Wednesday, July 30, 2014

16 weeks

Seriously, where did the summer go?  I can't believe it will be August in just two days.  It feels like we have so much to do before baby girl gets here and time is just racing by.  One big thing will be marked off the list on Friday at least.  We'll be trading in my Nissan Versa for a Nissan Rogue SV.  Luckily we got everything in order before our big trip down to the Outer Banks in a little over a week.  It will be a nice test to see how much stuff we can fit in the car.

We also got started on our registries.  Started at Babies R'Us and Dave had fun running around with the handheld scanner.  About halfway through the store we decided to call it a night.  It was very hot in the store and we needed to research a few things.  I also started a babylist registry.  It's a really great site that lets you add items from anywhere on the internet.  To help get a handle on what we'll actually need I've been consulting Lucie's List.  There are just so many cute things, but we have limited space in our two bedroom condo.  Have to try and be conservative.

Our next OB appointment is next Monday!  I'm so excited to see butterfly again, but nervous about the cervical length check.  Really hoping everything looks okay and we'll be able to book the anatomy scan.  I'll also be doing the 1 hour glucose test.  Luckily I can drink the glucola before the appointment I can get the blood drawn either right before or right after the ultrasound.  Then we see Dr. K for the regular appointment and get to hear her heartbeat on the doppler.  I still haven't received the results from the Inherigen test, hopefully the OB office has them and it will be discussed on Monday.

How far along? 16w1d
Total weight gain/loss? +5.4 lbs
Stretch marks? Nothing new
Maternity clothes? Going shopping with MIL this weekend to stock up on new tops
Sleep? I've found sleeping with a pillow propped under one hip has been the most comfortable solution
Sex? Girl
Best moment of the week? Having a completely lazy Sunday at home with Dave and the cats
Movement? Feeling a lot more movement lately, lots of rolls and pokes
Food cravings? Broccoli and cheddar soup in a bread bowl from Panera
Belly button in/out? In
What I miss: Wine, we've had perfect 'sit on the balcony and drink wine' weather lately
What I am looking forward to: Picking up the car on Friday, seeing Guardians of the Galaxy, and my next OB appointment on Monday!
Milestones: Butterfly is the size of an avocado!  Also, this week baby girl is able to start hearing our voices.  Ever since the BFP I've talked to her before going to sleep.  It's nice to know she'll actually be able to hear me now.

Monday, July 28, 2014

I am a bad blogger (14 and 15 week updates)

Wow, I can't believe it's been almost three weeks since I last posted.  Sorry about that, life kind of got in the way.  Work has been crazy lately and my big project has hit some major speed bumps.  The latest one has put the whole project on hold for a week while the programmers review code.  It never fails, anytime we try to upgrade it breaks our system.  My bosses have been really pushing to see the new site and of course it goes to hell.  Really hoping everything is sorted out before we go on vacation.  I am not spending our week on the beach doing work crap.

Since I missed the 14 and 15 week updates (holy hell, where has the time gone?) I'll add them to this post.  It's mind boggling that tomorrow will mark 16 weeks!  We're almost halfway there!

How far along? 14 weeks
Total weight gain/loss? +5.5 lbs
Stretch marks? Nothing new
Maternity clothes? Regular tops are getting tight
Sleep? Very uncomfortable and getting up a lot to pee
Sex? Girl
Best moment of the week? Getting to hang out with my brother
Movement? A few more flutters
Food cravings? Still have the egg aversion
Belly button in/out? In, but I noticed it getting shallow
What I miss: Uninterrupted sleep
What I am looking forward to: Going up to Boston to visit family
Milestones: Butterfly is the size of a lemon

How far along? 15 weeks
Total weight gain/loss? +6 lbs
Stretch marks? Nothing new
Maternity clothes? Getting harder to find tops that fit
Sleep? Still trying to find a comfortable position
Sex? Girl
Best moment of the week? Visiting my family and spending time with my girlfriends
Movement? Started feeling some rolling sensations
Food cravings? No cravings, baby hates Chinese and Japanese food :(
Belly button in/out? In, but starting to stretch a bit
What I miss: Staying up late
What I am looking forward to: A completely plan free Sunday
Milestones: Butterfly is the size of a navel orange


Tuesday, July 8, 2014

13 weeks and NT scan

On Thursday we were having a BBQ at work for 4th of July.  Since our appointment was at 3 and we had to stop and check on our friend's guinea pigs beforehand we had planned on leaving work after the BBQ.  At noon the office staff headed downstairs to eat.  Well, the warehouse staff had already gone to town and by the time we got to the food there was only a meager amount of sausage and peppers (yuck!) and salad left.  Awesome.  Dave and I just left, figuring we could pick something up on the way.  After checking in on the pigs we ended up stopping at Wendy's to grab food.

