Sunday, October 24, 2010

Baby's first picture

This is post a little delayed, but the last two weeks have been nuts!  Here's the photo from my 15 week ultrasound.  As you can see, baby is PERFECT!

What a relief to finally have a positive (and uneventful) ultrasound.  When I arrived, I had a sinking feeling as I realized it was the same technician that did my fateful 20 week ultrasound with Olivia.  I was asking a lot of questions and she seemed puzzled why I was back again when I had an ultrasound 2 weeks prior.  When I explained what happened with Olivia and that she was the one who did the ultrasound, she looked shocked and I could tell she felt really badly.  She showed me lots of footage of the baby and explained that the head and body looked normal and there were no amniotic bands.  Whew!!

And another piece of good news, the ultrasound tech checked my placenta and said it's only very partial previa and there's nothing to be concerned about.

FINALLY, some good news!  Now I'm looking for my 20 week ultrasound on Nov 5 so B can see everything I'm feeling (baby is kicking up a storm these days!).

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

One of those days

I'm having a rough day...heck a rough week!  My colleagues are driving me crazy, I'm overwhelmed by my workload, still fighting constant grogginess....and then people dare to call me horomonal!

God give me the strength I need to breathe before I hit "send", pause before I yell, and the willpower to not devour every sweet and salty snack within arms reach!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

A nice surprise

A good friend (and former colleague) surprised me today with my first baby present of this pregnancy:  a beautiful diaper clutch and toy strap by her company, Pippalily:

The diaper clutch holds a travel wipes container and four diapers.  The toy strap hooks to a toy on one end, and a stroller on the other so baby's precious toys won't get lost when they play the "fetch" game with mom and dad.

My friend started this company a few years ago and everything is handmade in Canada.  She makes baby slings from the most BEAUTIFUL fabrics. How did she come up with the name?  It was actually her nickname from her family when she was a child!

If you haven't seen her products, I really encourage you to check out her site

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Never a dull moment

So...just when we think everything is smooth sailing, I get a call from my OB this morning.  She was calling to give us the "official" ultrasound results from last Friday.  The baby looks fine....BUT I have placenta previa.

If you don't know what that means, in simplest terms, the placenta is covering the cervix so the baby can't come out naturally.  She said it was the cause of my spotting last week.  Since I'm only 15 weeks, they're going to monitor me with the hope that as my uterus and placenta grow, it will grow upward and pull away from its current position.  If it doesn't, I'll have to have a c-section (ugh). 

So for now, I'm banned from all exercise, heavy lifting, and intercourse (happy anniversary B!) until my next appointment in a few weeks.

But I'm trying to look on the bright side, the baby is healthy and everything is fine otherwise.  This is just one more obstacle for us to cross in our journey.  I just wish for once something in my life would be normal and boring!!

Saturday, October 2, 2010

A bump in the road

The last few days have been hectic, to put it mildly.

On Thursday night I stepped out of a class at the gym to pee (a very common act these days) and found a small bit of blood. I immediately panicked (as one does) and left. I rushed to the hospital and went to emerg to get checked out. B was babysitting so I had to wait by myself for a bit. As I began to explain what was happening to the check-in nurse, I completely broke down. All the emotions from Olivia cam rushing back.

I got myself together and waited to be seen for the next hour. Since it wasn't too bad, and I wasn't cramping, they didn't see me as an urgent case. Finally B arrived, which calmed me down. Eventually they brought me into an exam room and took some blood to check the levels. Two hours later, the nurse returned to let us know everything was looking just fine. What a relief!

By that time the spotting had stopped, but the doctor said he was sending me for an ultrasound the next day, just in case.

We got home at 1230, completely exhausted. We crashed and woke up the next morning, eager to see the baby, and also pretty anxious.

The ultrasound tech was very friendly and the scan only took about 15 minutes. At the end she flipped around the screen to show me baby....and everything was PERFECT! I immediately started to cry, and she was very surprised. After explaining what happened with Olivia, she spent a few moments showing me the baby and explained that the head and body looked just fine.

What a relief!! I came out to meet B with tears in my eyes. He had a moment of fear in his face, until I explained that the baby was perfect, and the two of us hugged and cried.

So a little bump in the road meant we got an early peek at baby, and a little reassurance.

Boy this pregnancy stuff is tough! Turns out, the bleeding was from the placenta, which sometimes lifts up a little after it attaches....but nothing to worry about.

Here's hoping the next 26 weeks are uneventful!