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Wednesday, January 5, 2011

L & D visit Part 1

What an eventful night last night was. The last couple days have been pretty stressful to say the least, with my brother moving out and such. I don't know if a post will ever be made on that topic and there probably shouldn't be one. Anyway moving past that. At about 3 pm I started noticing braxton hicks, and they were coming quite often and hurt quite a bit but I kept wandering around Hobby Lobby, then Home Depot and even Wal-Mart with Skyler collecting stuff for Abigail's name sign thing (post hopefully soon about how that turns out!). Well Skyler was worried, but every time I say even the slightest thing is uncomfortable or I just don't feel way energetic he wants to take me to the hospital. So to comfort him and ease his mind I had him stop by my parent's on our way back from Wal-Mart. I asked my mom about them and she never had Braxton Hicks, well just then my dad and Skyler walk in and my dad says to go Insta-Care and get checked out, and that Matt's wife (his car pool buddy... she's 2 weeks ahead of me exactly) is there getting checked out now.

So my mom, sister Lori (16) Skyler and I make our way to Insta-Care, Skyler gave the guy my info as I made a quick bathroom trip and the wait started. First half an hour in the waiting room, to be met by the meanest most inconsiderate nurse, asking if I called my Dr.'s office first.. uh hello its 6 he's not in. That's why I'm there!! Then waited for Dr. Butt face for another 15 to have him rudely come in and tell me he can't hook me up to anything here, and to go across the street to L&D. Thank goodness it's seriously across the street. We made our way to L&D just to be told that Skyler had to go back downstairs to register me, which took half an hour! In that time I peed in a cup and had to have help from Lori to strip down. (TMI? I think so but it'll come back later into play and there will be all the more TMI spots later in this post but I want to write it all out) Finally a very sweet lady came in and hooked Abigail and I up to the monitors just as Skyler was walking in to the room.

I met my first nurse Julie, who was an absolute sweet heart, but who also had to do the FFN Test (Fetal Fibronectin) which consisted of TMI WARNING one of the ginormous q-tips being inserted dryly and left down there for 30 secs. If you get a negative test it can be ruled out that you'll go into labor within the next 2 weeks (of course this isn't always accurate, but what ever is?) A positive test is less predictive, it doesn't mean you'll go into labor, but it doesn't mean you won't. You don't exactly want a positive test at 30 weeks.

Next came the checking of the cervix. This was the first internal exam I've had since being pregnant. It wasn't too unpleasant during it but my cervix was definitely pissed this morning and things are still a little sore down there now. It was still high and closed, thank goodness.

At 7:05 I got the Terbutaline shot, which BURNS! The side effect of racing heart is definitely accurate. Abigail and I were both dealing with that. She also decided it was time to play and kick the monitors which makes a real loud noise. The urine test came back perfectly fine, thank goodness. It was nearly clear so I know I wasn't dehydrated. The contractions started to slow down for about 15 mins but kicked right back up again, (time for the nurses to change shifts so now we have nurse Carolyn.) so at 8:10 I got another, same thing happens. I also find out the FFN test comes back negative!! YAY! Though I have to start drinking as much water as I can or I'm threatened with an IV so I drank till my stomach was tired of water. I felt like I might barf from all of it, thankfully I didn't. I don't think the water helped slow them down much. They seemed to only slow right when I got the shots. Then at 9:15 I got my 3rd and final Terbutaline shot. After half an hour I was able to leave! Though the trip to the car in the wheel chair was fun. I had to have Skyler dress me because I was shaking so bad that I couldn't even stand and the nurse was a power walker! We were down to the other side of the hospital in no time!

I'll have to finish the story tomorrow. I'll go over my follow up appointment and such. Hope everyone is doing well!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011


I wish the pumps I were getting ready to talk about were pumps as in high heels

But this is actually about breast pumps. I'm so confused already on which pump to get. I want to go cheap because well cheap is what I can afford. I want to go the Medella route but let's be honest... Medella's are freakin' expensive. I'm so lost as to what ones to even consider. The reviews are all over the place. Anyone have any advice? I'll need one for occasional use at first (just whenever baby is sleeping and I need to pump) and then eventually it'll be more often to all the time, till we put her on to regular milk. Should I just get a cheaper one, maybe not the cheapest out there, but fairly cheap? Or should I go all out and get a Medella? Help!

Monday, January 3, 2011

30 Week Appt

Today was my 30 week appointment and I got an ultrasound! It was amazing to see her! I'm too lazy to upload pictures right now but I'm sure I'll get around to it tomorrow. (At least I hope so) Dr. said she has dropped, which explains a lot when it comes to all the pressure I feel down there and she has her hand right by her face down there, I'm sure she's using it to beat the heck out of my bladder. She is measuring right on for being 30 weeks and she's 2 lbs 15 oz, he's guessing she'll be a 7lb baby. You never really know though but I trust him. He also reminded me that I'm seeing him every 2 weeks for my next 3 appointments then it's every week till she's here! Time has gone by so fast! Hmm... I think that's about all for tonight :) Take care!

