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Monday, June 27, 2011

30 weeks

     Sorry I'm late, it's been a busy weekend!  I drove to SC on Thur to get ready for the baby shower on Sat.  It turned out really nice (thank you to Keeper and my mom for all the work!).  We decorated onesies and I ended up with some really cute ones.  Baby got some nice gifts as well.    

     I had my weekly monitoring on Wednesday and it went great.  Baby passed his bio-physical profile no problem and did great on the NST.  He was very reactive and I only had to stay on the monitor for the minimum 20 min.  He is still breech and was face down so we couldn't get any good pics.  I am really starting to get concerned about his position and have started doing exercises to get him to turn but so far he is being stubborn.

     My blood sugars have been crazy lately.  The insulin resistance is in full force.  I've increased basal rates twice and lowered my insulin to carb ratio down to 1:2 for breakfast and it's at 1:3 the rest of the time.  Having to take tons of insulin for even a small amount of carbs.  I'm scared to eat any as even a small amount causes a big spike. It's extremely frustrating but I know it won't last too much longer.  My insulin needs typically drop from 34-35 weeks.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

29 weeks


     It has been a busy week!  We spent last week in MS and the day before we left we drove to Jackson to my friend Melinda and her husband.  After we said goodbye we stopped at Babies R Us since Baby Depot was farther away and I wanted to see if they had any deals.  They did!  The travel system I had on my registry was a Graco Alano and was around $170.  Well for the weekend only, Babies R Us had the Chicco Cortina Travel System at $100 off for $199.  While that is more than I planned to spend, I couldn't pass up the deal!  I never expected to be able to get one. They also had a Pack N Play with Elephants that I loved for 69.99 (the others were around 149).  I was hoping to find the miPump breast pump, but they didn't have it there.  I did find the Gumdrop pacifiers I want to use though.  Very good shopping trip!

     On Sunday on our trip back "home" we stopped for gas.  When I got back into the car there was an envelope that said "Allison, do not open until June 12".  Pessimist that I am thought it must be something awful and looked at Matt uncertainly.  He urged me to open it and inside are maps, brochures and tickets to Disney World, including shows and hotel reservations!  The sneak had been planning it for weeks and had taken care of EVERYTHING.  If you know me you know that I really really really HATE surprises and I wanted so badly to be mad, but hard as I tried, could not come up with a reason to be angry.  We had a very nice trip though the heat was almost unbearable.  It was a really cool surprise and Matt really got me good.  :)

     I had my Peri appointment yesterday and it was a long one.  They were also very backed up so much of the time I spent waiting.  I was up another 3lb so I'm pretty much right on track of a lb a week.  No sugar or protein in the urine and bp was good.  After that they hooked me up to the monitors for my weekly non-stress test.  This monitors for contractions and tracks the baby's heart rate.  They look for the heart rate to go up a few times and baby was being stubborn.  He was moving because I could feel him, but the nurse said "he only moved once" and promptly zapped my belly (very strange sensation) to get the baby moving.  I could have kicked her.  After the NST they did the bio physical profile.  This is an ultrasound that checks heart rate, muscle tone, movement, practice breathing and amniotic fluid level.  He passed them all so that was a relief.  They did a growth ultrasound after that.  Now from the beginning I've said that I am farther along than my lmp due date, and even though he has consistently measured large, they refuse to change my due date.  Well he measured 3lb14oz on the ultrasound which measured 32 weeks.  According to lmp I should have been 29 weeks though the dr kept calling me 28 weeks (I was at the very end of the 28th week by their records).  I am positive I am 30 weeks and told her this.  She flips through my chart and finally acknowledges that at my 12 week ultrasound I measured 8 days ahead so ok I am a week ahead but they still aren't changing my due date.  Because of the diabetes, they expect him to be big and don't want to take him too early.  Grrrrr.  She said that he is measuring in the 97th percentile and is huge.  Now here is the way I figure it.  Diana and Aidan were both 2lb14oz at 28 weeks.  The baby is expected to gain around 1/2 lb a week, so if he is 3lb14oz at 30 weeks, he was around 2lb14oz at 28 weeks just like Diana and Aidan were.  I also found an online fetal weight percentile calculator and going by 30 weeks, he is only in the 60th percentile.  Diana and Aidan both stayed in the 50-75th percentile in my pregnancies, so I don't think he is that big.  She said that they will reevaluate around 34 weeks to see how big he is and if I am still a vbac candidate.

