Monday, May 24, 2010

Cailey Victoria is here!

Cailey Victoria arrived on May 18, 2010 at 9:54 PM! She was 38 weeks 1 day. We are thrilled that she is here and are so in love. I will post her birth story soon!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

So bored!

Friday was my last day of work! I have been on bed rest since 5/6, but was still able to work remotely from home. I will have to find a way to entertain myself. At least when I was able to work remotely, I had something to occupy my time during the day! I am glad that I don't have the mental stress of work, but now I'm bored. I can only watch so much TV.

Today, I am doing another 24 hour urine test to continue screening for pre-eclampsia. I have been feeling pretty good though. I have been spilling protein over the past several weeks. My next appointment is tomorrow, so I will post an update when I get back from it. Also, Cailey's nursery is done, so I will post pics!

Monday, April 19, 2010

Weeks 33-36 (Month 8): Honeydew

A little about baby this month......


Baby’s senses are continuing to improve -- when light peeks in through your (extremely) stretched belly, those tiny eyelids and irises blink and dilate. And, baby can now recognize and react to simple songs… time to start practicing your lullabies! Growth (at least inside your womb) is starting to slow, and you may notice baby descend into your pelvis at the end of this month.

Week 34: Your amazing baby is on the move! They’ve been riding fairly high in your stretched-out womb till now (while kindly compressing your poor internal organs), but now they’re planning on making the big move to your pelvis this week. If you haven’t noticed it already, you’ll be feeling the weight shift that signals that your baby is most likely out of breech position, with their head now resting on your pubic bone. In liver news: although not quite fully formed, your little miracle’s liver is now capable of processing a certain amount of waste. In general, most of your child’s prenatal physical development is pretty much up to snuff and ready for the outside world. Naturally, further weight gain is expected—so you’re still not at maximum capacity despite probably feeling like you definitely are maxed out.

I do feel maxed out in the capacity department!

Friday, April 16, 2010

33 weeks!

I can't believe that we only have 5 weeks left until delivery! Well I'm hoping that she stays in there for at least another five weeks. Cailey is doing great. At my last u/s on Monday, she weighed about 5 pounds 2 oz.

They are monitoring me for pre-eclampsia. I had protein in my urine and had levels around 400 for my 24 hour urine collection. My blood pressure has been decent though. The doctors put me on bed rest until delivery, so hopefully I will be able to get on here more and post more updates!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Recovering from Car Accident

When I finally felt like I was feeling better, I get blindsided. Last Friday, DH and DS and I went to dinner at Red Robin. After eating, we decide to head to a furniture store about a mile away. As we are proceeding through a green light, BAM! A Ford Focus plows into the front. driver's side of our car. The airbags go off, the seat beat nearly strangulates me, and smoke is everywhere! The car continues to roll down the road and all I can think of is if my family is OK. I have never been in an accident were the air bags were set off, so I had no idea that they smoke. I thought the car was on fire. I just wanted to get us out of the car, so against my husbands wishes to stay still, I stumbled out of the car. Soreness isn't even the word for how I felt. I felt like I had just been beat down with a bat. DS was sleeping prior to the accident, so all he saw was the smoke. Thankfully, he was unharmed.

Turns out that the Ford Focus belonged to a teenage girl (actually her mom) who let the boy she was dating drive her car to the movies. After the crash, the boy jumps from the car, frantic, and screams that he doesn't have a license. Then he proceeds to run! I couldn't believe it. He didn't even care if the girl or the passengers in our car were alright. What an ass.

I was taken to the ER and everything was fine with Cailey. I have purplish bruising on my neck and lower stomach. As of today, I am still sore but am getting better.

The weather is great outside, so I am looking forward to a less eventful weekend.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Week 28.5!

It has been awhile, but everything is going well for baby Cailey. I was on bed rest for a total of three weeks. Thank you for all of your nice comments and well wishes.

Last night, I started having pretty bad cramps and a random tightening feeling. The tightening isn't consistent, but my lower back and stomach are so crampy. I tried drinking extra fluids and using a heating pad, but nothing helped. I called the doctor's office, this AM, and asked them what they advised and they told me to come in to get checked. When I got there I gave urine, which showed a high level of ketones and traces of blood. They also did a Fetal Fibronectin test. They will get the results from that tomorrow. This is what I have read about the test:

"A negative result on the fFN test means it's highly unlikely that you'll give birth in the next week or two, which can set your mind at ease and allow your practitioner to hold off on treatments that may prove to be unnecessary. A positive result, on the other hand, is not as useful. It means you're at a higher risk of giving birth early, but it doesn't guarantee that you're about to give birth or that you'll deliver early at all, so it won't help your practitioner decide how to manage your situation."

My doctor said to call them if I start have rythmic contractions that are intense. They will call me with the test result tomorrow. I want to keep baby in as long as possible, so a negative result is welcomed. I can't remember when I started having Braxton Hicks with DS, but I don't remember them being this uncomfortable. Oh well, better safe than sorry.

This past Saturday my mom and SIL threw us a baby shower. It was surreal to attend a baby shower that was for us. Baby showers have been so hard to attend over the years. I wasn't sure how I was going to feel, even though it was in celebration of our baby, about the shower. However, everything was fine and we had a great time.

