Saturday, September 18, 2010

Pregnancy Scare #2

Friday, I had noticed some pains in my stomach that were similiar to menstrual cramps. My hip joints had also begun to hurt quite a bit. I was texting my sister in law back and forth about it and she finally convinced me to at least call the doctor. Apparently, menstrual cramps are not a normal part of your third trimester, so I went ahead and called just in case. They had me come in right away, just to get checked out. As soon as they told me to come on in to the office, my heart started racing and I got very nervous. I was scared they were going to tell me something was wrong.

When I got there, they immediately took me in to the sonograph room and took some pictures of Avery. Whew. There she is, looking good! The sonograph nurse told me that everything seemed to be fine, my cervix looked long and closed (which means I hadn't started dialating - good thing) but that the baby looked to be frank breech. For those of you who had no clue what that meant, I have attached a picture. I had to look it up because I had no clue. After I see these pictures, it sure does explain alot of the pain I have been having and why she feels like she is going to come through at any moment! She still has time to turn, but only time will tell. If she doesn't, it looks like it will be a c-section.

The doctor came in (not my normal doctor) and put a heart monitor and contraction monitor on my stomach, and gave me a clicker which was to be pushed every time I felt her kick, move, or if my stomach got tight. At 30 weeks, the doctor said it can sometimes be hard to get the heartbeat strong enough to where the monitor can register it. We could hear it immediately, but we had to find just the right spot so they could have a good, solid ten minutes of monitoring. Avery did NOT like this monitor and started going crazy! So I was pushing on this monitor and clicking with both hands! The doctor came back in and said, "Wow she is doing so great! Her heartbeat looks great, we are picking up no contractions. Is this how much she is moving?? Good baby!" I cannot tell you how wonderful it was to listen to that beating and hear the doctor say that at the same time. When she went to examine me, she said she felt Avery's bottom very low, which would explain why I have been hurting so much. She put me on bedrest for the weekend and said to come in Tuesday and speak with my regular doctor, was when my next appointment was to be.

So here I am, relaxing (or trying to) so that I do not cause myself undue pain. Laying down does feel much better. When I walk too long or stay up too long, it really is alot of pressure. The same way I feel when I sit in a chair all day at work (nothing to be done about that!)

So, there is my update! I am glad things are ok and I some much needed reassurance before the weekend came. I am off to watch movies!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

First Real Pregnancy Scare

This last weekend marked my official trip into my 3rd trimester. My pregnancy has pretty much played out like a text book pregnancy. The first trimester was marked by mood swings and sickness. The week I entered my 2nd trimester, my sickness pretty much went away and I got all of my energy back. My 3rd trimester is proving to also be a different stage, however, I must say, the further I get into this pregnancy, the more fear I have and the more I am scared by even the slightest change.

Yesterday, I had noticed Avery's movements had changed. Before, I would feel very distinctive kicks pretty much all day. Yesterday, I hadn't felt Avery move in a long time. All day, I had a cramp in my stomach. When we got home from work, we decided to go on a walk. I had to stop a couple of times because the cramp in my stomach had gotten worse, like Avery had moved down really far and it was very painful. I hadn't really felt "pain" before, it was more just an uncomfortable feeling. We got back home and I sat down and started concentrating because I had become fearful that I hadn't felt Avery move. She didn't move for about 2 hours, so I got a popsicle and after I ate it, I finally felt some movement. When I got up and walked to the bedroom, the pain had become so bad that I was hunched over. When I laid down, it stopped.

It terrified me and I am sure I terrified Jason. I thought about going to the hospital but decided that since I hadn't had a lot of sleep and since the pain stopped when I laid down, that I just needed to rest. Avery was moving a bit more, so I felt ok with just waiting to go to the hospital.

Today, I have noticed Avery moving but the times when this happens has changed dramatically. At week 29, the baby becomes cramped for space. The reason I am noticing less kicks all day is because she is not going to "kick" anymore, as much as roll around and move her limbs. The movements I have been feeling can be described perfectly by that, rolling and moving. Also, around this time, babies become more accustomed to a sleep pattern, so if I start paying attention, I will notice when she is asleep and awake. I don't know how I have missed all of this in the material I have read, but it scared the bejesus out of me yesterday.

Being a mom is not easy, people. Jason always says this is the worst part, the part when she is in the belly. He says it always makes him nervous that he can't see what is going on. It's a pretty hard thing to deal with. The thoughts that race through your head are just crazy. Is the cord wrapped around her neck? Is she getting enough food? And many many others.

Oy. I am ready to see her and not be pregnant anymore!!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

First Part of my Furniture Makeover

Well, I have never been a crafty person, so I must say I am very proud of myself right now. We got the furniture for Avery's room, which is beautiful, but I need it to be black and white and the hardware was all brass. I was going to go buy all new hardware, but after looking at another blog this last week that featured a dresser makeover, I figured out I could do this alot cheaper. So, I went and got some painter's tape and black spray paint and Jason spray painted the existing pieces of hardware. Below you see the chest of drawers before and after. I still have a design I want to paint on the top, which will hopefully take place tomorrow.

This makes me so motivated to want to see what else I can redo in my house. :-)

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29 Week Belly Picture

Wow, am I only 11 weeks away from having a baby?? I can't believe it. I know I am not looking the best I have ever looked, but here I am anyway!