Wednesday, September 17, 2014

32 Weeks


Seriously, how are we two months out? Wild!

Total Weight Gain: I gained a pound since my last appointment, so 22 lbs total. 

Size of Baby: Sweet baby James is the size of a large jicama.

Sleep: I'm sleeping okay. Thankfully no leg cramps this week!

Movement: Yes, he is very active, especially at night. After finding out his position at our ultrasound yesterday morning, I think a lot of his strange-feeling movements make a lot more sense (more below)!

Cravings/Aversions: Tater tots

Gender: Baby Boy...James Strutton Todd

Mood: Last week was a bit of a rollarcoaster and stressful, but the rainy, cool weekend did me a lot of good. My emotions/hormones are a bit all over the place still, but I feel like I'm not getting so bogged down this week. If something upsets me, I get upset and then I'm too tired to hold onto it - haha! 

Symptoms: I'm definitely starting to feel it! I have very little energy and I'm having some pain in my left hip due to ligament stretching. A few times recently I've had these weird shooting pains in very uncomfortable places that almost make me double over. Dr. Orth said these are nerves getting compressed. All of this stuff is normal end of pregnancy stuff. I suspect some of the tight-feeling "movements" I feel at night are actually Braxton-Hicks contractions. Since this ain't my first rodeo, I feel a little stupid admitting that I don't know, but I feel like my Braxton-Hicks with Claire felt different. 

My appointment yesterday went swimmingly! We had a growth ultrasound first and Sir James is looking very healthy and very cute. The placenta stuff is definitely not obstructing his growth...my doctor jokes it's actually a blessing because he'd be huge without it! He currently weighs 4 lbs, 13 ounces (84th percentile) and measures about a week and a half ahead. They say he is big, but not too big. We had an ultrasound at this same point in the pregnancy with Claire and I went back and read her 32 week post today and she weighed 4 lbs, 14 ounces! Seems like they are on par with each other so far. It'll all depend on when Jamesie decides to make his arrival. 

He has moved into an odd position. He's no longer head down...right now it's way up at the top of my uterus and his bum is down on the lower left. His hands and feet are all up by his head! Sounds terribly uncomfortable to me! We nearly couldn't get a view of his face today because there were so many limbs in the way, but when I moved onto my side we got some pictures of his face. He is so precious and looks a lot like Claire with the same pouty lips. I can't wait to meet him! 

Dr. Orth said babies change positions all the time and that there's plenty of time for him to move back into head down position. If he hasn't at 36 weeks, I'll start doing some exercises to encourage him. Hopefully he will move sooner than that - I feel like his current position is part of why I've been feeling so uncomfortable lately. 

Best Moment this Week: Getting to see James yesterday! He is my precious pumpkin! 

What I'm Looking Forward to: We are going to Sugar Land to spend the weekend with Cam's family. It will be our last trip before babytime. Can't wait to see everyone! 

Here are a couple pictures from the ultrasound!

And here's Claire, also at 32 weeks. Fun to compare!


Wednesday, September 10, 2014

31 Weeks


Size of Baby: James is the size of a coconut.

Sleep: It's pretty good but I need more of it! It's my own fault though...I am such a nightowl. I get really tired as the day goes on, but then right when I should start winding down or sometimes even after I fall asleep for a bit, I get a second wind and stay up way too late! I'm really trying to talk myself into going to bed earlier. This could be the last couple months of good sleep I get for an entire year if this baby is like his sister!!

Movement: Yes, it seems like he is turning somersaults regularly. It feels crazy! 

Cravings/Aversions: I had a craving for pecan pie and my wonderful mama made it for me this weekend. It was delicious! 

What I Miss: I guess just having more energy and being comfortable, but it's all totally worth it!

Gender: Baby Boy James...so excited to see my little guy!

Mood: Okay, up and down. Today almost sent me over the edge though!

