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36 week check up!

Sickness is running our house lately, how about you?  Jeff and I have colds.  Stephen has a suspected eye infection or maybe allergies, but 5 days of eye drops didn’t clear it up.  So yesterday, I took him into the pediatrician and they prescribed an oral antibiotic AND a different kind of eye drops (that cost $135!).  And wouldn’t you know it, but starting yesterday, Finn started having some gunk in his eyes too — will he come down with the same infection?  Oh bother!

After meeting with the pediatrician, I had my 36 week check up (love that both doctors are in the same building – just different floors!).  All is well there!

  • She thinks baby is head down.  Yay for no breech presentation so far!
  • My blood pressure: okay at 125/70-something.  Up from earlier in pregnancy, but not a concern yet.
  • My weight gain: nothing.
  • Measuring right on track.
  • His heartbeat right in the 140s.
  • (For the ladies who would want to know) I’m barely dilated and 25% effaced.

Her words? “No reason to think you’ll go early.  No reason to think you’ll go late.  No reason to think you’ll go on time.”  So we’ll wait another 4 weeks, give or take!

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34 week check up!

Sheesh — here I go again, taking almost a week to post about a check up.  Oh well.

Last week, I had a quick ultrasound to check growth. I’ve been measuring a little on the small side and my first born was only 5 pounds, 12 ounces when he was born.  But no worries – baby is at least as big as he should be. He measured right on for thigh size. He measured about a week ahead (35 weeks) for stomach size. He measured 2 weeks ahead (36 weeks) for head size. All are guesstimates of course. They estimate him at 5 pounds, 9 ounces. Considering that he has another 6 weeks to grow, we should have a healthy (but not too big) of a baby!

The ultrasound tech tried to get some pictures for me, but he just wasn’t having it. He was facing the back and never shifted his face around. So I have a picture of his fist and back of his ear, but that isn’t too exciting, now is it?  She thinks he has a good amount of hair, but well…history dictates that I have practically bald babies, so I’ll believe it when I see it.

My info was great — blood pressure normal, actually lost .2 pounds, no signs of protein in urine or anything. For now, we’ll just keep him cooking!

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32 week check up!

Ummm…so I had my 32 week check up for Baby #3.  Like a week ago.  Isn’t that already a sign that you’re not a first born if it takes your mom a week to blog about her check up?

Anyway…nothing really to report.

  • Baby has a good heartbeat in the 140s.
  • I had no weight gain, but…
  • I’m measuring on track, maybe a little small.
  • My blood pressure is starting to inch up there, but definitely not a concern.  I just noticed that it was higher for me.
  • Baby was head down at this appointment, but I still feel really big movements, so I’m not convinced that’s where he’ll stay.

I go again next week for my 34-week check up and this time they’ll do a growth ultrasound to check his measurements, but I’m not really concerned.

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30 week check up!

This appointment just seems like a weird one.  This is the first one when you start going every other week instead of once every 4 weeks (at least at my doctor’s practice).  So, I go there and it seems like I was just there!

And again….another short one.  In and out in 5 minutes.  That’s what happens when you don’t have any questions, I guess.

  • I’m up 2 pounds from 2 weeks ago.  Yikes!
  • My blood pressure is good.
  • Baby’s heartbeat is good (in the 130s this time).
  • I feel lots of movement still.
  • No gestational diabetes.
  • I am starting to “measure small” though, so we’re going to do a growth ultrasound at 34 weeks like I did with my first 2 pregnancies.  No major concerns, just keep an eye on it.

That’s it.  See her in another 2 weeks!

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No gestational diabetes!

So, I had to take the 3-hour Glucose Tolerance test on Monday after having “not passed” the 1-hour version.  I passed!

It wasn’t too bad, but it certainly wasn’t fun.

  • 7:45 – I got in there by 7:45 am, having fasted since midnight (really, 8:00 p.m. the night before).  They took blood to get a baseline and make sure my levels weren’t too high to give me the glucose drink.
  • 8:10 – 20 minutes later, they confirmed that I wasn’t too high and could proceed.    Drank the drink.  The tech had informed me that it was more sugary than the 1 hour version, but I couldn’t tell much of a difference.
  • 8:30 – I had brought my work laptop and tried to get some work done.  Did okay until about 15-20 minutes after drinking the stuff.  I wouldn’t say that I was dizzy per se, but my vision got a little wobbly, so I just shut my laptop screen, drank lots of water and walked a bit.  It passed within another 15 minutes or so.
  • 9:10 – They took another sample.  I resumed working.  I kept drinking water.
  • 10:10 – They took another sample.  I kept working.  I kept drinking water.
  • 11:10 – They took the last sample.  The gal asked me how I was feeling and I said fine.  She said “The lab won’t tell me your numbers, just that they are really low.  They suggest you drink this apple juice and eat these crackers.”  Sure!  I was hungry by that point anyway.

The next day, the nurse called and said I passed.  No dietary changes needed.  Hip! Hip!  Hooray!


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28 week check up!

Had my 28 week check up with Baby #3 (still unnamed!) earlier this week.  Another quick appointment.

  • I’m up 17 pounds.  Disappointed with this since that’s higher than my other 2 pregnancies and higher than I remembered.
  • Heartbeat is in the 140s.
  • Movement is strong (despite being told the placenta is anterior (in the front), this baby moves quite strongly!)
  • Measuring right on track.

I had to do the 1 hour gestational diabetes test which was totally fine for me.  I drank it, didn’t feel bad, gave blood at the right time.  No news is good news.  EXCEPT…they called tonight.  I “didn’t pass” by 1 point. You need to be under 140 to skip the 3 hour test and I came in at 140.  So, Monday, I get to go in and take the 3 hour test.  Lovely.

Work was totally fine about it, but that will be my 3rd day “missing work” to some degree.  Today (Thursday), I worked from home because we had a new water heater installed.  Tomorrow (Friday), I’ll be working from home because we’re having a new furnace installed.  And now on Monday, I’ll work as much as I can while sitting in the hospital lab waiting area, just waiting for the times where I need to give blood again.  I do fine working from home in a pinch, but sometimes, it’s just easier to talk to people face-to-face.  In my job anyway.

I also have a bad cough.  That’s been going on for a week now and keeping me awake at night.  It got to the point where I was sleeping on the couch for a couple of nights to a) not wake up Jeff with my hacking and b) have some thing more sturdy to cough against and c) hope that sleeping upright would help.  It wasn’t really helping.  So I got a series of antibiotics.  I think it’s helping, but it’s day 3 and it’s still not gone.  IRG!

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It’s a Boy!!!

Once there was a boy who met a girl.
SEVERAL months later, boy asked girl out. She said “YES!”
11 months after that, boy asked girl to marry him. She said “YES!”.
9 months later, the pastor asked if they’d be together for the rest of their lives. They both said “I DO!”

After 1 year of “happily ever after”, girl told boy that they’d soon be a family of three. He said “YES!”
A few months later, they met Phinehas Jeffrey.
Boy said “This is fun, we should do this again!” And God said “YES!”
18 months later, they met Stephen David. Boy said “Life with 2 boys is fun, we should do this again!” And God said “YES!”

18 months later, come April, they’ll meet their next child – another boy!
Life will be crazy. Life will be LOUD. Hands and hearts will be full!

Alternate titles for this post include:
-What’s your favorite boy name from Bible, not including Phinehas and Stephen?
-How does 3 under the age of 3 for 5 days sound?
-Further proof that specializing in boys just makes good financial sense…


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