Aug 23 2010

26 Weeks

Last week we had another checkup with the super cervix measuring doc.  Everything stayed the same again with 2.68cm measurement.  The doc seems to think this will be the norm for the rest of the rest of the pregnancy, and has decided to space Jess’ visit out a little more. The next one will be in 3 weeks.  We got a little special treat during this visit.  The doc said the baby was hanging out in the perfect position for a face shot, so he surprised us with a 3D picture.

She’s beautiful, isn’t she? I have to say, it’s the most amazing thing I have ever seen! Jess and I love her so much.  Every day that goes by, is another day closer to meeting her. 

On to the stats

How far along? 26 weeks 3 Days!

How Big Is Choochie? Choochie is as tall as an English hothouse cucumber (yeah, I have no clue what that is either!), weighs a full two pounds and measures 14 plus inches.  This week, her eyes, which until now were developing under fused eyelids, start to open. She might even be able to see bright lights placed by Jess’ belly.  She definitely jumps for loud noises!

Maternity clothes?  Everything Maternity!!

Sleep?  Jess dreads the time at night when we go to bed!!

Movement? Movement is getting stronger, and we can even stimulate movement with sounds and touching!

Food cravings? Grilled Cheese, Tomato soup noodles, Gatorade (red), Pink Lemonade, Water, any type of sweets!!!!

Gender

Milestones? 

Emotions: Been a rough week, but we are getting through it together!!


Jul 23 2010

22 Weeks

Yesterday, Jess and I had her (2nd) followup for the short cervix thingy.  We went in good spirits, because we got some good numbers this past Monday.  We should have known something was up with the first followup, because number one, it wasn’t the specialty cervix measuring doc, it was a tech from her regular office.  Now normally, the specialty doc takes anywhere from 10 -15 measurements and averages them out.  The tech from her regular docs office, took 2 measurements 2.89, and 3.60cm and then immediately decided 3.60 was the number she would put on the file.  Anyways, we went back to the super cervix measurer doc and got pretty much the same number as the last time he did it – 2.58cm.  He spent a real long time discussing the issue with us and making us feel a bunch better.  We are still just out of the danger zone, but the fact that it has not changed is what really matters.  He wants to continue monitoring her and have us come back every week for awhile.  We really don’t mind, because everytime we go there they give us a sneak peek of Choochie  and some photos to share with you all!!

Jess’ regular OB also completely pulled her from work (indefinitely) and put her back on modified bed rest.  I think the docs are just taking precautions until we get into a safe zone (sometime after 30 weeks). 

Now, on to our baby girl!!

How far along? 22 weeks!

How Big Is Choochie?  Choochie is about the size of a Spaghetti Squash!!  This week, Choochie weighs in at a whole pound and measures nearly 10 inches, about the size of a small doll.  She now has eyebrows, eyelashes and maybe even some hair on that little head of hers!  She can now perceive light and dark. She can also hear our voices, Jess’  heartbeat,  gurgling stomach and the whoosh-whoosh of blood circulating throughout Jess’ body.  And as Choochie’s brain and nerve endings develop, she may reach for her face  just to experiment with her new found sense of touch.

Maternity clothes?  Cant seem to find the perfect comfy T-shirt for lying around!!

Sleep?  Crappy at best!!

Movement? This little one is a kicker!! 

Food cravings? Fruit Punch, Pink Lemonade, Water, Cookies, French Fries with cheese sauce and Pizza!!!!

Gender

Milestones? I don’t know if this qualifies as a milestone, but little Choochies size is beginning to impact the lungs.  Breathing is definitely not as easy as it was!

Emotions: A bit of a mess after our Level 2 scan, but we are keeping the faith!! (Same as last week)


Jul 15 2010

Anatomy (Take Two!)

Yesterday was our second attempt at our level 2 anatomy scan.  Choochie decided to cooperate much better this time.  The doc decided to do the whole scan over again, so we got another hours worth of Choochie TV!!  With the amazing views, came a bit of bad news.  Things were going so smoothly.  With our track record, I knew that would eventually come to an end.  First off, here are a couple new pics of our baby girl!!

Choochies Feet!!

 

 Face Shot!

 

Profile Pic!

Isn’t she cute?  Anyway, on to the news.

