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Thursday, March 31, 2011

It's a BOY!!

We had our anatomy scan today, and our 13 week NT Scan guess was correct - We're having a boy! We couldn't be happier, and more excited! It was amazing to see the baby on the screen. Everything looked beautiful - bladder, stomach, kidneys, brain, spine, heart. The only thing with the heart is that there were bilateral echogenic foci in each ventricle of the heart. It's not that big of a deal because there aren't any other soft-markers that would indicate a chromosomal problem. Usually, a EIF can be a soft marker for Downs Syndrome, but when it's seen with other abnormalities, like a heart defect, single umbilical artery, or absent nasal bone. Every one of those things were perfect. I'm sure the EIF will resolve itself. But to just make sure everything is ok, we go again in 8 weeks for another ultrasound to recheck the heart; I'll be about 25 weeks then. Until them, I'm honestly not concerned about it at all, and I probably have my ultrasound/medical knowledge to thank for that.

The heartbeat sounded beautiful, and was beating at 148 bpm. In all, the baby at 18 weeks 1 day. The funny thing was, that the femur measured 17 weeks 6 days, which was fine. But the humerus (upper arm bone) measured 19 weeks 1 day!! Almost a week and a half ahead! She even re-measured the humerus, and it measured the same. So we're going to have a long-armed baby, unless he grows into it in the next 10 weeks. Lol. Matt said he'd be a good baseball pitcher, or basketball player. I'm just hoping he doesn't come out looking like an orangutan! Here are some pictures of our handsome little man. Oh yea, his name? Cael Matthew.





Saturday, March 26, 2011

17 Weeks Today!!

Holy crow, when did this happen?! This will be a short post, because I'm on Long Island, and blogging from my phone. Here is my belly from this mornings!

Edit 03.28.2011

How far along?: 17 weeks!
Current Weight: 119. Still down 3 pounds from my pre-pregnancy weight.
Total weight gain: - 3
How big is baby?: The size of an onion, or turnip (depending on the source); 5 inches and 5 ounces. Still so tiny!
Maternity clothes?: I'm loving my maternity jeans.
Movement: I thought so last week on Thursday, but I'm convinced that today I was definitely feeling baby a couple of times. It's so exciting!
Stretch marks?: Not yet.
Sleep?: Pretty much the same as last week. Still wake up early in the morning at around 3am.
Symptoms?: Occasional nausea and vomitting (still!), heartburn, itchy nipples, LOTS of pelvic pressure, frequent urination and lower back pain.
Food aversions?: Nothing yet.
Food cravings?: Pizza, mac & cheese.
Labor signs?: Nope.
Belly button in or out?: Becoming more out.
What I miss: Sleeping through the night. Getting through the day with only peeing maybe twice.
What I'm looking forward to: Our anatomy scan on Thursday. I can't wait!
Best Moment this week: Starting to feel movement :)
Milestone: Every passing day and week. Today I am pregnant, and I love my baby.

I also got an update on my mom this weekend when I was down on Long Island. I've been concerned about the lesion they saw in her liver on MRI, but haven't been able to get a strait answer from either my mom or my step-dad about what they were doing to follow the lesion. Well, my mom handed me the MRI report from February, and asked me if I wanted to read it. Duh! Of course I do! The report said that the Eovist (special liver MRI contrast) MRI technique confirmed that the lesion in the liver is Benign Focal Nodular Hyperplasia. Pretty much, part of my moms liver has become nodular in nature, but it has benign characteristics, as opposed the suspicious characteristics. I breathed a sigh of relief after reading that report. I am so happy. However, my mom still has to go back to Sloan for a follow-up appointment with her Endocrinologist regarding her thyroid blood work. Apparently some of her numbers are off, so they are going to discuss that. We'll see what happens at that appointment, but I'm happy the liver lesion isn't metastatic.

:::Keep Growing, Baby. Mommy And Daddy Will See You On Thursday:::

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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Pregnancy Is Supposed To Be Glamorous!

At least that's what I thought! So far, it hasn't been glamorous at all. I've actually been quite uncomfortable. This is what I thought pregnancy would be like (bare with me - I know I'm naive): I may have morning sickness, and throw up once in a while, but only until 12 weeks; I would graciously grow a baby bump, with no tugging, RLP, pressure, frequent urination, or constipation; I would get all of my energy back (and then some) once I got to the 2nd trimester; I would also get my sex-drive back in the 2nd trimester (although I have to admit that it's better than it was in the 1st trimester); and I would get tired from just walking a couple of minutes, until I was in my 3rd trimester. So far, all of that has been the opposite of what I thought it would be. Surprise! Don't get me wrong. I love that I'm pregnant and that I have a little human inside of me. I just thought it would be more "glamorous".

I also had a relapse in throwing up this morning. I haven't thrown up since maybe last Friday, so a week and half ago. I guess considering I haven't taken Zofran since Sunday afternoon, that's not too bad. I thought maybe I didn't need it, since I wasn't getting nauseous anymore. Then BAM - it hit me in about a minute. I went from feeling fine and scanning a patient, to (after finishing the patient) having that feeling in my throat, and gagging, and finally throwing up. Ugh - I don't miss that at all. Hopefully it was just a fluke. Just in case it wasn't though, I took a Zofran after throwing up. So far, so good.