Here is Cailey's first face shot! It was taken around 25 weeks. Just for fun, we discussed who baby looks like and decided that she more closely resembles DH, but who knows what she will look like when she comes out. Here is her pic next to dad's baby pic.


Thursday, February 04, 2010

Bed rest: Weeks 23 & 24

I have been put on bed rest for a torn placenta! Can you believe it?!? I couldn't. Here is the story:

Last Thursday, I went to work as usual feeling nothing out of the ordinary. I get up from my desk every hour or so to stretch my legs and do some light walking to promote circulation. Well, around noon, I get up and I felt a big gush of fluid. My first thought was that my bladder must be weak and that I peed on myself. I went to the bathroom and looked at my undies. There I saw a ton of bright red blood! I totally freaked out. There were other ladies in the bathroom, so screaming was out of the question. I cleaned things up as best as possible and walked out of the stall. A very nice coworker was walking out of another stall as well and saw me and my tear filled eyes. I told her what was going on and she offered to follow me to the doctors office to make sure that I got there alright. I called the doctor and they told me to come in immediately.

Hubby met me at the doctors and they took me back for an ultrasound. The baby looked fine and they told me that my cervix was still long and the placenta was nice and high. I was still bleeding heavily, when I had a vaginal exam, so the doctor informed me that she would be admitting me to the hospital for observation. When I got to the hospital, I felt normal other than a mild cramping sensation. I was hooked up to all of the monitors and had my vitals checked - which were normal. The nurse came into the room after about 20 minutes and asked me if I was in pain. I said no, other than a mild constant cramping feeling. She said well your having contractions, so we are going to give you a shot of Terbutaline to make them stop. With baby only being in the 22nd week, I was so scared that if she delivered, she would not make it. The contractions eventually stopped and things were uneventful for the rest of the evening. The bleeding lessened, but the cramping remained.

The next morning, I was taken for an ultrasound. It was then that they discovered that my placenta was in fact low-lying and there was a small tare in it with several small clots by the cervix. They also noted that my uterus was still contracting. I don't know what they were looking at in my OB's office! With a diagnosis, I was told that I would shortly be discharged. My instructions are to be on bed rest for two weeks and to take a medication called Procardia, 3x per day, to prevent contractions. I have my follow up appointment next Friday the 12th. The hope is that the bleeding will stop and that my placenta will migrate upwards.

I am hoping that everything resolves itself and baby will stay in until term. I am so tired of laying down, but I know that it is in the best interest of Cailey.

Weeks 22-24 (Month 5): Papaya

Watch what you say -- baby is now able to hear outside noise from down in the womb. Studies show that baby finds gentle music and your own voice most soothing. Nipples are starting to sprout, and that little face is fully formed. And, baby's starting to settle into sleep cycles, snoozing about 12 to 14 hours a day. It shouldn't be hard to figure out when -- just pay attention to those kicks as they start and stop. By the end of week 24, your child will be weighing around 2 lbs and 14 inches long. Your cutie-patootie may even be a little more plump, but isn't anywhere near their full baby-fatted cute-self. Most of the “filling out” is coming up in that long awaited (and slightly dreaded?) third trimester. Woo-hoo! Get ready!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010


It has been a while since my last post. Well almost a whole month!

Little girl is doing well at almost 23 weeks along. She is getting big in there. I went from hardly feeling any movement to now feeling kicks and flips. It is a welcomed comfort to all of the worry that comes from not knowing if she is OK. These kicks are definitely reassuring.

I had my first perinatal visit for gestational diabetes last week. The nurse was helpful and got me set up on my eating and blood monitoring plan. A big difference in this pregnancy is that they want me to fax a journal of what I ate, every week, along with a log of all of my glucose results. They are also going to do a fetal echo at the end of February to examine the baby's heart and extra ultrasounds toward the end of the pregnancy to monitor her growth. I didn't have to do all of that with DS, but it is reassuring to know that baby girl is getting extra attention. If a complication arises, I'm sure they will catch it.

I am doing very well in the weight gain department. I have gained 7 pounds, so far, as of my last doc appointment on 1/11. It's a 2 pound gain from my pre-pregnancy weight. I lost 5 initially and then gained it back. I weighed myself on the home scale and no change. That is probably from the new GD diet.

Her room is coming along. The paint is up and the furniture has been put together. No decorations yet. The top half of the room is pink and bottom white separated by chair railing. We are going to decorate with Lady Bug by Kids Line (see link). I will post pictures as it comes along.

We are still trying to decide on a name. Top contenders are Cailey (like Bailey or Hailey) , Charlotte, or Cailyn. Her middle name is Victoria.

Those are all of the updates for now!

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

I have it...........

The doctor's office called today and the results of my 3 hour glucose test are in. I do have gestational diabetes for the second time. I go in next Wednesday for an appointment with the perinatalogist and nutritionist. I am really not looking forward to going through this process again. I am glad that I have only gained 5 pounds so far. Now that I will be on the super strict diet and exercise plan again that should work in my favor. I gotta look at what positive there is..........