Baby Girl is Grounded

I had every intention of going to my Non Stress Test this morning, leaving the hospital by 10, running errands and then spending the rest of the day catching up on laundry and other housework that’s been neglected lately. That didn’t happen.

The nurse hooked me up to the monitors and immediately noticed her heartrate was pretty high (175’ish) and after 10 minutes, it was still that way. After 2 hours of IV fluids, me drinking cup after cup of water, the heart rate was still high. It went down a few times, but not enough and not consistently enough for them to send me home without further testing.

The on call OB came in and did a Bio Physical Profile which I had never had done before and was a little nervous, but it was pretty quick, painless and because it’s an ultrasound, I got to watch her in all her glory. So cool to see those little feet kicking instead of just feeling them. I ended up scoring a 10.8, under 10, they admit you.

What does this mean? I have another NST Friday morning and we’re hoping that today’s was just a fluke and her heart rate stays in normal ranges as it has been for every other appointment, ultrasound and NST. Obviously, the ideal course is to keep me pregnant as long as possible (I’m currently just over 30 weeks), but it may come to a point where we have to decide on delivery and NICU or possibly losing her if the pregnancy continues. I’m doing everything that I can and will continue to do so. Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers.

Even though she is grounded, she is still pretty cute 😉 Here is a profile picture from the ultrasound this morning. She was moving around a lot and is head down, so it was hard to get a good profile shot.

29 Weeks

Your baby’s the size of an acorn squash!
Baby already measures about 15.2 to 16.7 inches long. Right now, we weighs about 2.5 to 3.8 pounds but he’s still got a ways to go — can you believe he’ll triple in weight before birth?
your baby at 29 weeks
  • He’s getting a little cramped in there, since he’s growing so fast. But you probably already realize that, since you’re getting all those jabs and kicks.
  • He’s growing white fat deposits under his skin, and his energy is surging because of it.
  • Feel a subtle twitch? It might be baby hiccupping.

Life has been somewhat of a roller coaster the last few days. My blood sugars have been all over the place and becoming harder and harder to control. As many times as Dr’s have told me this could happen, now that it IS happening, I don’t like it.

I had an OB appointment yesterday – and an ultrasound-. Good news is that baby girl continues to thrive and is doing great! She is growing right on track and even though my body is going nuts with all of this blood sugar nonsense, she continues to be unaffected. But, because my numbers have been so high, and when that happens, I note decreased fetal movements, it’s time to watch things a little closer.

Starting this morning, I will be at the hospital having Non-Stress Tests done twice a week and I’m also seeing my OB weekly now until delivery.

The first test was done this morning and we passed with flying colors. While it was a little boring sitting there clicking each time she moved, I loved being able to just sit back, listening to the heartbeat and moving around and I did a little reading as well. Next test is Saturday morning.

And that’s that! I’m trying to stay positive and just focus on one day at a time right now. It’s really all I can do!

25 Weeks

That baby in the ticker is getting mighty close to the end…it’s starting to get real that in the very near future, baby #4 is going to be arriving.

Baby is the size of…Cauliflower. What? I really have no idea what this app is talking about, but it’s fun 😉 Apparently she is around 2-2.5lbs, THAT I believe. The uncomfortable part of pregnancy is here. Definitely feeling the extra weight and pressure of her moving and growing in there.

She is moving ALL.THE.TIME now. It’s pretty constant, and I feel at least a couple of movements every hour, the strongest, craziest moves occur just as I’m going to bed and it’s fun to poke the bump and have her kick back. Still won’t perform for others, the moment anyone else lays a hand on the bump, all movement will stop until the hands are gone.

I have an OB appointment on Tuesday morning (unless we are still snowed in…) and we’ll see how big her (and I) have grown over the past month.

That’s all I have for today, thankfully things are going well now and it’s just us both growing steadily every week.

Five Things Friday

What a whirlwind week, but SO much fun! I’m happy that the kids and husband are still home for another week, we have lots of fun things planned and then before I know it they will be back to school and work. 

I didn’t get a post up for Christmas Day, so I’m including it in today’s Five Things Friday post. 

