Thursday, February 03, 2005

Baby Dos updates from the beginning.

Most of these are taken from posts on my Junebugs board.

2/2/04 - Taken from two posts:
My big whine: Ugh, I feel like crap. I have the worst gas. I mean, not only do I not smell good, I also HURT. It's awful! Last night sucked - I kept waking up in pain and the gas didn't "release" until about 5:30am. By that time, i couldn't get back to sleep 'til 7:30am. And had to get up at 8:15. Ugh!

So now... I"m exhausted, gassy and very hormonal. (In a sad way, not mad way.) About nothing.

Ugh, I'm going to go cry it out for a while..... I hate hormones.
And now for some good news: My GTT test came back. Good. Really good. With Ellie I think I was 110 (140, i think, is bad). This time - 74!!!

1/26/04 - Taken from a post:
Wow! Can you believe it?!?! Amazing... I have less than 95 days to go! (My ticker is wrong by a day. I never understood that. I put in my due date and it's always off by a day. Ah, well.)
Anyway, I did my GD test today. Drank the orange stuff, which I don't find to be that bad. I'm measuring right on. And my weight, which I think is a *little* high when compared to my pregnancy with Ellie, is great according to my doctor. (This is just a different pregnancy so I'm not worried at all.) "His" heartbeat was in the 130's... So we'll see!

I am having a lot of BH contrax so I need to keep an eye on that. But other than that, everything looks GREAT!

Can you believe I"m in my 3rd trimester? I'm at the point that I go for appts every two weeks now!! Whoa... I need to start getting my poop together. Nothing is done!

1/17/04 - Was very, very tired. Worried about anemia, but turned out to be a flu of some sort. Took me several days to get over, but ended up being fine.

12/29/04 - Taken from a post:
Okay, first I want to clear up a tiny bit of confusion.... I had a friend who will remain nameless that was surprised when I pronounced Dos for her... She had been thinking DOS, like the operating system....

Nope, this is baby Dos as in Uno, Dos, Tres... Baby #2! LOL!

Anyway.... Baby Dos is definitely a more fiesty one than Ellie was... To get Ellie's HB, the nurse would just put the doppler on and voila! There is was! For baby Dos it's like this:

Thump, thump, thump, whooooosh, silence..... *move doppler*
Thump, thump, whooooosh, silence..... *move doppler*
Thump, whooooosh, silence..... *move doppler*

After a few times we finally got the HB and it's doing GREAT in the 140's.

I get my GD test in 4 weeks. Bleh.

I've also gained 12lbs with Dos - with Ellie, I had only gained 6lbs by this time. But I'm also measuring at 24weeks so maybe that has something to do with it? I am still only hoping to gain 25ish lbs, but I'm starting to wonder if it's possible! LOL! (As long as Dos is happy, I'm fine.)

But all in all, it's going GREAT!

12/1/04 - Taken from a post:
Let's see.. The short version. The colposcopy was okay, not great. I have some precancerous cells so they'll do a few more colpos (NOT colonoscopy as a few of you though! LOL! wrong oriface!) to make sure it's not getting worse. Then, after Dos is born, they'll do another to see if it's gone away. If not, I'll get a LEEP which basically removes all the bad cells and fixes everything. So keep your fingers crossed that it doesn't get worse!
11/30/04 - Taken from a post:
The test results are back and.... everything is fine with baby Dos!
Okay, okay, I know I didn't post about this - like I've said a million times - I've been really nervous about this pregnancy. But I got my amnio last week. It was not as "fun" as my first with Ellie. They didn't numb my belly before sticking in the needle. I like the people there, but wasn't happy about that.... Well, the results came back and everything is normal! I'm so relieved....

Now all I have left for testing is the Level II u/s in 2 weeks... And I'm not too worried since they essentially did one before the amnio. (This is to check things that were too early to see at teh amnio.) I did get about 14 u/s pictures and I'll post 'em as soon as I scan 'em. I think I was afraid of jinxing things....

I also go tomorrow to find out the results of my colposcopy. I'm a bit nervous about that.... I'll also be asking about my eating - since I get full so fast.

11/22/04 - Taken from a post:
Okay, went to my 17 week appt.... It was okay. Not fun. Baby is fine - HB in the 150's.... But still not a girl, in spite of all the wives tales. Or so we hope! LOL!
But I got a colposcopy because of a bad pap smear. They put vinegar on your cervix and then look through a scope and can see bad spots. Then they take small biopsies of those and send 'em off to the lab. I find out next week if it means anything. Ugh. Keep your fingers crossed that it's nothing serious....

I did get my AFP results - 1:10,000! Pretty darn good odds....

10/29/04 - Taken from a post:
Went in for my 14 week checkup today. And I didn't get an u/s! LOL! I think it's the first appt I've been to that I haven't gotten one! And that's not a bad thing - that means that baby Dos is being "good"....
"His" heart rate was in the 150's and "he's" measuring right on target. So far, so good.

I did have an iffy pap so I'll be going back in 2 weeks or so for a colposcopy. Ugh. (That's where they look at my cervix and take, as my mom said, a few small bites from it. Fun.)

