEW we weren't ready for Colby to come in 2 weeks!
Here's to hoping he stays put for at least 3 more weeks (but once we hit 37 weeks, he has a green light!) :-)
I'll leave you with a sneak peek of a couple pictures from our maternity photo shoot with my brother this past weekend.  I'm still working on sifting through them all / editing them..... but here are a few!  Thanks Taylor!

Monday, August 2, 2010

34ish week doc appt.

Had an appointment today. Pretty standard! But.... finally gained a little weight!!! 3lbs since the last appointment - so 3lbs in 2 weeks. (and up to 3lbs total weight gain.... hopefully I don't just balloon these last few weeks!!!) BP was 118/72... standard.

He measured my belly - but didn't tell me the number, though I asked if I was measuring big, or normal, or? And he said "big.... but we already knew that!" :-) I swear that I was measuring 40cm (I tried to peek)..... but that would be a bit big (you're expected to be the # of centimeters that you are in weeks)... oh well!

Still happy with my blood sugar numbers, and heartbeat sounded good (he had a little dip while we were listening, but doc said that was normal and that otherwise it sounded nice and strong).

My next growth ultrasound will be 36-37 weeks, and we'll schedule that this afternoon so Jimmy can make sure to come. Still doing weekly NST's (I have one tomorrow) - and I see doc next Thursday again (week and a half), then I think I'm up to the once a week appointments.

Oh.... tentatively I'll be induced on the 10th of September. My due date is the 15th, but he wants to induce early due to size, etc., and he's on call that day, so I'm guessing that's why he picked it. It depends on the next growth scan, though!  So sorry dad.... I know you were rooting for the 9th.  We'll see! :-)