Friday, May 11, 2012

Prenatal Doctor Appointment Update

Glucose screening time!  I had the "orange" drink sitting in my fridge since my last prenatal appointment waiting to be chugged in the alotted 5 minute time frame.  At 10 o'clock I twisted off the cap and drank it like I was in some kind of drinking competition.  Easy as pie, I had it gone in less than 60 seconds.  Some people find the drink to be disgusting and they say it makes them gag trying to get it down.  I personally think it just tastes like sugary orange kool-aid.  I've had worse things that's for sure. 

After I had this tasty little cocktail I finished getting ready and headed to the clinic.  At 11 o'clock they drew my blood at the lab and then I headed down the hall to see my OBGYN for my prenatal check-up.  All-in-all the appointment went great.  My blood work results came back and I tested negative for gestational diabetes.  My doctor listened to the baby's heartbeat and it was beating at a healthy 147 beats per minute. 

I discussed my weight gain with my doctor today.  I told her I was concerned with how much I had gained at this point compared to my first pregnancy.  With Mollie I gained a total of 35 pounds and right now I still have 12 weeks to go and I have already gained 30 pounds.  I was definitely more active during my first pregnancy so that makes a difference.  I have been completely inactive the past couple of months due to health reasons but now that I have had the surgery done and I am on the road to recovery I think things will start to level out and get back on a healthy track.  My doctor told me it was good that I was aware of my weight gain and that I just need to make an effort to eat healthy and start walking once I am completely healed up. 

I found a great website that gives pregnant women an idea of where they should be as far as weight gain goes during pregnancy. 
Click here--->  Pregnancy Weight Gain Calculator

It's hard to believe that I am in my THIRD trimester already!  When my doctor told me I would be coming back every two weeks from now on it really hit me.  We are getting so close to meeting our baby boy! 

Baby Bump - 28 Weeks

This afternoon as I was sitting at my computer catching up on some work emails there was a knock at the door.  I usually do not answer the door when I am home by myself (I'm just wierd like that).  For some reason I decided to check out who it was and I'm so glad I did.  It was a lady delivering flowers that Jason had got for me from him and Mollie for Mother's Day.  It made me smile from ear to ear.  I wasn't expecting that at all and it completely made my day! 

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend and Happy Mother's Day to all the special Mommy's out there!!


Thursday, May 10, 2012

Pregnancy: 28 Weeks (7 Months)

This pregnancy has been very eventful to say the least.  Things seem to be finally calming down and my fingers are crossed in hopes that I can relax and enjoy the rest of the weeks to come before our baby arrives.  During this pregnancy I have endured physical therapy appointments for a neck injury, the joys of morning sickness and then surgery to repair an inguinal hernia and an extremely painful varicose vein.  Now that I am on the road to recovery I am feeling better and starting to get back on my feet again.  I am really happy that it is Spring now and I look foward to the nice weather and getting outside for some fresh air and walks with the family.  I am still on activity restriction for a little while longer and am not able to lift anything over 20 lbs for another 2-3 weeks (not being able to pick Mollie up has been the hardest thing).  Jason has been an angel and has helped take care of me and Mollie.  My Mom and Step-Dad also came and stayed a few different times to help out around the house and to help take care of Mollie.

So here we are at 7 months pregnant and August 2nd will be here in a blink of an eye.  We are currently looking at buying a new house and getting ours sold.  Our home only has our master bedroom and one other bedroom upstairs (two more bedrooms are downstairs).  We are eager to find a house with three rooms on the main floor so that both the kids have their own room.  It's crunch time!  Ideally we would love to have this all happen with in the next couple of months but selling/buying a house is quite the process.  I am hoping things will fall into place for us and it will be a smooth transition. 

Baby Update:
Symptoms - Fatigue!  Even though I have a body pillow to help with comfort at night, I am still finding it hard to get comfortable enough to sleep well.  I guess I will be prepared for sleepless nights when the baby arrives!  As far as the acne goes, it has actually cleared up a bit.  YAY!

Baby Movement - Rory is a mover and a shaker, especially at night.  When I wake up in the middle of the night I can often feel him moving around too.  The last couple of weeks I have been able to feel when he has hiccups.  This usually happens about once a day. 

Contractions - Still getting the Braxton Hicks contractions frequently.  I still notice they happen more when I have a full bladder or when I am sitting straight up or leaning forward. 

Baby Measurments - At 28 weeks the baby measures about 14.8 inches long and weighs about 2 3/4 lbs. 

Next Prenatal Check-up - Friday, May 11th.  It's time for my glucose screening!  Bring on the "orange drink".  Some people have trouble drinking it and say it's dreadful.  When I did the test during my first pregnancy I personally did not have any trouble with the drink and I honestly didn't think it was bad at all. 

Stretch Marks - None

Food Cravings - This past week or so I have been craving ice cream and cherries.  I have been on a kick with eating pears too, I eat one almost every day.

Baby Buys - I have finally started buying clothes for Rory.  Up until now I have been holding off because I went overboard with Mollie and ended up with WAY too much stuff.  Over the past week I have been buying sleepers, onesies and socks on Ebay and from a couple of friends who were selling their baby boy clothes.  I have found some amazing deals!  For example I found 30 pairs 0-6 month socks for only 15 cents a piece!  SCORE! 

Baby Bump Update - I am feeling super stretched right now.  I can tell my belly is expanding and feels really tight.  Definitely in the third trimester now!

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