I also am going to get an amnio still. So that should be next week or the week after. I need to make sure it's a time that my DH can go so..... And right before I do that, I need to get my AFP done.

All in all, good for baby Dos, not so good for me. But we'll find out in a few weeks if it's good or not for real. In the meantime, I'm not thinking about the colposcopy - I've had enough stress and just don't feel like stressing anymore for a while. I'm just going to enjoy this time of feeling better, being off the progesterone and not being quite as tired.

10/7/04 - Taken from a post:
I swear I felt the baby move... Ellie will straddle my tummy and sit low and give me books to read.... Well, 3 days ago I felt a *thump* and thought "that was weird". Then a minute later, *thump*.... And I thought, "Whoa! Baby?!?!" *thump*
And then it happened again today! Definitely *didn't* feel like gas or anything else "normal"....

10/1/04 - Taken from a post:
We went to the doctor again today. Or rather, the Nurse Practitioner.... (The doctor had a family emergency.) So she tried to use the doppler to find the heartbeat, but couldn't. So she said she'd try to find the heartbeat with the u/s, but not to freak if she couldn't.
Well, she found baby Dos and the hb almost right away! She turned the monitor and DH and I got a great shot from the side of the baby wiggling up and down. I was so excited to see it! It was so amazing....

She did mention, though, that I did have an abnormal pap that i'll be going back at 16 weeks (I'm 10weeks now) to get checked out. Bleh.

Then I got home and promptly found out I was bleeding. Since I didn't have an internal, I was a bit freaked, to say the least. So I called and they put me on bedrest for the weekend... And to take it easy for a while.

The bleeding stopped, but has started up again. Ack! (Talked to her after this happened.) So I'll definitely take it easy. DH came home from work early. And if need be, my mom will come next week to help with Ellie. (Thank goodness I have a laptop so I can stop by here! LOL!)

Anyway, just wanted to update you on the latest with my high maintenance baby!

9/24/04 - Taken from a post:
Got my new car (love it! i'll post pics later, maybe next week), went to a bbq with Norah Jones and her band (they are awesome - i'll post about that later - maybe next week) and then went to the concert last night (awesome concerty, ditto). And I was feeling better, but with not getting enough sleep,I am sick again. Ellie is still snotty, but feeling a little better.
I also had more brown bleeding on Wednesday. So I called the doctor on Thursday and they had me go in for another u/s and a progesterone check... Well, the u/s was great! It was a MUCH higher quality one than my doctors and you could see soooo much. Turns out I have a tiny sub-centimeter tear that might be what's bleeding. What it's from, they don't know.

And my progesterone has gone from 37ish to 28ish to 21ish... So they put me on prometrium, an oral progesterone. (Any info on others that have been on this would be GREAT.) I took my first one today and it made me quite dizzy. Bleh.

But so far, so good. Not great. I'm still having a hard time bonding with this baby - I'm just nervous that it won't make it. (You know, I worry about there being a real reason that all this is going on that that there are going to be problems during testing in a few weeks.)

But the u/s showed a baby that was 8w6d and I was 9w - so right on target.

9/12/04 - Some spotting - turned out later to be because of a tear between the placenta and the uterus

8/17ish/04 - The story of finding out whether or not I was pregnant (taken from a post):
I dont' think I told ya'll (yeah, my 18 years in Texas coming through) about testing postitive... Then slowly the lines started getting lighter and lighter over 4 days.... So I finally assumed, when the last one was barely visible, that I was miscarrying... And promptly drank several glasses of wine that night....

Next morning, I felt weird. Weird twinges in my sides... And nauseous and light headed later that day. So I grabbed my last test sorta freaking out... and it was a BIG FAT PLUS almost instantly. Damn, did i feel horrible about drinking!!!!

Anyway, then last weekend, a quick spot. Enough to surprise me and worry me, but not much. Just something I never had with Ellie.

Then last night I was shopping and felt liquid. Damn.... Ran to the bathroom (poss TMI) and I was bleeding. Bright red. And it soaked my undies.... Needless to say, I was freaked. Called the doc and she said take it easy and come in to my regular appt in the morning for an u/s.

Bled off and on over the night - not a lot, but enough... It slowed to a trickle and turned more brownish. But I was still very sad and depressed driving to the doctor.

Chris, Ellie and I were in the room waiting. (Okay, Ellie was babbling, but still.) The doctor came in, looked at my cervix and said that all the blood looked brown. Then did the u/s.... And promptly showed us the baby with a heartbeat! I just started to tear up again... I was amazed!

So, this little one has already driven me nuts 3 times! I just can't wait to what happens when he/she is born!! Ack!

But if you could still spare some sticky vibes, I'd really appreciate it. I'm still at a higher risk for m/c. She didn't know what caused the bleeding (no, haven't had sex - and can't until this trimester is done!) so there's no telling what's going on. I could just be early in a m/c or it could be placenta previa or it could be.... whatever.

One other good thing: "he's" measuring 8w1d-8w3d depending on the angle - and I'm 8w1d so right on target or bigger!

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