Awhile back I mentioned on the blog that I'd found out I was a carrier for a blood disorder called hemochromatosis. We got Cam tested to rule out that he was a carrier/affected by this gene mutation to help us know what the genetic possibilities are for our kids. The plan was to wait to test them until they're older, as long as Cam was unaffected by this. Well, we got his results last week and he is also a carrier for a different type of gene mutation for hemochromatosis. I mean...what are the odds??? Actually, it's not that unusual...turns out these gene mutations are pretty common, especially among people of British lineage. Being a carrier is not that big of a deal, especially in Cam's case because his gene mutation is associated with a much milder form of this disorder, which he won't even develop since he is only a carrier.

This does bring up new questions for our kids though. If our babies ended up inheriting each of our bad genes, they could develop hemochromatosis. Luckily, they'd know from a young age and medical peeps call this the "good news disease" because there are things you can do about it. But I hate that my babies might have to deal with any of this! Of course, they could also inherit each of our good genes and have no concerns whatsoever! 

Claire's pediatrician referred us to a genetic specialist to get her tested, so this morning I set out on the seemingly innocuous mission of making her an appointment. Little did I know I'd spend hours on the phone and end up crying my eyes out! I couldn't even get an appointment without getting Claire's medical records sent over, which is understandable. Then I got the runaround and was bounced back and forth on the phone between the specialists doctor's office and our insurance company. Even getting the most basic questions answered (Is this doctor in our insurance network?) was like asking someone to solve the Middle East peace crisis. And trying to find out if any of this genetic specialist stuff would be covered by our insurance? Forget about it...that was like asking someone to explain the meaning of life. Apparently, in the totally screwed up state of our healthcare system, we (the patient, the people paying the insurance company an obscene amount of money every month) are responsible for seeing that these doctors code everything in a very particular matter in order to get it covered at maximum benefit. Don't even get me started on this issue - I could write a dissertation on the absurdity of a code making the difference in coverage for a very medically necessary test for my child, but just know that I have MANY THOUGHTS ON THIS ISSUE. After realizing that we were stepping into a minefield, I talked Claire's pediatrician into ordering the test herself (I even knew the correct covered code to tell her, y'all!). That way we are pretty confident the test will be covered and will know where we stand before going to see a specialist. Chalk it up to hormones, chalk it up to the insane state of the American healthcare system, chalk it up to Claire throwing an absolute shitfit when I tried to talk on the phone with her pediatrician...but this mama was in tears before it was all said and done. And in the back of my mind, part of those tears were for families who have to navigate these tricky waters while finding out their kids have serious, pressing medical issues. I can't imagine what that is like and I pray for those people. 

Symptoms: I'm pretty exhausted and uncomfortable. Even sitting upright is becoming a challenge! I've been having some pretty bad leg cramps in the middle of the night. Strangely, they seem to be happening in the muscles in my right leg above the metal plate in my ankle. It feels so freaky! If there was a camera in this house in the very early morning hours, you would see a big old pregnant lady pacing around the loop in the kitchen and living room trying to work out a cramp. That'll scare any potential burglars away...haha! I haven't had anymore "seeing spots" episodes, so that's good news!

Best Moment this Week: Getting the bedding set up in the crib. It looks so sweet! Back when I was pregnant with Claire, before we knew she was a girl, I bought some bedding for a boy that was being discontinued. I obviously didn't use it with Claire and held onto it for Baby #2, so we've been able to use it this time! I feel like the nesting I mentioned last week is paying off! The nursery is slowly coming together and I got the final parts of Claire's big sister gift yesterday. 

Also, I was very excited to hear that my favorite couple, William and Kate, are expecting again! 

What I'm Looking Forward to: Fall weather arriving this weekend!!!!!!!!!!!

Friday, September 5, 2014

30 Weeks

Total Weight Gain: I'm up 21 lbs total.

Size of Baby: James is the size of a large cabbage! My little cabbage patch kid!

Sleep: It's okay.

