I'm thinking of switching back over to my old Livejournal account. I like Blogger, but I like the community feeling of LJ better. I like the group journals too. I'm still deciding.

My 32 week appointment was today. For the first time in weeks, I was told everything looks good! Thank God... My blood pressure wasn't down, but it was stable and the nurse told me if I can keep it around there then we should be fine. So crossing my fingers we can stay put with that.

Still no protein in my urine and my blood sample she took was good. My doctor also told me the ultrasound they did last week looked good and The Bean appeared to be healthy. He may be small, but he's strong :) I tried to go for my weekly NST, but they didn't have any rooms available in L&D at the hospital so I'm gonna go back tomorrow.

Referring to the bump shot: I just realized I wear these lounge pants WAY too often lol

Mommies Carry Their Families With Them Inside

I recently read an article on BabyCenter about how a pregnant woman will carry little bits of DNA (fetal cells) inside her decades after the birth of her baby. Since half of a baby's DNA comes from Dad, she's also carrying his DNA along with her as well. This was fascinating to me. I absolutely love the idea of having a little piece of my family with me all the time. It's oddly comforting.

Here is the article if you'd like to check it out for yourself.
Bits of Baby Remain in Your Body After Childbirth - For Years!

On another note, my doctor has been asking me if I've had any visual disturbances (seeing spots) along with my PIH. Well, today I think I saw them... twice... but they were only there for about 30 seconds both times. Little black spots moving around really fast in front on my eyes. I was in the car with my mom, but tried to relax some when I got home. I told her about them, but she didn't seem especially concerned and just told me it had a lot to do with the high blood pressure and I should call my doctor Monday morning.


NST was good again today - so YAY for that one. The Bean was more cooperative this go round too so it only took about 30 minutes or so once they got everything set up and ready. It was kind of nice for Jay and I to have time to just talk to each other, since NOTHING was on TV anyway. Also, my BP was pretty normal when they checked it.

The ultrasound showed the little one as still measuring small. I'm 31 weeks, 2 days - measured around 29 weeks or so. Which I guess means he IS actually growing since he's still just 10 days behind. The tech said I'd probably have another ultrasound before delivery since he's still small though. Jay asked her if she could tell the sex of the baby, but since he's still breech, it was hard to see. She said she thinks it may be a girl, but she's not sure. I think it's just meant to be a surprise ;P

For the most part, I had a nice day though. It was nice to spend time alone with Jay - my mom kept Annelise for us. We ate lunch together and rented some movies... alot of joking around and holding hands... sorta felt like the old, pre-kids us. I miss that us. I don't get to see much of them anymore.

31 wk Appointment - More P.I.H....

Pregnancy Induced Hypertension... why must you plague both of my pregnancies?

I had my 31 week OB appointment this morning, and my blood pressure was up to 148/90. It's crept up again in just a week. Still no protein in my urine, thank God. My doctor ordered a third ultrasound for tomorrow afternoon to get some detailed measurements on The Bean. I'll have my weekly NST after that I suppose.

I'm thankful they're doing another ultrasound. I think actually seeing The Bean doing belly aerobics will make me feel better than just hearing him move around on the NST monitors. I keeping hoping that we'll find out the Level II ultrasound was off and he measures up perfectly tomorrow... If nothing else, maybe they'll be able to find out his gender... Trying to see some sort of silver lining in all this.

pregnancy calendar

31 Weeks

9 weeks to go!
"Baby's now the size of a pineapple!
Baby's going through major brain and nerve development these days. His irises now react to light, and all five senses are in working order. (He won't pick up anything from his nose until after birth, though -- smell is transferred through air, not amniotic fluid.)" - The Bump

 I've got a doctor's appointment in the morning, followed by a NST at the hospital. Fingers crossed my BP has leveled out some and the test comes out good.

Fetal Non-stress Tests are Stressful for Moms

My 30 week appointment was this morning at 9:30. I was dreading it because of the weight I'd gained this past month, and expected to be fussed at. What I got was worse... concern.

I had gained 11lbs according to their scale. My blood pressure was up (the reason I had to be induced with Annelise). I was swelling more than usual. And worst or all, my last ultrasound had shown that The Bean is measuring almost 2 weeks behind. All this combined got me landed in the hospital strapped to a fetal heart rate monitor. It's called a Fetal Non-stress Test, and apparently I have to go every Tuesday for one until I deliver.

After a very stressful hour-and-a-half to two hours of laying there strapped to that thing, the L&D nurse told me everything looked normal, but I still need to come back each week.

Jay acted like none of it was a big deal. Our baby isn't growing right and the only thing he seems to be worried about is how much it's going to inconvenience him to take me to the hospital each week. He told me that we weren't going to be able to do it, and he didn't think it was necessary that I go back weekly. Um, we don't have a choice. I think I'll trust the ACTUAL doctor's opinion and go, thanks. Douche. The whole time we were in there, all he did was bitch about wanting to leave. I think I'll go by myself from now on. I don't need to stress about him AND worry about my baby too. I'm trying to stay calm, but I'm so pissed at him.

My OB also told me he wanted me to come back next Tuesday so he could monitor my blood pressure and swelling closely. I'm so stressed out.

The Countdown Begins - 10 weeks

30 weeks pregnant today. Only 10 weeks to go, thank you God. My first joyful surprise of the morning? Waking up, stepping on the scale only to realize I've gained another 9lbs... bringing me to 26lbs total. My OB is gonna have a sh*t-fit. *sigh* I dread my doc appt in the morning now. I really don't feel like I've been overeating. I've been watching what I eat and drink since the 8lbs I got fussed at for last month. I'm thinking maybe the water retention is a big factor (I'm sure every pregnant woman who goes over her weight-gain goal says that...) but seriously, I wake up with my face, feet, and hands already swollen and it only gets worse as the day goes on.

On another - a happier - note, I got the Babycity Diapers in the mail today ;) They're super cute, and I can't wait to try them out on Annelise. I tried them on her for size and they were ADORABLE. I've gotta toss them in the wash though to really be able to test their absorbancy. I'll post up what I think as soon as I get around to that. I'll also let ya know how the dreaded doctors appointment goes in the morning... *sigh again*