     So we finally decided on a name!  Our baby will be named Adrian Christopher.  We have not yet agreed on what to call him.  Matt likes Adrian, but I like Christopher.  We shall see.

Friday, June 10, 2011

28 weeks

     At 28 weeks, we are in the third trimester!  This week baby's eyes are partially open and he can blink.  His eyes now have color and while they say it might not be the true color, I can pretty much guarantee they are blue :) .  He is pushing 3lb and is almost 16 inches long.  His sleep now includes rapid eye movement, which means he might be dreaming, kinda cool to think about.

    We are currently in Mississippi, visiting with the Herschede's (and Johnston's).  The trip up went pretty well.  The kids have had a fun time swimming, seeing their cousins and spending time with Grandma and Grandpa.  Matt has been able to spend some quality gaming time with his dad. :)  The kids, Ree and I went baby shopping in Columbus today.  We were looking for a bassinet, which we did not find, but I did find some adorable outfits for baby.  I want to find one similar to the one pictured for the going home outfit (this one is size 6 months).

     My next appointment is on the 17th, and I'll be having a growth ultrasound.  Can't wait to see baby!  I'm hoping they do 3d again this time.  They'll also be starting the weekly non-stress tests and biophysical profiles.  On the 20th I go for a re-check on the fetal echo to check baby's heart.

     The insulin resistance has really kicked in as I was expecting it to.  I've had to increase my basals as well as dropping my insulin to carb ratio (down to 1:3 eek!) and my correction factor.  I'm still keeping my carbs fairly low though I have added in milk and fruit.  Limiting carbs is making a huge difference this pregnancy as far as my meal doses.  With the last two I had to take massive doses to cover my carbs and this really helps.  After a couple days of nasty numbers, I am back in the "normal" range.

Friday, June 3, 2011

27 weeks

     At 27 weeks, baby's lungs and immune system are maturing.  If he were born today, he would have an 85% chance of survival.  His length has more than doubled in the past 15 weeks, he is around 15 inches long and more than 2lb. We are about to be in the third trimester!

     I had a great peri appointment on Tuesday.  I was up four lb from last month so am gaining around a lb a week like I'm supposed to.  My bp was good and urine was negative for sugar and protein.  Baby's heart-rate was good and I measured at 26 and a half weeks.  I saw the midwife/np this time and told her my concerns about the endocrinologist.  She didn't act at all surprised and said I don't have to see him anymore!  They will take over my diabetes management.  She said while he is a good doctor, he doesn't keep their pregnant diabetics as tight as they would like.  She just wants me to email in my blood sugars once a week.  I am so happy! I also had blood drawn for a cbc, an antibody screen (because I'm RH negative) and an a1c.  The cbc came back great, she said my hemoglobin was fabulous (it always is lol) and my a1c was 5.7.  I'm not too happy about that but I think it is probably from the highs last week.  I've read that just a few hours of highs can glycase the blood and raise your number.  Will be working hard to bring that down! I am cleared for the drive to Mississippi but I was instructed to get compression stockings to prevent swelling and blood clots, and to stop every couple hours to stretch and walk around.  I had no idea how expensive (or how ugly) compression stockings are.  I finally found some on amazon that weren't too bad.

     My numbers have been a little crazy but not too bad.  I think my carb ratio has gone down again because I've had a few higher post meals.  In general though, I've been doing pretty well.  I was reading vbac birth stories last night and came across one who used the "Gentle Birth Method" by Dr. Gowri Motha.  I'm hoping to get her book as it looks really interesting.  She recommends a gluten free diet that is low in carbs (higher than I'm doing but still) and limited fruit.  She claims this reduces swelling and bloating, so that might be what is helping here in addition to the D3 and magnesium.  I also have added in calcium as well.  Whatever it is is working so far!