Movement: Yes, he is quite a wild man these days. I think when I'm walking around it rocks him to sleep, but when I'm sitting or laying down he is very active. Last night Cam and I watched my stomach just move around, which is cool but a little freaky!

Cravings/Aversions: Kit Kats and junky stuff from Sonic. You know me...all about the healthy stuff.

What I Miss: I miss being comfortable!

Gender: A son! I still can't believe it! I don't know if it's the fact that I already have a girl, grew up with a sister myself, or secretly kinda always saw myself having two girls...but a boy is just a whole new world that I'm very excited to experience. I can't wait to see his sweet little face. I hope he looks like his Daddy. :)

Mood: I feel a little all over the place and overwhelmed. Nesting has kicked in again in full force and I feel like I need to do a billion things right this second! For example, I started Christmas shopping on Monday. This is something I fully planned to do early because I know that with having a brand new baby at home and recovering from childbirth, there won't be any time left for shopping in that month or so between babytime and Christmas. We also have a billion birthday, wedding, and baby presents to get for various things this Fall, so I just started knocking stuff out. I have ordered so many things online in the last week, it will be a small miracle if I can keep everything straight! I'm also working on getting the nursery finished up and feeling like I just can't seem to keep my house clean enough. Like I said...NESTING.

Symptoms: I've definitely hit the third trimester wall in the last few days. All that nesting I mentioned before...it's being met by a pretty strong dose of exhaustion. I'm having trouble getting out of bed in the morning. It's still so hot outside and I feel so uncomfortable. Yesterday we had a family from our Sunday School class over for dinner. I was finishing up dinner, visiting with my friend, and trying to negotiate a very clingy Claire who didn't want to to be put down so I could get everything ready to serve (fit throwing/clingyness when I'm trying to prepare food seems to be one of my daughter's specialties). Anyway, I don't know if it was just a lot going on, being dehydrated, or just plain overdoing it...but while all of this was going I started seeing black spots for about 20 minutes. I could see, but about half my vision was just spots. I didn't say anything because I didn't want to scare people, and having experienced this some during my first pregnancy, I knew I just needed to finish up, sit down, drink some water and eat. After doing that, I got to feeling better, but boy was it disorienting and a little scary! I know I need to cool it a little bit. 

In more upbeat news, I had an appointment on Tuesday and it went great! My doctor seems really happy with how everything's going. When I go back in two weeks, I'll have another growth ultrasound due to the placenta issue. It will be fun to see how our little prince is growing and changing! Another good news item is that my swelling has been so much better this week.  

Best Moment this Week: The last week is a blur somehow! I guess it'd be having a good appointment on Tuesday. 

What I'm Looking Forward to: Doing some shopping for essentials tomorrow at Babies R Us! :)

Friday, August 29, 2014

29 Weeks

Size of Baby: Baby James is the size of a butternut squash.

Maternity Clothes: Yes. I am so over my summer maternity wear. Since Claire was born in January, I have a ton of fall/winter clothes that I'm really looking forward to wearing. Come on cooler weather!

Sleep: I'm exhausted and sleeping pretty hard these days.

Movement: Yes, he is moving a lot. Cam finally got to feel it while we were at the coast! Yay!

Cravings/Aversions: I'm still craving sour blue raspberry slushes with nerds from Sonic! They are so good and I can't stop thinking about them! 

What I Miss: I miss being able to wear my real wedding rings. The fake eternity band I've worn both pregnancies is starting to look pretty ghetto. Can't wait to be back in my real bling!

Gender: Sweet baby boy James.

Mood: Fine...up and down! I'm reaching the point where I'm kinda ready for the pregnancy to be done, but also trying to treasure it because I know I'll miss it.

Symptoms: The main issue I'm having right now is swelling in my feet and ankles. It was pretty bad when we were out of town and after the car trip home, but it's looking better now. Otherwise I'm just uncomfortable. It's not unbearable or anything, but I'm feeling it! 