:::We can't wait to find out if you're a boy or a girl:::

Saturday, March 19, 2011

16 Weeks! Oh Yea!!

I can't believe I'm 16 weeks today!? How did that happen?? The weeks are just flying by, in my opinion. Maybe it helps that my weeks change on Saturday, and well..everyone wishes for Saturdays. Baby is the size of an avocado, which is pretty impressive. My belly is slightly rounder than it has been in the last 2 weeks, which I love! (We'll see how long I love my belly getting bigger for..lol). My morning sickness, I think, has pretty much died down, and I couldn't be happier! I haven't thrown up in over a week, and don't need the Zofran three times a day anymore. I'll take it when I feel a little nauseous, but that's it. I also had some cramping, which was like menstrual cramps, earlier this week. Needless to say, it scared the hell out of me. A co-worker scanned me for a minute to make sure everything was ok, and it was. We saw the heartbeat, and my cervix and placenta looked good. I guess it was normal stretching pains, but I didn't expect it to feel like period cramps. But all was well.

I can't wait until the 31st, which is when we have our anatomy scan and 3rd OB visit. I figured I'd try one of those pregnancy surveys (I stole this one from another blog), so here goes!

•How far along?
: 16 weeks - 4 months!! 5 to go :)
•Current Weight: 118. Still down 4 pounds from my pre-pregnancy weight.
•Total weight gain: - 4
•How big is baby?: The size of an avocado; 4-5 inches and 3-5 ounces. Still so tiny!
•Maternity clothes?: I'm loving my maternity jeans. Shirts still fit fine though.
•Movement: Not yet. I thought I did at 13 weeks, but since I haven't felt anything since, I'm thinking that was gas. I can't wait until I feel those flutters.
•Stretch marks?: Nope, not yet. And hopefully never.
•Sleep?: Eh, it's so-so. I sleep somewhat well up until 5 am. Then I toss and turn, and REALLY have to go to the bathroom. I end up having to get up, and it takes me a while to fall back to sleep, if I'm lucky. I usually have to get up for work shortly after that anyway.
•Symptoms?: I think I can finally say my morning sickness is better! I haven't thrown up in over a week, and have only taken 3 Zofran in the last 72 hours. I'm so happy about that! But now I'm starting to feel a lot of pelvic pressure, and I'm having major heartburn.
•Food aversions?: Not really. But that can change.
•Food cravings? Pizza, mac & cheese.
•Labor signs?: No, and hopefully not for a while.
•Belly button in or out?: In, but it's getting more shallow!
•What I miss: Sleeping through the night.
•What I'm looking forward to: Feeling baby move!
•Best Moment this week: My co-workers noticing my belly, and rubbing it :)
•Milestone: Every passing day and week. Today I am pregnant, and I love my baby.

:::I Love You So Much Already:::

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

So Long Belly Button??

Well, not quite yet. But I noticed my inney belly button is getting more shallow. I was surprised, to say the least. I didn't think this started happening until later in the 2nd trimester. I mentioned it to Matt, and he kind of just shrugged it off..Until I showed him. He was like, "OH yea! It is!!" Also, I think I've reached a milestone. I haven't thrown up since Thursday (?)!! That's 5 full days nausea-free and puke-free! There is a glimmer of hope that I won't be sick my whole pregnancy :::here's to hoping:::.

Currently, we have 16 days until our anatomy scan! And until we find out what we're having. I've gotten used to the idea of having a boy, so for the first time all pregnancy, I'm hoping we have a boy (on top of a healthy baby - which is a given). I'm so excited!

:::I love you, Sweet Pea:::

Saturday, March 12, 2011

15 Weeks!!

We have a naval orange in my uterus! Figuratively speaking, of course :) I feel like I'm looking bigger in the belly, but when I look at last week, they look exactly the same. I'm still getting sick, even though I'm on a higher dosage of Zofran. I haven't thrown up today, and yesterday was puke-free as well. I guess it's pretty random. Great. I haven't felt any movement since a few weeks ago, when I thought I felt something. I'm sure it'll happen soon enough.

:::I can't wait to feel you're little flutters, Sweet Pea:::

Saturday, March 5, 2011

14 Weeks Today!

We're getting there! Someone pointed out earlier this week that I'm 1/3 done with my pregnancy, and it freaked me out. I think when I get half-way baked, then I'll really be freaking out! Since I posted yesterday, this post won't be too long. I do want to brag, though, that my belly has popped (I think. I probably say that every week, but it's for real this time), and when Matt and I go out tonight to a friends house, that I'll be wearing the maternity pants I bought last week for the first time! Squeeee! They are so comfortable, so I'm looking forward to wearing them. Here is my 5 week baseline "belly" shot, and my 14 week belly shot from this morning.

:::I Love You, Sweetie Pie:::

Friday, March 4, 2011

2nd OB Appointment and NT Results

Today was our 2nd OB appointment, at 13 weeks 6 days. It went very well, I must say! Baby's heartbeat was strong and loud at 150 bpm. My uterus also measured at 14 cm from pelvic bone to fundus, which is perfect. We also got our NT results, which were also perfect. Our risk of having a baby with either T18 or T21 is 1:10,000 - which is an awesomely low risk. We are scheduled to go back in 4 weeks on March 31st for the second part of the screening blood test (Quad screen), 3rd OB appointment and anatomy scan. I will be 17 weeks 5 days, which I felt was too early for the Ultrasound tech to get good pictures. However, the midwife said that since I'm thin, they shouldn't have a problem seeing everything they need to see. Plus, if there are issues getting good enough pictures, then they will have me come back to try again.

In addition, I've been getting sick the last few days, no matter what I eat. Therefore, my midwife increased my Zofran dosage from 4mg to 8mg. I hope this morning sickness passes soon. I'm starting to believe that I'll be sick for my whole pregnancy.

Here is a video of the baby's heartbeat

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:::Mommy and Daddy Love You, Sweet Pea:::