Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Labor Day Weekend 2011

I'm several weeks behind on getting these pics posted but I'll blame it on being exhausted from the pregnancy + chasing Addison around. Labor Day Weekend we met up with Brian's brother and Lyla. It had been awhile since we last saw Lyla. She's so cute and so petite for her age. (21 months) The girls had fun playing together on the beach and in the inflatable pool.

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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

30 Weeks

How far along?
30 Weeks

Weight gain/loss:

20 pounds gained so far

Maternity clothes?

Maternity Pants – Yes
Maternity Shirts – Some Maternity, Some Non-Maternity

Stretch marks?

None.

Sleep?

Sleep is actually better than it has been. Getting up twice a night.

Best moment this week?
Having the Dr tell me that she believes he is no longer breech!!

Food cravings:
Oranges

Cereal

Carrots w/dip

Gender:
Boy!!

Belly button in or out?
In…Barely

Movement?

Lots of Movement

What I miss?

Having energy

What I'm looking forward to:

Meeting our little boy


Milestones:

Only 10 weeks left!!

I passed my Gestational Diabetes but found out my Iron levels were very low. I’ve started a prescription in hopes to raise my levels before delivery.

We’ve narrowed down our name choice to two names…now we just need to finalize what it’ll be.





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Friday, September 9, 2011

Dr. Appointment Update

I had my 29 week Dr. appointment today. The Dr. reviewed the results of my blood work from last week. The good news is that I passed my Gestational Diabetes test, the bad news is that my iron levels are dangerously low. I've had anemia all my life but when you are pregnant your body needs extra iron. I've been taking OTC iron supplements on a daily basis(35mg) but it's obviously not enough.

My iron level is currently 7.2. I found this online:
Iron level of 7 is actually dangerously low... You could be damaging your heart and other internal organs from lack of oxygen. Low iron can lead to dizziness, confusion, being out of breath and being tired all the time as said above but also has many other symptoms, odd cravings, bleeding easily or longer from even small cuts. Your body isn't getting what it needs and your risking deadly consequences if you don't get it taken care of soon.
A normal iron level is for males is between 75-175, women 65-165. A nurse wrote: I once had a woman walk into the ER by some miracle with an iron count of 6. She was near death.

My Dr called in a prescription so now I'll be taking Ferrous Sulfate (324mg) twice a day until I deliver and for several weeks after delivery. Anemia in pregnancy can lead to excess blood loss at the time of delivery, blood transfusion, etc. Ahhh!!

My iron levels were low when I was pregnant with Addison as well but I don't think they were in the 7's. I did have some excess bleeding after delivery with Addison but thankfully everything turned out fine. Keeping my fingers crossed!!

The Dr believes that Baby Boy has turned head down. He had a strong heartbeat and is doing well. Only 11 weeks to go!!



Friday, September 2, 2011

Updates

I’ve made it to the third trimester!! Only 12 weeks to go. I have a feeling it’s going to be a long 12 weeks. I’ve been so uncomfortable the last few days. My pregnancy with Addison was great. I don’t think I was uncomfortable until the very end. This little boy definitely has other plans.

Last week I put headphones on my lower belly with music in attempt to get him out of the breech position. I could actually feel him as he turned and his feet were no longer kicking my bladder. The next day though he turned back to breech. A couple days later I coaxed him head down again with the music but I believe he’s turned slightly since then. He doesn’t feel completely breech or head down…I’m almost thinking he’s transverse judging by the position of kicks/movements. That being said my pelvic has been aching SO BAD. It hurts to the point that every time I stand up I have to take about 5 seconds to fully extend slowly upright because my lower abdomen feels so tight. My back has starting aching as well. Many people have been right when they’ve told me that being pregnant with a boy is totally different than a girl…I’m learning the painfully uncomfortable way.

So to try and lessen the discomfort I treated myself to a pregnancy massage yesterday after getting all my blood work done at the lab.

Of course I can never have an easy time with blood work which is why I probably will never get over my needle phobia because something always happens. My list of blood work included 7 different things. I drank the orange drink and had to wait an hour before they could do the blood work for the gestational diabetes test. I sat in the reclining chair and had the same phlebotomist as last time. As soon as she stuck the needle in my right arm I could tell that it wasn’t right. She kept pulling my arm forward and moving the needle around. She told me to keep my arm still and in position but from what I remember she was the one moving my arm all around. It took forever and I could tell that she wasn’t getting what she needed. At this point she took the needle out and said she was only half way done and that she’d have to try the other arm. Are you kidding me?!?! Did you not hear me say I have a phobia of needles and blood work…ugh!!! As I’m lying there worried about yet another needle stick in my arm another staff member walks by and looks at me and says to my phlebotomist “Is she okay. She looks really pale.” Hello!! Where is these people’s etiquette? Do they not teach you to not say something like that to a patient with a needle phobia? After that I pretty much zoned out. As she did the draw in my left arm it hurt…bad. I started getting light headed and tears started flowing. Luckily she was able to get the vein and quickly finished up. I laid there for what seemed like forever. My friend Francesca whom I brought along for support was great at giving me some juice to drink, keeping me laughing and trying to distract me. They put a wet towel on my forehead and made me sit in the chair for close to 15 minutes. I’m now praying that I passed the test so I don’t have to go back.

One more thing that happened after the blood work was completed as I was lying in the chair it felt like my pulse was in my ear. My left inner ear kept pulsating. As soon as I got home from the lab I looked it up online and one of the cause’s states: Venous Hum. Pregnant women or anemic patients often have thyroid problems. Such problems increase the blood flow of the Jugular vein. Such vein travels from the brain back to the heart. So now if there is increased blood flow, you can hear a pulsating or humming sound because the Jugular vein somehow passes near the auditory nerve.


Ending the week on a good note. Addison's school/daycare went paperless this week. So now in addition to getting a weekly E-Newsletter with school info, etc., we get a daily email of how Addison's day went. All the classroom's now have an ipad and they use Baby Connect. The email list's when she was changed, when she sat on the potty, what she ate and when, playtime, activities, her mood, drop off/pick up times, and any additional comments from the teacher for the day...oh how I love technology!! Another big milestone is that Addison went #2 on the potty for the first time!!



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