Best Moment this Week: We had a wonderful trip to Crystal Beach/Galveston with Cam's family. It was great fun to get away and spend time with family in such a nice, relaxing place! 

What I'm Looking Forward to: I'm looking forward to the long weekend and to my appointment next week. I'm also looking forward to August being over...come on Fall!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

28 Weeks

Size of Baby: Baby is the size of a large eggplant.

Maternity Clothes: Yes indeed!

Sleep: I'm sleeping pretty well overall. Whether pregnant or not, August is always a hit-or-miss month of sleep for me because it's too hot to sleep. Come on Fall!

Movement: Yes. I feel like I don't spend quite as much time thinking about being pregnant as I did the first time, so those kicks and hiccups are such a sweet little reminder. "Hey ma, I'm in here!"

Cravings/Aversions: I'm craving lemonade and the new slushes from Sonic with nerds candy in them (yes, I'm a five year old). 

Gender: It's a boy...James!

Mood: Pretty good, if not a bit hormonal at times. I'm very excited about all that's coming up in the next few months, but I'd be lying if I said I wasn't nervous about having two kids under two!

Symptoms: I'm feeling good....just hot, hot, hot! I really hate the month of August, and being pregnant has intensified that. Overall it's been a mild summer, in terms of June and July being less hot than recent years, but the August heat has definitely set in. At a party this weekend a woman and I were talking about how hot it was, and she asked me how I was handling it with being pregnant and my answer was very blunt: baby powder. Seriously...thank you Lord for baby powder. 

Just like my pregnancy with Claire, I did not pass the one hour gestational diabetes test I took last week so I spent Thursday morning doing the three hour test. Thankfully, I passed! I'm very relieved. I'm lucky because the test didn't really make me feel sick or weird. There was a teenage pregnant girl doing the test at the same time I was and she got sick about halfway through...they made her stop and come back another day to do the entire test over again!!!!!!! With Claire, a couple of my three hour test results were borderline so they told me to watch my carbs, but this time around I was well under the limit. 

Milestones: We've reached the third trimester! We're 2/3 of the way there...hard to believe somehow!

Best Moment this Week: Cam and my Dad painted the nursery this weekend. It turned out great and we love the green color! Last night Cam put the crib together and it looks really nice in the room. It's fun seeing things come together! I took pictures tonight and I'll post them soon. 

What I'm Looking Forward to: We're heading out of town on Friday to spend a long weekend at the coast with Cam's family. I can't wait to play with Claire at the beach and eat some fried shrimp!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

27 Weeks

Total Weight Gain: I've gained 19 lbs as of yesterday morning.

Size of Baby: Baby James is the size of a head of cauliflower. At my appointment yesterday, I found out our boy weighs 2 lbs, 7 oz.

Maternity Clothes: Yes, everything but t-shirts is maternity.

Sleep: I'm sleeping pretty good!

Movement: OMG, yes. He is so active these days! It's getting to the point where it's almost a little uncomfortable, but I'm trying not to take it for granted. Poor Cam still can't feel a thing!

Cravings/Aversions: I'm craving peanut butter & jelly. After seeing that picture above, I'd have to say cauliflower is my current aversion. Yuck!

Gender: It's a boy!

Mood: Pretty good these days! Getting really excited that Fall is coming!

Symptoms: I'm starting to reach the uncomfortable stage, and the heat is definitely playing a part in that. I feel so sorry for women who are 9 months pregnant this time of year...that must be miserable! Otherwise, as the day goes on I have some swelling, although it's much more manageable than my last pregnancy. My circulation is not great - if I sit on the ground, my feet fall asleep a lot and I wake up in the morning with my hands asleep. Coupled with the fact that my handwriting has turned into complete chicken-scratch, I fear the carpal tunnel may be starting to rear its ugly head!

