Monday, January 11, 2010

What really scares me..

Well hello there! So we got some interesting news at the Dr. today.... Jackson apparently weighs 5 lbs. 9 oz.!! Yikes! He's OVER the 97th % for weight! Wow! My Dr. said she predicts that he will be between 8-9 lbs. at birth, so that's not horrible. Considering Makayla was 8 lbs. 4 oz. at least I will know what I'm in for! Haha! Well, now we know where all that weight I wasn't gaining was going! He looked great on the ultrasound and we got to see him for a long time, which was nice! We got some great pics of his cute little face which I will post later. After my appointment, Phil and I went over to Labor & Delivery and took a quick look around. Since they have a new building, I wanted to make sure I knew where to go and where to direct friends and family. So I am pretty exhausted after a very long day! On top of that, Makayla is apparently sick again. She woke up a few nights ago coughing, then crying and complained that her throat was hurting a little, but the next day she would act as if nothing was wrong. But today while my mom was watching her... she didn't want to eat and then had several bouts of diarrhea throughout the day, but she does not have fever! Nevertheless, she will stay home tomorrow and we will keep an eye on her and see how she does.

Now that I have that out of the way, I feel I need to express some of the things that scare me a little with this pregnancy. As most of you know, I never had the experience of labor with Makayla. I developed pre-eclampsia near the end of my pregnancy and they had to deliver Makayla via emergency C-section 2 1/2 weeks early. As of now, I have many friends that are having their second children as well, and almost every one of them has gone into labor early. One of my friends had her baby a full MONTH early!! Baby was fine and perfectly healthy at 7 lbs. but this really started to weigh on my mind. I am not particularly scared of labor itself, it's the unknown. I am really like a new mother in the sense that I still have no idea of what labor will feel like. Now you might be wondering why this is bothering me since I am scheduled to have another C-section, but again I refer back to my friends who went into labor early. I guess I am just worried that I may not know what's going on. I know that labor can sometimes take hours, but I am also aware that some labor doesn't last long and people can have their babies in just an hour! What I worry about is if for some reason my body decides to go into labor, I won't know how to handle it I guess. I know this sounds silly, but for someone who has never experienced it, it can be a pretty scary thought. I did ask my Dr. about it today and basically she said this. If I go into labor before 35 weeks, they can and will stop the labor with meds. If I go into labor after 35 weeks, they will not stop the labor and will immediately take me in for a C-section. However, if I go into labor and it progress very quickly and say I am 8cm, they will let me go ahead and have the baby naturally. (With drugs of course... I'm a wimp people!) But if labor starts and it is slow, then C-section time. So at least I know my options and I do feel better about that. I know that there is a very small chance that I would go into labor and it progressed that quickly, but I'm glad to know what to expect from my Dr.
Ok, well I have layed out my fears and feel better getting it all out, no matter how silly it sounds. I mean, can you really reason with a pregnant lady anyway?! Lol!! I will keep you updated on my progress! Oh, and I may have forgotten to tell you, but I do NOT have gestational diabetes! Another answered prayer!! Whohoo!!

Monday, January 04, 2010

8 Months and counting.....

I figured I had better write some more posts since my pregnancy is slowly but surely coming to an end and then you might not hear from me for a while! I am 8 months pregnant and it just seems so surreal. I don't know how to explain it and I know you will think I have lost my mind when I say this, but these last 8 months have gone by both fast and slow. In one sense I can't believe it's been 8 months, but then in another I can't believe I have 2 more months to go. Just write that off as crazy pregnant lady syndrome!
Several weeks ago, I had my gestational diabetes test, but ended up failing it! Booo! They said my levels were pretty high, so I had to go on a special diet for 3 days and then go back for a 3 hour test, which I did today. This really didn't surprise me too much, as this happened with Makayla as well. But I did pass the 3 hour test with her, so I am crossing my fingers I will have the same luck this time around! I will get the results back in just a couple of days, so here's hoping. I also go back in a week for another ultrasound and we will get to weigh Jackson and see just how big he's gotten! I am very interested in this because my last few weigh ins at the Dr. have been very puzzling. In October I had gained 2 lbs and in November I had gained 2 more. But in December, I had lost 5 lbs.! Dr. was not worried and said this was normal since I do have a little extra weight, it's nothing to be concerned about! Hey, I'm not complaining as long as it's not harming the baby!!
Other than that, school starts back tomorrow and I am somewhat excited. Don't get me wrong, I have very much enjoyed the time off, but I do tend to get cabin fever and I'll be happy to get back into a schedule again. I think Makayla will enjoy being back with her friends too since Mommy is not too much fun nowadays. I am getting bigger and bigger and it gets harder to move around and I definitely can't run around with her, so the poor thing has had to rely on Daddy when he comes home from work. But she is excited about going back to school, so that's good.
Jackson is moving around a lot too. It excites me just as much as it did when I was pregnant with Makayla. It is so fun to just watch my belly move around and just tonight he got hiccups! I know his movements will start to slow down the bigger I get, so I am trying to cherish these moments as much as I can.
Well, I think that's all for now. I will post more after my appointment next week and share all the exciting details! Hopefully we will get a good ultrasound pic and I can post that too! Have a great week!