We got home and loaded up the car.  Right after the appointment we would be leaving to head down to Wildwood for the holiday weekend.  Arrived at the OB office and got situated in the ultrasound waiting room.  The tech called us back and we got situated in the room.  It was an abdominal ultrasound, yay for getting to keep my pants on!  She started the scan and baby girl was moving and flailing around like crazy!  It was amazing to see, her little arms and legs were punching and kicking and she was bobbing up and down.  The tech started trying to get the needed measurements and shots, but baby girl had other plans.  Every time the tech zoomed in baby would jump out of the way.  The theme of the ultrasound ended up being the tech jiggling the probe against my abdomen and saying "come on baby, work with me".

Baby girl has two arms, two legs, bladder, stomach, nasal bone, and a NT measurement of 1.3.  Her heart was beating steadily at 165bpm.  The tech was very happy with how she looked and printed off lots of profile shots.  Here is she is:

Once the scan was finished the tech brought us over to the lab for the blood work portion of the test.  We had decided to do the genetic disease panel called Inherigen Plus as well.  It tests for 163 genetic diseases as well as Cystic Fibrosis, Spinal Muscular Atrophy, and Fragile X.  I had CF and SMA done during IF testing, but not Fragile X.  The blood draw was done quickly and it was back to the big waiting room.

We were supposed to be seeing Dr. B for the follow up.  After about 30 minutes of waiting the office manager came out and said that he was running about an hour behind due to earlier emergencies.  Unfortunately we could not wait that long.  Our hotel in Wildwood would only hold the reservation until 8pm.  We rescheduled the appointment for Monday and headed out.

The weekend in Wildwood was wonderful.  Two other couples joined us and it was a very relaxed weekend.  Arthur rained out the 4th of July festivities and everything was rescheduled for the next day.  Luckily Saturday was absolutely beautiful and we spent most of the day on the beach.  I was absolutely exhausted by the end of the weekend and very happy to get home to the kitties and our bed.  We posted our FB announcement after getting home:

How far along? 13 weeks
Total weight loss/gain? +5 lbs
Stretch marks? Nothing new
Maternity clothes? Maternity bottoms are a must, regular tops are getting snug in the chest area.
Sleep? Hard to find a comfortable position
Gender? Girl
Best moment of the week? Seeing butterfly during the NT scan
Movement? I felt some fluttering this morning, not sure if it was actually baby
Food cravings? No actual cravings, egg aversion is back though
Belly button in/out? In
What I miss: Staying up past 10pm
What I am looking forward to: Seeing my brother this weekend
Milestones: Butterfly is the size of a peach    
13 weeks

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

12 weeks

Sorry this is a day late, I was laid up in bed most of the day yesterday.  Last weekend we headed out to Pittsburgh for Dave's cousin's wedding.  It was absolutely beautiful and we got to tell a lot of his family about the baby.  They were all so excited!  While the wedding was fun, the drive back and forth to Pittsburgh was very taxing.  By the time we got home on Sunday I was so done.  Dave ordered Chinese food, but after a few bites of pork fried rice I had the worst acid/heart burn ever.  I guess baby girl does not like Chinese food.

I am starting to be able to feel the top of my uterus coming up from my pubic bone.  It's really strange, but makes me feel a little better about my crazy bump.  Things are definitely stretching and growing down there, the round ligament pain has started.  I'm really looking forward to wading in the pool and ocean this weekend.  I am also really looking forward to not having to pack any meds!  Yesterday was the last day of taking PIO, Delestrogen, and Prometrium!  It feels so good to be free.

Our NT scan is scheduled for tomorrow afternoon.  I cannot wait to see how much butterfly has grown!  We'll meet with the OB, Dr. B, afterwards for a check-up and I'll get some more blood drawn.  Afterwards we'll be off to Wildwood for the weekend!  I've been looking forward to this vacation for a long time.  Once we get home we'll be posting our public FB announcement.

12 weeks

How far along? 12w1d
Total weight loss/gain? Haven't weighed myself this week
Stretch marks? Nothing new
Maternity Clothes? In maternity bottoms full time
Sleep? Getting rough, between the discomfort and constant peeing I can never get enough sleep.
Gender? Girl
Best moment of the week? Telling Dave's family about butterfly!
Movement? Just stretching sensations
Food cravings? White cheddar cheez-its
Belly button in/out? In
What I miss: Sex and wine
What I am looking forward to: NT scan tomorrow and Wildwood this weekend!
Milestones: Butterfly is the size of a plum and I was able to stop my meds.