The scan, for the most part went really well.  All of Choochies measurements and major parts looked great.  The only problem was a small white spot inside one of her heart chambers.  The heart itself was structurally fine.  The doc said this white spot was a calcification inside one of the chambers of the heart.  He made sure to continually let us know, that this probably was nothing to worry about.  He seemed to portray that he sees this multiple times a day, and most either disappear, of have no effect whatsoever.  He did however let us know that this could be a soft marker for downs syndrome.  He was quick to tell us that by no means does this mean that there is a problem, and healthy babies are born with this every day.  With the results of our Nuchal Translucency scan, and the blood tests, he said that this little spot brings our 1 in 10000 chance down to 1 in around 5000.  He also said that if there was any test that he really trusted, it was the Nuchal Translucency, which we passed with flying colors (something like .09).  It was a weird feeling, hearing the doc tell us that there could be something wrong with  our little miracle.  We did however, leave there feeling confident, without too much worry about it.  The real worry came at the end of the appointment, when the ultrasound tech came in and asked the doc to recheck the cervix, because she got a small measurement.  The doc agreed, and Jess was prepared for another surprise wanding!!  The cervix measured at 2.60cm.  The scan they did last week was 3cm.  A couple weeks earlier, at the OB’s office it was 4.36.  Clearly we have a change.  The doc said she wasn’t in the danger zone yet, but it is clear that the cervix is diminishing.  The “short cervix” carries a major risk of preterm labor.  It is a very scary thought.  We have come this far, and we already love her so much!! 😥

We finally got the return phone call from Jess’ OB regarding yesterdays results.  At first he didn’t seem worried at all, and said some people just have short cervix’s.  He changed his tune as soon as looked back to a couple of weeks ago and saw the dramatic change from 4 to 2 cm.  I believe his exact words were “OOOOOHHHHHH!!!”  He did however say that we are not  in the danger zone yet, and that he felt confident waiting until Monday for a followup ultrasound.  Jess discussed options for the future, just in case it gets worse.  One option is a cervical cerclage.  Unfortunately at 21 weeks (tomorrow) there is a huge risk of doing damage.  The doc said he wouldn’t even consider a cerclage if we were past the 26 week mark.   They usually like to put them in between 12 and 14 weeks.  I guess we’ll cross that bridge when or if we get to it.  Otherwise it is strict bed rest, and possible admittance until delivery.  Jess is on modified bed rest until Monday.  We will have more direction then.  Hopefully it doesn’t get any worse, and we can get into the late weeks of pregnancy.  Please pray for us!!

 

 

 


Jul 7 2010

Level 2 Anatomy Scan

Yesterday was our level 2 anatomy scan. (I believe the technical name is morphology scan)  It was the longest ultrasound ever!!  As normal, Choochie didn’t cooperate.  The tech tried for over a half hour, gave up, and then the doc tried for another 40 minutes.  Whats supposed to be a 10 minute scan resulted in an hour and a half appointment, with over an hour worth of stomach prodding, shaking, and even surprise internal wanding!!!!  Here we thought we were done with that when IVF ended, but this was second post IVF wanding!!  Anyway, the doc was able to do about half of the measurements, and anatomy scan.  Everything he was able to see was in perfect working condition.  The rest was blocked by Choochies head.  She was in a sitting position with her head tucked into her chest.  They weren’t able to get any pictures from the abdomen.  Since she didn’t cooperate, we have to go back for another scan next week.  This just adds to enormous amount photos I already have from the ultrasounds.  We might be in the running for most ultrasounds ever!!!!!  Here are couple glamour shots from our session

 


Jul 5 2010

Week 19

Not too much going on here this week.  Jess hasn’t been feeling good, because her ability to not keep food down a couple of weeks ago has done a complete 180, and now she can’t get anything out!!  It’s been almost two weeks without a bowel movement (I Know, TMI), and things are really starting to back up.  We had an unscheduled appointment/ultrasound with the OB last week, to make sure things were OK.  Everything looked good, and the doc gave us a few recommendations to relieve her.  I’m not going to go into it here, but I’m sure you all know what I’m talking about!!  Hopefully we can nip this in the butt (no pun intended) before it becomes an issue!

Here are a couple of pictures from our ultrasound

 

 

Now on to Choochie!!

How far along? 19 weeks 2 days!

How Big Is Choochie?  Choochie is now the size of a Mango!  Choochies sensory development is exploding!  Her brain is designating specialized areas for smell, taste, hearing, vision, and touch!  Her arms and legs are in the right proportions to each other and the rest of her body now.  Her kidneys continue to make urine and the hair on her scalp is sprouting.  A waxy protective coating called the vernix caseosa is forming on her skin to prevent it from pickling in the amniotic fluid.

Maternity clothes? Definitely, been making multiple trips to GAP Maternity, and Motherhood!!!

Stretch marks? Not yet!!! (SAME AS LAST WEEK)

Sleep?  Seems to be getting better week by week.  

Movement? Jess now feels movement without pressing her hands. She can feel distinct kicks and punches!! They are definitely stronger this week, than last.  I (still) have yet to feel it, but I try everyday! 😀

Food cravings? Watermelon, Waffles, French Fries with cheese sauce!!!!

Gender

Milestones? N/A

Emotions: Seems to evened out a bit!!