Stay-at-home mama enjoying every changing moment with our lil guy!

Monday, November 21, 2011

31 Week Status ( a little early)

So I'm actually 30 weeks 3 days as of today, but close enough to 31 weeks. I had my regular appt with Dr. S today and for the most part it was uneventful.

BP: 100/60 - still great

No protein in urine

Heart rate: The baby was super active and initially it was in the 140s then would spike to the 160s while doing some sore of gymnastics move

Measurement: I'm measuring in at 28 weeks, so still small. She was going to order another ultrasound, but I then reminded her that I just had one a little over 2 weeks ago. We came to the conclusion that if it continues to happen we will get one next time. She thinks I just have a long torso and the baby is hiding very well.

Weight gain: I'm up 14 lbs

(Might be a little too much so skip if need be)
Symptoms: I thought I lost my mucus plug yesterday. It wasn't as drastic as it was with Henry, and it wasn't blood tinged so I was questioning it. I mentioned it to the doc so she checked my cervix and it's still closed - thankfully!! I've been having some mild cramping along with some BH contractions. I've also been having quite a bit of pressure down yonder - especially the days I run longer than normal.

Exercise: That leads us into this topic. Running is getting a lot harder for me this time around. I ran strong until 36 weeks last time, but now I'm only able to run 2 miles at a time and then walk some. I guess it's better than nothing.

Cravings: Nada except the need to drink water continuously which then causes me to have to use the restroom frequently

Aversions: I continue to have a hard time eating meat and I'm experiencing a lot of nausea lately - I think it's due to the baby's position

Sleep: I have some good nights, however lately I've been waking at 3ish and then continue to wake every 1/2 hour - frustrating!

This past weekend we went to the Poconos - the PA 'mountains.' They aren't really mountains, but exaggerated hills. We are looking to sell our beach house and possibly look into a 'mountain' house that could be used year round with a lake and skiing. They had a promotion to come look at property - so we took advantage of it and got away for the weekend. My parents came to our house to watch the lil guy on Saturday morning and we came home early Sunday afternoon. It's only a 2 hour drive away - so it's pretty convenient. We stopped at the outlets on the way up to grab some baby necessities at the Carter outlet and did some other Christmas shopping. Other than that we just enjoyed our relaxing afternoon/evening together. We were in bed by 9:30pm, but hey why not?!?

We took a couple of photos from our outdoor patio:

(Side View of Baby C #2)

(Front View of Baby C #2)

Now it's time to get back to getting the house ready for our 2nd Annual Turkey Day festivities. Enjoy the holiday :)

Thursday, November 17, 2011

We have a 15 month old - Really??

Time just seems to be passing us by and I can't believe my baby is already 15 months old!!! He's definitely keeping us busy and on our toes.

Henry has given up the whole walking bit and just runs everywhere! He's also big into climbing on everything, including our couches, the coffee table and he can race up the stairs in no time!

We are working on our vocabulary and signing. Thus far he does a lot of his own language, but also incorporates words that Henry and I can understand too! If you count to 3 with him, he can't quite make out all the words, but mimics the same tone. His favorite word is more, along with signing it. We can now sign: more (and say it), all done (and say it), please (we're working on that vocab), thank you and we almost have drink down.
We've also been working on our colors and he recognize blue, green and sometimes yellow.

Henry also enjoys talking on the phone - his pretend phone that is (or one of my old ones - or actually anything for that matter). Henry (daddy) actually asked me a couple of weeks ago if something was wrong with Henry's ear, and I just explained that he's a popular person and has a lot of phone calls lately :)

(Stethoscope or phone - who knows??)

(Just doing his morning conference calls)

Weight: 21 lbs 10 oz (12.6% for age)
Height: 30 1/4 in (24% for age)

Food: Henry's favorite foods include but are not limited to: Strawberries, blueberries, bananas, avocados, pears, apples, sweet potatoes, green beans, peas, chicken (baked not fingers), grilled cheese, cheese, yogurt, oatmeal, vanilla wafers, graham crackers, and the list could go on. He's definitely our good eater!

Milk: We're currently advancing with our whole (cows) milk to formula ratio and he can now tolerate 6 oz whole milk to 2 oz formula - so happy he's tolerating it. I asked today at his appointment if I should be careful the next time around just to be ahead of the game and Henry's doc agreed that I should try and eliminate milk products from my diet. It's really not a huge deal to me since I drink Almond milk - the biggest part is that I love my yogurt :(

Sleep: With such a full belly from all is fav foods, he's been sleeping wonderfully! I put him down around 6:45p and he sleeps straight through until 6-8am. I had stopped with the sleep sacks around his 1st birthday, but with it getting cold again and him being a crazy sleeper, I've started to use them again! Another issue we're having once again is that if he does wake up early, he does so because he's soaked through his diaper, onesie and often his sleeper :( I've limited the amount of water the lil guy can have with dinner and it's working thus far - fingers crossed!