My appointment yesterday morning was an eventful one and it went very well! I had an ultrasound, did my 1 hour glucose test, saw my doctor, and got my Rhogam shot. Everyone's feeling a lot better about things since my last appointment. I lost a pound since I was there two weeks ago. Baby James looked great on the ultrasound! He's in the 71st percentile right now...if he stays on that track, we'll be looking at about an 8 1/2 lb. baby. The fact that he's not super big made my doctor happy. She does think the placenta will be big. They checked out the extra lobe of my placenta and everything looks fine. The umbilical cord is connected to the main part of the placenta, which is very good, and the extra lobe isn't obstructing growth at all. I know some of this is very technical/boring, but it's mainly for me to have a written record of the appointment. Surprisingly, this additional lobe is pretty big. The main part of the placenta measures about 15 cm, while the lobe is almost 13 cm. A few weeks ago I had read some stuff online that freaked me out. After talking to Dr. Orth, I realized whatever I read about was different than what I have, so thankfully most of that info didn't apply. The only real risks here are 1) the cord not inserting into the larger lobe 2) the extra lobe obstructing the growth of the baby 3) the entire placenta not being delivered (like if they didn't know about the extra part ahead of time). Luckily none of these apply in my situation.

Milestones: Yesterday marks three months until my due date! We'll be holding our little guy in three months or less, unless he decides to make a late arrival. Whenever he does arrive, my doctor thinks it will be a pretty fast labor since my induction with Claire went quickly for a first time delivery.

Best Moment this Week: Seeing this sweet little face on the ultrasound yesterday. He is such a precious pumpkin and I can't wait to see him in person very soon.

What I'm Looking Forward to: Hopefully getting good news on my glucose test tomorrow and painting the baby's room this weekend!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

26 Weeks


I accidentally titled this post "26 Months"....hahahaha! Maybe an indication of how long it feels!

Size of Baby: Baby boy is the size of a scallion.

Maternity Clothes: Yes, and the regular t-shirts I sometimes wear when I'm bumming around here are starting to not be long enough. 

Sleep: It feels like I'm sleeping very deeply lately. I'm also still having really vivid dreams. Last night I dreamed some people Cam worked with (that he doesn't really work with, if that makes any sense) stole my credit card info and I got a call from my credit card company because they were trying to charge $39,000 to my card! Bizarre! My parents were recently victims of credit card fraud so I guess that's where that came from?!? So weird!

Movement: Yes, he's a very active little man these days, but he will still not allow his Daddy to feel any of it. Stinker!

Cravings/Aversions: I'm craving caesar salad.

Gender: It's a boy...sweet baby James! 

Mood: Okay, overall. My energy level and patience are definitely starting to wane. And I make no apologies for what might happen to the next person who acts totally surprised and shocked when I tell them I'm pregnant when I'm standing right in front of them. Do you really think this huge bump that starts beneath my boobs and goes all the way to my waist is a gut? Seriously? Just, no. That is no different or less rude than the people who ask a woman if she's expecting before it's too early to tell. 

Symptoms: I have been having some charlie horse cramps when I'm sleeping that could wake the dead! It's odd because I used to have foot cramps very frequently but haven't had them for the last year and a half or so, but now they're back and they've relocated to my calves. Worth noting: I just went back and read my 26 week post with Claire and I mentioned having lots of cramps in my calves! So interesting!

I'm continuing my quest to eat better and it's going okay I guess. Good days/bad days...it's hard to completely ignore cravings when you're pregnant! Three days after that appointment last week I had dropped 5 lbs. That just shows how getting weighed at the doctor at the end of the day is a bad idea. I'm a sweller and my weight can fluctuate wildly over the course of one day even when I'm not pregnant. This is why I never schedule appointments for the end of the day, but my appointment last week got rescheduled. Hopefully things will look better at my appointment next week.

Best Moment this Week: We picked out a paint color that we really like! It's a nice green color with blue and gray undertones. I can't wait to see the room all painted in a couple weeks!

What I'm Looking Forward to: Spending the weekend with family in Houston and getting my doctor's appointment next week out of the way.