Friday, August 3, 2012

Friday, August 3, 2012

I’ve felt pretty good all week.  Thanks to those who have emailed me for reassurance and just to let me know you’re praying.  I’ve been taking it easy and drinking lots of water.  But, I even felt fine enough to paint some pottery last night.  It seems ironic that the cramping started right after my shot and on the same side.  But, my doctor didn’t seem to think that was the culprit.  We’ll see if it happens again after the shot, I guess.

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And, mark your calendars!  August 16th is the day of my ultrasound when I’ll find out the sex of the baby.  Not sure why I’ve  had to wait until almost 22 weeks to find out (it’s killing me!) They will also do a cervical length check which will tell me a lot about how I’m doing.  If the length is still fine, I’ll breathe a sigh of relief.  If it is shortening, I’m afraid bedrest will be in my future. So pray, pray, pray!

I thought I’d share a quick Olivia story.  Tonight, I heard her fall in the entryway.  I found that she had been spraying the floor with water from a spray bottle.  As she’s sitting in my lap crying, she says, “I was trying to make it all shiny and clean for you, mama!” Bless her heart. . .love that girl!

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

A pregnancy after giving birth at 23 weeks has to rank up there with one of the most stressful experiences of all time.  Every day, I feel like I’m living in fear.  I can simply vacuum my house and be overcome with guilt and wonder if I’ve threatened my baby’s life.  I don’t know what normal is.  Even things that may have been normal the first time, I view as abnormal considering my extremely premature labor. 

Sunday night, I experienced severe back pain/cramping.  It felt like I was going into labor, but only on my right side and it was constant.  I talked to the nurse on call and she had me drink a lot of water, lay down and take a Benadryl.  It got me through the night and helped me avoid a trip to the ER.  I got in to see my OB on Monday morning and he had no explanation.  My cervix was still closed.  My cramping has since improved after a day of bed rest, but I still wish I knew what caused it.  I had my P17 shot just an hour prior on the same side that the cramping started.  Has anyone experienced that as a side effect? Or, it could have been another kidney stone giving me problems.  It terrifies me because back pain is what started a few weeks before I gave birth at 23 weeks.  But, I pray and pray for peace.  I remind myself that this baby is in God’s hands to live for HIS purpose and not my own.  

Sunday, July 29, 2012

19 Weeks


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Current size of baby: 6 inches / mango

How far along? 19 weeks

Total weight gain: 12 lbs

Inches Gained: 4.5 inches

Maternity clothes? Yes.

Sleep: Okay

How I'm feeling: Ecstatic that we finally (hopefully) decided on our girl name. We’ve had a boy name for quite awhile now. Interestingly enough, we decided on Olivia’s name while at Olive Garden. (We had Logan’s picked out since we were dating.) Tonight, we decided on our girl name while at Olive Garden.

Best moment this week: Feeling the baby kick so hard, I flinched. I never felt Olivia and Logan kick that hard, although I only made it to 23 weeks.

Food cravings: Seemed to have calmed down a bit. No more wanting to eat marinara out of a jar. I’ve actually gotten to the point that I cannot eat a large meal or I feel awful for hours afterwards. So, definitely small snacks throughout the day.

Food aversions: Not too bad anymore.

Gender: Unknown

Labor Signs: NO

Belly Button in or out? Out

What I miss: Picking up and carrying my daughter.

What I am looking forward to: OB appt on August 2nd, scheduling my ultrasound, finding out the sex of the baby.

Milestones: Feeling the baby kick

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Me and my babies. . .