Teeth: He's currently working on his 7th and 8th tooth.

We're currently working on Henry understanding the work no, but he now just stands there and shakes his finger back at you - it's really hard to not laugh!!

Favorite toys: The swifter, vacuum, broom, rake - pretty much anything that's not a toy! He also loves playing with his tractors - making the noises and all!

(Trying on Daddy's boots)

(Henry's own boots - only 4 sizes too big)

(BIG helper)

(Will clean for free!)

Friday, November 4, 2011

A case of 'All Baby Syndrome'

...or that's what the Perinatologist called it anyway! So all news today was good. Baby is weighing in at around 2lbs 9oz at this point, putting him/her in the 53rd percentile! If I were to go full term that would make for a 7 lb baby - so right on track as to where I was with Henry. We got some great photos of Baby #2, but he/she would not move the hand above the left eye. He/She was swallowing and opening up his/her mouth. Heart rate this morning was at 132 bpm.

So now that we're done worrying about this aspect, here is a great face picture the tech captured this morning. With my 20 week ultrasound I thought the baby looked a lot like Henry, but I'm not seeing it anymore. Guess we'll know in 12 short weeks, give or take a week or two.

Forgive me for the horrible quality of this photo. Henry left yesterday and we totally forgot to take a pic of the belly this weekend.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

28 week status

I had my 28 week appointment today, and since Dr. K was on call I went to another doc in the practice. What was planned to be an uneventful appointment, turned around on me. I arrived at 9:45am, left my sample and was called back immediately - which is always a plus.

No protein in the urine - great thing for my history!

BP: remained golden - 110s/60s

Weight gain: Thus far I've gained 11 lbs

I then went into the exam room and baby C's heartrate was in the 140s and he/she was kicking like crazy - the nurse and I were laughing
Once the nurse left, I heard she and the doctor chatting outside the room about platelets...yes there were other patients but I was almost sure they were talking about me. Dr. S came into the room and then asked me when I had HELLP (Hemolysis, Elevated Liver Enzymes and Low Platelets) syndrome last time. I then explained to her that it was at 38 weeks 3 days, my day of delivery. I've been trying to get my medical records from my prior practice for 22 weeks now, very frustrating!! She then explained to me that my platelets were low at 128 (normal is 150-400) and that I would need to get them rechecked at 34 weeks and at that point we'll keep an extra close eye on them. Remember, most anesthesiologists won't administer an epidural with platelets below 100. Not that I'm banking on that this time around, since last time I wasn't allowed with a platelet count of 60, just if I have to get induced again it's something to think about. Good thing from this news: The blood work was from my gestational diabetes test; which I passed!

Dr. S then proceeded to measure my belly. I measured at 25 weeks (which is exactly the same time I measured small last time around) so I am scheduled for an ultrasound this coming Friday morning. She assumes that it's just how I carry, but we're going to be on the safe side and check.

I could use a couple extra prayers and I will keep you all posted with my news this Friday.

Keep cooking Baby C!!

Happy Halloween

Better late than never...

Henry's first 'real' Halloween/trick or treating went pretty well. I mean last year we snuggled on the couch while daddy handed out candy - this year we actually made it out of the house. We didn't make it too far, but since trick or treating started at 6 pm (Henry's wind down period), I'd say it went better than expected!

(The hardest part of the night - getting this kiddo dressed)

(Our little lion...with his vacuum)

We made it to a whole 7 houses in our development, but we mostly talked with neighbors while Henry invited himself into each house to explore. One of our neighbors has a 4 year old son, and we're actually due with baby #2 within 4 weeks of each other. She was very thoughtful and made Henry a bucket full of baby treats that he could actually enjoy and a stuffed animal!

Henry was infatuated with Luke's costume - an astronaut! We played at their house for a while and then hit a few more houses before we got home.

Luke then made his way to our house and Henry proceeded to put the rest of our candy into Luke's bucket, one by one. Luke was loving the idea and so were we! One less piece of candy here for us to eat!

We then did bath time and Henry was in bed an hour later than normal, but he did pretty well Tuesday - just doubled up on the naps...and so did mommy!!