Sunday, January 2, 2011

New Years

So I'm going to start working on posting more often. I'm at least proud of myself for getting my weekly posts done. I was just going to do a brief 2010-2011 post, so let's hope I can do this without getting too boring... well hopefully I don't bore myself. 2010 was a great trying year for Skyler & I as it was for everyone else. We finally saw an Endocrinologist in March, and got our BFP in July. In October we found out we were having a little girl. Yesterday (the 1st) I hit the 30 week mark, 70 days left. 10 Weeks. It's amazing to think that in such a short time we'll have our little girl here. This year I've also found some really great blogs to read and have found myself being more about other's. I keep each blogger in my heart hoping for the best for them on their journey, wherever that might take them.

As for 2011, I want to only better myself. I'm not going to be too hard on myself, things take time and my list will change as the days pass but for now, this is my list.

I want to be better at keeping in touch with people.
I want to be better at keeping my home a happy place.
I want to be better at family relations.

Those are just the 3 main ones I know I really need to work on, and the 3 I want to better myself at most. The 3rd is definitely going to be the hardest for me, in-law wise. Miss Tiffany left me a comment saying to invite them to my baby shower... I have no idea what to think about that. It does make sense to invite them and let them be stupid, but I don't want them to show up. It's going to be a hard decision to make.

Hope everyone's New Years was great :)

Saturday, January 1, 2011

30 Weeks!!!

How far along? 30 Weeks!! 7 1/2 months! Holy heck!! Where has time gone?!

Baby's size? Abigail is the size of a butternut squash! She is between 15-17 inches and weighs between 2.5-4 pounds! We'll get a measurement on Monday!

Weight Gain? Will find out Monday. Don't think it'll be too bad though for this last month. I may delete this question... it's starting to bug me.

Stretch marks? Nope.

Belly button in or out? Out mostly... but sometimes its half in... and sometimes it's all the way in....

Sleep? Well, it's been much better this week, I've finally found a way to get comfortable without tossing and turning all night, though my side of the bed is starting to look like a pillow fort.

Foods I am loving? Anything healthy...

Foods I am hating? It depends on the day, but mostly everything.

Best moment this week? Getting miss Abigail's stroller/carseat and a rug for her room. Oh we also registered at Babies-R-Us. Also on Thursday Skyler said "While we were registering, I just realized how much fun it will be to have a little girl, to buy her everything, and see her in cute little dresses with bows and such." It was great to see him getting more and more excited about the little miss coming.

Movement? Yes! I swear she doesn't stop moving! I love it. Though it's starting to get more uncomfortable, she isn't under my ribs anymore, just more like pushing what we guess to be her butt or back against one side of my stomach making it hurt and very very hard.

Symptoms? Same as always! Though I've been getting a lot of braxton hicks lately.

Gender? GIRL!!!

What I miss? Nothing!

What I will miss? Feeling her move :)

What I'm looking forward to? Baby shower next month! And finishing her room!

Weekly Wisdom: Don't drink too much water before sitting down to watch a really funny movie... you won't want to leave but it'll definitely have to happen... bladder always wins.

Milestone: Being 3/4 of the way there! Also this is the last 2 digit "week left" countdown... next Saturday will mean only 9 weeks!

Emotions: Getting better yet worse with the nesting "not going to have everything finished" feeling. Skyler has been really good this week and even more on top of it then I have at getting stuff for her room. We bought the stroller/carseat Thursday, then we went grocery shopping, and he found a rug he wanted so he bought it! That's so unlike him. He also got the paint for her name and ribbons and such.

Not sure if I can include this with the list of emotions but like I've said before (I'm sure) I've always had this feeling that little miss is going to come early. How early? I'm not sure but it's just this strange feeling I've had. I don't like it, but I'm glad we're at 30 weeks, it's not the best time to have her, but if she were to come anytime after now she has that 90% chance of survival. But anyway, my mom told me my grandma called and said I needed to get my hospital bag ready, that I was going to have her a lot earlier then we think. Now my grandma has been right about everything so far. She said that I needed to relax because there was a little girl waiting for me, but I was too stressed to get pregnant and the month that I didn't feel stressed at all we got pregnant, and its a little girl. Now I know people say stuff all the time but, it's just strange to me...

Your baby's about 15.7 inches long now, and she weighs almost 3 pounds (like a head of cabbage). A pint and a half of amniotic fluid surrounds her, but that volume will decrease as she gets bigger and takes up more room in your uterus. Her eyesight continues to develop, though it's not very keen; even after she's born, she'll keep her eyes closed for a good part of the day. When she does open them, she'll respond to changes in light but will have 20/400 vision — which means she can only make out objects a few inches from her face. (Normal adult vision is 20/20.)
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