1. Santa came about 3.2 seconds after everyone was tucked in, mama was tired and wanted to go to bed too!

2. After they opened their stockings and Santa gifts, we piled into the living room to open the rest of the gifts. 

3. The afternoon and evening was spent relaxing and watching movies. I think almost all of the adults snuck a nap in at some point as well. Was glorious.

4. My daughter wanted a sewing machine from Santa, yesterday she made some burp cloths for baby girl Emma.

5. Baby Emma clothes are starting to be acquired!!! She was pretty spoiled Christmas morning, I got a few strong kicks and rolls as I was opening her gifts; we’ll just pretend that was her approval 😉

I hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas!!!

 

What I Ate Wednesday {5}

5 in a row, it’s a Christmas miracle! Once again, another WIAW is upon us. I typically post at night, but once I pick up everyone from school, we are headed to my mom’s house for dinner. I’m not sure when we’ll be home, so I’m putting the post up a little bit early today.

Breakfast: 

Simple, but delicious. Oatmeal topped with vanilla stevia and crunchy nut butter.

Yogurt on the side.

Snack:

Pineapple (SO juicy and flavorful!!!) and some sharp cheddar cheese.

Lunch: 

My BIL smoked a turkey for us the other night, so I have been feasting on the leftover turkey meat the last couple of days, today I wanted something different. I turned it into one epic grilled cheese/turkey sandwich.

More pineapple on the side…

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Hump Day, Bump Day!

22 weeks and 4 days. My 11 year old wanted to take the pictures this morning. Baby girl is running out of “up room,” pretty soon she’ll just be growing out.

 

What I Ate Wednesday {4}

It’s that time of the week again! I love this day on my favorite blogs, so many new ideas to add to our menus! Let’s get right to it.

Breakfast: It has been COLD here the last few days. I would much rather have this though, then sweating in 100 degree weather. It’s always easier to add more layers, but there’s only so much you can take off. This morning I had oats with crunchy nut butter and then a yogurt.

Lunch: I went to a friend’s house for a brunch which turned into my lunch, my contribution was this yummy egg and canadian baked dish and hash browns. We also had some blueberry muffins that were incredible. It just a laid back morning and we sat around and talked while their kids played and I snuggled with the sweet little 6 month old that was there. I can’t believe I’m going to have a little baby again…and soon!

Snack: My favorite; the mug cake. I have mentioned this so many times over the last week, but I’m not kidding, I ate least have this every other afternoon.

Dinner: Spaghetti! I  needed some vegetables in me (and baby girl) tonight, so I added a cup of steamed broccoli.

Ending with the hump day bump day picture, here we are at 21 weeks and 4 days.

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Five Things Friday

Today’s Friday 5 is brought to you by the word RANDOM! This has been a pretty boring week around here, so here are 5 things that I’m loving on this week.

1. Baby girl and I are officially halfway through this pregnancy! The first half was pretty rocky and emotional, so fingers crossed the 2nd half is boring and routine.

2. This book that I’m reading:

Being a good mother is never simple: each day brings new choices and challenges. For Dianne Robbins, being a devoted single mother has resulted in her greatest joy and her darkest hours. Weeks before her daughter was born, she and her husband, Tim McIntosh, received the news every parent fears. Tim had not reckoned on their child being anything less than perfect, and abruptly fled to a solitary existence on the sea, leaving Dianne with a newborn—almost alone.

It was Tim’s brother, Alan, the town pediatrician, who stood by Dianne and her exceptional daughter. Throughout years of waiting, watching, and caring, Alan hid his love for his brother’s wife. But one of the many hard choices Dianne has made is to close her heart toward any man—especially one named McIntosh. It will take a very special twelve-year-old to remind them all that love comes in many forms and can be received with as much grace as it is given.

As lyrical and moving as the poetry of nature, Follow the Stars Homeis a miracle of storytelling that will take your breath away. If words alone can dare us to confront our fears and to choose joy over sorrow, then Luanne Rice’s magnificent novel is a benediction and a call to celebrate our lives.

3. First baby girl purchase

4. Christmas tree is up and shining bright.

5. World’s greatest Christmas sweater.